Friends of Misery Bay with input and cooperation from Ontario Parks have been working since 2014 to complete several projects within the park to improve our trail systems and erect 2 shelters along the trails as destination points.
In 2014 we built The Shelter at Saunders Cove which is a 3.5 k hike from the Centre.
The Shelter at Saunders Cove
In 2016 we built Our Friends Shelter which is on the beach at Misery Bay and is a 1.1 k hike from the Centre.
In 2016 we started to build a 1.1km handicap access trail which runs from the Centre to Our Friends Shelter. To date we have completed a boardwalk over a vernal pool and have the trail almost complete. The trail system has been built with all-natural materials from Manitoulin.
Volunteers from FOMB have donated countless hours of their time to work on these projects with help from various organizations like the Stewardship Rangers and Manitoulin Streams.
Monies required to purchase supplies and hire required expertise have been donated by FOMB members, Ontario Parks and others.
If you have an interest in helping with upcoming projects for FOMB, please message John Diebolt (Special Projects Team) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705 348 0400.
As all of us are aware, high water levels on our Great Lakes have caused a lot of issues with buildings and structures along the Great Lakes shorelines.
Misery Bay Provincial Park has not been immune to these issues, and in the fall and early winter of 2019 Our Friends Shelter was partially inundated by these high water levels.
This structure sat on 8 posts that were sitting on top of poured cement pads. Five of the eight pads were undermined, causing the Shelter to tilt towards the lake. The concern was that forecast higher lake levels, would completely wash out all support, and high water and ice would severely damage the structure.
With an Ontario Parks emergency funding of $2300, we were able to move the shelter 40 feet inland and place it into a safe hibernation location until next spring.
Our task next spring is to place it into a permanent location and reconnect the access trail to it.
This will be a major task for 2020 and will require substantial funding. We are accepting donations of any amount for this project and will be doing various fund raising initiatives. Most gratifying is that we have already received donations of approximately $3500.
If you would like to help with this project or donate to it, please message John Diebolt at
email@example.com or 705 348 0400. All donors will receive a tax receipt.
** PHOTO CREDIT **
This photo used with the permission of Will Kershaw @ Ontario Parks
Friends of Misery Bay(FOMB)) and Ontario Parks are once again teaming up to move Our Friends Shelter away from the rising waters of Lake Huron. Our Friends will remember that we had to move it last year- 40 feet inland to protect it from rising waters and potential ice damage in spring breakup. This time the crew from Manitoulin Timber Frames lead by George will move it a further 8 ft inland and reposition it in a safe place for use next year by park visitors. The picture shows how close the lake is and the erosion damage from storm waves. Ontario Parks staff and volunteers from FOMB will be assisting.
A big thanks to all of Our Friends who have contributed funding to cover costs of this project..
We will keep you posted on this move as it progresses and also on more upcoming projects that will require volunteer help.
Special Project Team for Friends of Misery Bay
** PHOTO CREDT to Will Kershaw from Ontario Parks
Completing and doing maintenance on this trail is high on our priority list for 2020.
It requires simple, hard work like wheelbarrowing gravel, raking and shovelling.
To have this trail meet the provincial standards for handicap access, will involve a way to get from the Visitor Centre to the trail system (presently involves 15 steps- down and of course up, or using existing road/trail that does not meet the standards.
This will of course involve a required Environmental Assessment, engineering and of course, large amounts of money.
If you would like to be involved in these projects, or learn more about them, please contact
John Diebolt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705 348 0400.