Earl Rowe Park and Everett, Ontario: June 2020

Earl Rowe served as the 20th Lieutenant of Ontario from 1963 to 1968.

The park, near Alliston consists of a river:

which has been dammed to create a pond and a beach:

and a large meadow habitat which has many hiking trails:


Some of this is perfect for the somewhat rare Clay-coloured Sparrow:

Clay-coloured Sparrow

Other birds:

Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird
American Crow
Canada Geese
Canada Geese goslings
Canada Geese in “Abbey Road” (Beatles) formation

Some botany:

White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Red-cedar ((Juniperus virginiana)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Bracken fiddlehead
Morrow Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)
White Cockle (Silene latifolia)
White Cockle (Silene latifolia)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Goat’s-beard (Tragopogon)
Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)
Yellow Rocket (Barbarea vulgaris)
Doll’s-eyes (Actaea)
Wood Nettle (Laportea canadensis)
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Black Currant (Ribes nigra)
Prickly-ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)
Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Thomas Gordon, the first postmaster, named this community supposedly after his father’s hometown in England. It may instead have been named for a farm or home, because no Everett is shown on modern maps of Britain.

former school
Anglican church
former Methodist church now for sale


I think if you listen closely
In the sweet, glad days of spring,
With the song of the brook,
the breeze and the birds,
You can hear the flowers sing.    – Helen Isabel Moorhouse (b.1876)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Earl Rowe Park and Everett, Ontario: June 2020

  1. George

    Everett was at the centre of a long and contentious fight by a residents group against a new gravel pit to be opened and operated by Nelson Aggregates. The Pit was approved by the previous council of Adjala-Tosorontio Township in March 2018 after the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) dismissed the groups appeal


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