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Friday, May 19, 2017

Kick Off the Summer Season at Ontario Parks

Provincial Parks Open for 2017 Season

As the May long weekend arrives, celebrate the unofficial start of the summer season with an outdoor adventure at an Ontario provincial park.

Enjoy paddling along great backcountry canoe routes in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, discover an intimate campsite at Neys or sit back and relax in a roofed accommodation at MacGregor Point.

Most of Ontario's provincial parks are open now, and offer many exciting activities all year long. With spring weather warming up, try out some of these ideas:

  • Guided overnight camping at one of eight provincial parks with the Learn to Camp at Ontario Parks program. Reserve your spot now.
  • Learn how to canoe at Frontenac on June 4, with a workshop teaching canoe safety, paddling techniques and time to practice on the water.
  • Bird-watching at the Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend at Presqu'ile from May 20-21, or the Annual Spring Loon Count at Killarney on June 10.
  • Victorian games, heritage crafts and live music on the Farm at Bronte Creek on May 22.

More events are added throughout the season, so check back often.
The opening dates for some Ontario provincial parks may be delayed due to weather conditions. Park visitors are encouraged to check Ontario Parks - Delayed Openings for updates.

Quick Facts:

  • Ontario has more than 330 provincial parks, which cover more than 8 million hectares — an area larger than the entire province of New Brunswick.
  • In 2016, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 10 million visits from people around the world.
  • Ontario Parks will be offering free day use of provincial parks on July 21 for Healthy Parks Healthy People day.
  • There is an alcohol ban at some Ontario Parks from May 12 to May 22 inclusive

Additional Resources:

  • Campsites can be reserved online 24 hours a day or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.
  • Ontario Parks offer great fishing experiences for seasoned anglers and first timers alike.
  • Free copies of the Ontario Parks Guide are available online, at provincial park offices, tourism agencies, ServiceOntario, many local chambers of commerce and by calling 1-800-ONTARIO.

Quotes:

"You don’t need to go far this summer to enjoy hiking, canoeing or evenings around the campfire. Our world-renowned provincial parks are now open and are a wonderful way to explore all the great opportunities Ontario has to offer."

— Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Media Contacts:

Emily Kirk
Minister’s Office
416-314-2206

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
http://www.ontario.ca/natural-resources
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