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Ontario Parks Attracts More Visitors In 2011

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Ontario Parks Attracts More Visitors In 2011

McGuinty Government Encourages Ontarians To Enjoy Parks' Natural Beauty

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Almost ten million people visited Ontario's provincial parks in 2011 - an increase of 50,000 visitors from the year before.

A number of Ontario Parks remain open during the winter season, offering a variety of snow-filled activities for children of all ages, such as cross-country skiing, skating, snowshoeing and winter camping.

Most Ontarians are within a two-hour drive of one of the province's 330 provincial parks, providing families and visitors from around the world with a wide range of accessible and affordable outdoor activities.

Ontario Parks brought in almost $63 million in revenue in 2011, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.

Reservations can be made up to five months in advance of the arrival date by booking online at OntarioParks.com/welcome or calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK.

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“Whether it's taking in the freshly fallen snow on ski trails or the glitter of ice-frosted trees, Ontario's provincial parks are just as beautiful in the winter as any other time of year. I encourage you to visit a park to enjoy some family time this winter.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Natural Resources

“A truly diverse and dynamic destination, Ontario has a wealth of activities that cater to many tastes. From winter camping, skiing, to nature watching, this holiday season presents endless opportunities to not only explore but experience all that Ontario has to offer.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism and Culture

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