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Inverhuron Provincial Park – Parks In Peril

September 2013

Inverhuron Provincial Park is located on the shores of Lake Huron – immediately adjacent to the Bruce Nuclear Power Station at Kincardine Ontario.

Inverhuron Provincial Park is recognized as an important migratory bird crossover point with endangered long grass sand dune habitat.

Ontario Parks is currently developing the entire shoreline, except for a small area zoned as a nature reserve, for electrical trailer camping.  Of the 222 campsites, only 18 are designated as non-electrical effectively turning the park into a trailer park. 

Ontario Parks explains that trailer camping is more popular and lucrative but trailer camping diminishes  the ‘park experience’ both for traditional campers and day users as most of the electrical campsites are along the beach further perpetuating the downward trend in park visitors.   

This development was exempt from the Environmental Assessment Act through a Declaration Order requested by Ontario Parks, and therefore the impact of light and electrical pollution on the natural environment and its species were never assessed, nor was its proximity to the nuclear power plant and its storage of nuclear waste. 

Ontario Parks does not inform campers of the park’s proximity to the nuclear power.

History:  When the park opened in 1956 with 351 campsites, it quickly became one of the most popular provincial parks featuring nature trails and beautiful beaches.

Inverhuron Provincial Park Cemetery
Pioneer cemetery inside park

With the construction of a Heavy Water "Deuterium Oxide” plant at the Bruce Nuclear Power Development, Ontario Hydro purchased the park from the Ministry of Natural Resources in 1973 for issues of safety and security. Ontario Hydro also signed a 999 year lease with the Ministry which allowed the park to operate as a day-use park only—overnight camping was completely phased out by 1976. When Bruce Nuclear closed and decommissioned its Heavy Water plant in 1998, safety concerns were minimized and the process of opening up the park again for overnight camping began. (source- Wikipedia).

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