Autumn 2007 Number 49

Peter Dawson, new Park Superintendent

By Herb Helmstaedt

Peter Dawson - new park SuperintendentThe Friends of Frontenac Park welcome Peter Dawson, the new Park Superintendent, who arrived in the spring of this year to take over the leadership of the Park from Ben Chabot, Acting Superintendent from September, 2006, after Lloyd Capman’s retirement. Ben initially returned to Charleston Lake Provincial Park however is now Acting Superintendent of Emily Provincial Park. The Friends are grateful to him for his dynamic effort on behalf of Frontenac Park and his helpful cooperation.

Peter comes to us from Algonquin Provincial Park, where he was Operations Leader for the Park’s vast northern region. His move from the oldest and most famous provincial park of Ontario to the “jewel” of the Ontario Parks’ system (to quote Lloyd Chapman) involves a reduction in “area of responsibility” from the better part of 7725 km2 to all of 52.14 km2. Yet he is happy about his move, as it coincides with the transfer of his wife, a Chaplain in the Canadian Forces, from CFB Petawawa to CFB Kingston, and this meant that his family, including a 13 yr old son and 10 yr old daughter, did not have to face separation.

Peter’s career began with a degree in forestry from the University of Toronto. As a student he had a summer job at the Swan Lake Forest Research Reserve in Algonquin Park, and after his graduation he began contract work at the park with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources involving management planning and tree marking for selective harvesting. For a number of years, forestry assignments with the Ministry took him all over Ontario, including Bancroft, Aylmer (near Lake Erie), Owen Sound, Nipigon and Temagami, before returning to Algonquin Park in 1990. Forestry and Park work overlap closely in Algonquin Park and he enjoyed his work at the forestry end of things. However, he truly found his niche when, in 1996, he was named acting Operations North Leader for the Park. His official appointment as Park Operation’s Leader for Northern Algonquin followed in 1999, and he found himself responsible for a large interior canoe-route network, hiking trails, campgrounds and Park enforcement. This involved supervision of staff which together with an Ontario Ranger Camp working in the Park grew to well over 50 during the summers. He worked closely together with a very active Friends’ organization which is responsible for all publications work of the Park.

As Peter loves the back country, his appointment at Frontenac Park, also classed as natural environment park, will allow him to utilize his vast experience gained at Algonquin. He first intends to “look and learn”, aiming to gain as much knowledge as possible about the Park and its needs while becoming strongly involved in the new management plan which will set the course of the Park for the next 20 years. He is enthusiastic about the Doe Lake and Arab Gorge Trails revitalization project, and volunteers during last June’s boardwalk construction effort will remember his immediate active participation. For the future, we can expect a flexible but firm approach in maintaining the balance between preserving the integrity of the Park and responding to the need of the public. We wish him good luck and every success!


President's Message

The President's smiling face - Paul VickersWhen asked to identify the resources a volunteer organization requires to operate, most people would reply volunteers and funding. That is certainly true for The Friends of Frontenac Park, particularly the need for volunteers, but there is one more resource that is critical to our success.

Over the past few months, it has become evident that The Friends require the involvement of the administration of Ontario Parks. Without Peter Dawson and Bert Korporaal helping us, our Revitalization Project would never have been more than an idea at a Board meeting. I am not just talking about their authoritative and moral support, but physical labour and extensive involvement with the project, to the point that we have valued their contribution the project at approximately $10,000.

With over twenty years of experience with living and breathing Frontenac Park, Bert has been an integral part of this project. His input on topics ranging from visitor habits to engineering solutions has significantly improved the outcome of this project. Besides getting involved with the finer details of the project, Bert has supervised the two summer students we funded for this project.

Their hands-on involvement is not limited to the Revitalization Project. Looking back to other projects, their involvement has been integral for project success. While The Friends take much of the credit for the interior topographical map, there are hundreds of hours of Park administration time behind the map. The construction of the Welcome Kiosk was largely driven by Lloyd Chapman (Superintendent at the time). We have funded many of the recent animal displays at the Trail Centre, but the actual work to get the animal preserved and complete the required paperwork is carried out by Park staff.

It is not just the support of administration of Frontenac Park that makes us successful. Over my five years as President, I have had the pleasure of working with many people of Ontario Parks. From staff at the Zone Office, to marketing staff in Peterborough, and the Executive Director of Ontario Parks, all have worked towards making us a stronger organization.

It is gratifying that Ontario Parks view us a partner. Not just a side organization who helps out here and there, but as an integral partner working together for the long-term success of Frontenac Park.


As I mentioned in the last newsletter, I plan to step down as President at this November’s Annual General Meeting. After five years as President and two as Treasurer, it is time for new blood to run the organization. Also, life has changed since I moved to Kingston from Montreal as a bachelor in 2000.

Paul Vickers



Here is a list of upcoming activities that maybe of interest to you. Please participate and tell your friends about them The * denotes Friends' sponsored activities Do not forget that you will need to purchase a daily vehicle or camping permit to take part in most of these activities. Contact the Park (613 376 3489) for more information.

* Sept. 1 to Oct. 31: Frontenac Challenge The Frontenac Challenge involves hiking all 11 loops of the Park’s trail network between September 1 and October 31. To meet the challenge, pick up a registration form and the specific trail information at the Trail Centre and then set out to hike through the autumn grandeur of Frontenac Park. Participants who complete the Challenge will receive a certificate at the Awards Banquet on Saturday November 10, at 10:30. So come out to Frontenac Park and take the Challenge!

Saturday September 8 & Sunday September 9: Basic Wilderness First Aid Presented by SOLO Canada / Mr. Mark Halladay of Emergency Services, Kingston. This course, designed by Dr. Frank Hubble of the North American Rescue Institute, takes you beyond standard first aid. Cost $165.00 (GST included) per person plus park fee. Time: 08:30 to 16:15; Contact the Park at 376-3489 for further details and to register.

* Monday, September 10: Friends Board Meeting Location LCVI, Rm. 121 at 19:00

* Saturday September 15: Doe Lake Rehabilitation Work Day #4 Come out and join with the Friends for one of the several days dedicated to completing the work to upgrade the Doe Lake hiking trail. The day starts at 8:30am and will finish by mid-afternoon. Please bring work gloves and a lunch. We will supply drinks and snacks. Tools will be supplied by the Park. Contact the Park at 613 376-3489 or visit our website ( for further information.

* Saturday, September 22: Wilderness Navigation using Map and Compass Come and learn how to interpret and read topographical maps and then find your way in the wilderness using a variety of techniques and equipment. Cost $20.00 per person (plus GST and Park fee). Time: 09:00 to 16:00. Meet at the Trail Centre.

* Sunday, October 14: Guide Trail Sweep The Volunteers/Guides will do general maintenance on the Park's trails to get them in top shape for winter. Bring a lunch & work gloves. A Chili supper will be served at the end of the day. Meet at the Trail Centre at 08h30 . Contact the Park (613 376 3489) for more details.

* Monday, October 15: Friends Board Meeting Location LCVI, Rm. 121 at 19:00

* Saturday November 10: Frontenac Challenge Awards Barbecue Registered participants will receive a certificate of achievement, share stories and chow down on hot dogs, including vegetarian fare, cooked by the Friends. Donations will be gratefully received. Meet at the Trail Centre for 10:30.

* Saturday November 10: Annual General Meeting All members are invited to attend the Friends’ AGM to start at 13:00 at the Trail Centre. The minutes of the last AGM will be posted at 12:30. Why not come early and join us for the Challenge BBQ? This will give you an opportunity to meet the Challenge participants.

* Monday, November 12: Friends Board Meeting Location LCVI, Rm. 121 at 19:00

* Monday December 3: Deadline for Winter Newsletter We welcome your articles, letters, stories and photographs. Material should be sent to The Friends address shown on the back page or e-mailed to: For electronic items, please sent articles as Microsoft Word files with a minimum of formatting, and photographs as 180 dpi greyscale. If necessary/possible, please compress (zip) files before sending.

* Monday, December 10: Friends Board Meeting Location & time to be determined.

Looking ahead to Winter

The Friends are planning to hold the following events:
Check, the Winter newsletter, local newspapers, or the Trail Centre for dates & times of these upcoming events.


The Frontenac Challenge

Come on out to Frontenac Park this fall for the 15th annual Frontenac Challenge.

The Frontenac Challenge involves hiking the 11 loops that form the Challenge within the months of September and October (approximately 160km). The Frontenac Challenge was originally suggested by Park Superintendent Lloyd Chapman in 1993 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ontario Provincial Park System. Only 14 people completed the Challenge in 1993, compared to over 125 people in recent years.

Successful participants will receive a Certificate Accomplishment at our November 10th celebratory BBQ. Those who have completed the Challenge five or ten times will have their name permanently engraved on a plaque located at the Trail Centre.

There is an attractive and useful information sheet that participants receive when signing up for the Challenge at the Trail Centre.

For more information on the Challenge, visit our website at


A Challenge to the Challenge

by Paul Vickers

It is anticipated that the Mitchell Creek Bridge will be closed from Labour Day to Thanksgiving so as the Township of South Frontenac can replace the deteriorated bridge. Exact dates could vary.

The bridge closing will result in an extra challenge for the Frontenac Challenge. The construction will require closing Canoe Lake Road at the bridge. Participants who complete the northern loops by accessing the Park at Kingsford Dam will have to use a detour to get around the bridge.

During construction, the Township will mark a detour that will take vehicles along County Road 19, Deyos Road and Westport Road. A map of the detour is available from our website .

Besides taking the detour, there are few other ways to avoid the extra challenge the construction is posing.

  1. Complete the northern loops before Labour Day or after Thanksgiving. Although, keep in mind that the dates are estimates.
  2. Instead of doing Tetsmine Lake Loop and Gibson Lake Loop in one day, consider combining Tetsmine Lake Loop with Little Clear Lake Loop and Gibson Lake Loop with Hemlock Lake Loop. Access both loops from the Big Salmon Lake canoe launch area. Keep in mind though, segments of trails that are common to both loops should be hiked twice (usually done as a figure eight).
  3. Take the time to enjoy scenic Westport by accessing Kingsford Dam from the north. From Westport, take County Road 12 (which becomes County Road 8) to either Salem/Devil Lake Road or Canoe Lake Road.
  4. Spend a night, or two, in Frontenac Park. Canoe or hike into a base camp (cluster 3, 6 or 9 would be a good choice), and then spend a couple consecutive days hiking the Challenge loops. Campsite permits are required if staying the night in Frontenac Park.

Happy Trails.


Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Annual General Meeting is on Saturday November 10 to start at 13:00 hrs at the Trail Centre

All members are invited to attend the Friends’ AGM


Amendment to by-laws

In accordance with Article IX of the by-laws of The Friends of Frontenac Park, a minimum of 30 days notice is being given to the membership of The Friends of Frontenac Park of the following changes to the by-laws of The Friends of Frontenac Park.

The Board of Directors unanimously approved the changes to the by-laws. Approval of two-thirds of the members present at the November 10, 2007 annual general meeting is required for these changes to become effective.

The changes are required to allow greater flexibility for the composition of the Board of Directors and the periodic situations where there is not a Past-President on the Board. The former by-law required exactly ten directors on the Board. This requirement does not accommodate for situations in years where it is difficult to attract Directors, but also years where these is great interest on serving on the Board.

Should you have questions on these amendments, please do not hesitate to contact a current Director of The Friends of Frontenac Park

Article V

Board of Directors:

  1. The Board of Directors of The Friends shall manage The Friends and shall call at least four meetings yearly.
  2. The Board of Directors shall consist of between ten eight and twelve directors, who shall be elected for a term of one year. Election of the Directors shall be by vote at the annual general meeting.
  3. A vacancy on the Board of Directors may be filled at the discretion of the Directors. This member must be ratified at the next annual general meeting.
  4. A nominating committee, consisting of a minimum of three members of whom at least one is not a director, shall be formed. This committee shall prepare a list of nominees for election to the Board of Directors at the annual general meeting. Additional nominees may be accepted at the annual general meeting.

Article VI


  1. The Board shall consist of:, immediate Past President, President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and five between four and eight directors at large, all of whom shall be elected at the annual general meeting.
  2. The Past President shall chair the nominating committee and other committees as requested by the Board of Directors.
  3. The President shall preside at all meetings of The Friends, shall authorize special meetings, and shall be an ex officio member of all committees.
  4. The Vice-President shall assume the duties of President if absent.
  5. The Secretary shall record the minutes of the annual general meetings, any other regular or special meetings of The Friends, and shall be responsible for correspondence.
  6. The Treasurer shall keep such records as may be necessary and shall present annual statements to the Board, and shall submit the records for examination by an Auditor if required or upon request, to the executive.
  7. Signing authority shall rest with two out of three of the President, Vice-President and Treasurer.
  8. The directors at large shall chair committees as required.
  9. A quorum for the Board shall consist of five directors and must include the President or Vice-President.


An Evening with Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan at McArthur HallBy Paul Vickers

Over 120 people enjoyed an entertaining Evening with Kevin Callan in April. For over 90 minutes, Kevin shared photos and videos of his adventures and misadventures of his month long trip in Quetico Park.

If you still haven’t purchased your copy of Kevin’s most recent book, “Quetico and Beyond”, be sure to stop by Novel Idea for a copy.

Many thanks to the businesses of Sydenham for supporting our evening with Kevin Callan.


Tio Wulf's Ramble

By Larry Gibbons

Last week, three of us went for a stroll down a tiny road, a portal to the Frontenac Provincial Park. One of the fellas just loves trees, and there he was scooting here, there and everywhere, as he inspected the different trees that grew along the road while at the same time managing to carry on a running silvicultural commentary. “There’s a red oak. I think that’s a beech wood. I wonder what that dead trunk was originally?” Yes sir, I learn something about trees whenever I’m walking with this fella.

However, he’s not familiar with this territory, nor with how territorial folks can be along this road, so sometimes he ignored the little round red no trespassing signs that dot the side of the road, like a bad case of measles. And while I watched him in his joy of tree observation, I couldn’t help but think that it is a shame that beautiful trees are forced to carry abrasive, bossy signs. Proprietorship is definitely a sacred idea in our culture and one which I believe is creating heart-ache for those cultures who view it differently. I think about the Native groups who are sitting on disputed land waiting for mostly non-Native courts to inform them that the past proclamations between them and the non-Natives are now agreeable to the non-Natives. Ah, so many ways to twist the spoken word.

However my tree friend wasn’t going into the woods too far and his shirt tails were hanging away out over the road allowance and so I think that according to By-Law 51 Part 21 Section 007, the tree fella was being lawful. The trees didn’t seem to mind.

I’m ashamed to say though, that although I have tramped this lane a thousand times, and the potholes and I are on a first name basis, I know very little or nothing about most of the plants and insects that are found along the road. Of course I recognize some of the obvious plants and animals, and I definitely know what poison ivy looks like. That education was hard and memorable and did you know that it is part of the cashew family? I’m now just itching for a cashew. But all humour aside, isn’t it sad, that so many of us are surrounded by so much awareness and consciousness and are so unperceiving ourselves?

But damn the deer flies, a plague on the house of those little nasties because they were biting, big time. Up until today, they had pretty well stayed near the park gate. Just past the little turn around area that sits next to the park sign. But today the deer flies were swarming us way before we got to the park gate. Not just buzzing us like they usually do but impatiently plunking themselves down on our flesh, pulling out their cutlery and immediately and greedily chowing down. And we were slapping, flapping and clapping to beat the band as we worked our way to a portage.

Now other days, I might have been wearing a piece of sticky tape on the back of my hat. It’s effective at snagging and sticking down the little buggers but after awhile it sounds like I’m being followed by an outboard motor. And besides, and I know this might sound weird, but there is something to be said for bearing with the trials of the outdoors. I’ve seen campers hiking the trail, swatting and running and almost going into hysterics as they tried to kill the attackers and pre-empt the next strike. Heck, I’ve seen people hiking through the park, holding a can of insecticide and spraying crazily away as they tried to mow down the marauders. Kind of missing the point of being out in nature. And I think that part of the problem is their attempt at pre-emptiveness.

They’re trying to figure out where the next attack is going to be before it happens. I don’t think that this sensitivity to the park’s irksome aspects is conducive to being susceptible to nature’s magic and mystery. Being open to intuition and message. Allergic reactions, now they’re a different story.

Deer by Larry GibbonsWhile hiking we stopped and took a moment to look at a small stick teepee that somebody had built just before the park gate. If you look closely at this tiny shrine or monument you will see entombed in it, somebody’s old running shoe. Maybe it’s some form of witch craft or voodoo, like the doll that’s out in the park forest, dangling from a tree, that overlooks a bog. It’s made out of twigs, grass and some beads from my pipe tobacco pouch. A Native friend of mine made it and hung it there, while I was sitting on a rock and enjoying the scenery. She told me that it was to protect the park from mean, ignorant and careless people who abused the park, and in her scheme of things, if they abused the park, well then they would probably mistreat human beings too. I imagine that she saw the park as more than a recreational, educational, natural resource. And so do I.

By this point in our walk my tree friend was really getting into it. Deer flies be damned. He had set himself a research task. Tree genealogy. He’d noticed plenty of small shag wood hickory around the area. He wanted to find the mother shag wood hickory. Desired to find the woman who had started it all. I had never thought of it in this way and asked him if there was a father tree hanging around. He didn’t answer and I think that this thought arose in my head because of my past dealings with the divorce specialists.

Well the tree guy finally thought that he had found the mother shag wood hickory. A big bruiser of a trunk that looked like it had been cut down by lightning and was now squatting on the ground to rot and fade away while providing homes for all those little beasts and insects and plants that I was bemoaning about being mostly ignorant of. What an unselfish way to decompose.

It took us about an hour and a bit to finish the walk and when we arrived back at the cabin we were hot, thirsty and itchy. So, we all headed to the fridge and then down to the water to cool off. I sat on a plastic lawn chair, drank a beer and performed some sum-up thinking.

I speculated that we humans seem to be so smart and to be ever learning more and more about how other, so called lower form organisms mechanically work and how their brains fire and what they eat and that sort of stuff. But, I think that most of us, not only do not know the names of most creatures, or even if they exist, but are quite ignorant of how they think and how they perceive this world. Heck, maybe they are more intelligent than us, in all kinds of ways. For example, what if my cat, who often sits on the couch and stares intently at a blank wall, isn’t staring at a blank wall? What about the little doll, which is hanging and blowing in the wind? What energy is it giving forth? Is my cat seeing this energy in the cabin? Does the word energy really mean anything? Are the resource and mechanically minded specialists who study nature, seeing the world from a too narrow and suffocating frame of reference? Are we hell bent on destroying our chances of enjoying and learning from nature as our society gallops frantically, tail wagging, trying to follow the spin doctors who are often only presenting their specious and sophistical arguments for personal gain while spouting oxymorons like sustainable growth?

Why only this morning while I was hiking in the park I suddenly turned my head, without knowing why, and there was an owl gazing at me. Owls are one creature, I bet, who can eyeball a body language specialist to a nervous breakdown. Couldn’t tell if it was telling the truth or spinning a god awful untruth, so help me God.

Anyway, other creatures do that to me too. I’ll be walking along, singing a song, or something like that when suddenly I’ll swing my head to the side and find I’m being minutely scrutinized. Deer are good at that. The old Martin Buber, I and Thou stare. Is it telepathy that drew me? Is their brain power overpowering my brain waves?

Well, I’m getting carried away, but I did learn more about trees on our walk, from a person who genuinely loves trees. Some people even say that trees have a consciousness. And some folks claim that if you want to communicate with a tree you have to slow down because they aren’t going anywhere in a hurry.

And I learned today that you can always learn something important from people who genuinely love a subject but don’t try to own the topic which is a whole other discussion.

That’s all I’m going to say about that and besides I have a tree to prune. It has funny looking heart shaped red leaves and bark that reminds me of hieroglyphics. I’ll have to look it up and get its name. And I’m going to zip through the pruning job so that it’s done before it knows I’m doing it. ‘Cause I’m a human and I’m smart.


The President's Paddle

The group at the President's Paddle toasting  Kevin Callan with a Bush MartiniBy Paul Vickers

After last year’s rainy and cold President’s Paddle, the warm weather for this year’s Paddle was welcomed with open arms. About 15 people participated in this year’s Paddle, with many staying for the weekend at campsite 4.

Be sure to join the new President at his or her Paddle next year!


Winter Camping

Disappointed that we had to cancel the 2007 winter camping wilderness program? Don’t be! Sign up at the Trail Centre now for the 2008 session. The training session is scheduled for January 19 and the interior camping is scheduled for February 2 & 3 and February 9 & 10 (participants pick one of two weekends).


Friends Canoe Raffle

By Anne Hogle

The Friends of Frontenac are raffling a 16’6’’ Kevlar canoe, courtesy of Langford Canoe Company. Thanks to the ticket selling efforts of volunteers over the summer, we have now sold approximately 450 of a projected 1500 tickets, so we still have lots of work to do. Cathy and Anne sat shivering, with their jackets zipped up, to sell at the Harrowsmith July 1st celebrations. Many others have helped out at the Trail Centre, and by selling tickets to family and colleagues at home. Those of you who have completed ticket books at home, could you please return them to the Trail Centre at your next visit so we have a more accurate count of ticket sales.

WE NEED MORE HELP. There is no doubt that sales increase, when there is a member of The Friends sitting out in front of the Trail Centre with the canoe. I know that some of you have told me you are not comfortable selling, and I feel that way too, but somehow I find this different. All you really need to do is offer a friendly greeting to the park users as they come and go, and most will then wander over to look at the canoe. If you are a person who likes to deliver a sales pitch you have your chance, but you certainly do not have to. Park Staff have been most helpful in moving the canoe out in front of the Trail Centre whenever a volunteer is present to sell tickets. Their efforts are well beyond their job description, and we appreciate it immensely. This is a nice lightweight canoe to portage, but no canoe was designed to portage well through narrow doorways and around tight corners! Those of you whose names are on the volunteer host list can expect to hear from me soon, about volunteering to spend a Saturday or Sunday in the Park this fall selling tickets. All helpers are most welcome. Give me a call (354-2607) or an email (

Thanks to all of you who have helped out so far. Remember, all the money goes into improving our already fantastic Park.


Revitalization Project Update

Volunteers building the frame of a boardwalkBy Paul Vickers

This spring and summer saw significant progress on the Doe Lake Trail and Arab Lake Gorge Trail Revitalization Project.

In late spring, a dozen volunteers came out to help install three sections of boardwalk. On a heavily used trails suited for day and novice hikers, the installation of boardwalk over flood prone areas is important for maintaining the long-term ecological integrity of the trails. Many people who walk these trails are wearing footwear that they don’t want to get wet or muddy. Instead of walking through the wet patches, they forge alternate routes that inevitably leads to destruction of wildlife and a widened trail. Boardwalks help to prevent this from happening, and at the same time, provide a more pleasant walk for day and novice hikers.

Funded by The Friends of Frontenac Park, Ontario Parks hired two students over the summer to solely work on the Revitalization Project. They accomplished back-breaking work in the high heat of the summer, such as moving wood chips and digging trenches to divert flood water. They have prepared and moved the material required for boardwalks that our volunteers will construct.

Looking head, another volunteer work day in the fall will see another two boardwalks installed and repairs to erosion steps on trail slopes. A new trailhead sign should be installed by mid-September, complete with trail guide dispensers. Over September and October a contractor will be replacing the steps leading from the Trail Centre to the two trails with safer and sturdier steps.

The trails are open while this work is being undertaken, but please exercise caution in work areas.


Our next volunteer work day is scheduled for Saturday, September 15. The day starts at 8:30am and will finish by mid-afternoon. Please bring work gloves and a lunch. We will supply drinks and snacks. Tools will be supplied by the Park.


Please be sure to join us for the official re-opening of the trails at the Frontenac Challenge BBQ. The completion of this three year, $40,000 project will be celebrated at the BBQ.


Doe Lake Trail and Arab Lake Gorge Trail are the most popular trails of Frontenac Park, a Provincial Park known for its near-wilderness environment. These trails are enjoyed by families, novice hikers, and first time visitors due to their short distances, relatively easy terrain, abundant plant, animal and aquatic life, and exposure to the human history of the Park. Unfortunately, the popularity of these trails has taken a toll on their paths and bridges.

The Friends of Frontenac Park would like to preserve the ecological integrity of the Doe Lake Trail and Arab Lake Gorge Trail, while adding user-friendly enhancements such as bridges and benches. Such enhancements will enable more children, adults, and seniors, of varying levels of walking ability, to enjoy these two trails. By revitalizing the paths and structures of these two flagship trails, The Friends hope to encourage visitors to return and enjoy more of the Park’s trails and see its many historical and natural features.

This project has been funded by a $10,000 grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, $4,000 grant from the Greater Kingston Community Foundation, $10,000 in-kind contribution from Ontario Parks, and $12,000 from The Friends of Frontenac Park.


Fall Trail Sweep

Cooler temperatures and fall colors are not far away and that means it’s time to spruce up the place! Come join the Friends on our annual Fall Trail Sweep and help us get the trails back into shape after a busy summer season. Meet at the Trail Centre at 08h30.



Members in good standing of the Friends can enjoy a discount of 10% off regular price merchandise (except canoes, kayaks and MEC price-matched items) at The Peak Experience. The Peak Experience is Kingston's only locally owned outdoor store and is located at 62 Brock Street and 795 Gardiners Road at Taylor Kidd. Present your Friends membsership card with photo identification at your next visit to the Peak Experience.

Your membership with the Friends also entitles you to a 15% discount at Novel Idea, a Kingston owned bookstore located at 156 Princess Street.