Our Environment

Rondeau is a model for environmental stewardship. We truly are a village co-existing within a park. Yet every scenic sunrise over Lake Erie brings us one day closer to the expiration date of our tiny community. Despite a sharp decline in campers & day-users (and their revenue), the Ministry of Natural Resources wants all the cottages gone — and they’re already well on their way. In the 1960’s there were over 450 cottages here. The MNR has since demolished one-third of them.

cottagedestruction

THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO PAID $159,000 FOR THIS COTTAGE IN 2008 AND IMMEDIATELY DEMOLISHED IT. THOSE $159,000 TAX DOLLARS COULD HAVE BEEN SPENT ON HOSPITALS, EDUCATION, OR JOB CREATION INSTEAD.

The 283 cottages still remaining are intertwined with the park environment. It is common, for example, to see a rare five-lined (blue tailed) skink sunning on a cottage patio in the morning. Rondeau’s environment is thriving, and the cottage community is at peace with it. Any argument that our presence harms a stunningly successful provincial park just doesn’t make sense.

Rondeau Stats

Provincial Park Established

  • 1894

Total Area

  • 8,000 acres (3,250 ha)

Species of Vascular Plants

  • 850

Species of Birds

  • 340

Species of Fish

  • 79

Species of Mammals

  • 35

Species of Reptiles/Amphibians

  • 30

Private Cottages

  • 287

Typical Cottage Lot Size

  • 0.2 acres

Economic Impact of Cottages

  • Approx. $3,000,000/year

Current Lease Expiration Date

  • December 13, 2017

Portion of Park Occupied by Cottages

  • Less than 1%
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