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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, 2019 to December 31, 2019
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!


John E. Pearce
Event Name: Backus-Page House
Date: May 1, 2019 to October 14, 2019
Location: 29424 Lakeview Line
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Description:

When visiting the park be sure to stop by Backus-Page House Museum.

The staff and volunteers offer a variety of programs and special events May-Thanksgiving.

Heritage farm show, catered teas and picnics and harvest fairs to name a few events.


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Junior Naturalist Program
Date: May 10, 2019 to October 14, 2019
Location: Permit Office or any park program
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Hey Kids! Would you like to become a Junior Naturalist? Do you love nature and want to learn more about the environment? You can! Just pick up a Junior Naturalist Passport from any of the Discovery Educational Programs or from the Permit Office to get started. Then you’re ready to start earning stamps on your passport - for each park program you participate in you will receive one stamp, also for each activity sheet you fill out you will earn one stamp. Speak to a Park Naturalist or the Permit Office staff to get your passport stamped, to find out about upcoming park programs or to pick up more activity sheets to work on. Once you have 3 stamps on your passport you will become a Junior Naturalist Level 1! For each Level completed you will receive a certificate, a small reward, and a ballot for our end-of-summer prize pack contest. We now have 8 levels of Junior Naturalist at Balsam Lake Provincial Park, see if you can earn them all!


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Discovery Educational Programs
Date: May 10, 2019 to October 14, 2019
Location: Throughout the park!
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Interested in nature, wildlife, and the cultural history of this area? Balsam Lake offers a variety of Discovery Educational programs all summer long, from Canada Day to Labor Day - and on weekends in the fall.  We offer children’s programs, guided hikes, evening slideshows, dramatic presentations, campfires, and interpretive displays. All ages are welcome and encouraged.  Check out what’s happening when you arrive at the park by picking up our weekly schedule from the permit office or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for weekly events.  


Killbear
Event Name: Visitor Centre
Date: May 11, 2019 to October 27, 2019
Location: Visitor Centre
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Description:The Visitor Centre will be open daily May 11 to October 27. 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.
Wasaga Beach
Event Name: Nancy Island Historic Site
Date: May 24, 2019 to October 13, 2019
Location: 119 Mosley Street
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Description:

May 24 – June 23:  Open Friday/Saturday/Sunday  10:00am - 5:00pm

June 28 – September 2: Open DAILY  10:00am - 5:00pm

September 7 – October 13:  Open WEEKENDS ONLY  10:00am - 5:00pm

Nancy Island Historic Site has served as a historic site since 1928 and is the most viable site to the War of 1812 in Simcoe County and the Georgian Bay region.  It represents a major event during the War of 1812: HMS Nancy’s battle against three American schooners on August 14th of 1814.  The island houses the charred hull and artefacts of the HMS Nancy from this pivotal moment in Canadian history.  The borders of Canada today are a direct result of the valiant struggles of the Nancy and her crew!

Visitors to the site can join a heritage costumed staff member and discover the history of the Nancy and her crew, participate in a hands-on historical demonstration, view an award winning video presentation which tells the crew’s heroic story, and club to the top of a Great Lakes 19th Century replica lighthouse for the best view of Wasaga Beach.


Killbear
Event Name: Summer Programs
Date: June 22, 2019 to October 27, 2019
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 Jr. Challenge
Date: September 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019
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.


Frontenac
Event Name: Frontenac Trek
Date: September 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019
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, 2019 to October 31, 2019
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 refreshments will be held at the park office on November 9th 2019 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.


Grundy Lake
Event Name: Discovery Centre
Date: September 7, 2019 to October 13, 2019
Location: Main Rd. across from Main Beach
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Description:

Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am - 12:30 pm 

Come check out our Discovery Centre!

Take a look at some of our fascinating displays of skulls and furs, and learn about the native flora and fauna here at Grundy Lake!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: September 8, 2019 to October 13, 2019
Location: Lally Homestead Parking Lot
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Description:

Every Sunday join our guided hike (1.5 hours) along the Silver Queen Mine Trail and into a restored, early 1900s, mica mine. Hardhats supplied! Hike starts at 10 a.m. at the Lally Homestead parking area. Booking not required. Please allow 15 minutes driving time from the main campground. Valid camping or day-use permit required.


Frontenac
Event Name: Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Aid
Date: September 20, 2019 to September 22, 2019
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, ON

This 20 hour course takes place in the park interior and is designed to give participants training needed to care for a casualty for up to 24 hrs in a wilderness or remote context. Focus is on prevention but in this scenario based course you will learn and practice assessment, treatment and stabilization of casualties. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites but participants must be 16 years of age or older. Camping equipment and food not included but arrangements can be made upon request.

This course starts Friday evening.  Participants can hike or canoe to the campsite #3.

Cost: $230.00 + HST plus Park camping permit. 

For more information and to register, please contact Steve Tripp at wildernesstripping@gmail.com. NOTE: This course is also offered on May 31- June 2 and June 14-16.


Rondeau
Event Name: Evening Canoe Hike
Date: September 20, 2019 to September 20, 2019
Location: Marsh Trail Parking Lot - 6:00pm
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Description:

Join staff for an evening paddle out on Rondeau Bay! Canoes are available to rent through the Friends of Rondeau, or you can bring your own!

Pre-registration is required as spots are limited! Please call the Visitor Centre at 519-674-1768.


Forks of the Credit
Event Name: Fall Colours
Date: September 21, 2019 to October 27, 2019
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Description:

Q. When is the best time to visit?

Weekdays.  There will be have far fewer people on the trails and lots of parking.

Check out the Fall Colour Report for the optimal time when the colours are prime.

Park only in designated parking lots, avoid parking on road shoulders.

Things to remember when hiking: 

Take a map. Stay on the designated trails. Be aware of your surroundings.

Weather can change quickly, be prepared with layers of clothing and rain gear.

Bring some water and snacks. (take your garbage out with you).

Remember your camera!

Dogs on leash.

Many area towns offer establishments for food, gas and drinks.

Post and share your images #fallcolours @ontarioparks.

Hidden gems.

Easier locations.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: World Cleanup Day
Date: September 21, 2019 to September 21, 2019
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Description:

Just like spring cleaning - only this time we are getting the park ready to go to sleep for the winter.  After a busy summer season the trails, ditches and waterways have collected debris - which is unsightly as well as dangerous to wildlife.  Volunteer today to do your part to clean up a little part of the world.

Join the conversation FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

More details will be posted on our facebook page as the date approaches.


Sleeping Giant
Event Name: The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Date: September 21, 2019 to September 21, 2019
Location: Visitor Centre, Marie Louise Lake Campground
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Description:

Do want to do something positive for the environment and spend an afternoon outdoors while making new friends? Come make a difference in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park at our Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup! 

On September 21, 2019 millions of people will participate in National CleanUp day by helping to clean up their communities. Come join us in taking action in Sleeping Giant by helping to clean up garbage around our campground and by the shores of Marie Louise Lake. 

Volunteers will meet at the Visitor Centre in Marie Louise Lake Campground at 1:00 pm. After a quick welcome and introduction we will split into groups to tackle different areas of the campground. We will be participating in the Shoreline Cleanup from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. From 3:00 pm-3:30 pm you are welcome to come warm up and enjoy some complimentary hot chocolate in the Visitor Centre for your hard work. 

Please note: If you are travelling to the Park specifically for this event please stop at the Gatehouse first to get a courtesy pass. The free entry pass will be valid from 1:00 pm until 3:30 pm. Make sure to display it on the dashboard of your vehicle. If you would like to explore the Park before or after the event, you will need to purchase a Park day use pass. 

Please follow this link to register to let us know you’re coming: http://shorelinecleanup.ca//cleanups/ymmld

What to bring: 

-Change of clothes (if needed)

- Reusable water bottle

- Sturdy shoes or boots (no sandals or other open-toed shoes)

- work gloves if you own them (we will provide some for those that don't)


Frontenac
Event Name: Beginner DSLR Photography in Nature workshop
Date: September 21, 2019 to September 21, 2019
Location: Park Office
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by:  The Friends of Frontenac and Robin Penrose

Own a Digital camera that's collecting dust?  Not getting the shots you want?  Digital cameras, DSLRs are complicated, and so is the process of capturing good pictures.  Come to the Beginner DSLR Photography in Nature workshop to learn what those buttons and functions do, learn to see through the lens and begin exploring basic composition and exposure to improve your photos.  Bring your camera, the manual, a snack or lunch, and be prepared to shoot outdoors. 

Register early by calling the Park Office at 613 376-3489 as seats are limited.  

Saturday, September 21st, 9 - 1:00 pm - please arrive for 8:30 if you plan to pay the registration fee on arrival.

Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.  

$60.00 + HST and park daily vehicle pass


Murphys Point
Event Name: Shoreline Cleanup
Date: September 21, 2019 to September 21, 2019
Location: Main Beach - 10am to noon.
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Description:

Join us for this special Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event. We will start off at the main beach and, depending on the number of participants, may continue to the hike-in beach for more! The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a national conservation program that provides Canadians the opportunity to take action in their communities wherever water meets land, one bit of trash at a time.


Grundy Lake
Event Name: Saturday Sep 21st - Programs
Date: September 21, 2019 to September 21, 2019
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Description:

Water Colours! 10 am  -  Discovery Centre 

The windswept trees and rocks, like those found at Grundy, have inspired many famous painters… Come join Emily for some relaxing, lakeside, watercolour painting

 

A Walk Through the Forest 2:30 pm   -  Beaver Dam Trail

Guided Hike - Join Mary and Emily for a leisurely stroll through towering white pines, paper-white birch, and aromatic cedar and discover the luscious green vegetation particular to different ecosystems within the forest.

 

Grundy Lake Jeopardy! 8:00 pm   -  Amphitheatre

From animal calls to voyageurs, are you ready to try a game of Grundy Lake Jeopardy? Join our discovery team host to show off your “Ontario Parks Smarts”!


Sauble Falls
Event Name: Camper Halloween
Date: September 27, 2019 to September 29, 2019
Location: Campground.
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Description:

A fun family weekend.  Campers come prepared to decorate your site/ tent/ trailer - the spookier the better.  On Saturday night the ghosts and goblins will go site to site trick or treating to participating sites.  

Camper-lead activities:

*Decorate your campsite just for the fun of it!  Remember – No fake spider webbing – mother nature does not like it. *remove all decorations upon departure.

Dress up and go trick-or-treating around the campground at dusk.   One person needs to stay at the site to hand out your treats!  Only go to those site participating.

When you have had enough trick-or-treating we suggest returning to your site for a family campfire and spooky stories!

Please share your pictures!  Facebook #SaubleFallsPP.

 


Inverhuron
Event Name: Camper Halloween
Date: September 27, 2019 to September 29, 2019
Location: Campground
Event Type:
Description:

 A fun family weekend.

Friday - arrive and set up.

Saturday- Decorate your site, carve your own pumpkins.  (supply your own pumpkins).

Camper-lead activities:

*Decorate your campsite just for the fun of it!  Remember – No fake spider webbing – mother nature does not like it. *remove all decorations upon departure.

Dress up and go trick-or-treating around the campground at dusk.   One person needs to stay at the site to hand out your treats!  Only go to those site participating.

When you have had enough trick-or-treating we suggest returning to your site for a family campfire and spooky stories!

 


Killarney
Event Name: Stars Over Killarney
Date: September 27, 2019 to September 28, 2019
Location: Killarney Provincial Park Observatory
Event Type:
Description:

Killarney Provincial Park and Point Grondine Presents the 2nd annual Stars Over Killarney Astronomy event! Don't miss this fun interactive gathering at Ontario Park's first Dark Sky Preserve. We will explore the night sky while learning about indigenous constellations and sky lore. Come enjoy awe-inspiring views of the planets and stars with the Killarney Park Observatory's research-grade, 16" telescope! Hosted in partnership with Science North and the Royal Astronomical Society Sudbury Centre. For more information, email starsoverkillarney@ontario.ca


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Harvest Festival
Date: September 28, 2019 to September 29, 2019
Location: Bronte Creek Day-Use Area, 1219 Burloak Drive Spruce Lane Farm - Parking lot F.
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Brought to you by the Friends of Bronte Creek Park.

Your family can enjoy historical demonstrations, wagon rides, pumpkin carving, traditional family games, farmhouse tours, food and beverage, plus more.

Look for the Harvest Moon September 14, 2019

Join the conversation Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 

Ontario Parks Blog - Harvest time


Grundy Lake
Event Name: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Grundy Lake!
Date: September 28, 2019 to September 28, 2019
Location: Smokey's Point
Event Type:
Description:

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a national conservation program that provides Canadians the opportunity to take action in their communities wherever water meets land, one bit of trash at a time.

Help us keep our wildlife and the landscape free of trash, join us to clean up our shorelines along Grundy, Gurd, Gut and Clear lake.

Drop-in anytime between 12pm and 2pm at Smokey's point, we will provide gloves, garbage bags and a data card (so we know what sort of garbage is being left behind).

You can also sign-up with the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up to let us know you are planning on coming*. 

*to find Grundy on the interactive map, it's easiest to search for Bitt, On, navigate east to hwy 69 and then head north to Grundy.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: iNaturalist Tutorial
Date: September 28, 2019 to September 28, 2019
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

Be a citizen scientist and help MacGregor Point staff learn more about the biodiversity of the park!  iNaturalist is an incredible smartphone and computer application that can be harnessed to give scientists a better understanding of species distribution.  If possible, please come to the program with the app downloaded onto your device.  Two tablets will be available to borrow for the duration of the program if you don’t have one.  Program begins in the Visitor Centre at 2pm.


Bon Echo
Event Name: Cycle Bon Echo-Cancelled
Date: September 28, 2019 to September 28, 2019
Location: Registration takes place at the Lagoon starting at 9 am.
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Description:

This family-friendly cycling event starts at 10 am and takes participants on a scenic ride from the Lagoon to Joeperry Lake and back. Ride the full 17 km or opt for the 4 km route. Riders are encouraged to collect pledges to support ongoing wildlife conservation efforts in the park. See the Friends of Bon Echo Park web site for more information. 


Frontenac
Event Name: Level 1 DSLR Photography in Nature workshop
Date: September 28, 2019 to September 28, 2019
Location: Park Office
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by:  The Friends of Frontenac and Robin Penrose

Take your photography up a notch with the Level 1 DSLR Photography in Nature workshop.  Examples and discussion on Photographic Styles, the many things to consider in composition, light and manipulating it on scene, the use of flash - off and on camera.   Bring your camera, the manual, a snack or lunch, and be prepared to shoot outdoors.  A Reflector* is recommended for this workshop. 

Register early by calling the park office at 613 376-3489 as seats are limited.

Saturday, September 28, 9:00am - 1:00 pm - please arrive for 8:30 if you plan to pay the registration fee on arrival. 

Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.  

$60.00 + HST and a daily vehicle permit


Inverhuron
Event Name: Tiverton Fall Fair
Date: October 4, 2019 to October 6, 2019
Location: Tiverton
Event Type:
Description:

Combine a weekend of camping with local fall fair charm.

Tiverton Fall Fair: tractor pull,  miniture horse show, petting zoo, Face Painting, Animal Balloons, archery and an antique tractor Display.


Sandbanks
Event Name: 16th Annual County Marathon - Prince Edward County
Date: October 5, 2019 to October 6, 2019
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

42.2 km run:Boston qualifier. Route goes through Sandbanks Provincial Park. Be advised of road closures during run. visit www.thecountymarathon.ca for more information.


Ferris
Event Name: Bat Day
Date: October 5, 2019 to October 5, 2019
Location: Picnic Shelter
Event Type:
Description:

The Friends of Ferris are pleased to welcome Dr. Christina Davy September to Ferris Provincial Park. Christina is a Species At Risk Research Scientist with MNRF. She has worked with bats for over 10 years. She is going to come and to tell us all about these amazing creatures. Come out to learn about what species we have in Ontario and how to identify them. She will also talk to us about the work she is doing looking into white nose syndrome, its effects on our bats and what we can do to help. Specifically she will show us examples of bat boxes and what we need to know if we are installing them at our homes. Regular park day use fees apply.

Event starts at 1pm at the Picnic Shelter.

For more information: please contact Barb Hogan 705-632-0894, or send an email to info@friendsofferris.ca


Point Farms
Event Name: Halloween/Thanksgiving Weekend
Date: October 11, 2019 to October 14, 2019
Location: Campground
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Come join the fun at Point Farms Thanksgiving weekend. Activities include site decorating contest, pumpkin carving contest, chili & baked goods cook-off, scavenger hunt and trick-or-treating. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Saturday:

Site Decorating and Pumpkin Carving Contest - Judging will begin at 4 PM.

Chili & Baked Goods Cook-Off - Taking place at the Park Office. Judging will begin at 1 PM. (Please bring a non-perishable food item to participate as a judge).

Scavenger Hunt submissions due to Park Office by 3 PM.

Trick-or-Treating - 5-7 PM

More information? Like our Facebook Page.


Turkey Point
Event Name: Halloween Haunt Weekend
Date: October 11, 2019 to October 14, 2019
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Start off the weekend by decorating your site to join in the festivities, and sign-up for the the pumpkin carving and site decorating contests. On Saturday create a pumpkin masterpiece and have a chance to win a prize; then join the family fun, dress-up and trick-or-treat through the campgrounds!

Campers!  Come prepared to decorate your site/ trailer and then hand out candy as the ghost and goblins come visiting participating sites!  A wonderful family weekend.

Ideas for environmentally friendly decorations!

Share your pictures! We would love to see them!


Wheatley
Event Name: Halloween in the Park
Date: October 11, 2019 to October 14, 2019
Location: Throughout Two Creeks, Highlands and Middle Creek campgrounds
Event Type:
Description:

Campers come prepared to decorate your sites, the spookier the better!  Here are some tips on eco-friendly decorating ideas.

Hand out candy to the ghosts and goblins then cozy up around the campfire for some ghost stories!  A great family weekend.  

Trick or treating for kids on Saturday night. Adults come see the awesome decorations and hard work our wonderful campers put into making this special.


Emily
Event Name: Halloween Haunt!
Date: October 11, 2019 to October 13, 2019
Event Type:
Description:

Spend the last long weekend of the season at Emily Provincial Park! Not only enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and friends, but also get in early on Halloween by joining in on the spooky festivities!

Start off the weekend by decorating your campsite and carving your pumpkins. Use the hashtag: #emilyhaunt2019, and upload photos of your campsite and jack o' lanterns! Be sure to include your campsite number!

Saturday October 12 @ 2pm: Amphitheatre: Sciensational Sssnakes! This program provides hands on education about reptiles and amphibians.

Saturday October 12, starting at dusk: Trick or Treating! Adventure through the campgrounds with friends and family and be sure to stop by the gatehouse!

Sunday October 13: Be sure to upload your photos, using the hashtag #emilyhaunt2019 (don't forget to include your campsite number) and winners will be picked for best decorated campsite and best pumpkin carving! Pumpkin carving categories include juniors (age 4 to 8), tweens (9 to 15), and adults (16+). Emily Provincial Park's social media accounts are:

Twitter: @emilyprovpark

Instagram: @emilyprovpark

Facebook: @EmilyProvPark


Rock Point
Event Name: Camper Halloween
Date: October 11, 2019 to October 14, 2019
Location: Campground
Event Type:
Description:

A wonderful Family Camping Weekend!  Finish your camping season in goolish style.

Camper Lead Activities:

Decorate your Campsite... the spookier the better. Try these eco-friendly decorating tips!  Please remove all decorates before you leave.

At dusk on Saturday night you will be visited by ghosts and goblins looking for treats!  So come prepared for these trick-or-treaters!

Then cozy up around your campfire to tell ghost stories!

Reserve your site as early as 5 months in advance at this popular park.


Emily
Event Name: Sciensational Sssnakes!!
Date: October 12, 2019 to October 12, 2019
Location: 2pm at the Amphitheatre (if raining the back up location will be picnic shelter #2)
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Description:

This program provides hands-on education about reptiles and amphibians for the young and the young at heart. The show will feature an informal talk about the animals, their ecology and conservation issues as well as a session in which participants are able to interact, touch and hold the animals.

The live animals are safe, friendly and easy to handle

Sciensational Sssnakes!! will be here on Saturday of the Thanksgiving Long Weekend, 2pm start time at the Amphitheatre. (note rain location will be picnic shelter #2).

Want to know more? Check them out here: http://www.scisnake.com/


Port Burwell
Event Name: Fall Harvest Festival
Date: October 12, 2019 to October 12, 2019
Event Type:
Description:

We will be welcoming in the beautiful fall season with our annual harvest festival!   We will be having a campsite post decorating contest, pumpkin carving, a guided hike and a Discovery program.

Remember to share your pictures Facebook or Twitter.  #PortBurwellPP  

Reserve your site as early as 5 months in advance for this popular event!


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Trick or Treat, Balsam Halloween!
Date: October 12, 2019 to October 12, 2019
Location: Throughout the campgrounds: 5pm-7pm
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Description:

Halloween comes early at Balsam Lake!  Join us for trick or treating in the campgrounds on Saturday night of the thanksgiving weekend from 5pm-7pm!  Be sure to wear your halloween costume and bring candy to share :)  

Other events throughout the thanksgiving weekend including pumpkin carving, campsite decorating contest and a historical "spirit walk"

Pick up the weekend schedule from the Permit Office when you arrive!


Grundy Lake
Event Name: Autumn Campsite Decorating Contest!!!
Date: October 12, 2019 to October 12, 2019
Event Type:
Description:

Celebrate Grundy Lake’s beautiful fall season by decorating your campsite in an autumn theme over the Thanksgiving weekend!

WINNER RECEIVES A PRIZE!

Remember:

• Register your campsite at the Gatehouse beforehand.

• Avoid using artificial spider webs… these are tricky to clean up!

• Store any animal attractants (e.g.,pumpkins, gourds, corn) in your vehicles when you’re not on your site and when you retire for the night

• Decorations must be completely removed upon departure.

Campsites will be judged

Saturday, October 12th

4 –5:30 PM


Rondeau
Event Name: Get Eerie on Lake Erie! - Rondeau's Halloween Festival
Date: October 12, 2019 to October 12, 2019
Location: Rondeau Provincial Park Visitor Centre - 10am - 3pm
Event Type:
Description:

Park Activities:

Join us on Saturday for a day of spooooky fun as we get ready for Halloween! There will be a costume contest, a pumpkin carving contest, games and activities and much more!

Camper Lead Activities:

Decorate your sites with these Eco-friendly tips! Remember to remove them before you leave.

Ghost and goblins go site to site trick-or-treating at dusk on Saturday night- so come prepare to feed those spooks. 


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Thanksgiving Weekend Hike
Date: October 12, 2019 to October 12, 2019
Location: Tower Trail Trailhead
Event Type:
Description:

The natural world provides us with so much to be thankful for!  Start a new family tradition this Thanksgiving weekend by joining us on a lovely, leisurely hike along Tower Trail where we’ll learn more about what makes MacGregor Point so special!  Meet at the Tower Trail Trailhead parking lot at 2pm.


Bon Echo
Event Name: Campsite Decoration Contest
Date: October 12, 2019 to October 13, 2019
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Description:

Like to decorate your campsite during Thanksgiving weekend? See how creative you are by decorating your campsite with a Thanksgiving or Hallowe'en theme the weekend of Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, Oct. 13. Whose sites will be the best? Judging starts at 9 am Sunday, Oct.13. Prizes will be announced at 2 pm that day at Greystones.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Camper Halloween Weekend 1
Date: October 18, 2019 to October 20, 2019
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.

We'd love to see your pictures!  #CamperHalloween  FacebookTwitter and Instagram

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

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

Love Halloween and the environment? Here are some tips to eco-friendly decorations.


Frontenac
Event Name: Canadian Red Cross Wilderness 1st Aid
Date: October 18, 2019 to October 20, 2019
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Presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, ON

This 20 hour course takes place in the park interior and is designed to give participants training needed to care for a casualty for up to 24 hrs in a wilderness or remote context. Focus is on prevention but in this scenario based course you will learn and practiceassessment, treatment and stabilization of casualties. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites but participants must be 16 years of age or older. Camping equipment and food not included but arrangements can be made upon request.

This course starts Friday evening.  Participants can hike or canoe to the campsite #11.

Cost: $230.00 + HST plus Park camping permit. 

For more information and to register, please contact Steve Tripp at wildernesstripping@gmail.com


Craigleith
Event Name: Shivers on the Shale
Date: October 18, 2019 to October 20, 2019
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Make your reservation soon we are filling up fast!  BOOOk as early as 5 months in advance!

Get your scare on this weekend with trick or treating, costume and campsite decorating contests, pumpkin carving, and a haunted picnic shelter!  Join park staff for a horrifying and haunted weekend. 

Other Parks offering Camper Halloween weekends.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Camper Halloween
Date: October 18, 2019 to October 20, 2019
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Join us for a full weekend of spooky fun!    

Our activities that weekend include a pumpkin carving competition, trick-or-treating, campsite decorating, and fun family programming about "spooky" animals like bats, snakes, and spiders!  

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Reserve your site as early as 5 months in advance for this popular family event.

 


Rondeau
Event Name: Annual Chili Cookoff
Date: October 19, 2019 to October 19, 2019
Location: Campsite 202
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Do you think you have an award-winning chili recipe? Or do you just enjoy eating lots of chili? Then call the Visitor Centre at 519-674-1768 to register for our 2nd annual Chili Cookoff!

11:00am on campsite 202! Prizes to be won!


Pinery
Event Name: Pinery Fall Classic
Date: October 20, 2019 to October 20, 2019
Location: Event registration, start and finish lines at the Park Store.
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

Jog your way through the Oak Savanna and help support Pinery through the Friends of Pinery Park. You can participate in the 10 km, 5 km, or 2 km road race, or the trail run (approx. 4.8 km); there is even a Fawn Run for kids (250 m).  Please go to www.pineryfallclassic.ca for more information and registration.  

Share your pictures and videos.  Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. #PineryProvPark #FallClassic

Reserve your site as early as 5 months in advance for this popular family event.

 


Pinery
Event Name: Halloween Weekend
Date: October 25, 2019 to October 27, 2019
Location: Visitor Centre and Riverside Campground
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Year after year Pinery continues the tradition of a Halloween experience in a spooky, dark forest! Book a site in Riverside Campground and experience autumn camping in a unique way! Join park naturalists for Halloween themed programs all weekend long. Decorate your campsite (no hay or straw, please respect the park environment), participate in campground trick-or-treating, build a nature themed scarecrow – and win prizes, construct a bat box for your family, call to owls and best of all create a memorable family experience!

Share your pictures and videos. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Reserve your site as early as 5 months in advance for this popular family event.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Camper Halloween Weekend 2
Date: October 25, 2019 to October 27, 2019
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.

Share your pics! #CamperHalloween FacebookTwitter and Instagram

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

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

MORE Halloween events in Ontario Parks


Algonquin
Event Name: Halloween Haunted Weekend
Date: October 25, 2019 to October 26, 2019
Location: Various locations along Highway 60, Algonquin Provincial Park.
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The fun begins on Friday night with our Tales from the Camboose and a Creepy Campfire. Join us at the Visitor Centre on Saturday where a Park Naturalist will guide you through a collection of animal skeletons. Mew Lake Campground will feature “pick of the patch” pumpkin carving, spookiest campsite and best costume contests. 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. We will be roasting creepy crawly spider wieners and ghostly marshmallows.


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Christmas at Presqu'ile
Date: November 2, 2019 to November 10, 2019
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 2 and 3, 6, 9 and 10.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Dryland Sled Dog Derby
Date: November 9, 2019 to November 10, 2019
Location: Camper's Beach Parking Lot
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MacGregor Point is excited to once again be the venue for the Sleddog Sports Association of Southwestern Ontario's third annual dryland sled dog derby!  Come cheer on the racers, learn more about the sport of dog-sledding, and support the Friends of MacGregor Point by purchasing lunch! 


Pinery
Event Name: Christmas Bird Count
Date: December 14, 2019 to December 14, 2019
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!

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Bronte Creek
Event Name: Victorian Christmas at Bronte Creek
Date: December 27, 2019 to January 5, 2020
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 2019 and Jan 3, 4, 5, 2020.

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.

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For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911


Rondeau
Event Name: Winter Break Activities
Date: December 27, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Location: Rondeau Visitor Centre
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Looking for something to do now that the kids are off school? Come out the Rondeau Visitor Centre for daily activities!

For The Visitor Centre hours and program details please see our Facebook page.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: First Day Hike
Date: January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2020
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Yes, the park will be open on January, 1st for you and your family to enjoy a hike... your #FirstDayHike.

Start the New Year on the right foot, by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories in the great outdoors!

We hope that this First Day Hike will encourage you and your and family to not only welcome the coming year, but to resolve to spend more time in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature.

Join the conversation FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Don’t forget to tag us when you share photos of your #FirstDayHike!


MacGregor Point
Event Name: #FirstDayHike
Date: January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2020
Location: Administration Building
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Start the new year off right by getting outside and enjoying nature on a "first day hike".  Stay tuned for more information about our hike at the park!  

Share your pictures and videos.  Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.     

Reserve your site as early as 5 months in advance to spend the winter break at this popular park.

 

 


Algonquin
Event Name: Winter in the Wild
Date: February 15, 2020 to February 15, 2020
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.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Family Day Weekend
Date: February 15, 2020 to February 17, 2020
Location: Visitor Centre Ice Pad - Cedar Lane Skating Oval
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Come out for some family fun in the snow! Stay tuned for details on program running throughout the weekend.

Outdoor skating will be available from 10am until 10pm daily – weather permitting. (conditions will be posted on twitter)

Share your pictures and videos Facebook and Twitter.     

Reserve your site as early as 5 months in advance at this popular park.

Day visitors welcome! (daily vehicle rates apply). 

All programs start at the Visitor Centre unless otherwise noted. Children must be accompanied by a guardian.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Family Day Event
Date: February 17, 2020 to February 17, 2020
Location: Children's Farm and Nature Centre - Access from Parking Lot C
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Spend quality time with family is at the heart of this program.

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. 

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For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

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


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Maple Syrup Festival
Date: February 29, 2020 to March 29, 2020
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville, Ontario
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Maple Syrup Festival 2020

General Public 

Weekends in March and the Week of March Break.

Feb. 29 March 1, 7&8, 14 - 22, and 28 & 29. 

Festival Open: 9:30am - 3:00pm  Allow 2-3 hours to see and do everything. 

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.  (all festival buildings, tours and food services close/stop at 3:00pm).

Food and gift store purchases are additional costs.

Day Camps (March break) and Groups over 25 people please call 905-827-6911 to let us know which day to expect you.

Commercial Bus tours -- Call 905-827-6911 to arrange a tour.

School groups (not March Break) -- call 905-827-6911 ext 231 to book your class trip.

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

You can also call 905-827-6911


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Springtime on the Farm
Date: May 18, 2020 to May 18, 2020
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, 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.

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For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

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


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Huron Fringe Birding Festival
Date: May 22, 2020 to May 31, 2020
Location: Based out of the Visitor Centre
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Welcome to the Huron Fringe Birding Festival

May 22 - 25 & May 28 - May 31

Celebrating our 23nd year!

Presented by the Friends of MacGregor Point Park and based in the Park; this festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This “Huron Fringe” along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring. At the end of the migration period, birds are on nest, migrants are everywhere, insects abound and wildflowers are beginning to bloom. From the ‘Friends’ base at MacGregor Point Provincial Park you will be uniquely placed to explore Lake Huron’s shoreline and the Bruce Peninsula to discover all that spring has to offer.

Morning activities are filled with guided hikes concentrating not only on birds but wildflowers, butterflies and insects, in and outside the park. Afternoons feature additional hikes, workshops on bird identification and nature photography, plus other natural interests.

Special events include a banquet with a special guest speaker. Evening highlights include illustrated programs featuring excellent presenters and night hikes.

Join the ‘Friends’ for this eight-day Birding and Nature Festival held annually on the first two weekends after the May (Victoria Day) long weekend.

To view the schedule of events or complete the online registration process please go to: friendsofmacgregor.org

The Huron Fringe Birding Festival endorses and actively follows OFO (Ontario Field Ornithologists) Ethical Birding Principles.

If you have questions regarding the Festival or registration process please contact our official registrar at birdfest@rogers.com or leave a message on our festival-dedicated phone line (519-375-1889). Please note that messages are only checked weekly during the off-season.

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Reserve your site as early as 5 months in advance for this popular family event.

 


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Plein Air Paint and Picnic Day
Date: June 21, 2020 to June 21, 2020
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive - Breckon Shelter and the Spruce Lane Farm area.
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A day for all you creative painters to get outside and paint!  The park provides so many great subjects - fences, stone wall, forested paths, spring wildflowers etc.

Join us for a day art!

More details will become available closer to the date.

Share your creations FacebookTwitter and Instagram remember to tag us!

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Coyote Howl Hikes
Date: December 31, 2020 to December 31, 2020
Location: Day-use area - 1219 Burloak Drive.
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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

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