Visit A Provincial Park In Ontario
McGuinty Government Encourages Families To Enjoy Ontario's Great Outdoors
Ontarians are invited to celebrate Parks Day on July 16 with special events and activities for the whole family.
There are events taking place in provincial parks across Ontario, including:
- Marten River - Celebrate the 21st annual Lumberjack Days festival
- Presqu'ile - Kids can participate in a Shipwrecks and Pirates program
- Wasaga Beach - Discover native gardening in your own backyard
- Kakabeka Falls - Take a guided tour of the falls
Ontario's provincial parks offer a range of affordable activities for families and visitors, including hiking, swimming, canoeing and camping.
Strengthening tourism is part of the McGuinty government's plan to grow the number of visitors, strengthen economic growth and support jobs in Ontario.
- With the new DuPont Provincial Park, there are now 335 provincial parks in Ontario.
- Last year, close to 10 million visits were made by people from around the world to Ontario's provincial parks, receiving almost 100,000 more visits than in 2009.
- Charleston Lake and Wasaga Beach Provincial Parks have also been newly expanded to give families and visitors more opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the province's natural beauty.
- Tourism is an important part of Ontario's economy, supporting 300,000 jobs. In 2008, tourism spending in Ontario reached $22 billion.
- This summer, more than 1.5 million kids will receive free admission to stay and play in Ontario with the 2011 Fun Pass.
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- Visit www.OntarioParks.com for camping, park opening and closing dates, fees and events in Ontario Parks.
- See the 2011 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. daily.
“With over 330 parks, covering nine million hectares that attract over 10 million visits each year, there is a lot to discover in Ontario. Parks Day is a wonderful opportunity for Ontarians to learn more about nature and history in our world class provincial parks system.”