Minesing Reeds – Summer 2014

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands have had a busy start to year and we have captured some of this work in the Summer 2014 Minesing Reeds newsletter.

Enjoy stories from the Minesing Wetlands including Dave Featherstone relaying results from the Marsh Monitoring Program and scouting the Mad River canoe route!

You will read about how the Friends of Minesing participated in several community events this year including the Water Walker Festival, MEC Paddlefest and the Celebration of Rural Living with Margaret Atwood.

We also show our support for the Nine Mile Portage trail and efforts to improve it’s accessibility.  The Nine Mile Portage is an historic route used by First Nations and early Canadians that connects Lake Simcoe to the Minesing Wetlands.

Please enjoy the Summer 2014 edition of the Minesing Reeds!

Minesing Reeds – Summer 2014

Nine Mile Portage Committee Invitation

A committee is being established to promote the historic and recreational values of the Mine Mile Portage.  The Friends of Minesing Wetlands recognizes the connections between the Nine Mile Portage and the Minesing Wetlands and supports endeavors that would promote this part of Canada’s history and culture.

If you are interested in being part of a this committee please contact us (FOMW) or visit www.FortWillow.com and use the Contact Us page.

For more information on the Nine Mile Portage see barrie.ca

From The City of Barrie:

“This recreation trail is based on an ancient overland route created by the early aboriginal people of our area.  One of the oldest known European records of the route appears on a 1688 map by Italian Vincenzo Coronelli labelled as ‘Portage de dix Lieuel’.  This portage came to be known as the ‘Nine Mile Portage’ by the British Military, which employed it strategically during the War of 1812.  After the war, use continued until the first roads and the railway were established.  The old portage then fell into disuse and eventually the land was sold to settlers as the concessions were developed.  But it was never completely forgotten.”