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Every Room Comes with a View at Ontario Parks

Ontario Encourages Families to Explore the Great Outdoors

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario's provincial parks capture a dazzling array of spectacular views and natural features that can be seen from just outside your tent’s door, high atop a rocky bluff, and everywhere else in between.

You’ll find impressive waterfalls in many provincial parks:

  • The Ranney Gorge suspension bridge and the scenic limestone bluffs at Ferris provide a stunning view of Ranney Falls.
  • Kakabeka Falls, known as Niagara of the North, plunges 40 metres over sheer cliffs.

Enjoy a view from the heights:

  • Breathtaking Ouimet Canyon is more than 100 metres wide and 100 metres deep.
  • At Pancake Bay a viewing platform overlooks the spot where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.
  • A steep climb to Sleeping Giant rewards hikers with unbeatable views of Lake Superior.
  • Point Farms, once a popular Victorian resort, perches atop a bluff overlooking Lake Huron.

Marvel at the history and heritage preserved in our parks:

  • Bon Echo boat tours provide a close-up view of the Aboriginal pictographs on Mazinaw Rock.
  • At Craigleith on Georgian Bay, 455-million-year-old fossils are embedded in the shale shore.

Roam through these landscapes:

  • Quetico is known and loved for its rugged beauty. Paddle the park’s vast system of lakes and rivers and marvel at granite cliffs, exposed bedrock and spectacular waterfalls.
  • Sandbanks’ giant dunes and beaches form two of the world’s largest freshwater sandbars.
  • French River opens up a 105-kilometre span of interconnecting lakes, gorges and rapids.
  • Killarney’s sapphire lakes and jack pine ridges have captivated artists like the Group of Seven.
  • Lake Superior stretches between rugged coastline and Agawa Canyon’s back-country beauty.

See for yourself. Campsites can be reserved online or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK. Visitors can have a whole year of fun with an Ontario Parks annual day-use pass.

Quick Facts

  • In 2012, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than nine 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.
  • Ontario Parks employs more than 1,600 students each summer.
  • Park closing dates vary across Ontario. Visitors can still hike into most parks, but gates will be closed and washroom facilities unavailable.

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“Ontario has one of the largest and best park systems in the world. Our parks introduce visitors to magnificent Ontario landscapes — rolling woodlands, canoe routes, pristine beaches and crystal-clear lakes. I encourage all Ontarians to visit a provincial park this fall.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

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