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Frontenac
Event Name: The Frontenac All Season Camping Challenge
Date: January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac 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 13, 2016 to October 30, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:The Visitor Centre will be open daily May 13 to October 30. 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.
Balsam Lake
Event Name: Junior Naturalist Program
Date: July 1, 2016 to October 10, 2016
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 Natural Heritage Education 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 you 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 4 levels of Junior Naturalist at Balsam Lake Provincial Park, see if you can earn them all!


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Natural Heritage Education Programs
Date: July 1, 2016 to October 10, 2016
Location: Throughout the park!
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Interested in learning more about our local wildlife, the great outdoors and the history of this area? Balsam Lake offers a variety of Natural Heritage Education programs 6 days a week, 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 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.  Be sure to join us for a fun, entertaining, educational, good old time!


Balsam Lake
Event Name: New Lookout Trail Signs!
Date: July 1, 2016 to October 10, 2016
Location: The Lookout Trail
Event Type:
Description:

New this season we have installed 12 interpretive trail signs along the Lookout Trail to enhance your hiking experience at Balsam Lake Provincial Park.  These signs will challenge you to look for interesting sights along the way and invite you to learn about the biodiversity of the park and the history of the area.  


Frontenac
Event Name: Frontenac Jr. Challenge
Date: September 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Presented by The Friends of Frontenac 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, 2016 to October 31, 2016
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Presented by The Friends of Frontenac Park. New in 2014, 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, 2016 to October 31, 2016
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 5th, 2016 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.


Bon Echo
Event Name: Greystones Gift and Book Shop
Date: September 6, 2016 to October 16, 2016
Location: Located next to our Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

Open Tuesday,Thursday,Saturday and Sunday  11:00 am -4:00 pm

The perfect place to visit for a special gift, or even something for yourself !  Books,artwork,clothing and much more!


Bon Echo
Event Name: Fall Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Date: September 7, 2016 to October 16, 2016
Location: Lagoon
Event Type:
Description:

Operating every Wednesday, weather permitting: 10 am- 5pm

Saturday,Sunday 10 am -5 pm

Friday 2pm - dark.

For other inquiries and arrangements, please call Bruce at 613-202-2077


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Turning leaves
Date: September 9, 2016 to October 10, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

When in the area, we welcome you to stop by Kettle Lakes many walking trails and enjoy the season long turning of the leaves of our boreal forest. You won’t regret staying a little longer to catch a sunset with the many colors surrounding Point Lake at the end of the day.

Our leaves are about 10 percent turned so we anticipate a long colorful season this year. Hope to see you soon!


Bon Echo
Event Name: Visitor Centre
Date: September 10, 2016 to October 16, 2016
Location: Bon Echo Provincial Park
Event Type:
Description:

Open Saturday and Sunday  11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Why is Bon Echo so special?  Come and meet one of our Naturalists and discover the past and present wonders of the park,

including both natural and cultural history!


Bon Echo
Event Name: Wanderer Tour Boat
Date: September 10, 2016 to October 16, 2016
Location: Near the Visitor Centre and Gift Shop
Event Type:
Description:

Running every Saturday and Sunday 1:00,2:00, and 3:00 pm

A 45 minute interpretive tour featuring the pictographs.

$11.30/adult, $5.65/child  ( includes HST)

Tickets must be purchased at Greystones Gift and Book Shop


Bon Echo
Event Name: Mugwump Ferry
Date: September 10, 2016 to October 16, 2016
Location: Lagoon
Event Type:
Description:

Running every Saturday and Sunday 11:15 am- 2:00 pm.beginning September 10th - October 16th.

Take you to the Cliff Top Trail

Trail takes about one hour to hike.

Last boat departs at 2:00 pm

Last returning pick-up is at 3:00 pm

$4.52/person(includes HST)

Tickets must be purchased at Greystones Gift and Book Shop


Selkirk
Event Name: Seasonal Camping Registration
Date: September 19, 2016 to October 14, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

Selkirk Provincial Park  is offering its Seasonal Campsite Program again for the 2017 operating season.

 

All applicants must submit this completed application form to the desired park between September 19 and October 14, 2016.  Campsites will be assigned through a lottery system (i.e. first name drawn, first choice of available campsites).  Park staff will contact successful applicants before November 4, 2016. A $250.00 (two hundred and fifty dollars) non-refundable deposit will be required at that time to secure the campsite.  An agreement must be signed and payment received in full before a campsite can be occupied.  

For more information and applications please visit:

http://www.ontarioparks.com/seasonal

julie.a.foster@ontario.ca (519) 426-3239 x227 (519) 426-5268 (Fax)


Sleeping Giant
Event Name: Giant Digital Photography "Fall Colours" Weekend Workshop
Date: September 30, 2016 to October 2, 2016
Location: Based out of the Park conference centre or cabins, visitor centre and various park locations and scenic trails.
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:

This fall weekend photo workshop is an intensive learning and practice session with your digital camera - under the expert and patient guidance of our pro photographer, Barry Wojciechowski.

Advanced registration required at www.superiorvisits.com $375.00+HST.  Topics include: Camera techniques and controls for scenics, fall colours, landscapes and panoramas. Techniques for sunrise and sunset photography, skills and techniques for night photography (star trails, northern lights Milky Way), techniques and yips for wildlife photography, mastering the histogram, understanding and choosing the best white balance. Includes visits and walks to scenic shoot locations and trails around the park.

Small group size ensures review of your images and personalized feedback from instructor during the weekend. Great for all camera types and skill levels. Visit www.superiorvisits.com to book the workshop online or call Lois at 1-866-688-9990 or 807-344-9208.

Park accommodations (private room in shared cabin or conference centre) can also be reserved at an additional fee - contact Barb.Rees@Ontario.ca for more information. Optional meal plan also available $.


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Songs of the Wild Campfire
Date: October 1, 2016 to October 1, 2016
Location: Field by Lakeshore comfort station (near site 82) @ 7:30pm
Event Type:
Description:

Campfire:

Songs of the Wild         

Join us for a good ol’ time around the campfire.  Our guitar-playing naturalist will be performing songs about wild critters and the great outdoors! 


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Date: October 1, 2016 to October 1, 2016
Location: Beach Picnic Shelter #1 @ 3pm
Event Type:
Description:

Kids Program:  

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt

Have fun and explore nature!

See what you can discover during our scavenger hunt along the beach!  


The Pinery
Event Name: Dune Grass Restoration
Date: October 1, 2016 to October 1, 2016
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Contact the Visitor Centre by dialing 519-243-8574 in the fall to obtain more information, but 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, so please call for information and a final program date. www.pinerypark.on.ca for information.


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Fall Colours Guided Hike
Date: October 2, 2016 to October 2, 2016
Location: The Lookout Trail @ 10:30am
Event Type:
Description:

Guided Hike:

Fall Colours

Ever wonder why the leaves change colours in the fall? Magnificent reds, stunning yellows and oranges - discover the magic behind their colourful display and how animals prepare for winter too!


Sandbanks
Event Name: 13th Annual County Marathon - Prince Edward County
Date: October 2, 2016 to October 2, 2016
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.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: October 2, 2016 to October 2, 2016
Location: Lally Homestead Parking Lot
Event Type:
Description:Guided hike (1-1.5 hours) down 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. Allow 15 minutes driving time from the main campground.
Emily
Event Name: Hallowe'en Haunt Weekend
Date: October 7, 2016 to October 9, 2016
Location: TBA
Event Type:
Description:

Spend Thanksgiving weekend at Emily Provincial Park and join in on the spooky festivities. Start off the weekend by decorating your site, join us on the haunted walk - if you dare, and participate in the Pumpkin Carving Contest. Finish up your stay by trick or treating through the campgrounds with friends and family and be sure to stop by the gatehouse! 


Turkey Point
Event Name: Halloween Haunt Weekend
Date: October 7, 2016 to October 10, 2016
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!


Craigleith
Event Name: Thanksgiving Fest
Date: October 8, 2016 to October 10, 2016
Location: Craigleith Provincial Park
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of campsite decorating in spectacular autumn colours!


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt
Date: October 8, 2016 to October 8, 2016
Location: Beach Picnic Shelter #1
Event Type:
Description:

Kids Program:  

Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt

Have fun and explore nature! See what you can discover during our scavenger hunt along the beach!  


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Songs of the Wild Campfire
Date: October 8, 2016 to October 8, 2016
Location: Field by Lakeshore comfort station (near site 82) @ 8pm
Event Type:
Description:

Campfire:

Songs of the Wild         

Join us for a good ol’ time around the campfire.  Our guitar-playing naturalist will be performing songs about wild critters and the great outdoors! 


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Trick or Treat Balsam Halloween!
Date: October 8, 2016 to October 8, 2016
Location: Throughout the campgrounds: 5pm-7pm
Event Type:
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 as we'll be having a costume contest at the campfire in Lakeshore campground at 7pm.  Prizes for scariest, cutest, most unique costume, and more!  Bring candy to share for the little ones :)  

Other events throughout the weekend including pumpkin carving, campsite decorating contest, scavenger hunt, fall colours hike and more!  Pick up the weekend schedule from the Permit Office when you arrive!


Rock Point
Event Name: Halloween Howl!
Date: October 8, 2016 to October 8, 2016
Location: Campground Area - See Event Schedule for details
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join park staff for Halloween Howl. There will be an afternoon full of activities, games and fun and will round out our day with a Costume Campfire and maybe some trick or treating. A full schedule of events, times and locations will be posted at all event boards throughout the park or you can get your copy at the park office when you register. Hope you will join us for a Howling good Time!


Point Farms
Event Name: Halloween/Thanksgiving Weekend
Date: October 8, 2016 to October 8, 2016
Location: Site Decorating and Pumpkin Carving Contest - Judging will begin at 4 PM. Chili & Baked Goods Cook-Off - Taking place at the Park Office. Please bring a non-perishable food item to participate as a ju
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!


Rondeau
Event Name: Halloween Fest
Date: October 8, 2016 to October 8, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:Come visit Rondeau’s Visitor Centre and take part in some festive activities!Pumpkin Carving Contest - 2:00pm - 3:00pmCostume Contest - 1:00pm Snake Talk - 1:45pmSkulls and Bones Table, Bobbing for Apples & Spooky Craft - All DayBBQ Lunch - 12:00pm - 2:00pmMovie - 3:00pmEve of Erie Spirits - 7:00pm at the Camp OfficeTake a night walk through Rondeau 's past, meeting spirits that once roamed our shore and forest... and perhaps still do!Call the Visitor Centre for more information at 519-674-1768.
Wheatley
Event Name: Halloween in the Park
Date: October 8, 2016 to October 8, 2016
Location: Through out campgrounds
Event Type:
Description:Trick or treating for kids. Adults come see the awesome decorations and hard work our wonderful campers put into making this special.
Balsam Lake
Event Name: Fall Colours Guided Hike
Date: October 9, 2016 to October 9, 2016
Location: The Lookout Trail @ 10:30am
Event Type:
Description:

Guided Hike:

Fall Colours

Ever wonder why the leaves change colours in the fall? Magnificent reds, stunning yellows and oranges - discover the magic behind their colourful display and how animals prepare for winter too!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: October 9, 2016 to October 9, 2016
Location: Lally Homestead Parking Lot
Event Type:
Description:Guided hike (1-1.5 hours) down 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. Allow 15 minutes driving time from the main campground.
Rondeau
Event Name: Owl Prowl
Date: October 9, 2016 to October 9, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - 6:30pm
Event Type:
Description:

Come learn why owls rule the night sky! Join us for a short indoor program, afterwards we will head outside to look for our resident owls.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Camper Halloween Weekend One
Date: October 14, 2016 to October 15, 2016
Location: Campground 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


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Haunted Trail
Date: October 14, 2016 to October 15, 2016
Location: Huron Campground
Event Type:
Description:

Are you brave enough to make it through MacGregor Point's annual Haunted Trail?

This activity WILL be scary! Individuals who are pregnant or have a history of heart issues, epilepsy, or other health concerns SHOULD NOT participate. This activity is not recommended for children 12 and under. Actors will be portraying very scary and frightening characters in scenes throughout the trail. Participation is at parental/guardian discretion.

Event Cost: $14.50 entry fee per vehicle and a non-perishable food item to help support our local food bank!

Follow the park signs to our Huron Campground. There will be designated parking.


Craigleith
Event Name: Shivers on the Shale
Date: October 15, 2016 to October 16, 2016
Location: Craigleith Provincial Park
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Get your scare on this weekend with trick or treating, costume and campsite decorating contests, terrifying ghost stories, pumpkin carving, spooky scavenger hunts and a haunted picnic shelter!  Join park staff for a horrifying and haunted weekend. Make your reservation soon we are filling up fast!


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Witches in the Woods
Date: October 15, 2016 to October 16, 2016
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

A fun family event! Trick or treat from the campsite dressed in your favourite costume. Campsite decorating contest, Pumpkin carving contest, Scavenger hunts & more! Campsites book quickly so reserve yours as early as this May!


The Pinery
Event Name: Friends of Pinery Road Race
Date: October 16, 2016 to October 16, 2016
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

Jog your way through the Oak Savanna and help support Pinery through the Friends of Pinery. Please go to www.pinerypark.on.ca for registration. Don’t delay – this event fills up fast!


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Camper Halloween Weekend Two
Date: October 21, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Location: Bronte Creek Campground 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


The Pinery
Event Name: Pinery Halloween Weekend 2016
Date: October 21, 2016 to October 23, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre and Riverside Campground
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Experience autumn camping in Riverside Campground with a spooky theme! Join park naturalists throughout the weekend for special Halloween Themed interpretive programming. Learn to differentiate between spooky myths and facts; decorate your campsite (no hay or straw and please respect the park environment); participate in campground trick-or-treating or decorate a scarecrow using natural objects from your campsite to profile one of Pinery’s interpretive themes - prizes will be awarded for the best scarecrow! NEW - there are added electrical sites in Riverside Areas 2 and 3!


Rondeau
Event Name: Rondeau's Campfire
Date: October 22, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Location: Beach access #9 - 6:00pm
Event Type:
Description:

Warm campfire on a cool fall night, nocturnal animals: we'll shed some light. Join your Rondeau NHE staff for an evening of fun, both singing and learning will be done.

Don't forget to bring marshmallows and chairs for around the fire!


Algonquin
Event Name: Haunted Halloween Weekend
Date: October 28, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Location: Mew Lake Campground
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

The fun begins on Friday night with our owl prowl, that is sure to be a hoot! 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. Mew Lake Campground (km 30.6).


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Christmas at Presqu'ile
Date: November 5, 2016 to November 13, 2016
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 5 and 6, 9 12 and 13


Rondeau
Event Name: Owl Prowl
Date: November 5, 2016 to November 5, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - 6:30pm
Event Type:
Description:

Come learn why owls rule the night sky! Join us for a short indoor program, afterwards we will head outside to look for our resident owls.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: MacGregor Point Dryland Sled Dog Derby
Date: November 11, 2016 to November 13, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

More information coming soon - stayed tuned over at http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org/


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Victorian Christmas at Bronte Creek
Date: December 3, 2016 to December 18, 2016
Location: Parking lot F - Main Festival Area. Tours, actives, games, farm animals and Santa's workshop. Parking Lot C - Gift store and holiday cafe Free wagon rides available between
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Victorian Christmas Festival 2016

Saturdays and Sunday in December leading up to the Holidays

December 3-4, 10-11, and 17 - 18.

10am – 4pm each day

A very 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.

Get ready for a truly unique, private visit with Santa. There are Victorian costumes for the whole family to easily slip over top of their clothes. Then enjoy a private visit with Santa as our photographer captures the whole experience. All the pictures (10-25 images) are yours to take home on a souvenir USB stick included in the price. Cost $15 per family (6 people)

Your Victorian Christmas experience will also 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! You can also wander at your leisure around Spruce Lane Farm where you will find a variety of friendly farm animals.

Tractor rides are free and will take you to our Gift Shoppe and Holiday café where you can purchase the perfect tree ornament or stocking stuffer. You can shop while your family enjoys a sweet and delicious funnel cake with a hot chocolate before returning home.

No Reservations required.

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

Attractions:

Games and activates for all ages Heritage take home crafts Full decorated Victorian house Costumed Staff Lots of family photo opportunities Heritage farm and animals Free wagon rides Gift Store * Holiday Café* Warm apple cider and fresh treats*

Private family visits with Santa includes Victorian costumes for use during visit, photos and a USB memory stick $15.00 per family/ 6 people.

*purchases at gift store/ food not included in daily vehicle rate.

** Other park services and activities available during December:

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


The Pinery
Event Name: Christmas Bird Count
Date: December 17, 2016 to December 17, 2016
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.


Frontenac
Event Name: Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race
Date: January 14, 2017 to January 14, 2017
Location: Meet at Park Office
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

The Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race is one of the races associated with the 2017 Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series. This 6.5 km race follows a rugged, wide and single track trail that includes rolling terrain on a combination of potentially deep snow and packed trail sections. There is a little bit of everything on a beautiful backcountry course! A limited number of snowshoes are available for rent. An awards ceremony immediately follows the race. For further details and to register, visit www.healthandadventure.com.


Frontenac
Event Name: Warm Winter Camping Overnight
Date: January 21, 2017 to January 22, 2017
Location: Park Office
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Following the Day Workshop you may stay and experience an overnight outing and practice the skills you learned in the Workshop. Dinner and Breakfast will be provided but please identify any dietary requirements you may have when registering. Participants must supply their own camping equipment/sleeping bag and personal items. A recommended equipment list will be provided by the instructor after registering. Cost: Park camping permit (plus course and food costs). For more details and to register please call the park office at (613) 376-3489.


Frontenac
Event Name: Warm Winter Camping Workshop
Date: January 21, 2017 to January 21, 2017
Location: Park Office
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Zabe MacEachern, Queen’s University, Outdoor Education Coordinator. Winter camping can be a ‘warm’ experience when a portable wood stove and a cotton wall tent are used. With proper equipment, even groups and families can travel safely and in comfort on extended trips. All basics will be covered, including trip planning, equipment details and safety, so you can feel confident planning your own trip! Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Pre-registration required by calling (613) 376-3489. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Winter Camping Trip Planning
Date: January 28, 2017 to January 28, 2017
Location: Park Office
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park. Accurate pre-trip planning can minimize many of the discomforts associated with extended forms of backcountry travel during the winter. Topics include: route selection and assessment, safe forms of winter travel, shelters, clothing, equipment, menu planning, physical fitness and conditioning, and safety. Share ideas and concerns about low-impact winter camping and trip planning. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Pre-registration required by calling the park office at 613 376-3489. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Algonquin
Event Name: Winter in the Wild
Date: February 18, 2017 to February 18, 2017
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.


Sleeping Giant
Event Name: Sleeping Giant Loppet
Date: March 4, 2017 to March 4, 2017
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 4th, 2017 on your calendar and we’ll see you at the start of the 40th annual Sleeping Giant Loppet! For more information visit www.sleepinggiantloppet.ca or contact (807) 629-0649.


Frontenac
Event Name: Wilderness Survival
Date: April 8, 2017 to April 8, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by:  Walter Sepic, Firefly Adventures, Kingston, On.

Being properly prepared is essential to survive in the outdoors. This workshop is suitable for many skills levels from novice to more experienced (12 and older).  Topics covered will include: trip planning; survival kits; importance of water and filtering; food and nutrition; hypothermia; shelters; uses of tarps and garbage bags; winter survival; the elements; fire starting techniques; communication methods; etc.

Time: This course runs from 9am-4pm

Cost: registration is $20 per person.  Please meet at the park office.

This course will take place rain or shine so please be prepared with suitable outdoor clothing, a lunch, snacks and water.

For more information or to register please call the park office at (613) 376-3489

 


Frontenac
Event Name: Historical Walk
Date: April 22, 2017 to April 22, 2017
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Presented by: Jerome McDuff and The Friends of Frontenac Join history enthusiast, Jerome McDuff for a leisurely, interpretive walk along Big Salmon Lake Road to learn about the early settlers and homesteaders in the Park. Bring your lunch, water and comfortable walking shoes. Register with the Park Office. Plan to go rain or shine. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Spring Nature Walk
Date: May 6, 2017 to May 6, 2017
Location: Doe Lake Trail
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Presented by: Maureen Sly, Anne Robertson and the Friends of Frontenac Park Join the Friends on this short leisurely walk to examine the plant and animal life along the 3 km Doe Lake trail. Bring your binoculars, camera, a drink, a snack, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Rain or shine. Meet at the Park Office at 10:00. Please, no dogs. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit Time: 10:00 a.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Introduction to Backcountry Camping
Date: May 6, 2017 to May 6, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park. For those who wish to venture to the backcountry to enjoy the outdoors, but who are unsure what to pack or buy, this is a workshop for you. Topics include: how to get started, clothing, footwear, equipment, food, water treatment and safety in the outdoors. This day-long workshop is meant to introduce the new backwoods camper to this form of recreation. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489.


Frontenac
Event Name: "Early Bird" Spring Bird Walk
Date: May 7, 2017 to May 7, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Led by Kathy Felkar and the Friends of Frontenac. Join Kathy from the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (peptbo.ca) on a ramble about the park to find spring migratory birds that may be returning to the area. Warblers, Vireos, Scarlet Tanagers are all possibilities. Bring binoculars, camera, drinks, lunch, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Please NO dogs. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit Time: 8:00 am (meet at park office)


Frontenac
Event Name: The Amazing Tarp -Tarping Made Easy
Date: June 3, 2017 to June 3, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, ON Learn how to put up tarps easily. Topics include: types of tarps, ropes, different methods of putting up tarps, useful knots, and more. This is an opportunity to learn the many uses of tarps and to share your own ideas. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Single Burner Gourmet Cooking
Date: June 3, 2017 to June 3, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, ON Food in the wilderness does not have to be boring. Topics to include: food preparation, food storage, food safety, recipes, types of stoves, utensils and more. This clinic explores the ability to prepare good and interesting food. You do not have to use the prepackaged food from the outdoors stores. This is an opportunity to exchange recipes, techniques and ideas. You may bring some food, ideas and techniques of your own to share. Cost: $25.00 per person (includes food), plus Park daily vehicle permit Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Canoe Clinic
Date: June 4, 2017 to June 4, 2017
Location: Park Office
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Walter Sepic, Firefly Adventures, Kingston, Ont.  Let’s demystify canoeing, learn and have fun!  This workshop will include: Types of canoes and paddles, their parts, safety kits, fitting of pfd’s, entering and launching canoes, balancing, sitting or kneeling, bow and stern positions, landing and exiting, portaging techniques and types of strokes and applications. We’ll have lots of practice on the water, a canoe tour of South Otter Lake and a rousing game of canoe tag. Must bring your own canoe and gear.  Rentals are available from Firefly or local outfitters.

Cost: $20.00 plus park vehicle permit, TIime: 9 am - 4 pm

Call the park office at (613) 376-3489 to register


Frontenac
Event Name: ORCKA Basic Canoe Certification -Tandem Basic Level 1, 2 and 3 or (solo) level 4
Date: June 10, 2017 to June 11, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, ON This is the ORCKA introduction to tandem canoeing and is the basis for all ORCKA skills. For those interested in learning how to canoe, this course may interest you. Topics include: canoeing skills, safety, equipment selection, etc. After this course you should be able to safely paddle a tandem canoe. Required equipment: your own canoe; paddle, PFD, and government mandated safety equipment. For further information please contact Barry Irish 613-634-4177, cell 613-539-4864 or birish@cogeco.ca Cost: $200/person, plus park daily vehicle permit. Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm


Rushing River
Event Name: Family Fishing Week
Date: July 1, 2017 to July 9, 2017
Location: Fish for FREE throughout Ontario. Specific events at Rushing River PP are at the Museum or Amphitheatre.
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Take part in the fun, fishy activities and events during the week to celebrate the fish of Dogtooth Lake! All week long Canadian residents can fish without a license. Visit the Museum or Northside Nook to borrow fishing rods and tackle for free!


Rushing River
Event Name: Canada Day Celebrations
Date: July 1, 2017 to July 3, 2017
Location: At the Natural Heritage Museum and Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join Rushing River for a weekend of Canadian activities to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Cake, Voyageur games, Voyageur themed campfire, and Canadian Jeopardy await! Also, complete a Rushing River themed Canadian Passport for a prize! 


Frontenac
Event Name: FISHING 101 for Women
Date: July 8, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: Yvonne Brown, FISHING 101 For Women. This workshop is for women only. It focuses on fishing techniques, equipment, bait, lures, casting, knots, etc. This course involves in-class and practical lessons, all equipment is provided but you can bring your own if you wish. Bring your lunch, drinks, sunscreen, etc. Minimum age of 14 yrs, no fishing licence is required during this week. Pre-register with the park office. Cost: $15/person plus park permit Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm


Rushing River
Event Name: Rushing River Healthy Parks Healthy People
Date: July 14, 2017 to July 14, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Join Rushing River staff in celebrating Healthy Parks Healthy People (#HPHP) and rediscovering our connection to nature!  


Frontenac
Event Name: Paddle Canada - Intro to Flatwater Sea Kayaking
Date: July 22, 2017 to July 22, 2017
Event Type:
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Presented by: Christine Showler, Frontenac Outfitters Canoe and Kayak Centre, Sydenham, On. A day on, in and under the water teaching you fundamentals of Sea Kayaking, theories, strokes, rescues and recovery skills. Kayak and paddling gear is included. Please register by calling (613) 376-6220 or at www.frontenac-outfitters.com. Cost: $185 + park daily vehicle permit. Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm


Frontenac
Event Name: Kayak Basics - "Getting Started"
Date: July 29, 2017 to July 29, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: Christine Showler, Frontenac Outfitters Canoe and Kayak Centre, Sydenham, On. Discover the world of kayaking with this 1/2 day course. The focus is on basic paddling techniques, kayak design and safety. A tranquil paddle on South Otter Lake will follow and is a great opportunity to practice your new skills. Kayak and paddling gear is included. Please register by calling (613) 376-6220 or at www.frontenac-outfitters.com. Cost: $95 + park daily vehicle permit. Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm


Kakabeka Falls
Event Name: Spirits of the Past
Date: July 29, 2017 to July 29, 2017
Location: Mountain Portage Trail
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

For one night only, the spirits from Kakabeka Falls’ rich history come to life! We invite you to come out and relive their experiences from the past on a self-guided walk along the Mountain Portage Trail. Do not miss this chance to see history come alive! The Mountain Portage Trail is lot by candle light for this special event.


Rushing River
Event Name: Rushing River Beauty Pageant
Date: July 29, 2017 to July 29, 2017
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

The animals of Rushing River are competing for the prestigious title, ‘King /Queen of Rushing River’. Come out for a night of glitter and glam as you cheer on your favourite animal!


Rushing River
Event Name: Meteor Shower Party
Date: August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Location: Southside Beach
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us to watch the Perseid’s meteor shower at its peak- producing 50-100 meteor per hour! Plan to spend at least an hour outside: the meteors often come in spurts and are interspersed with lulls. Wear warm clothes and bring a chair or blanket to sit on!


Rushing River
Event Name: Spirit Walk
Date: August 19, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Location: Meet at the Museum
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join us for a walk into the past to meet the ghosts of Rushing River! This awesome guided night hike will lead you through events that have shaped the area around Rushing River!


Rushing River
Event Name: Astronomy with Peter Toth at 8pm
Date: September 2, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Location: Southside Beach
Event Type:
Description:

Peter Toth, Astronomy Enthusiast and Past President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, with be giving us a "laser show" of the Night Sky. Using a laser pointer, Peter will point out constellations in the sky. Park visitors will have an opportunity to look through a telescope to view stars and planets!


Rushing River
Event Name: Astronomy with Peter Toth
Date: September 2, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Location: Southside Beach
Event Type:
Description:

Join Peter Toth, Astronomy Enthusiast and Past President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, for a daytime Solar Viewing Program.


Frontenac
Event Name: Electronics on Wilderness Trips
Date: September 9, 2017 to September 9, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, ON This clinic explores the use of electronics in the wilderness. Topics include: Satellite phones, cell phones, text messaging systems, GPS, power supplies for your electronics, apps, for your cell phone or tablet. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Dutch Oven Wilderness Cooking
Date: September 9, 2017 to September 9, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, ON Food in the wilderness does not have to be boring. Topics include: food preparation, food storage, food safety, recipes, types of stoves, utensils, and more. This explores the ability to have good and interesting food in the wilderness with the use of Dutch ovens and small twig stoves. You do not have to use prepackaged food from the outdoors stores. A great opportunity to exchange recipes, ideas and techniques. You may bring food of your own if you wish. Cost: $25.00 (includes food), plus Park daily vehicle permit Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.