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Provincial Park Visits On The Rise In 2010

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Provincial Park Visits On The Rise In 2010

McGuinty Government Encourages Ontarians To Get Outdoors

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario's provincial parks received almost 100,000 more visits in 2010, with a total of close to 10 million Ontarians and visitors enjoying the natural beauty the province has to offer.

With at least one of Ontario's 329 provincial parks within a two-hour distance for most Ontarians, they offer an accessible and affordable range of outdoor activities to families, seniors and to visitors from around the world.

Ontario's parks remain open during the winter season offering a variety of snow activities such as cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing or hiking.

The Open Ontario Plan sets out to attract more visitors from around the world to Ontario, helping local economies grow with tourism dollars to support and create jobs for families.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario provincial parks received 9,534,362 visits in 2010.
  • More than 80 per cent of visitors to parks are from Ontario.
  • Provincial park visitor fees will remain unchanged for 2011.

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“Ontario's provincial parks are renowned for their spectacular scenery, wilderness and pristine lakes and rivers. It's no wonder our parks received close to 10 million visits in 2010 from Ontarians and people around the world eager to experience Ontario's great outdoors. In the winter, skiing, skating, tobogganing and birdwatching are perfect ways to have some family fun in parks while enjoying beautiful winter landscapes.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Natural Resources

“Ontario's outdoors, with its natural beauty continues to attract new and returning visitors. From ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, to camping and dog sledding, there are many wonderful winter activities to experience. I encourage Ontario families to discover the outdoors over the holidays and enjoy all that our winters have to offer.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism and Culture

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