Celebrate Canada's Parks Day 2014
Ontario Government Encourages Families to Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Ontario provincial parks are celebrating Canada's Parks Day on July 19 by offering a range of special events and activities.
It's a time to explore and enjoy the benefits that parks provide for people of all ages. Take in one of the many Canada's Parks Day events across Ontario where you can:
- Celebrate Awenda Provincial Park's 35th anniversary in Penetanguishene
- Go on a scavenger hunt at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park on the southeast shore of Georgian Bay
- Travel back in history at Quetico Provincial Park in Atikokan
- See shipwrecks and pirates at Presqu'ile Provincial Park in Brighton
Camping is a popular and fun way to experience Ontario's parks. 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.
- Canada's Parks Day is an annual event that celebrates parks as the best places for Canadians to experience all of nature’s powerful benefits.
- There are over 330 provincial parks in Ontario, covering over eight million hectares — larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
- In 2013, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 8.5 million visits from people around the world and brought in $69 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.
- Locate parks by services, activities and seasons.
- See the 2014 Ontario Parks Guide or get a printed copy by calling 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746).
- The Ontario Children's Outdoor Charter aims to get children outside to discover the wonders of nature. Ontario and seven partners have launched the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter: download an activity passport to track progress in completing 12 outdoor activities. Parks Day provides an opportunity for children to explore Ontario parks and fill in their passport.
“There are so many things to do in Ontario’s provincial parks this Canada’s Parks Day — and throughout the summer. I encourage you to visit and discover one or more of our beautiful parks, either to enjoy an event or just to spend some time in nature with family and friends.”