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Ontario to Continue Operating Three Northern Provincial Parks

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Ontario to Continue Operating Three Northern Provincial Parks

Province Keeping Parks Open for Ontarians to Enjoy

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario will continue to operate three northern provincial parks - Ivanhoe Lake, Fushimi Lake, and René Brunelle - as part of an ongoing commitment to ensure Ontarians have access to the province's great outdoors.

The province previously announced a commitment to operate the parks for the 2015 season, and is extending that commitment now for the 2016-2019 camping seasons.

Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park is a popular spot for family holidays, fishing trips and canoe outings, with hiking trails running through ancient glacial landscapes. Fushimi Lake Provincial Park, surrounded by the lush Boreal Forest, is an excellent fishing spot for Walleye, Northern Pike and Yellow Perch. And René Brunelle Provincial Park sports four sandy beaches and provides wonderful bird-watching and wildlife viewing.

Ensuring provincial parks are available for Ontarians to enjoy is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • The three provincial parks are located in Northeastern Ontario. Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park is located west of Timmins, René Brunelle Provincial Park is in Moonbeam and Fushimi Lake Provincial Park is northwest of Hearst.
  • There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, covering more than eight-million hectares — an area larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
  • In 2014, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 8.5-million visits from people around the world and brought in more than $70 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses across the province.
  • You can reserve a campsite online or by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK (668-7275).

Additional Resources


Bill Mauro

“I am pleased that Ontarians will be able to enjoy the continued operation of Fushimi Lake, René Brunelle and Ivanhoe Lake provincial parks through the 2019 camping season. This will ensure all Ontarians have access to these beautiful northeastern parks for many years.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Media Contacts

  • Media calls only: Todd Lane

    Minister’s Office


  • Media calls only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch




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