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Provincial Parks Open for 2013 Season

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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:

If you're a birder already or would like to become one, there are several birding festivals this month in provincial parks:

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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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“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.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

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