Celebrate Parks Day In Ontario
McGuinty Government Invites You To Special Parks Events On July 17
July 17 marks Canada's Parks Day and Ontario's provincial parks invite Ontarians to celebrate this occasion with special events and activities for the whole family.
- Kakabeka Falls - Compete in the Kakabeka Falls Amazing Race, near Thunder Bay
- Esker Lakes - Take a guided hike and learn about the Boreal forest and biodiversity, near Cochrane
- French River - Enjoy a celebration of the French River and Aboriginal culture, close to Sudbury
- Awenda - Learn about Awenda's incredible biodiversity and species at risk, close to Penetanguishene
- The Pinery - Near Grand Bend, enjoy the Savanna Festival and learn about the park's rare oak savanna
- There are 329 provincial parks in Ontario. More than 100 parks provide visitor facilities.
- Last year, 9.5 million visits were made by people from around the world to Ontario Parks. Many Ontario Parks provide barrier-free facilities.
- Seven Ontario provincial parks celebrate 50th anniversaries this year: Blue Lake, Caliper Lake, Killbear, Marten River, Pigeon River, Sturgeon Bay and Ivanhoe Lake.
- 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity.
- Visit www.OntarioParks.com for camping, park opening and closing dates, fees and events in Ontario Parks.
- Check out the special events for Canada Parks Day.
- See the 2010 Ontario Parks Guide or get a printed copy by calling 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746).
- Book a campsite online 24 hours a day, or by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST daily.
“Our parks have provided outdoor adventure, good times and happy memories for generations of Ontario families and visitors. Join the fun on Parks Day and experience the beauty of our province's parks and the rich natural and cultural history they protect and celebrate.”