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Paddles & Trails | Fall 2016
News from the Friends of Killarney Park
Keeping the Park wild

This summer we were saddened to learn that a rock wall on the George Lake shore was vandalized with spray paint. As part of our commitment to protecting the Park and its natural environment, we worked quickly with Ontario Parks and fully funded the removal of the graffiti. We are happy to report that George Lake has now been returned to its natural state. We encourage you to join us as a steward in protecting our beloved Park from unfortunate events like these. 
Photo caption: Before and after pictures of the graffiti at George Lake. 
Revitalizing the backcountry 

This fall, we hired two staff to continue our important work in the Park's backcountry. Thanks to their hard work, we were able to complete a number of tasks, including:
  • built more than 100 metres of boardwalks from Bell Lake to David Lake
  • replaced or moved privies on George Lake and Killarney Lake
  • completed the first plot of the Granite Ridge naturalization project
  • added interpretive signage at the Baie Fine access point

Summer highlights

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our summer events and programs. We had another great camping season. Here are some of the highlights...

Artist in Residence program
More than 350 Park visitors connected with nature by attending free art lessons in the Park during four weeks of instruction in July and August. Special thanks to this year's volunteer artists: David Doyle, Christy A. Smith, Danielle Gardner and Pierre Sabourin. 
 
Art Show & Sale
More than 300 art lovers joined us at the annual art show and sale in late July. Ten talented artists shared the beauty of the landscape of Killarney and nature's wild spaces through their inspired works. 

Backcountry workshops
In July, Laurie Bowers, longtime Friend and experienced traveler, led two interactive workshops in the Park. She shared tips and tricks for how to plan safe, exciting and low-impact canoeing and backpacking adventures in Killarney's spectacular wilderness. 

Summer Concert Series
Park visitors were treated to live music at the Park's amphitheatre with special performances by Jory Nash, Skarni, Murray James O’Brien and David Archibald in July and August. 
Photo captions: Top left: Artist in Residence program led by Pierre Sabourin taking place at George Lake. Top right: Annual Art Show & Sale in action. Bottom left: Laurie Bowers leads a backcountry workshop (photo credit: credit Danielle Gardner). Bottom right: Murray James O'Brien performing at the George Lake Amphitheatre.   
UPCOMING EVENTS
Save the date for our annual Winter Weekend on February 18-19, 2017 and discover the beauty of winter in Killarney. Stay tuned for more details.
Support our work 
Our 2016 raffle features three great prizes: a 16 ft. Nova Craft canoe, landscape painting by Jim Morlock, and photograph by Jon Butler. Purchase your $5 tickets for the November 30 draw by calling us at 705-287-2800 or visiting us at the George Lake office. A special thanks to our generous prize donors.
Bring Killarney home
Get a head start on your holiday shopping by visiting our online store. We've got a variety of gift ideas - from t-shirts to publications to ornaments - guaranteed to please any lover of Killarney Provincial Park.

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