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Fesitival of the Giant 2012 – August 10, 11, and 12

giant pictureThe festival begins Friday, August 10th, with an afternoon program presented by the Natural Heritage Education (NHE) staff. And that evening the always popular Campfire Singalong with “Jim n’I” starts at 7:30 at the firepit on the beach. Be ready for the Children’s Fish Derby starting at 9AM Saturday by the dock. Saturday is full of activities on the beach. Games,crafts and face painting are found under the big tent. The Sand Sculpture contest, Horseshoe tournament, Shoot the Hoop basketball, and Log Sawing contest always provide enjoyment. Bring $3 and enjoy corn, cake, and a beverage from 1-4PM. Be sure to come to the evening program at the amphitheatre to view a slide show of the day’s festivities, see if you are the lucky winner of a prize for an event, and be entertained by a presentation by NHE staff. On Sunday morning join us in a Blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast (plain pancakes also available). Breakfast starts at 9AM and is $4.

Annual Photo Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Photo Contest! The photos will be on display in the Visitor’s Centre all summer and you can see them now in our website photo gallery. There were so many interesting and beautiful photographs entered showing different aspects of people’s experiences in the park. Winners in the People Category were Marc Leschuk (1st Place), Don Cockell (2nd Place), and Denis Bresolin(3rd Place) all from Thunder Bay. There was an Honourable Mention in this category to Sunny Elson fo Little Britain, Ontario. In the Scenery category 1st place went to Trevor Miller of Thunder Bay, 2nd place to Ashley Pitton of Kakabeka Falls, 3rd place to Lisa Frankl of Thunder Bay and an Honourable Mention to Paul Guise of Winnipeg, Manitoba. In the Wildlife category 1st place went to John Ayearst of Shuniah, Ontario. 2nd place winner was Denis Bresolin and 3rd place was Betty Whatley, both from Thunder Bay. The large number of submissions in this category called for two Honourable Mentions going to Sunny Elson of Little Britain, Ontario and Ashley Pitton of Kakabeka Falls. Thanks to everyone who entered photos in 2011.

Be sure to turn in your photos for the 2012 contest. December 31, 2012 deadline
Wildlife, people, and scenery categories. Print the submission form and submit it with your 8″ x 10″ photo on photo paper!

Festival of the Giant 2011 – August 5, 6, and 7

This year’s Festival of the Giant Bean Bags was quite a success. The beach area was full of people having fun in all the different activities. Thanks to everyone who worked at making it a great weekend. And thanks to all of you who participated in supporting the Park and the Friends.

Westwind Store

The Westwind Store, on the second floor of the Visitors Centre, has a large variety of nature, camping, and fun items. When you purchase items at the store you help support the activities of the Friends. We continue to look for new products and expand our merchandise in line with our goals and philosophy. Many of our suppliers are part of the 1% FOR THE PLANET community, in which the company donates one percent of its revenue to environmental organizations. Several sources also provide organic and/or fair trade certification. Click on Westwind Store to for information about current merchandise. It’s a great place to find great gifts for the people on your Christmas list. Become a member of the Friends and receive a 10% discount at the store.

Click here for a printable version of our membership application form!

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Annual Photo Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Photo Contest! The photos will be on display in the Visitor’s Centre all summer and you can see them in our website photo gallery. The winners in the People Category were Betty Whatley (1st Place), Mike Sakiyama (2nd Place), and Shauna Kosoris (3rd Place) all from Thunder Bay. In the Scenery category the winners were Caitlin Calestani from Oshawa (1st Place), Ashley Pitton from Kakabeka Falls (2nd Place), and Denis Bresolin from Thunder Bay (3rd Place). In the Wildlife category the winners were Richard Debevec from Port St. Lucie, Florida (1st Place), Denis Bresolin from Thunder Bay (2nd Place),Ben Kuzmich from Thunder Bay (3rd Place) and there was an Honourable Mention in this category to Mike Segstro from Winnipeg.

Be sure to turn in your photos for the 2011 contest. December 31, 2010 deadline
Wildlife, people, and scenery categories. Print the submission form and submit it with your 8″ x 10″ photo on photo paper!