Outings and Events

Quill and Birchbark Workshop, 2019

Announcement / May 29, 2020: Unfortunately, all the scheduled Outings and Events for 2020 have been cancelled this year, due to the uncertainties around the COVID-19 virus and social distancing. We’ll leave them posted below, so you have an idea what to expect next year, Summer 2021.

First Nations Visiting Circle

At this cultural awareness event, local elder Marilyn Capreol will share her knowledge of First Nations bundles and traditions. Boat-pool if possible. No alcohol or dogs please. Women wear skirts. Bring a potluck dish to share (and your own utensils) for a traditional feast conclusion.

Yoga on the Bay

Yoga’s gentle stretching and breath work is marvellous therapy for the body and the soul! Betty Morris, RYT500 Yoga instructor, will again lead a gentle yoga session; wonderful for all levels and ages, on her cottage deck. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one (or a cushion or thick towel), wear comfy clothes and don’t forget your sunscreen and hat! This has been ongoing for several years, thanks to Betty’s generosity and expertise.

Water Testing Demos – two events

The BNIA is now part of the Lake Partner Program, an Ontario-wide effort using citizen-scientists to ensure long-term water-quality data collection. Anne Stewart heads our BNIA program. We now test for total bacteria and fecal coliforms at the Kidd cottage in Nares, saving a trip to Parry Sound after each round of testing. We welcome teens and tweens, and anyone else to join in. There will be testing and demonstrations in both inlets, see below.

Water Testing Bayfield Inlet

Water Testing Nares Inlet

Quill on Birchbark Workshop

With Tracey Pawis, an Anishnabi artist from Parry Island. Create your own traditional quill-birchbark piece with Tracey’s expert instruction.

Dreamcatcher workshop, 2019

Dreamcatcher Workshop

With Tracey Pawis, an Anishnabi artist from Parry Island. Learn about the use of dreamcatchers and make your own work of art to keep or give away.

Lichen Field Trip

This outing will be led by Troy McMullin, Canada’s top lichenologist, post-doctoral research scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature, the University of Guelph, and talented educator. If you have ever wondered about the fascinating colourful growths on our rocks, soil, trees and older built structures, you will be fascinated by Troy’s talk and field outings. We plan to visit locations in Bayfield and Nares, looking for different varieties of lichen. This is a rare opportunity to spend time exploring with an expert botanist.

Knot-typing workshop, 2018