Sometime in the late 1990s or early 2000s (I’m guessing, but I think that’s about right), whoever’s in charge of signage for Ontario’s provincial parks decided an update was needed. Goodbye, therefore, to signs like this one, replaced with a more “modern” blue-white-green logo, different typeface, the whole shebang. Nothing particularly objectionable, at least to my mind. But regular readers will have figured out by now that I’m a sucker for the way things used to be; so you can imagine how delighted I was the first time I spotted the sign above on a stretch of good old Highway 7 (the Trans-Canada Highway) just east of Sharbot Lake, pointing to Sharbot Lake Provincial Park. What a great reminder of the days (the 1970s) when we liked our colours weird and loud.
Now I look for that sign every time Raymond and I drive to the Manse, and it makes me happy to see it. I am assuming it’s a bit of a mistake that it’s still there, left over from the old days and not replaced by one of the new ones. I just hope the powers that be have the good sense to leave it there.