Voyageur Storytelling Salutes the Bear Walls of Ferndale

The Bear Walls of Ferndale

An Installation of the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists

located in the Ferndale Park Information Centre

Ferndale (Northern Bruce Peninsula) Ontario

Instead of a mural in the new Ferndale Park Information Centre, the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists proposed a dramatic wall-mounted installation of artistic Bears painted on 4-foot-wide bear-naked masonite shapes, created by local artist Stuart Burgess. On them 19 artists have created 18 bears expressing diversely their attachment to the natural spirit of Bruce Peninsula and their affection for its threatened black bears.

The Bear Walls can be viewed at the Ferndale Park Information Centre, just north of Ferndale beside the Ball Diamond: open Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, daily in July and August, Thursday to Sunday otherwise.


"Spirit of the Bruce"

Jeanette Adaskus-Ann Bacso

"Fern Bear"

Stuart Burgess

"My Spirit Soars"

Denise Callaghan

"Bearly Combustible"

Paul Conway

Christie Davis-Amyot

"Little Cove"

Suzanne Dyke

"Birds of the Bruce"

Sue Dyment


Sylvia Elliott

"Celtic Bear"

Gerry Goldie

"The Beacon Bear"

Julie Heinrichs

Rosemary Kavanagh

"Spirit Home"

Kim McKellar

"Marquetry Bear"

Grant Murray

Bernadette Peets


Anita Penman

Trish Rintoul

"Ancient Witness Bear"

Lin Souliere

Patti Waterfield

Another web-take on the Bear Walls, treating them individually rather than as an installation, can be found at

But don't settle for any palid representation! Visit the Ferndale Park Information Centre and see the Bear Walls for yourself.

For information on travelling to Bruce Peninsula see

Bear shape created by Stuart Burgess

Photo of Stuart with Fern Bear by Willie Waterton, Owen Sound Sun-Times

The Bear Walls of Ferndale are sponsored by

The Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula

with the assistance of

Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists

Bruce Peninsula Artists Co-op Gallery www.brucepeninsulaart/gallery.html

The work of the Bear artists can be viewed (even purchased!) at the Co-op Gallery and~or at the

Annual Bruce Peninsula Art Show

Bruce Peninsula Artists' Studio Tour

Collect the Bear Wall Brochure from the Ferndale Information Centre, Co-op Gallery, Art Show
or Studio Tour!

Bear-Wall Installation images and arrangements by Paul Conway (*click on his bear for a larger copy)

Bears photographed by Carl Bell

Bear Installation Committee: Lin Souliere, Stuart Burgess, Sue Dyment, Paul Conway

Installers: The Committee with Carl Bell and Grant Murray

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Voyageur Storytelling, May 2012