The Town of Penetanguishene has a combined history – the present and the future – in their recreational trails at the Waterfront Park. Historically, the waterfront has been the focal point for industry, logging, and now recreation and tourism.
In 1992, a seiche lowered the water level of the bay by 1 meter exposing hectares of logs, wood slabs and sawdust. Through the efforts of the town, volunteers and the Severn Sound Remedial Action Plan, 4000 cubic meters of wood waste were removed. In addition, wetlands were re-established, shoreline areas were naturalized, and a constructed wetland for the treatment of stormwater was created, restoring the historical fish and wildlife habitat.
Public access is enhanced through interpretive signs and pedestrian bridges over two channels, which were built by volunteers from the Penetanguishene Rotary Club. There is a children's playground, a sand beach, picnic shelter, washrooms, natural areas and the Town's Curling Club, along with ample parking to meet all your needs.
The park is actively used and is home to the annual Fiddle and Step Dance Contest, Personal Watercraft Races, outdoor concerts and numerous other special events. It is part of the Trans-Canada Trail which forms a link to the township of Tiny and the Town of Midland.
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