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Why do we like Parks? Probably for the same reasons you do. Each day we work seems to get faster. Each task at hand seems that much harder. Our toughness is constantly being challenged. Our mental fortitude always getting pushed to the limits. It seems you’ve got to wake up every day with a smile on your face, ready to greet your own personal war of attrition. We have the newest baubles with bells and whistles, rings and tones, tweets and blurbs, memes and microphones - and everyone’s on a pedestal promoting their latest new invention to get you to do things faster – faster, because we don’t have enough time! But enough time for what? Enough time to do the things we want to do? Or enough time to be doing the things which everyone is telling us we ought to?

 

It might only be about this time that you come to, and see it. Maybe you’re on your lunch break, cramming down the fast food as you walk hurriedly down the street. Maybe you’re brown baggin’ it, because this time – this time, you just can’t sit and listen to the hum of the halogens in your cubicle for one. more. minute. 

 

It could only be a small patch of green, a sprinkling of trees, a smattering of shrubs, a sparse slate of green grass. Maybe it’s just a single ray of sun washing out over this, or any, little oasis; right in the midst of the rabble and the rubble, the concrete towers, and the low rise mountains, the condo caverns, and the subdivision plains. But these small spits of salvation call to us – away from our screens and our monitors, our 140 characters, and our pre-packaged individuality, and remind us of something that belongs not to someone, but something that only we alone can make and manifest. And doesn’t that just start to feel darn good?

So whether it’s a park bench and a tuna melt on your 15, or your black earth stained fingers after a 6 day portage, or your eyes pressed to your leveling instrument, surveying the days work ahead – we know the feeling. 

Whether it’s on the municipal, provincial, or national scale we love Canada and its parks and we hope that we can incite you to join us in exploring and enjoying each and every one of them. 

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Whether it’s on the municipal, provincial, or national scale we love Canada and its parks and we hope that we can incite you to join us in exploring and enjoying each and every one of them.

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Park Facts

  • Established in 1918
  • The park is a wildlife sanctuary (especially for birds)
  • Noted for cattail marsh, woodland, and sandy beaches
  • 16 km long, extending into Lake Erie, Ontario., Canada
  • Southern point is equal in latitude to northern California
  • One of Canada's smallest national parks

Point Pelee is a world renowned bird sanctuary at the southern-most point of Canada.  A famous spot for birdwatchers and a key location in the migratory patterns of Monarch butterflies, this sanctuary is as breathtaking as it is fragile. The decline of this habitat has been attributed to a few environmental and manmade factors such as climate change, invasive exotic species, and neglect. 

On May 31st, Kodiak employees assembled at the west beach of Point Pelee, where guided by the Park’s Public Outreach staff Jenny Kehoe, we re-introduced native species to the area. Over the course of the day we planted more than 860 plugs of Canadian wild rye, evening primrose and common milkweed, all of which were grown from seeds collected from plants found in the park itself. 

These plants represent a suite of flora native to the region that regulate erosion and provide necessary food for indigenous and migratory species. Canadian wild rye was planted closer to the lake, due to their long root structure, this helps them hold in place and prevent erosion. Evening primrose and common milkweed are essential native flowers providing nectar for butterflies and birds. Milkweed is particularly important as it is a primary food plant for the Monarch butterflies’ caterpillar. 

Though our National parks are always a source of pride, we found ourselves leaving the park humbled, not only by the scope of our natural wonders, but from the passion the park staff and the regular visitors carry in protecting and venerating those places dear to them. 

If you’d like to volunteer, visit the park or contribute to habitat restoration, please visit Parks Canada for more information.



Kodiak employees volunteered to re-introduce native plant species and take part in revitalizing an eroding ecosystem.

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