Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

Ontario’s provincial parks hold a special place in the hearts of our donors.

Recently, they took a big step forward for Killarney Provincial Park.

In 2018, Ontario Parks sought donor support to fund an upgrade to Killarney’s “The Crack” hiking trail.

The increasing popularity of the short, day-use portion of the multi-day La Cloche Silhouette Trail (80 km) had caused significant erosion and the trail was in need of rerouting and rehabilitation.

A sign attached to a tree.

The response from park visitors and donors was exceptional.

They helped make the project possible and on September 28, 2019 we welcomed 23 donors to see the impact of their investment and thank them with a guided walk through The Crack.

The walk

The group gathered in the morning outside the park office, ready and eager for the four-hour hike ahead. The change in trail route made the experience new, even for those who had hiked it before.

It was the perfect day for a hike, cool but not too cool, with the emerging fall colors creating a picturesque landscape.

Hiking route for hikers.

Superintendent Jeremy Pawson led the walk, stopping from time to time to point out an improvement in progress or an interesting fact about the park’s ecosystem and cultural history.

A highlight was the reading of an original letter by Group of Seven painter AY Jackson to former Minister of Lands and Forests William Finlayson urging him to preserve the land that would eventually become Killarney Provincial Park.

Superintendent Jeremy Pawson holds a letter he is reading with the Killarney landscape in the background.Jeremy Pawson reads AY Jackson’s letter, urging the Ontario government to preserve what would become Killarney Provincial Park.

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At the top, hikers were rewarded with a view like no other in Ontario (there’s a reason Killarney is known as one of the crown jewels of Ontario’s park system).

Other donor projects

Donors also contributed to four other projects in 2018.

We are working to complete:

Men playing cricket on green grass.A group plays cricket in Bronte Creek Provincial Park. The park is working on building a suitable field.

Stay tuned for more updates on these other donor investments.

We sincerely thank all of our donors.

How you can support Ontario parks

Donating to Ontario Parks ensures that we can preserve our natural and cultural heritage for years to come.

To learn more about the specific projects we are fundraising for, visit OntarioParks.com/donate or email us at [email protected].