Provincial Parks Open for 2013 Season
Ontario Encourages Families to Enjoy Great Outdoors
Most provincial parks in southern Ontario will open for the season May 10, with the majority of northern Ontario parks opening May 17.
Starting this month, visitors can enjoy a range of great family activities in Ontario provincial parks. For example:
- Use the backdrop of beautiful Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park to learn how to better use your new (or not-so-new) camera on May 23.
- Learn single-burner gourmet cooking at Frontenac Provincial Park on May 12.
- Join park staff at Bronte Creek's Spring Thyme on the Farm on May 20 and participate in farm activities typical of the 1890s.
- Spot magnificent wildlife such as deer and moose at Algonquin Provincial Park.
If you're a birder already or would like to become one, there are several birding festivals this month in provincial parks:
- Visit MacGregor Point's annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival from May 24 to June 2.
- At The Pinery, see Migration Weekend on May 18-20.
- Come to Presqu'ile for the Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend on May 18-19.
The opening dates for some Ontario provincial parks may be delayed due to the late spring arrival.
Campsites can be reserved online 24 hours a day or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. Visitors can have a whole summer of fun with an Ontario Parks seasonal day-use pass.
- In 2012, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 9.1 million visits and brought in $69 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.
- There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 featuring visitor facilities. Many Ontario parks provide barrier-free facilities.
- Ontario Parks employs more than 1,600 students each summer.
- For information about camping, park opening and closing dates, fees and special events, visit OntarioParks.com.
- See the 2013 Ontario Parks Guide or get a printed copy by calling 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746).
- There is an alcohol ban at some Ontario Parks during the first 11 days of the season. This year the ban is from May 10-20.
“Ontario has one of the biggest and best park systems in the world and our provincial parks are the perfect place to enjoy some family time. Our parks have something for everyone, from day visits to the beach or nature trails, to overnight camping and canoe tripping. I encourage all Ontarians to visit a provincial park this summer.”