Phase one of interactive Misery Bay Visitor Centre exhibit design complete

Will Kershaw, left in photo, of Ontario Parks and Gaynor Orford, chair of the Friends of Misery Bay display the new 40 inch multi-layered, fully interactive screen.

MISERY BAY—The Friends of Misery Bay (FOMB), in partnership with Ontario Parks and Science North, are excited announce that phase one of the Misery Bay Visitor Centre exhibit design is complete and operational.

Phase one consists of a 40 inch multi-layered, fully interactive screen that allows the park visitor to experience parts of Misery Bay Provincial Park with the touch of a finger. The installation allows a  complete video/photographic tour of the park while providing some interesting facts on some of the unique and rare features of the park-including its wetlands, alvars, glacial deposits and sandy beaches.

Visitors can spend two minutes or 20 minutes viewing the screens, then head out on the trails to get a closer look at some of these features. The Science North team, led by Darla Stoddard, has crafted an amazing display with their leading edge methodology and technology, with information provided by FOMB and Ontario Parks.

This project is based on the Ontario Parks drafted Misery Bay interpretive plan and the exhibit plan developed by retired National Parks planner-Don Wilkes.

A second and smaller screen offers interviews with various experts, with video background including aerial footage that gives the viewer an overall look at the park and details on unique plants, geologic features and mammals.

Parks Superintendent Ryan Gardner is very happy with the progress the FOMB has made on this initiative. “The FOMB is a vitally important part of the Misery Bay landscape and deserve great recognition for the tireless work they do. Their dedication and commitment to protecting the park and interpreting its many natural resources to  the public is truly inspiring and obvious in this new interpretive display.”

“This new interpretive display is a very useful piece of technology,” said Gaynor Orford, FOMB chair. “It provides insights to trails and all the features of the park.”

The efforts to complete eh exhibits at Misery Bay continue to move forward with the help of an interpretive committee, which includes officials from Ontario Parks, FOMB and Science North. Now that phase 1 of the design plan is complete the committee will now be refocusing their efforts on phase two, which will see exhibits designed to educate the park visitors on some of the outstanding and rare features found in the park-like its alvars.

FOMB Chair Gaynor Orford and Special Projects committee lead John Diebolt want to thank all the donors,  large and small, who have helped to make this exhibit happen. Fundraising is ongoing for phase two and anyone interested in becoming part of the Friends of Misery, can contact the group at