text reads frontenac provincial park

Friends' Schedule 2017

Here is a list of Friends' sponsored activities that may be of interest to you. Everyone (members and non-members) is invited to participate. Do not forget that you will need to purchase a daily vehicle to take part in most of these activities. Dates are subject to change, please check back here for updates.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December |


January 26: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

January 28: Winter Camping - Planning

To camp in winter, you need to be well prepared or you risk freezing some valuable parts of your anatomy. This presentation by the Friends of Frontenac Park will cover route selection, equipment, building show shelter, menu planning, physical fitness and conditioning, safety, and the different forms of winter travel all you need to give winter camping a try. Note that part of this presentation may be held out of doors, so please come dressed for the weather. Time: 10h00 to 15h30 at the Park Office; maximum 35 persons. To register contact the Park Office at 613 376-3489. The seminar is free but Park entrance fees apply.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

February 23: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

March 08: Winter Lecture - "The Friends - 25 Years" (title still to be determined)
Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac

There will be several speakers lecturing on the 25 years that the Friends have been involved with Frontenac Park. The history of the Park and the many challenges and changes the Friends have coped with will certainly make for an interesting evening. There is a chance that this event and the AGM that follows it may be moved to a Public Library in Kingston.
Location: TBA at 19h00

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

March 08: Annual General Meeting (AGM)

All members are invited to attend the Friends’ AGM at the Ongwanada Resource Centre on Portsmouth Avenue. The AGM will immediately follow the Winter Lecture. Time: 20h15.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

March 13: Deadline for Submissions for the Spring/Summer Newsletter

We welcome your articles, letters, stories and photographs. Material should be mailed to The Friends of Frontenac Park c/o Newsletter Editor, PO Box 2237, Kingston, ON K7L 5J9 or e-mailed to frontenacpark@gmail.com.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

March 23: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

March 31: Your Friends' Membership Ends

Return a favour to nature. Please renew your membership for another year.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

April 09: Volunteer/Guide/Host Training

Would you like to volunteer at the Park? Come to this training session offered by the Park staff and the Friends at the Park Office. Bring a lunch. Time: 09h00 to 15h00. Contact the Park (613 376-3489) for details.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

April 22: Volunteer/Guide Spring Trail Sweep

The Volunteers/Guides will do general maintenance on the Park's trails to get them in top shape for our visitors. Meet at the Park Office at 08h30. Bring a lunch and work glove. A Chili supper will be served at the end of the day. Contact the Park (613 376-3489) for details.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

April 20: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

April 29: Historical Walk along the Salmon Lake Road

Meet at the Park Office theatre at 10h30 for an introduction to the human history of Frontenac Park followed by a walk on the Salmon Lake road. The walk will take the participants past the Kemp, David, Babcock and Sigsworth farms and the tour will finish at the site of the Trails End Lodge. There are no standing buildings. The walk is 7 km return (3.5 km each way). Participants should be back at the Park Office by 16h00. Bring a lunch or a snack. Please register with the Park Office. Plan to go rain or shine.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

May 06: Spring Nature Walk with Maureen Sly and Anne Robertson

Join the Friends on this short leisurely walk to examine the plant and animal life along the 3 km Doe Lake trail. Bring your binoculars, camera, a drink, snack, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Rain or shine. Meet at the Park Office; the hike will start at 10h00. Please, no dogs.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

May 06: Introduction to Back Country Camping

For those who wish to venture to the backcountry to enjoy the outdoors, but who are unsure what to pack or buy, this is a workshop for you. Topics include: how to get started, clothing, footwear, equipment, food, water treatment and safety in the outdoors. This day-long introduction is meant to introduce the new backwoods camper to this form of recreation. No cost to attend the course. Time: 09h00 - 16h00 at the Park Office.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

May 07: "Early Bird" Spring Bird Walk with Kathy Felkar and Mike Burge

Join Kathy Felkar and Mike Burge from the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (peptbo.ca) on a ramble about the park to find spring migratory birds that may be returning to the area. Warblers, Vireos, Scarlet Tanagers are all possibilities. Bring binoculars, camera, drinks, lunch, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Please, no dogs. Time: 08h00 - 16h00, meet at the Park Office.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

May 13: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass - Level I

Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with the theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness. Book your spot early! Cost $25.00 per person (plus GST and Park fee). Time: 09h00 to 16h00. Meet at the Park Office. NOTE: This course is also offered on May 27.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

May 25: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

May 27: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass - Level I

Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with the theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness. Book your spot early! Cost $25.00 per person (plus GST and Park fee). Time: 09h00 to 16h00. Meet at the Park Office. NOTE: This course is also offered on May 13.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

May 28: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass - Level II

This one day workshop is designed to give participants time to build on the knowledge acquired during the Level 1 course. You will use your new skills to navigate off trail the entire day, as a group and under the supervision of the instructor. Everyone will have a chance to get a lot of practice. Be prepared to spend most of the day outdoors, rain or shine, after a short review indoors. You will need a lunch, plenty of water and come dressed for the weather and bush travel, with a pair of long pants and a pair of sturdy hiking shoes/boots. Participation in Level 1 is recommended but not necessary, if you know how to use a map and compass, and just want more practice navigating off trail. Cost $25.00 per person (plus GST and Park fee). Time: 09h00 to 16h00. Meet at the Park Office.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

June 17: Celebrate the 25th Anniversary with the Friends of Frontenac

You are invited to come to the Park Office to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of The Friends of Frontenac Park. We are planning a day of events from 10:30 am onwards. The morning will be devoted to a formal commemoration with recognition from Ontario Parks, followed by a barbecue lunch at noon. Starting at 1 pm we will have a keynote presentation followed by a mix of activities: talks by Friends members, exhibits of paintings and photographs and even we hope, music. At 4 pm we’ll have some commemorative cake, and finish up with guided hikes. Members of the Friends and their families are invited to come for all or part of the day and share the celebration with their fellows. And if you feel moved to share your thoughts about the Park and the Friends or wish to show your photos or paintings – this will be very welcome – please feel free to present! Here is the full and latest schedule of the day (posted 09-June-2017). The vehicle fee will be waived for those joining in the event. Looking forward to seeing you on 17th June!

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

June 22: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

June 23-25: Erhard Frenzl Memorial Paddle

It started as the President's Paddle but today it is more like a canoe-camping weekend. Campsite 4 will be the destination this year. Anticipated return is 16h00 or plan to stay the night and return on Sunday. Let the President of the Friends know early if you want to come along for the paddle or to camp.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

June 26: National Canoe Day

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

August 07: Deadline for Autumn Newsletter

We welcome your articles, letters, stories and photographs. Material should be mailed to The Friends of Frontenac Park c/o Newsletter Editor, PO Box 2237, Kingston, ON K7L 5J9 or e-mailed to frontenacpark@gmail.com.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

September 01 to October 31: The Frontenac Challenge, Frontenac Trek, and Junior Challenge

The Frontenac Challenge involves hiking most of the park's trail network between September 1st and October 31st. The Junior Challenge is open to those 12 and under and requires the hiker to complete any 6 loops of his or her choice. The Frontenac Trek requires hikers to complete any 6 loops of their choice, excluding Doe Lake and Arab Gorge trails. To meet the Challenge, all you have to do is pick up a registration form at the Park Office and then set out to hike through the autumn splendour of Frontenac Provincial Park. Participants who complete the Challenge will receive a certificate at a Celebration and will be acknowledged on an honorary plaque in the Park Office. So come out and challenge Frontenac at its autumn best. Campers, do not forget to take the All Season Camping Challenge.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

September 01 to September 04: Bring a Friend to the Park Weekend

This is an informal event for members of the Friends of Frontenac to introduce some new people to the Park. Invite some of your friends, young or old, who have never been to the Park and take them on a hike or canoe ride to show them Kingston's best kept secret. Let them enjoy nature and tell them about the Frontenac Challenge and the many other events put on by our organization. Contact the Park (613 376-3489) for details.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

September 28: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

October 07: Fall Trail Sweep

The Volunteers/Guides will do general maintenance on the Park's trails to get them in top shape for our Fall and Winter visitors. Meet at the Park Office at 08h45. Bring a lunch and work glove. A Chili supper will be served at the end of the day. Contact the Park (613 376-3489) for details.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

October 26: Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

November 12: Challenge Award Celebration

Registered participants will receive a certificate of achievement, share stories. Meet at the Park Office at 10h30 till 12h30.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

November 23: Board Meeting - Project and Program

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

December 04: Deadline for Winter Newsletter

We welcome your articles, letters, stories and photographs. Material should be mailed to The Friends of Frontenac Park c/o Newsletter Editor, PO Box 2237, Kingston, ON K7L 5J9 or e-mailed to frontenacpark@gmail.com.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]

December 16: Christmas Bird Count for Frontenac

The Friends are leading the “Frontenac” Christmas Bird Count (CBC) field surveys for the Park area. A great opportunity to learn more about birding while exploring different habitats. Join the fun – more people allow better coverage of the Park. Information and registration: 613-531-4578 or bonta.johnson@sympatico.ca. Cost: Free! Time: 09h00 to 16h30.

[ top of page ] [ Home ]


Comments to the Friends of Frontenac Park.

Report errors to: Jérôme McDuff

Revised: 09-June-2017