History in Motion ~ From History to Parks
History of Ontario Parks
Ontario parks have a rich history shaped by preservation efforts and a commitment to environmental conservation. Initiated in the early 20th century, the establishment of these parks was driven by a growing awareness of the need to protect the province’s diverse ecosystems and natural wonders. Influenced by pioneers in environmentalism, the parks evolved into sanctuaries for wildlife and havens for outdoor enthusiasts. Over the years, the dedication to preserving Ontario’s natural beauty has expanded, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy the tranquility, biodiversity, and recreational opportunities these parks offer. The history of Ontario’s parks is a testament to the province’s commitment to balancing conservation with public access, creating spaces where nature and history seamlessly coexist.
Here are some of the many Ontario Parks that were create “From History to Parks”.
Austin Sawmill Heritage Park
The first mill established on this site was built in the 1890s and owned by William T. Craig and John Austin.
In 1908, the original building burned to the ground and was replaced by the structure which succumbed to fire in the conflagration of 1942 which destroyed most of the town (Kinmount).
The Austin Sawmill was recently reconstructed and brought back to life with static displays that illustrate the milling processes that were utilized within the original mill.
Algonquin Provincial Park
Algonquin Park was established in 1893 when the Ontario government of the day acted upon a recommendation of the Royal Commission on Forest Reservation and National Parks in “reserving a portion of the ungranted Crown domain to be set apart as a Forest Reservation and National Park.”
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Bruce Peninsula National Park was established in 1987 to protect this unique area. It is also a part of the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The park contains the longest stretch of undeveloped Niagara Escarpment and Lake Huron shoreline, protected for future generations.
Killarney Provincial Park
The origin of the park is owed to the conservation efforts of artists. Canadian Group of Seven artist A. Y. Jackson was so alarmed by the prospect that Trout Lake (now O.S.A. Lake) was about to be logged that he petitioned the Provincial government of the day to have it preserved.
Murphy’s Point Provincial Park
The park also contains the restored early 20th-century “Silver Queen” mica mine, the ruins of a sawmill and several historic pioneer buildings including the Lally Homestead. This area was mined in the early 20th century, for mica, feldspar, and apatite.
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