Provincial Parks Open for 2015 Season
Ontario Encourages Families to Enjoy Great Outdoors
Most provincial parks in southern Ontario will open for the season May 8, with the majority of northern Ontario parks opening May 15.
Starting this month, visitors can enjoy a range of fun family activities in Ontario`s provincial parks. For example:
- Join park staff at Bronte Creek's Springtime on the Farm on May 18 and participate in farm activities typical of the 1890s.
- Sharpen your focus on the beautiful landscape at Kakabeka Falls' photo seminar on May 21 and June 4.
- Learn about wilderness navigation at Frontenac Provincial Park on May 30.
- Spot wildlife such as beaver and moose at Algonquin Provincial Park.
- Springtime paddling is the perfect way to enjoy The Massasauga and Killarney Provincial Parks.
- Check out the waterfalls at Chutes Provincial Park.
- Enjoy walleye fishing at Fushimi Lake Provincial Park.
If you're a birder already or would like to become one, there are several birding festivals this month in provincial parks:
- Murphys Point annual bird count on May 17.
- Presqu'ile's Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend, May 16-17.
- MacGregor Point's annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival from May 22-31.
The opening dates for some Ontario provincial parks may be delayed due to the late arrival of spring.
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.
- There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 offering visitor facilities.
- In 2014, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 8.5-million visits from people around the world and brought in over $70 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses across the province.
- Ontario Parks employs more than 1,600 students each summer.
- There is an alcohol ban at some Ontario Parks during the first 11 days of the season. This year the ban is from May 8 to May 18.