Howl in the New Year @ Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Did reading this title send chills down your spine or your cause your heart to beat just a little faster with the thought that you might hear or see a coyote? “Coyote” presented the perfect subject matter. So much material to work with! Being social yet secretive, largely misunderstood and often portrayed as a villain in media, plus a beloved cartoon character. The Bronte Creek Provincial Park is known for the cultural heritage programs which are centered around farming practices of the early 1900’s and for being a green oasis in an ever-expanding urban landscape. Park users were becoming increasingly curious about this adaptive canine that was being seen and heard around the area.
Each New Years Eve since 2000 park visitors have cherished being able to ring in the new year, or more accurately Howl in the New Year. You can be apart of this tradition this December 31.It all began innocently enough, as a way to enhance the park experience, getting people outside in the winter learning about not only our cultural history but also the natural ecosystems. Park Resource Interpreters deliver a series of guided evening hikes, leading groups of people away from the lights of the picnic shelter into the darkness of the forest. At first it was a handful of curious adventurers, then the numbers grew to 100+ people willing to go for a walk in the woods at night. These brave visitors were rewarded with an exceptional experience: learning about the ecology and distribution and general misunderstanding of this “urban wolf”. The night being capped off with an opportunity to hear coyotes return howls in response to our imitation calls.It is an experience you will be talking about for years to come.
How best to participate:
- Mark your calendar – December 31, 6:30pm
- Dress Warm – you will be outside for at least 1 – 2 hours
- Leave pets at home (no dogs allowed).
- Follow conversation on Social Media: @OPBronteCreek
No Reservations required, park admission fee in place.
A special Countdown for kids will take place at 8:30pm following the last hike.
Guest Writer: Sheila Wiebe, Park Marketing & Education Specialist