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Ontarians Encouraged To Explore Provincial Parks

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Ontarians Encouraged To Explore Provincial Parks

McGuinty Government Promotes Outdoor Activities

This summer, Ontario is encouraging new residents, tourists and others to visit a provincial park.

Getting outdoors to explore a provincial park is a great way to celebrate Ontario's diverse natural wealth. It is also an economical way to enjoy new experiences with family and friends. New visitors will discover:

  • beautiful scenery including cascading waterfalls, sand dunes and boreal forests
  • events for all ages including campfire storytelling, musical performances and art shows, nature workshops and organized beach activities 
  • services and facilities including playgrounds for kids, boat launches, canoe rentals, covered picnic shelters and barbecues, campsites and cabins.

Quick Facts

  • There are 329 provincial parks in Ontario. More than 100 of our parks provide visitor facilities.
  • Last year, people from around the world made 9.5 million visits to Ontario provincial parks. Many Ontario parks provide barrier-free facilities.
  • 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity.

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“This summer, leave the city behind and try something new. Ontario has over 300 provincial parks for you and your family to choose from. Explore somewhere new, go for a swim, go fishing, barbecue outdoors, take in a scenic view or just unwind under a tree - at Ontario parks, anything is possible and there is something for everyone,”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Natural Resources

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