Paddles & Trails | December 2017
Happy holidays from the Friends of Killarney Park
Friends, the secret is out!

In just one year almost 5,000 more people visited Killarney Park!  So, how is it that Killarney remains the “crown jewel of Ontario Parks” in spite of the impact of the increasing number of people who have discovered our secret?

The answer is not a secret! The answer is YOU!  Your generous support allows people of all ages from many places to join us and share in the experience that is uniquely, wonderfully Killarney. YOU build and maintain trails, boardwalks and privies. 
YOU provide bikes and art packs; science and nature programs; and research in the park. And don’t forget, your gift is responsible for ongoing programs – from the winter weekend to the spring clean-up weekend to the summer concert series. Your every dollar goes directly to preserving the bio-diversity of the Park and ensuring a welcoming, safe experience for all our Friends.
As you relax and reflect this holiday season, please consider making a donation and be an important partner in the ongoing work of protecting our very own “crown jewel”. All donations made by December 31, 2017 are eligible for a 2017 charitable tax receipt. If you wish to make a donation, please visit the our website.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Friends of Killarney Park, I thank you for your continued support. You are a true Friend of Killarney and an invaluable partner in the important work of caring for our beloved park. We wish you a memorable holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the Park next year, beginning with our annual Winter Weekend on February 17-18. 

Warm regards,
Kris Puhvel
Executive Director


Join us for our Winter Weekend: February 17-18

Discover the magic of winter at our annual Winter Weekend. Glide along cross country ski trails or take a guided snowshoe hike. In the evening, enjoy star-gazing from the Park observatory and a featured presentation by modern day voyageur and storyteller, Mike RantaVisit our website for more details. 
Research in the Park: Be a Citizen Scientist for a day!

Join members of the Eastern Wolf Survey team for a Wolf Tracking and DNA Capture event in Killarney Provincial Park on January 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn about the genetics and ecology of eastern wolves (aka Algonquin wolves), and contribute to important research informing the recovery of this threatened species.

After a morning presentation about wolves, participants will gear up and take DNA capture kits out onto the ski and snowshoe trails to track large canids and collect scat, urine and hair samples for genetic profiling and identification of eastern wolves in the vicinity.
Visit our website for more details. 

And the winners are...
Congratulations to the winners of our annual raffle and thank you to our generous prize donors. All proceeds are used for research and education projects in Killarney Provincial Park. 

  • C. Zumkehr - 16 ft. Nova Craft Canoe

  • T. Puhvel - Jim Morlock Landscape Painting

  • S. Welsh - Jon Butler Nature Photography

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