The Friends of MacGregor Point Park was established in 1993 as a registered charity by a group of people who were passionate about MacGregor Point Provincial Park.
Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, we work cooperatively with MacGregor Point to support and enhance interpretive, educational and research projects and programs within the Park. A legal agreement between the Friends and the Crown provides formal parametres for this relationship between the Friends and the Park and provides definition for the extent to which we become involved in Park Operations.
Since 1993, we have carried out a number of projects within MacGregor Point. The construction, in 1996, of an observation tower helps to highlight the role of the Huron Fringe as a migration corridor and important natural area for nesting birds along the Lake Huron shoreline. Interpretive panels along the Huron Fringe, Lake Ridge and Tower trails; the construction of the Rotary Trail to link Port Elgin with the Park and the placement of information panels in the Park’s comfort stations are just some of our physical improvements to the Park. Newly completed is a bird hide for use by birders, photographers, artists and others who would like to have unimpeded observations of wildlife.
Program enhancements have varied from the annual support of student positions and guest speakers to larger festivals such as Sparkle in the Park (formerly Snowfest), Wild for the Arts and the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. Our festivals bring varied user groups into the Park and the Saugeen Shores area.
The volunteer Board of Directors of the Friends is a working board. It works hard to find ways to raise money so that we can honour our mandate of enhancing the interpretive, educational and research aspects of the park. Revenue from the Friends Huron Fringe Shop, which is located in the Visitor Centre, and our other fund raising ventures stay in the Park.
As a Board of Directors, we recognize that the role of the Friends of MacGregor Point is very important to MacGregor Point Provincial Park. It is through our continued support that many more people will come to value this protected area along the shores of Lake Huron.