Springwater Provincial Park has been a sanctuary for 90 years

The voiceless continue to speak to us.

Maybe that’s what they mean about the gift of the weak. They remind us of something that is all too easy to forget.

But as for Aslan himself, the Beavers and the children didn’t know what to do or say when they saw him. People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time. If the children had ever thought so, they were cured of it now. For when they tried to look at Aslan‘s face they just caught a glimpse of the golden mane and the great, royal, solemn, overwhelming eyes; and then they found they couldn’t look at him and went all trembly. C.S. Lewis


In the late 1970s, it was proposed that the birds and animals be moved from Springwater because the old wire cages were considered inadequate under modern concepts. But once again, there was strong local community support for their retention. This was heeded and instead a decision was made to undertake a program of modernization so that the new wildlife habitat would be larger and more closely resemble natural conditions.

Springwater Park: A Child of the Depression, Peter M. Morley, Your Forests, Ministry of Natural Resources, Volume 15, Number 1, Winter 1983. Source: Simcoe County Archives

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reason. C.S. Lewis


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