Today’s post comes from Roger LaFontaine, park naturalist, classically trained biologist and amateur lake monster researcher. He has spent nearly two decades researching and documenting the occurrence of mysterious creatures in Ontario. We think that we know our lakes and rivers well, but, in reality, we have barely scratched the surface. Unknown to us, the … Continue reading Lake monsters in Ontario Parks
When I saw this weeks theme I knew that I had to share some photos from my favourite Ontario Park. These are fossils of a coral reef dating back to over 350 million years.
Every year I’m intrigued by the textures of the fossils on the rocks. It amazes me that after
years centuries of weather, lake, and people these are still here for us to see and touch.
What You’ll Like :
- Exposed fossils of a coral reef dating back to over 350 million years embedded in limestone shelf along the beach
- Viewing platform above sand dunes
- 2 km hiking trail
- 1 km of sandy beach
- Fall monarch butterfly migration
Spring has been kind to Niagara this year! Our tulips look amazing. My garden has brought me hours of joy and photographs! I’m especially delighted with the Canada Tulips!! They were cultivated to celebrate Canada’s 150th.
The individual tulips and the variety of colours in my garden are what make my heart sing. The seas of colour in the Niagara Parks are just as breathtaking!
Last week my daughter and I went down to see the displays along the Niagara Parkway. I’ll be spending many hours along Niagara Parks this year. So I’m confident this is just one of many highlighting our beauty! (In fact, this is just my small selection of tulip photos, I have a few more from this walk that I’ll share later.)
These displays of tulips (predominately red and white) are the start of the celebration of our heritage in Canada. (see below)
In a previous post about a garden of tulips, I shared why tulips are part of Canada’s yearly celebrations. (another tie to our rich heritage)
Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said the projects “speak to our mission and the ‘roots’ we have established over our rich 132-year history.” They also touch upon NPC’s anniversary campaign theme of Begin Here, “signifying Niagara Parks’ importance as a natural, cultural and heritage gateway.”
The five projects will be:
Rooted in Legacy — 10 interpretive pollinator gardens spaced along the 56-kilometre Niagara River corridor. They’ll stress the importance of birds, butterflies, and bees.
Rooted in Nature — providing insight into Ontario’s native plant and animal species. It launched February at the butterfly conservatory. In addition, revisions to the Niagara Glen Centre will be unveiled in July.
Rooted in Life — will feature an art exhibition at the Floral Showhouse interpreting life in Ontario over 150 years. Uses vintage pieces from Durham’s former Cullen Miniature Village collection.
Rooted in the Garden — a series of cultural and culinary programs spotlighting the botanical gardens and school of horticulture.
Rooted in Design — an amateur and professional art competition to design two high traffic flower beds at Queen Victoria Park and Queenston Heights Park, as well as the face of the Floral Clock. A commissioned piece of work will be unveiled in the fall.
Late last year, Vesey’s Seeds of Prince Edward Island donated 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs to 150 communities across Canada to mark the country’s 150th birthday in 2017. The Canadian Garden Council chose the 150 communities from nearly 500 applicants.
Niagara Parks Commission ended up receiving an additional 29,000 bulbs, planted in October and now in bloom along the parkway. SOURCE: niagarafallsreview.ca/2017/05/02/niagara-parks-unveils-canada-150-projects
Last week (oops I’m a bit late with this post) I was grateful for a break between rainstorms. I love wandering to enjoy nearby gardens.
During a break in the rain last week. I went for a walk around a nearby neighbourhood. I was delighted to find this beautiful garden full of tulips.
Did you know?
In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, in the Second World War.
The most noteworthy event during their time in Canada was the birth in 1943 of Princess Margriet to Princess Juliana at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The maternity ward was declared to be officially a temporary part of international territory, so that she would be born in no country and would inherit only her Dutch citizenship from her mother. In 1946, Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and promised to send 10,000 more bulbs each year.