Media Release: Update regarding Smiths Falls’ female swan, Esther

Sept. 1, 2021

Update regarding Smiths Falls’ female swan, Esther

The Town of Smiths Falls is sad to announce the passing of Esther, the female swan who has spent the past year in Victoria Park Basin.

“We were devastated to have to announce the passing of Esther,” said Art Manhire, Director of Community Services. “The swans have captured the hearts of Smiths Falls residents. They are often photographed, and residents would make special trips to the basin to see them. We know the swans mean a lot to the community, and we are committed to keeping their legacy alive.”

Community services staff have been conducting regular welfare checks on the swans in the Victoria Park basin. During a check on Tuesday, Aug. 31, it was found that the female swan was in need of medical attention and Esther was transported to the veterinarian for assessment, where she unfortunately passed away.

The remaining swan, Colonel, will remain in the basin for the rest of the season.

The swans Colonel and Esther were introduced to Victoria Park in May 2020, where they spent the summer months before moving to a new location to spend the winter. The swans were reintroduced to Victoria Park basin in spring 2021.

The Town of Smiths Falls introduced swans to the community to offer a beautiful attraction for people accessing the waterfront while simultaneously deterring the nesting of geese in the park. In the coming weeks Town staff will conduct a review and bring forward recommendations for next steps in light of Esther’s passing.

Town of Smiths Falls’ staff join in the community’s sadness at the passing of Esther.

Residents are reminded not to feed the swans, and to keep pets on leash so they are not frightened.


For further information, please contact:

Art Manhire
Director, Community Services
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith St N, Box 695
Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 2B8
613-283-4124 ext. 6101