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Ontario Provincial Parks Open for 2016 Season

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Ontario Provincial Parks Open for 2016 Season

Get Out and Enjoy the Great Outdoors this Summer

Today Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Bill Mauro was in Bronte Creek Provincial Park to announce the opening of provincial parks for the 2016 season.

Most provincial parks in southern Ontario will open for the season starting May 13, with the majority of northern Ontario parks opening on May 20. 

Visitors can enjoy lots of fun activities in Ontario's provincial parks, including:

  • Learning how to get started in backcountry camping at Frontenac Provincial Park on May 14 by finding out what clothing, footwear, equipment and food you'll need, and how to treat water and stay safe in the outdoors.
  • Joining park staff at Bronte Creek Provincial Park for Springtime on the Farm on May 23 and participating in farm activities typical of the 1890s.
  • Bird watching, with several upcoming birding festivals, including:

More events are added throughout the season, so check back often.

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.

Quick Facts

  • There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 offering visitor facilities, such as park offices, washrooms, garbage pick-up ‎and security.
  • The opening dates for some Ontario provincial parks may be delayed due to weather.
  • In 2015, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 9.8 million visits from people around the world and brought in almost $90 million in revenue, which supports 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 13 to May 23.

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“Ontario’s provincial parks offer great opportunities to get outside and enjoy this province’s natural beauty. I encourage you all to spend some time in a provincial park this season.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

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