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Monday September 13th, 2010

Posted at 1:48pm

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storm clouds brewing (over Pêche Island) by windsordi from the windsoriteDOTca Flickr pool.

The Citizens’ Environmental Alliance is holding their annual Pêche Island Day next Saturday, September 18th, 2010. This FREE event is open to any and all visitors that want to explore the tranquility and beauty this river island has to offer.

Pêche Island was known to early French explorers as the Isle du large, either because of its placement in the river (“at a distance”) or because of the likelihood of shipwreck (“keep your distance”).

The French word for fishing was used to describe the island by the early French settlers and the aboriginals of the area, since the island was used as a fishing station. It’s also been the summer home location for the Hiram Walker family, a provincial park and the site of a couple of shipwrecks.

With a history as rich as the flora and fauna found on the island, this tour is the perfect opportunity to brush up on your local lore, as well as show support for the rehabilitation and conservation efforts of this naturalized park.

Boat passage to the island begins at 10am, and the last trip from Lakeview Park Marina will leave the dock at 1pm. Trails will be marked for those wanting to roam the island on their own, and guided tours will also be available. So pack a picnic, grab your life jacket, and check out the little island with the large name!

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