As one who frequents Provincial Parks for camping, when I heard that there were a few that had been closed, permanently, I knew I would have to take the opportunity to have a look at how nature reclaims these spaces. I spend a lot of time in Gogama, and that seemed the perfect jumping-off point for a trip to the former Greenwater Provincial Park. As it turns out, once wouldn't be enough.
I was surprised by how well everything appeared to be weathering the time and neglect. The grouse had been taking advantage of the relative safety and seemed to be quite abundant.
The 8,500 ha park was established in 1957, and had been expanded as lately as 2007. The Government of Ontario announced closure of this, and other parks, in 2012, citing poor attendance numbers.