August 17, 2018 Hours:
10 to 5

More Hours
P.O. Box 337, 17 George St.
Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X4 
Phone: 705-746-5365
Adults $5
Senior/Child $3
Pass Holders FREE


Long history of fire prevention in the Parry Sound region


July was one of the worst months for forest fires in Ontario’s history. To help spread the word on proper fire precautions, we are sharing this cardboard Ontario Department of Lands & Forests poster, dated 1920 - 1972. This worn poster reads, “STOP... DID YOU PUT YOUR CAMP FIRE OUT” with a man caring a fawn away from nearby flames.


In Parry Sound, forest fire legislation passed in 1878 proved to be ineffective, as the public remained indifferent towards fire prevention. In 1920, the Department of Lands & Forests was established when the Bureau of Mines separated from of the Department of Lands, Forests and Mines. The Department was responsible for creating and administrating regulations for Crown Land, forestry, fishing and wildlife protection, including forest fire fighting. Peter McEwen became the first head District Forester in 1922 for Parry Sound and Muskoka. McEwen was responsible for 75 seasonal patrol rangers and creating an effective forest protection system. In 1925, the permit system was instated, and enabled towermen to distinguish between controlled fires and forest fires. The Department underwent multiple changes until 1972, when it was re-amalgamated with the Department of Mines and Northern Affairs to form the Ministry of Natural Resources.


Forest fires are started by both natural and human causes, with more than half being attributed to human carelessness. While cozying up by the campfire is a wonderful way to spend time with friends and family, please exercise caution and comply with all local fire bands to help protect our forests.


The fire poster will be on display for the entire month of August. Click here, to read the article on the Parry Sound North Star website. 



Copyright © 2013 West Parry Sound District Museum 17 George St. Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2X4
Phone: 705-746-5365 Fax: 705-746-8775 E-mail
Funding provided by the
Government of Ontario.