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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!


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Nature Centre - Open Weekends Fall / Winter
Date: October 8, 2016 to April 1, 2017
Location: Acessed from Parking lot C - behind the Playbarn
Event Type:
Description:

The Nature Centre will be open during the fall/winter 2016.

Open weekends 11-4.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the displays and hands on activities in the various room.  Live animals, costumes and activities are on display to engage visitors in learning about the nature in Bronte Creek. Kids can earn a "Park Ranger" badge by learning with us or just stop by to chat with a park staff about recently seen birds or wildlife sightings.


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


Killarney
Event Name: Annual Christmas Bird Count
Date: December 14, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Location: George Lake Campground
Event Type:
Description:

From December 14 through January 5 each year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas brave snow, wind, or rain, and take part in Christmas bird counts. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this long-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations, and to help guide conservation action.

The Killarney count starts at 8:00am sharp. If you're interested in joining us please contact Dave Ward at (705) 287-2891 x223 or dave.ward@ontario.ca. 


Kawartha Highlands
Event Name: Kawartha Kids Christmas Bird Count
Date: December 17, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Location: North Kawartha Community Center (340 McFadden Rd. Apsley, ON)
Event Type:
Description:

Join Kawartha staff in this fun citizen science initiative from 8:30AM to 1:00PM. Kids will learn tips on how to spot and identify birds, will participate in a bird hike in the park, and can enjoy hot chocolate and a campfire as we tally our results. Please bring a snack and warm clothes, and if possible binoculars and a bird ID book. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. Driving is required from the Community Center to the Park. Please contact the A/Park Biologist at Shannon.mcgaffey@ontario.ca or 613-332-3940 x 240 to register.  


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.


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Family Day Winter Soup Hike
Date: February 11, 2017 to February 11, 2017
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Come and discover the winter wonderland of Presqu’ile Provincial Park during a wintery afternoon walk (1:00-4:00 pm). There really is a lot of life in the “dead” of winter. Enjoy bird watching, animal tracking, plant and fungus life, and marine activity with possible ice volcanoes, on Lake Ontario. Finish off with a slide show on Presqu’ile and a hot bowl of soup or hot chocolate. $5.00 per person or $8.00 per family; includes park admission. Registration Required - Call (613)?475-1688 ext #2 to register.

More information call 613 475-4324 x225


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.


Killarney
Event Name: Friends of Killarney Park Winter Activity Weekend
Date: February 18, 2017 to February 20, 2017
Location: George Lake Campground
Event Type:
Description:

Enjoy the winter beauty of the Park. Glide along the 30km of groomed cross country ski trails or join one of the guided snowshoe hikes. Evening activities include presentations from guest speakers and star-gazing at the Park observatory.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: FAMILY DAY WEEKEND SNOW-FEST 2016
Date: February 18, 2017 to February 20, 2017
Location: VISITOR CENTRE - OUTDOOR SKATING TRAIL
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

FAMILY DAY WEEKEND SNOW-FEST 2016

Outdoor skating will be available from 9am until 10pm daily – weather permitting Visit the Friends of MacGregor website (friendsofmacgregor.org) or their Facebook (The Friends of MacGregor Point) and Twitter (@MacGregor Point) for updates.

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

Full program details will be released late fall 2016
Bronte Creek
Event Name: Maple Syrup Festival
Date: March 4, 2017 to March 26, 2017
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville, Ontario
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Maple Syrup Festival 2017

Weekends in March and the Week of March Break.

March 4-5, 11-19 and 25-26

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

We specialize in the history of maple syrup presented on a heritage farm from 1900.The festival heritage staff dress in historical attire and will help to immerse you in the history and culture of maple syrup. Attractions include: pancake house, fresh maple candy, fresh maple taffy, guide tours of maple lane, gift shoppe, wagon rides, farm animals, historical tours, family activities and more.

Admission Costs

$17.00 per car

$62.50 per bus (any vehicle with 14+ seating)

Also available at additional cost to purchase:

Pancake meal $4.00 small meal to $30 Family Platter (feeds 4) Gift store, taffy, fresh maple sugar. Pony rides and Maple Kettle Corn.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911


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.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: March Break at MacGregor Point!
Date: March 11, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre, Skating Oval Parking Lot
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us at MacGregor Point Provincial Park to celebrate the warming weather and get back outside!

Full program details will be released winter of 2016
Presqu'ile
Event Name: 41st Annual Presqu'ile Waterfowl Weekend
Date: March 25, 2017 to March 26, 2017
Location: Nature Centre, Lighthouse Centre and viewing stations along Presqu'ile Bay
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Spring is in sight!

With Spring comes the return of tens of thousands of ducks, geese and swans to Presqu’ile Bay - one of the greatest natural areas for birders on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Presqu’ile Provincial Park offers easy access to viewing stations to view up to 25 different species of waterfowl that arrive each spring to rest and feed here before moving on to nesting areas further north and west.

Scheduled activities and spotting scopes with volunteer birders to assist are available from 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Nature Centre will feature children’s activities and crafts, duck displays, and a taxidermy display from “Feather and Down Taxidermy”, with Steve Dingman there to answer your questions. Noted bird carver, Gary McPherson, will also be present to showcase the art of bird carving. The Lighthouse Centre will feature Photography and Art displays. Of course the Friend’s Gift Shop will be open. Stop by and plan on entering our spring raffle for great Bushnell optics. The Friends will also host a BBQ where lunch, hot drinks and snacks can be purchased starting at 11 am. The Lighthouse Centre is also the location of the indoor washroom facilities, an attraction in its own right on a cold March day.

The event has been sponsored by The Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park for the past 41 years and counting! Make this spring event your tradition too - it makes a great outing to learn about and appreciate nature for children and adults alike.

Cost: a nominal $10.00/vehicle park entrance fee. Seasonal and Annual park passes also honoured for entry. Proceeds from this weekend will go towards The Friends’ projects in the Park. We hope to see you there.

More information: www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca . You can also call 613 475-4324 ext. 225. or email David.Bree@ontario.ca


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: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass – Level 1
Date: May 13, 2017 to May 13, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness. This course includes a basic introduction on how to use your GPS. Book your spot early! Cost: $25.00 per person plus park fee. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Wheatley
Event Name: Norm Chesterfield Bird Tour
Date: May 17, 2017 to May 17, 2017
Location: Meet at the park office
Event Type:
Description:

Start tour at Wheatley with a guide and then proceed to other locations with the group.


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend
Date: May 20, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Location: Lighthouse Centre and Owen Pt
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

View the elusive Whimbrel and the many colourful warblers as they migrate to their northern nesting grounds. Enjoy bird-finding walks, bird-banding, and evening programs. Friends’ fund-raising BBQ at 11AM at the Lighthouse Centre. Lighthouse Centre and Friends’ Gift Shop open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL
Date: May 26, 2017 to June 4, 2017
Location: BASED IN MACGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK - VISITOR CENTRE
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Welcome to the Huron Fringe Birding Festival

May 26 - 29 & June 1 - 4, 2017

Celebrating our 20th 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 at the Visitor Centre (519-353-8618). Please note that messages are only checked weekly during the off-season.


Frontenac
Event Name: Wilderness Navigation Map and Compass - Level 1
Date: May 27, 2017 to May 27, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness. This course includes a basic introduction on how to use your GPS. Book your spot early! Cost: $25.00 per person plus park fee. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass – Level 2
Date: May 28, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park. This workshop is designed to give participants time to build on the knowledge acquired in the Level 1 course. Use your new skills to navigate off trail the entire day, as a group and under the supervision of the instructor. Everyone will have a chance to get a lot of practice. Be prepared to spend most of the day outdoors, rain or shine, after a short review indoors. You will need a lunch, plenty of water and come dressed for the weather and bush travel, including long pants and sturdy hiking boots/shoes. Participation in Level 1 is recommended but not necessary, if you know how to use a map and compass and just want more practice navigating off trail. Includes basic introduction on how to use your GPS. Cost: $25.00 per person plus Park fee. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Red Cross Wilderness First Aid
Date: June 2, 2017 to June 4, 2017
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 someone 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. Cost: $210.00 HST incl. plus park camping permit. For further information: wildernesstripping@gmail.com Time: Fri. 5:00 p.m. to Sun. 4:00 p.m. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489.


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


Killarney
Event Name: 21st Annual Spring Loon Count
Date: June 10, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Location: George Lake Campground - Park Nature Centre
Event Type:
Description:

Come paddle the beautiful lakes of Killarney Provincial Park while contributing to its ongoing preservation and integrity by participating in our annual Spring Loon Count.  All information collected will be submitted to Bird Studies Canada for research purposes.  A complimentary BBQ dinner is provided for all of our volunteers. Contact the Park for more information 705-287-2900


Frontenac
Event Name: Red Cross Wilderness First Aid
Date: June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Event Type:
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 someone 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. Cost: $210.00 HST incl. plus park camping permit. For further information: wildernesstripping@gmail.com Time: Fri. 5:00 p.m. to Sun. 4:00 p.m. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489.


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! 


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Summer Interpretive Program
Date: July 1, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Location: Throughout the park
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Guided walks, children’s programs and evening slide shows offered daily except Wednesdays. Check out www.friendsofpresqu’ile.on.ca for details on receiving specific weekly schedule. Nature Centre and Lighthouse Interpretive Centre open daily.


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


MacGregor Point
Event Name: NABA Butterfly Count
Date: July 8, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Join a group of dedicated volunteers in this fun-filled citizen science project! Participants will identify and count butterflies of MacGregor Point and surrounding areas. Registration is at 9:00am with groups leaving at 10:00am. Cost is $5 per person. To register as a volunteer, please contact Kathleen Chayer at 519-389-6232.


Killarney
Event Name: 19th Annual Butterfly Count
Date: July 8, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Location: George Lake Campground - Park Nature Centre
Event Type:
Description:

9:00 a.m at the Nature Centre Join Park Naturalists and butterfly expert volunteers for a full day of butterfly chasing. Our count is part of the Annual North American Butterfly Association’s Count that has been running since 1993. These one day counts take place all across North America in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, with 450 counts in total, which Killarney is one of the most northerly. The counts were developed to promote an interest in butterflies and to produce valuable information for scientific monitoring. By comparing past years of data, we can monitor changes in populations and study the effects of weather and habitat change. With nets and feild guides in hand we have fun and learn about the beautiful and important species that call this Park their home. Dinner and all necessary equipment will be provided.  Proper footwear, sun protection, a lunch and your commitment to a full day of activity is required. 


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Date: July 14, 2017 to July 14, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Description:

Spending time in nature is very important for our physical and mental well being! In order to raise awareness of the benefits of being active in green space, entrance into MacGregor Point and all events happening throughout the day will be free! We have a number of events to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People!

Full program details will be released spring 2017


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


Killarney
Event Name: 3rd Annual BioBlitz
Date: July 22, 2017 to July 22, 2017
Location: George Lake Campground - Amphitheatre
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9:00 a.m at the Amphitheatre Join park naturalists and other volunteers in a full day of drop-in style programming. Help us gain insight on Killarney’s ecosystems’ health and learn how to assist researchers. Afterwards, join us for an awards ceremony, where we’ll celebrate everything from the person with the most observations to the person with the best photo from the day. Naturalists will be posted around the park to answer questions and hold naturalist skills workshops. Don’t forget your camera, bug spray, sunscreen, good walking shoes and rubber boots (if you’ve got them!).


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


Presqu'ile
Event Name: History Weekend
Date: August 5, 2017 to August 6, 2017
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Relive Presqu’ile’s storied past with historically based events such as a fashion show, old-fashioned field games, children’s boat-building bee, re-enactments of a 1867 shooting contest, spirit walk and more.


Killarney
Event Name: 21st Annual Summer Loon Count
Date: August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Location: George Lake Campground - Park Nature Centre
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Park Nature Centre - 9:00am

Come paddle the beautiful lakes of Killarney Provincial Park while contributing to its ongoing preservation and integrity by participating in our Annual Summer Loon Count.  All information collected will be submitted to Bird Studies Canada for research purposes.  A complimentary BBQ dinner is provided for all of our volunteers. Contact the Park for more information 705-287-2900


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Mystery Evening
Date: August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
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7:30pm

Our annual Mystery Evening is back! Come help solve this year's mystery at MacGregor Point.

Full program details will be released spring of 2017


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
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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!


Wheatley
Event Name: 20th Annual Kids Fishing Derby
Date: August 26, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Location: Pavilion 3
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For all kids 15 and under. Derby takes place on Saturday from 8AM to 8PM and on Sunday from 8AM to noon. Prizes will be awarded at 1PM on Sunday. Come have some fun and catch a fish. Everyone wins a prize.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Mystery Evening: The Shipwreck of MacGregor Point
Date: September 2, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
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7:30pm

Our annual Mystery Evening is back! Come help solve the mystery of MacGregor Point.

Full program details will be released spring 2017


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Monarchs & Migrants Weekend
Date: September 2, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
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Bird banding, Monarch tagging and guided nature walks celebrate this weekend of fall migration.


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


Frontenac
Event Name: Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Aid
Date: September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
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Presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, ON

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 someone 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. Cost: $210.00 HST incl. plus park camping permit. For further information: wildernesstripping@gmail.com Time: Fri. 5:00 p.m. to Sun. 4:00 p.m. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Wild for the Arts
Date: September 16, 2017 to September 17, 2017
Location: Nipissing Campground
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

This Friends of MacGregor Point Park event is a weekend of music, art and written word. Featured are the studio tour and art sale, book and author fair, music in the woods, children’s activities and more! Free day use. Corporate Sponsors are Ontario Power Generation, Bruce Power, Canadian Heritage and Ontario Parks.


Wheatley
Event Name: Halloween in the Park
Date: October 7, 2017 to October 7, 2017
Location: Throughout campgrounds
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Trick or treating for kids. Adults come see the awesome decorations and hard work our wonderful campers put into making this special.


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Christmas at Presqu'ile
Date: November 4, 2017 to November 12, 2017
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 4 and 5, 8, 11 and 12