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Woodland Caribou
Event Name: Northwest Wilderness Quest
Date: May 1, 2016 to October 15, 2019
Location: Backcountry wilderness areas of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.
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Description:

Paddle and camp in the backcountry wilderness of Woodland Caribou, Wabakimi and Quetico Provincial Parks for 3 consecutive nights per park between May 1, 2016 and October 15, 2019 to qualify to win some great prizes! http://www.ontarioparks.com/nwquest 

Download the entry form: http://www.ontarioparks.com/nwquest/entry

Follow the Northwest Wilderness Quest on social media #NWQuest


Wabakimi
Event Name: Northwest Wilderness Quest
Date: May 1, 2016 to October 15, 2019
Location: Backcountry wilderness areas of Wabakimi Provincial Park
Event Type:
Description:

Paddle and camp in the backcountry wilderness of Wabakimi, Woodland Caribou and Quetico Provincial Parks for 3 consecutive nights per park between May 1, 2016 and October 15, 2019 to qualify to win some great prizes! http://www.ontarioparks.com/nwquest 

Download the entry form: http://www.ontarioparks.com/nwquest/entry

Follow the Northwest Wilderness Quest on social media #NWQuest


Quetico
Event Name: Northwest Wilderness Quest
Date: May 1, 2016 to October 15, 2019
Location: Backcountry wilderness areas of Quetico Provincial Park
Event Type:
Description:

Paddle and camp in the backcountry wilderness of Quetico, Woodland Caribou, and Wabakimi Provincial Parks for 3 consecutive nights per park between May 1, 2016 and October 15, 2019 to qualify to win some great prizes! http://www.ontarioparks.com/nwquest 

Download the entry form: http://www.ontarioparks.com/nwquest/entry

Follow the Northwest Wilderness Quest on social media #NWQuest


Frontenac
Event Name: The Frontenac All Season Camping Challenge
Date: January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park and Frontenac Provincial Park.

The Challenge: to camp in Frontenac Park at least one night in every month of the year in 12 consecutive months. Register at the Park Office and retain copies of your camping permits as proof of your stay during each of the 12 months. Once done, submit your record sheet and permit copies to the Park Office and you will be recognized at the next Challenge Celebration in November with a certificate, a crest, and your name on the Camping Challenge plaque!


Killbear
Event Name: Visitor Centre
Date: May 12, 2018 to October 31, 2018
Location: Visitor Centre
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Description:The Visitor Centre will be open daily May 12 to October 31. Summer hours 10am - 5 pm. Spring and fall hours 10 am - 3 pm. The Visitor Centre offers over 3000 square feet of exhibit space, focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of the park and the surrounding Georgian Bay area.
Killbear
Event Name: Summer Programs
Date: June 23, 2018 to October 28, 2018
Location: Various locations throughout park
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Description:Evening programs, guided hikes, and children's programs are offered throughout the summer by park naturalists. Programs tell a story about the special natural resources and human history of the park and run an hour in length. During the summer see an updated Calendar of Daily Events at www.friendsofkillbear.com
Frontenac
Event Name: Frontenac Trek
Date: September 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Presented by The Friends of Frontenac Park and Frontenac Provincial Park.

The Frontenac Trek challenges hikers to complete any six of the main trail loops between September 1st and October 31st. Note that the Arab Lake Gorge Trail, Doe Lake Trail, Dedication Trail Loops, Bufflehead Trail Loop; Little Slide Lake Loop do not qualify for the Trek. Registration is free! For further details contact the park office 613 376-3489 or visit www.frontenacpark.ca.


Frontenac
Event Name: Annual Frontenac Hiking Challenge
Date: September 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park and Frontenac Provincial Park

The Frontenac Challenge encourages hikers to enjoy Frontenac’s fall colours by hiking each of the 11 main hiking loops that form the challenge between September 1st and October 31st. Register for free at the park office or call 613 376-3489. For more information please visit www.frontenacpark.ca. A challenge celebration with successful completion certificates and free BBQ will be held at the park office on November 10th, 2018 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.


Frontenac
Event Name: Frontenac Jr. Challenge
Date: September 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Presented by The Friends of Frontenac Park and Frontenac Provincial Park.

The Frontenac Jr. Challenge, for hikers 12 years and younger, requires the completion of any 6 of the major trail loops Note that the Bufflehead Trail Loop, Dedication Trail Loops and Little Slide Lake Loop do not qualify as a major trail loop. Registration is free at the park office! For further information visit www.frontenacpark.ca or call the park office at 613 376-3489.


Pinery
Event Name: Dune Grass Restoration
Date: October 13, 2018 to November 30, 2018
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

We need your help to restore Pinery’s fragile Freshwater Coastal Dunes! Assist with rolling boardwalk storage, dune grass transplantation and other initiatives to protect this rare and fragile component of Ontario’s Biodiversity. Dune grass can only be transplanted after it becomes dormant following several killing frosts. Please call the Visitor Centre in the fall by dialing 519-243-8574 to obtain more information and a final program date. You can also check out www.pinerypark.on.ca.


Algonquin
Event Name: Haunted Halloween Weekend
Date: October 26, 2018 to October 27, 2018
Location: Mew Lake Campground
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

The fun begins on Friday night with Haunted Tales from the Camboose Shanty! On Saturday afternoon, join us at the Visitor Centre where a Park Naturalist will guide you through a collection of animal skeletons. Mew Lake Campground will feature pumpkin carving, campsite decorating and costume contests with awards given for many different categories!  Everyone is invited to participate in trick-or-treating among the campsites on Saturday night, and later, for a howling good time at the nearby Old Airfield with a wolf howl. Mew Lake Campground (km 30.6).


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Camper Halloween Weekend 2
Date: October 26, 2018 to October 28, 2018
Location: Bronte Creek Campground 3201 Upper Middle Road W, off Bronte Road
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Campfire Friday Night - come out to learn the history and traditions of All Hallows Eve "Halloween"  and enjoy stories, games music and more —- Open to campers and day visitors.

Saturday activities are for registered campers of Bronte Creek Provincial Park only. Decorate your site to have a chance to win a prize! Dress up and go trick-or-treating around the campground. Then go on a spooky guided evening hike where you will learn about bats, owls and coyotes! Maybe even get them to howl back…

Site decorating contest and prizes for top votes.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call our campground at 905-827-3228

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Presqu'ile
Event Name: Christmas at Presqu'ile
Date: November 3, 2018 to November 11, 2018
Location: Christmas at Presqu'ile takes in the Nature Centre and Stonehedge buildings at Presqu'ile Provincial Park.
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Quality arts and crafts available at this juried show. A fund raiser for the Friends of Presqu’ile. Event occurs first two weekends in November and the Wednesday between - November 3 and 4, 7, 10 and 11


Pinery
Event Name: Christmas Bird Count
Date: December 15, 2018 to December 15, 2018
Location: Pinery and surrounding area
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join birdwatchers for this incredible day of winter birding! Please contact the Visitor Centre to obtain more information by calling 519-243-8574.  This event requires being able to tolerate cold conditions for prolonged periods as surveying takes place outdoors beginning before dawn for owls and continues until late afternoon.  If snowy conditions prevail, hiking in snow or using snow-shoes may be required.  If you are interested in participating, please contact the Visitor Centre early to learn more about the day, to share your birding experience level and to get a better understanding of how you can assist with this Citizen Science Program!


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Victorian Christmas at Bronte Creek
Date: December 27, 2018 to January 6, 2019
Location: Spruce Lane Farm - Parking lot F in the Day-use area 1219 Burloak Drive.
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Victorian Christmas

A special holiday treat awaits you and your family! Take a step back in time to the year 1900 to visit a Victorian homestead during the Christmas season. Spruce Lane Farm at Bronte Creek Provincial Park will be trimmed and decorated in all its seasonal splendor.

Dates - Dec 27, 28, 29, 30 2018 and Jan 3, 4, 5, 6 2019.

Once the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas Day is behind you, your family can enjoy the holiday season.  Our revised programming aims to delight even the most persistent of holiday humbugs.  

Open Daily 10:00 - 4:00 (weather permitting). 

Event support by Friends of Bronte Creek 

Your Victorian Christmas experience will  include traditional Christmas games and activities, designed for all different age groups from toddlers to adults. Make hands-on crafts with daily special feature crafts where you will get to see and use historic tools and skills to create your own take home souvenirs.

Enjoy touring the elegantly decorated Spruce Lane Farmhouse and experience seasonal stories and songs in the parlor, learning about the holiday traditions of the Victorian era!

No Reservations required.  Large groups please call ahead.

Access to most of the Christmas attractions are included in daily vehicle permit or Ontario Park seasonal pass, unless otherwise stated.

Hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, tobogganing, Children’s Farm and Playbarn.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Coyote Howl Hike
Date: December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2018
Location: Day-use area. 1219 Burloak Drive.
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Description:

Guided Coyote Howl Hikes followed by a special New Year’s Eve countdown for kids.  

*** NEW location - Parking Lot F ***

A fun way to ring in the New Year.  Join Park Rangers who will guide you into the woods to a site where we hope to have a chorus of coyotes howl in response to our call.  Learn why they howl and some facts about this mostly misunderstood urban creature. No reservations required.

Guided hikes begin at 7:00pm and 7:30pm.  Followed by Kid's Countdown bonfire at 8:30pm.  Park gates will close at 9:00pm.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231


Algonquin
Event Name: Winter in the Wild
Date: February 16, 2019 to February 16, 2019
Location: Various locations along Hwy 60
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Winter in Algonquin is unforgettable and Winter in the Wild highlights the best of what the season has to offer the whole family! Join Ontario Parks and The Friends of Algonquin Park to celebrate winter in Algonquin Park through this family event. Indoor and outdoor events will be held at various locations throughout the Highway 60 Corridor of the park, including many at the Visitor Centre. All of the activities during the festival are free with the purchase of a Daily Vehicle Permit or Camping Permit (with the exception of food). Events include guided bird walks, guest speakers, guided snowshoe excursions, skating, winter camping demos, marshmallow roasting and a special evening program. Chili lunch and BBQ supper will be available for purchase.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Family Day Event
Date: February 18, 2019 to February 18, 2019
Location: Children's Farm and Nature Centre - Access from Parking Lot C
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Description:

Children's Farm - open 9-4.  Tour the various barns and outbuildings to see your favorite farm animals.  Pellet feed stations available (funds support the Friends of Bronte Creek Park).  Children's Playbarn - kids 10 and under can climb, jump and explore tunnels 'til their hearts content.  Allowing kids to be kids.

Nature Centre Open 10am to 4pm. Live animals and hands on displays showcasing Bronte Creek Provincial Park's natural world. Hands-on nature and heritage crafts will be offered inside the nature centre. 

Join the conversation @OPBronteCreek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Maple Syrup Festival
Date: March 2, 2019 to March 31, 2019
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville, Ontario
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Maple Syrup Festival 2019

Weekends in March and the Week of March Break.

March 2-3, 9-17, 23-24, 30 & 31.  

Festival Open: 9:30am - 3:00pm

We specialize in the history of maple syrup presented on a heritage farm from 1900.The festival heritage staff dress in historical attire and will help to immerse you in the history and culture of maple syrup. Attractions include: pancake house, fresh maple candy, fresh maple taffy, guide tours of maple lane, gift shop, wagon rides, farm animals, historical tours, family activities and more.  Allow 2-3 hours to see and do everything. (all festival buildings, tours and food services close/stop at 3:00pm).

Join the conversation @OPBronteCreek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Food and gift store purchases are additional costs.

For a complete list of fees and more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911


Sleeping Giant
Event Name: Sleeping Giant Loppet
Date: March 2, 2019 to March 2, 2019
Location: Marie Louise Lake Campground.
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

The Sleeping Giant Loppet is a mass participation ski festival that offers fun for the whole family and challenges competitive athletes. The Loppet takes place in the beautiful wilderness setting of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. It features multiple events with distances for skiers of all levels and abilities. Our 8km Mini-Loppet is perfect for families, children and rookies. If you’re ready to increase your distance or work on your speed, then the rolling 20km Marie Louise Lake loop is for you. The popular 35km Tour is a relaxed event that takes in the scenic vistas and challenging terrain of the storied Burma Trail. For the ultimate challenge, register for the Loppet’s flagship event, the 50km Classic or Skate distance. The 50km is perfect for elite skiers vying for one of our generous prize packages or citzen racers looking for a PB. Mark March 2rd, 2019 on your calendar and we’ll see you at the start of the 42nd annual Sleeping Giant Loppet! For more information visit www.sleepinggiantloppet.ca or contact (807) 629-0649.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Victorian Tea
Date: May 18, 2019 to May 19, 2019
Location: Day-use area. 1219 Burloak Drive - Spruce Lane Farmhouse
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Description:

Learn how to make and enjoy a proper Victorian Tea.  Program begins at 2:00 pm.

A late Victorian home and living history museum make the perfect setting.  Bring your Mom or date to enjoy this unique experience. 

Participation by donation to the Friends of Bronte Creek.

Join the conversation @OPBronteCreek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Springtime on the Farm
Date: May 20, 2019 to May 20, 2019
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville. Spruce Lane Farmhouse - by Parking lot F
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

10:00am-4:00pm at Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Join the hands-on-fun at the farmhouse to celebrate the annual re-opening of Spruce Lane Farmhouse!

There will be live music, blacksmith display, heritage crafts and demonstrations plus Victorian games. Kids can earn their Park Ranger card by helping with spring planting in the garden. Everyone will enjoy visiting the animals, we have turkeys, chickens, pigs and cows. No reservation required. All activities are on-going. Bus tours welcome.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231