Emily Provincial Park
" The following is an article written by Kevin Stuart about his trip to Emily Provincial Park. To truly appreciate Emily Provincial Park, you need to visit it in person. Have fun! Visit their website (click HERE) for more information."
by Festival Nomad Correspondent, Kevin Stuart
With so many Ontarians being outdoors enthusiasts, the provincial parks provide the perfect outlet for that desire. Whether camping, boating or just visiting the beach for a day, Emily Park is one worth putting on your list of places to check out. Conveniently located on the Pigeon River between Peterborough and Lindsay, it was established in 1957, it is situated upon the Omemee Esker South. The significance of this is formed by the retreat of the Lake Simcoe/Northern ice lobe some 13,000 years ago.
Lots To Do...
The conveniences offered include beaches for camp use and day use, cycling and hiking trails, and spacious camp sites. Performances can also be found often at the amphitheatre situated in the heart of the camp grounds. For anything you may have forgotten or suddenly run out of, the Park Store offers camping gear in addition to groceries, ice, firewood and souvenirs.
The catalyst for our family’s visit to Emily Park was visiting friends of ours who were camping there for the first time. Unlike certain places, the camp sites allow for a lot of room which is particularly useful for larger families or those whose kids need lots of playing space. Many of the sites are within a few minutes or even less to the beach. We spent the afternoon there enjoying the sand, water and sights of boaters passing through on the river. Since this was one of the warmer days, that was a good spot to be.
Things did cool off somewhat towards the end of the afternoon as we were treated to chicken cooked the old fashioned way, over fire. Maybe it was the outdoors, our hunger or the method, but it had to be one of the most delicious meals we’d had in some time. Just before we left our friends to head home we kicked the ball around with the kids on the beach which afforded a look at the sunset over the water. While photos can’t truly do it justice I attempted to capture some of the essence. If one is very philosophical, you could ponder on the symbolism of the sun setting on the day but also on the summer since this was the Labour Day weekend, but why disturb a good image.
Whether you come for a day or longer, you may also be interested in joining Friends of Emily, set up in 2010 to rebuild the marsh boardwalk. Funds are needed but they are in particular need of volunteers to help make this a reality.
For information on everything Emily Park has to offer, not just in summer but year round, visit http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/emil.html.