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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.
Emily
Event Name: Natural Heritage Education Programs
Date: June 18, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Location: Check in park notices for details
Event Type:
Description:

The NHE program at Emily is your link to the natural world around you. We offer educational programs for visitors of all ages that include everything from crafts, to guided walks, and guest presenters! Programs run on most days, be sure to check the bulletin boards and social media for program times and locations, and on the rare occasions that there is no scheduled programming be sure to check out our self-led programs that can be found at the Park Store.


Killarney
Event Name: Evening Programs
Date: June 24, 2016 to September 2, 2016
Location: George Lake Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us for some exciting and educational evening programs happening at various dates throughout the summer. Park naturalists and guest speakers will be talking about the species that call this place home, and the importance of conservation. Our programs begin at 8:00 p.m in the campground amphitheatre.

Join us for talks on:

Backcountry Bears: Join Park Naturalists for an evening full of activities, demonstrations and of course some of “the bear facts” about Killarney’s Black Bears. Misunderstood, and often vilified, Black Bears are creatures deserving of our respect and understanding. In a Wilderness Class Park such as Killarney, learning to coexist with bears is especially important because we are all visitors to land set aside for bears and the rest of the ecosystem to function without interference.

Wilderness Wolves: Are there wolves in Killarney Park? Join us for an evening where we challenge your misconceptions about the ‘big bad wolf’‘. We will explore how wolves actually benefit the ecosystem and biodiversity.

Citizen science: Join Park Naturalists and learn how Citizen Science has shaped, and continues to shape, our world and our park. What does citizen science really mean? How can you become a citizen scientist for the park? Why do we need citizen scientists? Come prepared for an evening of inspiration as we explore our individual power to change the world.


Rock Point
Event Name: Daily Programs at Rock Point Provincial Park
Date: June 24, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Location: Park staff will lead various family programs throughout the summer at different locations within the park. Current listings are posted at the Washrooms, park office, Park store, Day Use and group cam
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

From Tyke time, Hands on Nature programs, guided hikes, campfires, evening programs and special guests. We will enhance your summer. There is no additional charge for these programs. There will be activities for you and your family to get involved in on a daily basis. Please check event boards throughout the park as they change weekly


Killbear
Event Name: Summer programs
Date: June 25, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Event Type:
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
Charleston Lake
Event Name: Discovery Centre
Date: June 30, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Open daily throughout the summer, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Discovery starts here!


Halfway Lake
Event Name: Nature Center Opening
Date: June 30, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Location: Interpretive Center located at the main office
Event Type:
Description:

The Nature Center will be open for visitors again this season.

Hours of Operation are as follows:

Monday 1-4 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday 1-4pm

Friday 2-5 pm

Saturday 2-5pm

Sunday 1-4 pm


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Outdoor Swimming Pool Open
Date: July 1, 2016 to September 5, 2016
Location: Parking Lot D
Event Type:
Description:

1.8 acre outdoor swimming pool opens for the season July 1, 2016.

Pool open daily 11am-6pm from July 1-Labour Day (weather permitting)

PLEASE NOTE:

Pool is an additional cost to park main entrance admission.

For more information and list of pool fees visit Bronte Creek website: www.BronteCreek.org


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Junior Naturalist Program
Date: July 1, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Location: Park Gift Shop 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 park gift shop 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 gift shop 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 September 4, 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 all summer long, from July 1 to Sept 4, 2016.  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!


Charleston Lake
Event Name: Summer Interpretive Program
Date: July 1, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

A range of fun-filled & informative programs are offered daily throughout the summer - children’s programs, guided walks, evening programs and more. See the weekly program schedules posted throughout the park for the dates & times.


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Sign, Sign, Everywhere a sign....
Date: July 1, 2016 to October 10, 2016
Location: Lookout Trail
Event Type:
Description:

Guess what!?  We've got some exciting news to share!  New this season we are installing 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.  


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Summer Interpretive Program
Date: July 1, 2016 to September 4, 2016
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.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Daily Family Programs at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Date: July 2, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Location: Park staff will lead various family programs throughout the summer and at different locations within the park. Current listing are posted at the washrooms, park offices, park store and by the parking
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Every day of the summer there will be activities/ programs for your family to get involved in. More details will be available on twitter or facebook @OPBronteCreek Subscribe to our E-newsletter! Reduced programming the week prior to Labour day.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

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


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Spruce Lane Farmhouse and Nature Centre Summer hours
Date: July 2, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Location: Spruce Lane Farmhouse - Parking lot F; Nature Centre Parking lot C.
Event Type: Whats Happening
Description:

Spruce Lane Farmhouse will be open daily 11-5 and the Nature Centre 10-5 throughout the summer (unless otherwise posted for special events). Stop by to learn about how to become an “Official Park Ranger”. Report your wildlife sightings - or see what animals and birds have been seen lately. Displays, activities—- there is always something new to see or do.

Daily artisan demonstrations and heritage displays will peak your curiosity about life in the early 1900’s. Tour the farmhouse and barns.


Ivanhoe Lake
Event Name: Scavenger Hunt/ Riddle Race
Date: July 2, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: Gatehouse/ Visitor center
Event Type:
Description:

Come join our all-season photo scavenger hunt or riddle race and enjoy the outdoors even more while you walk or bike around the campground looking for clues and taking photos. Collect enough points and you can win a prize! Go to the Gatehouse for more details


Killarney
Event Name: Artist in Residence Program- Summer 2016
Date: July 4, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Location: Various locations
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:

The Artist in Residence program provides free art lessons in the Park, by highly-qualified volunteer instructors. It’s a great opportunity to enhance your artistic skills and connect with nature. Lessons are conducted en plein air and cater to a variety of skill sets and age groups.

Join in the fun! Sign up at our counter at the George Lake office or contact the park for more information.

·         July 4 to 8 | David Doyle

·         July 11 to 15 | Christy A. Smith

·         July 17 to 21 | Danielle Gardner

·         August 8 to 12 | Pierre Sabourin


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: July 5, 2016 to September 2, 2016
Location: Lally Homestead Parking Lot
Event Type:
Description:Limited capacity. Offered twice/week in July and August. Call the park at 613-267-5060 for specific dates/times. Please pre-register at the registration gatehouse or call ahead for this 1-1.5 hour guided hike down the trail and into an early 1900s mica mine.
Killarney
Event Name: Friends of Killarney Parks' Summer Concert Series
Date: July 9, 2016 to August 14, 2016
Location: George Lake Amphitheater
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:

After a day of hiking and paddling around the Park, come back to the campground and listen to some live music. Join us at 7:30 p.m at the George Lake Amphitheatre on featured dates this summer.

All concerts are free of charge. Donations to the Friends are welcome.

·         July 9 | Jory Nash

·         July 21 | Skarni

·         July 23 | Murray James O’Brien

·         August 14 | David Archibald


Arrowhead
Event Name: Children's program: Park Ranger 101
Date: July 28, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Location: Picnic Shelter, 10:30-11:30am
Event Type:
Description:

A crash course on tree identification, poison ivy, and other stuff a park ranger needs to know!


Algonquin
Event Name: Meet the Researcher Day
Date: July 28, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Location: Algonquin East Beach Pavillion
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Algonquin’s Wildlife Research Station invites you to spend time with researchers who use Algonquin Park as their laboratory. Meet those who study reptiles and amphibians, birds, small mammals, fish, wolves, and even humans (through archaeology). A fundraising barbecue (noon to 2:00pm, or while quantities last) is hosted by The Friends of Algonquin Park in support of research in the Park, and free draws take place for great prizes generously donated by local businesses and organizations. Suitable for all ages. Event runs 9:00AM- 3:00PM.


Blue Lake
Event Name: Science North presents AMAZING ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS
Date: July 28, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Location: Beaver Pond at 8pm
Event Type:
Description:

How long is a woodpecker's tongue? How does a snake shed its skin? Want answers to these questions and to learn more amazing animal facts? Join the Science North Bluecoats for a fascinating look at the amazing adaptations of animals that we find near and far! You'll be surprised, entertained, grossed out and you might even get a chance to have a close encounter with a live animal ambassador!


Fitzroy
Event Name: Concert in the Park - Ambush
Date: July 28, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Location: Group Picnic
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:

Fourth concert in series during July, presented by City of Ottawa & Waste Management in conjunction with Ontario Parks, Youth Connexion & the CHEO Foundation.

Donations will be collected for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Cash only BBQ in support of a local youth organization starts at 6pm. Music by “Ambush” will run from 7 - 8:30 pm.
Aaron
Event Name: OFAH Invasive Species Information Session & Boat Wash
Date: July 28, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Location: Picnic Shelter
Event Type:
Description:

Join the OFAH outreach staff  to learn more about invasive species and what YOU can do to protect our beautiful land and water.  Learn how to properly wash your boat when coming off the water to prevent the spread of invasive species. The OFAH Invasive Species Awareness Program will be providing information and activities to educate park visitors on invasive species and teaching visitors how to prevent the spread of Invasive Species.  


Halfway Lake
Event Name: Explore the Pond
Date: July 28, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Location: Nature Center 10:00 am
Event Type:
Description:

**Bring boots, nets & waders (if you have them)**

Explore the critters that lurk in the lakes, rivers and ponds of Halfway Lake. Catch some critters with our dip nets & take a look at the sometimes overlooked creepy crawlies that live in Halfway waters. You may even see a frog or two. 


Sibbald Point
Event Name: Snap-A-Leaf Hike
Date: July 28, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Location: Maidenhair Fern Trail
Event Type:
Description:

Meet us at the Maidenhair Fern Trail by 10am to explore and learn about 5 native trees. Don't forget to bring your iphone!


Sandbar Lake
Event Name: Discovery Meet up - Incredible Insects
Date: July 28, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Location: Picnic Shelter
Event Type:
Description:

Join us at the Picnic Shelter at 2:15pm to learn all about some of the Insects who make their home in Sandbar Lake Provincial Park.

*Bring your Discovery Journal to this meet-up


Murphys Point
Event Name: Moth Night
Date: July 28, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre at 9pm
Event Type:
Description:

Mark has added over 200 species of moths to the park list and is hoping for more! Join him at the Visitor Centre where he’ll go through the basics before setting out on a nocturnal hunt. Please bring a flashlight!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Storytime
Date: July 28, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Location: Campfire Circle (at the amphitheatre) - 7pm
Event Type:
Description:

Meet Candace and Jennifer at the Campfire Circle (near the amphitheatre) for some marshmallows and a couple of stories. For kids aged 4 and up with their guardians.


Sturgeon Bay
Event Name: Children's Program
Date: July 28, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Every Thursday at 10:00am a Children’s Program will be run at Sturgeon Bay. Call the park for more information!


Esker Lakes
Event Name: Annual Blueberry Festival !
Date: July 29, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Location: Parkwide
Event Type:
Description:

The long awaited Blueberry Festival will be back from July 29th-August 1st! This weekend at Esker Lakes will be jam packed with family fun activities, games, tasty treats, and blueberry themed programming! Expect to get messy in the annual pie eating competition, show off your skills at the yearly campers vs. staff baseball game, join the Blueberry olympics, and attend the interview with a bear program! This year you'll also get the chance to participate in a new and improved Amazing Race program! The activities are non-stop fun for all ages from Friday evening until Monday afternoon! 


Arrowhead
Event Name: Hike: Ghost Farm of the 1800s
Date: July 29, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Location: Meet at Homesteader Trailhead (Amphitheatre) 10am-noon
Event Type:
Description:

See the remnants of Arrowhead's first homesteaders! Explore early settler life in Muskoka.


Halfway Lake
Event Name: Weird and Wonderful Campfire
Date: July 29, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Location: Firepit 8pm
Event Type:
Description:

Meet at the firepit as we explore some of Halfway Lake's weird and wonderful creatures. Learn about their special cool, gross and just plain fascinating adaptations. 


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Beach Ecology: Peter Middleton
Date: July 29, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

7:00pm

Shorelines and beaches are hosts to an incredible array of species making them unique and bio diverse ecosystems. Join field naturalist Peter to learn more about the incredible landscapes that can be found right here in MacGregor Point.


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Mythbusters Round 2: Birds Edition!
Date: July 29, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre, in case of rain it will be held at the Post/Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

Are you ready to put your knowledge to the test?! Come on out and play a round of mythbusters birds edition! Find out the facts and myths of the bird world! Program will be held at 8pm at the Amphitheatre (at The Post/Visitor Centre if it is raining).


Samuel de Champlain
Event Name: David Archibald (Musical Performance)
Date: July 29, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Location: Bagwa day-use area
Event Type:
Description:

Don't miss David Archibald's musical performance at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park this July! His performances capture the attention of children and adults alike with a variety of theatrical and thought provoking songs about our Canadian heritage - both natural and cultural. David Archibald has an impressive resume and has performed here at the park before. We are excited to have him back at the park soon! See the link below for samples of his music and to read a biography. 

http://http://www.davidarchibald.com/


Presqu'ile
Event Name: History Weekend
Date: July 29, 2016 to July 31, 2016
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 War of 1812 skirmish, spirit walk and more.


Rushing River
Event Name: Science North
Date: July 29, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type: Whats Happening
Description:

How long is a woodpecker's tongue? How does a snake shed its skin? Want answers to these questions and to learn more amazing animal facts? Join the Science North Bluecoats for a fascinating look at the amazing adaptations of animals that we find near and far! You'll be surprised, entertained, grossed out and you might even get a chance to have a close encounter with a live animal ambassador!

 


Quetico
Event Name: Arts in the Park Weekend
Date: July 29, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Location: Teaching Place, Grassy Beach and the Information and Heritage Pavilion
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join us in celebrating the many facets of the wilderness through various workshops and children’s arts fair. For more information, please go to http://www.quetico100.com


Sandbar Lake
Event Name: OFAH Invasive Species - Boat Wash Demo
Date: July 29, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

Join the OFAH outreach staff  to learn more about invasive species and what YOU can do to protect our beautiful land and water.  Learn how to properly wash your boat when coming off the water to prevent the spread of invasive species.  


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: July 29, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Location: 8:30pm at the Lally Homestead Parking Lot
Event Type:
Description:

Join Mark, Johanna, and hopefully some evening birds, bats and moths for this special nature night hike along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. See this restored, early 1900s mica mine in a different light too! Hardhats supplied but bring a flashlight. Meet at the Lally Homestead Parking Lot. Hike starts at 8:30p.m. Allow 15 minutes driving time from the main campground.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Discovery Meet-up - Animal Signs
Date: July 29, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Location: Main Beach at 11am
Event Type:
Description:

There is an amazing variety of things that make their home here. Come explore their signs at the Main Beach with the help of a guide. For kids ages 4 and up with their guardians. Bring along your Discovery Activity Book or pick one up at the Meet-up.


White Lake
Event Name: Log Drive Days
Date: July 29, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Event Type:
Description:Log Drive days is an annual celebration of White Lake`s rich log driving and fur trading history. Come out and test yourself in our Logging Skills Competition or enjoy some classic logging movies under the stars. Activities will be happening all weekend long!
Wakami Lake
Event Name: Wakami Weekend
Date: July 29, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: Various Locations around the Park
Event Type:
Description:

Staff at Wakami Lake are once again working hard to plan a wonderful weekend for of activities in an effort to promote awareness and raise support and funds for the restoration of Wakami’s Historic Logging Exhibit. With the generous donation of lumber from the local Tembec Mill and the assistance of private donations through the Lasting Gift Foundation http://www.alastinggift.ca/ , the park has been able to begin the restoration of some of the Exhibits. To top off the week end the staff are putting on an old fashioned Pancake Breakfast on Sunday Morning with the proceeds to go to the restoration of the Wakami Historic Logging Exhibit. There will be donation forms at the park throughout the week end or you can donate online http://www.alastinggift.ca/pdf/donation-form.pdf and please identify the Wakami Historic Logging Exhibit under the heading “I would like my donation to help the following project(s):” Reserve your campsite https://reservations.ontarioparks.com/ and head up to Wakami Lake Provincial Park to enjoy a great northern week end and help support this important project.


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Scales Nature Park
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join us at the amphitheatre for this awesome presentation by Scales Nature Park from Orillia! This is your chance to see live turtles and snakes up close! The experts from Scales Nature Park will teach us all about the snakes and turtles in Ontario and why some of them are now Species at Risk. At the end of the presentation you’ll have the opportunity to hold some of the snakes and see what gentle creatures they really are!


Darlington
Event Name: Pioneer Days
Date: July 30, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Location: Log Cabin
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join staff at the Log Cabin for some pioneer crafts & games.


Darlington
Event Name: Fiddlin' and Dancin'- Pioneer Days
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Picnic Area # 3 7:30 PM
Event Type:
Description:

Join our special guests from the Oshawa Whitby Old Time Fiddle Club as they entertain us with some olde tyme music & square dancing. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes!!


Emily
Event Name: Ontario Specialized Species Center
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

Join us as we welcome back the OSSC and their feathered friends as we explore the world through the eyes of Canadian Birds of Prey! Get a chance to see them up close and learn more about the species we share this beautiful country with. 


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Yoga In the Park
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Beach near picnic shelter #1 - 9:30am
Event Type: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Description:

Start your day with a relaxing yoga class near the beautiful beach at Balsam Lake Provincial Park.  Join yoga instructor, Lauretta Dunford from Sweet Flowering Yoga and Wellness at 9:30am for an hour that will help build strength, increase flexibility and reduce stress.  This class is suitable for all levels, including those who are new to Yoga.  Bring a mat or beach towel, water, comfortable clothes and a willingness to discover new possibilities! 


French River
Event Name: Mike Buss Canadian Fur Trade Interpreter
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre All Day Event
Event Type:
Description:

Mike Buss will present a living history interpretation of the Canadian Fur Trade. Furs and artifacts to feel and observe! Great fun and interesting history!


Bonnechere
Event Name: Apple Cider in Concert
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Davenport Centre
Event Type:
Description:

Come out to hear the amazing valley original, Apple Cider in concert! Enjoy the sound of folk music and fiddle tunes... always a crowd favourite! Show begins at 7:00 pm!


Blue Lake
Event Name: David Sutherland’s Rock Show!
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Interpretive Centre - 10am
Event Type:
Description:

How Gneiss' are rocks?! We guarantee you’ll have a rockin’ time with David and his fascinating collection! Come check rocks from all over the world, and there be some precious finds too!


Chutes
Event Name: Discovery Program
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

11:00 a.m.  Discovery Program - an outdoor educational program that encourages kids to explore, observe, and discover the natural word around them.  This guided program is a new way for kids and families to explore and enjoy Ontario Parks.  Ask the gate attendant for this week's theme and where to meet so you too can join in on the fun!  Parental supervision for children is required.


Lake Superior
Event Name: Night at the Museum
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre (Agawa Bay Campground)
Event Type:
Description:Join us after hours as we light up the Visitor Centre beyond regular closing time. Meet the naturalists at different stations to explore the many facets of Lake Superior Provincial Park. Drop in anytime between 8 pm and 10:30 pm
Halfway Lake
Event Name: Hug a Tree & Survive by North Shore Search & Rescue
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Outdoor Theatre 10am
Event Type:
Description:

Help Halfway Lake to welcome Jeb Brown from North Shore Search and Rescue. Through the Hug a Tree and Survive, you will learn what to do if you should become lost in the woods - how to survive and be found. 


Grundy Lake
Event Name: Staff vs. Camper Baseball
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: 6:00 pm at Smokeys Point
Event Type: Whats Happening
Description:

Staff vs. Camper baseball. We will provide the equipment but please feel free to bring your own as well. Must be 16 or older to play but all ages are welcome to cheer on the teams!


Kakabeka Falls
Event Name: Spirits of the Past
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
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.


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Special Guest: Nick Osborne on Understanding Aboriginal Heritage!
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre, in case of rain program will be at the Post/Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:Nick Osborne; a familiar face at Kettle Lakes is here to speak on understanding Aboriginal culture and exploring Aboriginal heritage! Among other topics, Nick will be explaining sacred medicines and the OPP's commitment to First Nations relations. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique opportunity at 8pm.  
Halfway Lake
Event Name: What Goes Bump in the Night Hike
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Nature Center 9:30pm
Event Type:
Description:

Do you know what comes out when you go to sleep? Come to the Nature Center and help Naturalists to discover what creatures go bump in the night here at Halfway Lake. *If you bring flashlights, we will cover them in red tissue paper to save our night vision. All are welcome. 


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Habitat Detective Children's Hike
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Wintergreen Trail
Event Type:
Description:

Are you a wildlife detective? Our species seem to be all mixed up. We need a detective to held figure out who lives where and get this all sorted out! Follow the clues with the NHE team and solve the habitat mysteries! 2pm at Wintergreen Trail


Rondeau
Event Name: Rondeau Campfire
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Campfire pit at Beach Access #9
Event Type:
Description:

Join Rondeau's naturalists for some laid-back campfire fun!   Don't forget your best scary stories and campfire amenities!


Samuel de Champlain
Event Name: Echoes of the Past
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Steep Boat Launch
Event Type:
Description:

Wander into the past with an evening spirit night! As you walk along the Mattawa River you will meet the people that lived and worked in this region up to 400 years ago. From the time of the early explorers to the logging era there are surely many stories to be told - of hardship and toil, of adventure and comical mishaps, and awe-inspiring journeys. 


Murphys Point
Event Name: Wild Ontario at Murphys Point!
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:Come and meet some amazing captive Raptors!! Find out their stories and learn about the different species. Don't forget to have your photo taken with your favorite bird. Show time is 7:00pm. No dogs are permitted at this show unless it's a service dog.
Rideau River
Event Name: Wild Ontario - Birds of Prey Show
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Main Beach Picnic Shelter at 3:00pm
Event Type:
Description:Come and meet some amazing captive Raptors!! Find out their stories and learn about the different species. Don't forget to have your photo taken with your favorite bird.  No dogs are permitted at this show.  Bring your lawn chairs and cameras!
Murphys Point
Event Name: Kids Program - What's that bird?
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Main Beach at 11am
Event Type:
Description:

Join Mark and Crystal for a fun-filled programme learning some key tips to identifying birds – you’ll even get to make a cool memento! For kids aged 7-12 and their guardians. Event starts at 11am.


Chutes
Event Name: Discovery Program
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

11:00 a.m.  Discovery Program - an outdoor educational program that encourages kids to explore, observe, and discover the natural word around them.  This guided program is a new way for kids and families to explore and enjoy Ontario Parks.  Ask the gate attendant for information about the theme and where to meet so you too can join in on the fun!  Parental supervision for children is required.


Long Point
Event Name: Who's Awake?
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: Day Use Comfort Station #4 (East End of Day Use)
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

7:30pm - Come experience nature at night. Learn more about the amazing life of nocturnal animals as we call for owls, checkout insects attracted to our light traps and play some night sensory games.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: MacGregor Point's 40th Anniversary: Cake and Live Mammals!
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type:
Description:

1:30pm: Cake!

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, join us for cake before today's live animal show! First come, first serve for this tasty treat in the Visitor Centre.

2:00pm: Speaking of Wildlife - Live Mammals!

Come check out these furry friends and learn about how they live from Speaking of Wildlife staff in the Campfire Circle. This is a rare opportunity to see live mammals up close who are ambassadors for their species! For the sake of the live animals, please do not bring your pets.


Halfway Lake
Event Name: Animal Evidence Hike
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: Moose Ridge Trail Head 10am
Event Type:
Description:

Join us on the Moose Ridge Trail in the search for animal evidence. You never know what you might find on the trail; scat, tracks or even the wildlife that made it. The hike is an easy-moderate hike suitable for children lasting about 1 1/2 hours. 


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Eat lilke a bird
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: Slab Lake Picnic Shelter
Event Type:
Description:

Join this children's program and peer into the world of birds! Try eating like a Hummingbird and a Mallard Duck! Being a bird is tricky work, but birds have some amazing adaptations that help them survive. Meet the naturalists at 10:30 am at Slab Lake Picnic Shelter.


Mikisew
Event Name: Wild Ontario's Birds of Prey!
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: Pines Comfort Station Lawn
Event Type:
Description:

Join us at 2:00PM for a wild afternoon with Wild Ontario’s birds of prey! A great chance to see live birds of prey up close - don’t forget your camera!


Rondeau
Event Name: Rondeau's (Historical) Amazing Race!!
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: All teams must start their race at the Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

What better way to celebrate the long weekend then by exploring your park and it's cultural history and participating in a race that takes you to all corners of this cuspate sandspit??  This event will be taking place all day and you can start your race anytime between 10am and 2pm.  You must pre-register your team with the Visitor Centre staff ahead of time - please call 519-674-1768 to sign up or if you have any questions!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Open House
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: Silver Queen Mine Trail
Event Type:
Description:Hardhats supplied for this 1 km walk along the trail and into the restored Silver Queen Mine and miner's bunkhouse. Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the trail. 10 a.m. - Noon
Restoule
Event Name: Wild Ontario Birds of Prey Show!
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: Campfire Clearing
Event Type:
Description:

Join us at 7:00 PM for a wild evening with Wild Ontario’s birds of prey! A great chance to see live birds of prey up close - don’t forget your camera!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Nature Program - If you go down to the woods today...
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre at 8pm
Event Type:
Description:

Dragonflies & Damselflies, Golden-winged Warblers, and Moths. Join Mark, our resident bird nerd, as he talks through some of the various wildlife projects in the park.


Pancake Bay
Event Name: Fish Fry for Batchawana Fire and Rescue
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: Picnic Shelter
Event Type:
Description:

Enjoy a fresh whitefish lunch or dinner on one of Ontario's best beaches! Hot dog dinners will also be available. Food will be first-come-first-served from 1pm-6pm. Come on out and support Batchawana Fire and Rescue!


Turkey Point
Event Name: At Risk!Disappearing Reptiles
Date: July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Location: Pavillion
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us at the Pavilion at 10:30 am. Interpretive Talk and Walk.This program will educate about the daily challenges of local reptiles and help to alleviate any misconceptions and fears around reptiles. There will be a variety of life like turtle and snake replicas.


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Meet the Naturalist: exploring weather experiments!
Date: August 1, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Location: Slab Lake Picnic Shelter
Event Type:
Description:

Come on out to this interactive wild weather program! We'll be testing weather experiments and getting messy discovering the weather systems that we are subject to here at Kettle Lakes in the Boreal Forest! Meet us at Slab Lake Picnic Shelter at 10:30am!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Kids Program - Hoo Cooks For You OWLS?!
Date: August 1, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Location: Main Beach at 11am
Event Type:
Description:

Owls are on the prowl at Murphys Point. How do they do it? Join Nic and Crystal for this interactive kids program. For children aged 7-12 and their guardians.


Sandbar Lake
Event Name: Discovery Meet-up: Birds
Date: August 1, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Location: Picnic Shelter
Event Type:
Description:

Join us at 1pm at the Picnic Shelter to learn all about the birds of Sandbar Lake.

* Bring your Discovery Journal to this Meet-Up


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: August 2, 2016 to August 2, 2016
Location: Lally Homestead Parking Lot
Event Type:
Description:

Please pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. Hard hats supplied! Tour starts at 10am.


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Learn to Fish at Balsam Lake
Date: August 3, 2016 to August 3, 2016
Location: Boat Launch parking lot
Event Type:
Description:

Hey Kids! Wanna learn how to fish?  Ever wonder what kind of fish are in the lake? Or what kind of bait and lures to use?  This is a free program hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Fish and Wildlife Services Branch. All supplies will be provided, just bring yourself and a smile and be ready to learn to fish!  We are offering two sessions of the Learn to Fish program on Wed Aug 3: 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm, kids of all ages are welcome to take part and parents too!  Space is limited so please email aileen.clarke@ontario.ca to sign up in advance.


Bonnechere
Event Name: Toybus Day in the Park
Date: August 3, 2016 to August 3, 2016
Location: Davenport Centre/ Beach
Event Type:
Description:

Join the Toybus team for an afternoon of outdoors fun at Bonnechere Park from 10am- 1pm. The Toybus team will provide tons of toys, games and activities guaranteed to create an amazing day!

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy by the beach!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Evening Program - Murphys Mascot
Date: August 3, 2016 to August 3, 2016
Location: 8pm at the Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

It’s an election year and four of Murphys Point’s most interesting animals are vying for the right to represent the park as official mascot. Meet Tobi and Candace at the amphitheatre and help us decide. Every vote counts!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Discovery Meet-up - Hear like a Deer!
Date: August 3, 2016 to August 3, 2016
Location: Main Beach at 11am
Event Type:
Description:

Animals use their senses in some amazing ways. Use your ears like a deer on a scavenger hunt in the park. Meet your guide at the Main Beach. For kids aged 4 and up with their guardians. Bring along your Discovery Activity Book or pick one up at the Meet-up.


Algonquin
Event Name: Public Wolf Howls
Date: August 4, 2016 to September 1, 2016
Location: Outdoor Theatre
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Every Thursday in August, conditions permitting, join us for a famous Algonquin Provincial Park Public Wolf Howl. After a slide talk on wolf ecology, participants receive special instructions, and we then travel by car (on rare occasions, walk) to a place where wild wolves may answer the imitations given by the naturalist staff. This event is held only if weather and accessible wolves permit. The final decision to hold a Public Wolf Howl is determined the morning of the event based upon the weather and scouting by the naturalist staff on the previous days. Check www.algonquinpark.on.ca

on the day of a projected Wolf Howl for confirmation. If you are in the Park the day of a potential howl, check Park bulletin boards for confirmation. If you are coming to a Public Wolf Howl, ensure you have a Park permit, arrive early, make sure your car is filled with gas, and dress warmly for this special program, which lasts about three hours. No dogs are allowed at the presentation or howl location as they can disturb the experience for 2,000+ participants. If a Wolf Howl is not held, the following Evening Program will be held instead – The Wolves of Algonquin - Join a Park Naturalist to learn about the intimate world of wolves and how humans have helped shape their destiny here in Algonquin and everywhere else. Potential Public Wolf Howls take place only on Thursdays in August, or Thursdays in September before Labour Day, when weather and accessible wolves permit.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Shoreline Venture Hike: Peter Middleton
Date: August 4, 2016 to August 4, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

10:00am

Join field naturalist Peter on a hike through the shorelines of MacGregor Point and explore the unique and intricate workings of beach ecosystems!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: August 4, 2016 to August 4, 2016
Location: 8:30pm at the Lally Homestead Parking Lot
Event Type:
Description:

Join Mark, Jennifer, and hopefully some evening birds, bats and moths for this special nature night hike along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. See this restored, early 1900s mica mine in a different light too! Hardhats supplied but bring a flashlight. Meet at the Lally Homestead Parking Lot. Hike starts at 8:30p.m. Allow 15 minutes driving time from the main campground.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Discovery Meet-up - Animal Signs
Date: August 4, 2016 to August 4, 2016
Location: Main Beach at 11am
Event Type:
Description:

There is an amazing variety of things that make their home here. Come explore their signs at the Main Beach with the help of a guide. For kids ages 4 and up with their guardians. Bring along your Discovery Activity Book or pick one up at the Meet-up.


Sturgeon Bay
Event Name: Children's Program
Date: August 4, 2016 to August 4, 2016
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Every Thursday at 10:00am a children’s program will be run at Sturgeon Bay. Call the park for more information!


Blue Lake
Event Name: Astronomy Basics
Date: August 5, 2016 to August 5, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

Join Peter Toth, Astronomy Enthusiast and Past President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, for an exciting night under the stars here at Blue Lake! Learn about constellations, planets and other mysteries surrounding our twinkling space neighbours! Program will run if weather permits. 


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Special Guest: Science North!
Date: August 5, 2016 to August 5, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre... in case of rain held at the Post/ Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

We are thrilled to have the Science North Bluecoats back to Kettle Lakes with their Science En Route program! They will be arriving with all sorts of awesome hands on demos with their AMAZING ADAPTATIONS program!! Don't miss this special event! Meet us at 8pm at the Amphitheatre!


Sleeping Giant
Event Name: Fun in the Sun!
Date: August 5, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Location: Marie Louise Lake Campground
Event Type:
Description:

Join us for a fun filled weekend of recreating, learning and skills building at Sleeping Giant.  The park has endless opportunities for hiking, camping, water activities and many more.  Brush up your skills, test your outdoor knowledge or learn how to be a responsible visitor.  Come enjoy the park and participate in an activity!


Sandbar Lake
Event Name: OFAH - Boat Wash Demo
Date: August 5, 2016 to August 5, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

Join the OFAH outreach staff  to learn more about invasive species and what YOU can do to protect our beautiful land and water.  Learn how to properly wash your boat when coming off the water to prevent the spread of invasive species.  


Pancake Bay
Event Name: ADVENTURE DAYS!
Date: August 5, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

Welcoming all adventurers! Join us for our most fun filled weekend in the park. Adventure Days weekend is jam-packed with activities for the whole family!

The weekend kicks off on Friday with Art in the Park where you can join local artist in creating your own Lake Superior original! Following this there will be a staff v. campers game of soccer baseball at the park office. Finish the night off with a movie at our amphitheatre at rest up for Saturday’s events!

Saturday starts up with a parade through the campground! Our staff will be all dressed up to spread happiness (and candy) throughout day-use and the 100s-300s sections! Following the parade there will be games for all ages and face painting at the picnic shelter. The winners from the games will be honored with the opportunity to pie a Pancake Bay warden in the face! There will also be Montreal canoe tours of Pancake Bay leaving from the picnic shelter! Finally the Steeletown Girls will end the night with a country music performance at the amphitheatre!

The festivities continue into Sunday with the Amazing Race! This race will have participants travelling around the campground searching for clues in a test of brains and brawn! The fun continues with a sand sculpture contest and a fish fry in the afternoon!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Storytime
Date: August 5, 2016 to August 5, 2016
Location: Campfire Circle (at the Amphitheatre) 7pm
Event Type:
Description:

Meet Candace and Jennifer at the Campfire Circle (near the amphitheatre) for some marshmallows and a couple of stories. For kids aged 4 and up with their guardians.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Moth Night
Date: August 5, 2016 to August 5, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre at 9pm
Event Type:
Description:

Mark has added over 200 species of moths to the park list and is hoping for more! Join him at the Visitor Centre where he’ll go through the basics before setting out on a nocturnal hunt. Please bring a flashlight!


Bonnechere
Event Name: Ken Ramsden in Concert
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Davenport Centre
Event Type:
Description:

Ken Ramsden has performed at over 30 Ontario Provincial Parks. Ken sings about Ontario's forests, rivers & lakes, playing songs for the whole family! He has appeared on the 'Tommy Hunter Show', on the 'Elephant Show', and is a founding member of the Canadian musical trio 'Freshwater Trade'. Show starts at 7pm.


Blue Lake
Event Name: Daytime Solar Viewing
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Beaver Pond
Event Type:
Description:

Have you ever wondered what is special about the sky during the day? Come to the Beaver Pond and join our special guest, astronomy expert Peter Toth as he explores the daytime sky and teach us how to use a telescope during the day! Program will run if weather permits. 


Darlington
Event Name: Sciensational Snakes
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Log Cabin - 3:00 pm
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Meet our special guests who will show you come fascinating reptiles - LIVE & UP CLOSE!


Charleston Lake
Event Name: A Concert with David Archibald
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Park Amphitheatre
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:

David’s ever popular show includes original songs about the joys of camping, poison ivy, Charleston Lake & more. A musical celebration of parks and camping life. His infectious songs will have you singing. Fun for the whole family!


Craigleith
Event Name: Fascinating Fossil Findings
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Picnic Shelter
Event Type:
Description:

Join Park Naturalists from Wasaga Beach at 2:00 PM at the Picnic Shelter to discover the unique fossilized history of Craigleith. We will guide you through the amazing beginnings of Georgian Bay to the establishment of the park today. Discover what makes Craigleith so special by taking a closer look at what’s lying under your feet!


French River
Event Name: Scales Nature Park
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre 2:30 pm
Event Type:
Description:

"Turtle Troubles" a hands-on educational program featuring live turtles and great information on our favourite reptile.


Blue Lake
Event Name: Astronomy Laser Show
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Event Type:
Description:Join our visiting astronomy expert, Peter Toth, for his grand finale - a laser show of the night sky! Be sure to stop by to see the stars and constellations of Blue 
Balsam Lake
Event Name: Learn to Canoe
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Boat Rental @ 9am-11am
Event Type:
Description:

Ever wanted to Learn to Canoe?  If you have never canoed before, or if you are new to canoeing and just want some tips to improve - well here's your chance!  Join our head naturalist for an action-packed 2 hour introduction to the art of canoeing.  We'll teach you standard paddling techniques and how to canoe safely on open water, then we'll take a journey along the beautiful lakeshore of Balsam Lake.  Email aileen.clarke@ontario.ca to sign up in advance as space is limited.  Bring your own canoe or rent one for just $20 (groups of 2-3 people per canoe).  Must have a credit card and driver's license for rentals.  Ages 6 and up can participate, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  Lifejackets and paddles are provided.  Please arrive 10 minutes early as we start promptly at 9am.


Chutes
Event Name: Discovery Program
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

11:00 a.m.  Discovery Program - an outdoor educational program that encourages kids to explore, observe, and discover the natural word around them.  This guided program is a new way for kids and families to explore and enjoy Ontario Parks.  Ask the gate attendant for this week's theme and where to meet so you too can join in on the fun!  Parental supervision for children is required.


Grundy Lake
Event Name: Murder Mystery - Spirit Night
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: 7:30pm at the Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Think you have what it takes to solve who is behind the disappearance of all the park animals at this Murder Mystery Spirit Night?


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Wild Ontario: Live Birds of Prey!
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type:
Description:

2:00pm

Caretakers from Wild Ontario are coming to share with you the wonder of raptors, and they are bringing their feathered friends along with them! For the sake of the live animals, please do not bring your pets.


Halfway Lake
Event Name: Species at Risk Film/Evening Program
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Outdoor Theatre 8:30pm
Event Type:
Description:

Come down to the Outdoor Theatre to learn about Species at Risk in Ontario and view newly produced short films about 4 Species at Risk in Ontario.


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Animal Senses
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Slab Lake Picnic Shelter
Event Type:
Description:

Come on out to this children's program where we will explore animal senses! How do animals survive in the harsh wild? Find out as we try to use our own different senses! Join us at 2pm at Slab Lake!


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Voices in the Dark: NIGHT HIKE!
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Wintergreen Trail
Event Type:
Description:

Night hikes are a much anticipated event! They give us the chance to explore a time of night we usually shy away from! Your chances of seeing exciting wildlife increase by a ton! Don't fear the dark, embrace it- as we discover some of Kettle Lakes' night life on the trail. See you there at 8pm at the Wintergreen Trail!


Petroglyphs
Event Name: Evening Program
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Learning Place Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

Please join us for a unique opportunity to see the Petroglyphs also known as the Teaching Rocks in a night setting. Using lights cast across the rock, shadows are created within the carvings making the varying shapes apparent. The program begins with a showing of the film “The Teachings Rocks” before going to the Petroglyphs site for a guided tour. We will also explore some aspects of Algonkian Culture.

The event takes place from 8:30 -10:00 pm and is free of charge with a valid park permit. Visitors can purchase a vehicle permit for the day at the Learning Place Visitor Centre during regular hours or before the evening program from 7:30pm- 8:30pm. You may wish to bring a flashlight.


Rock Point
Event Name: Conservation Officer - Canine Handler Demonstration
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Park Store Patio
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join park staff as we welcome Sean Cronsberry a Conservation Officer and Canine handler for a special demonstration in the Day Use area at 2:00pm. Come on by and check out what they do. Everyone Welcome!!


Rushing River
Event Name: Friends of Rushing River BBQ
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

Join the Friends of Rushing River for a BBQ and fun games and activities.


Port Burwell
Event Name: MNRF Canine Service Unit Demonstration
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Recreation Field within Port Burwell Provincial Park
Event Type:
Description:

Come Out on August 6th at 10:00 am and Join Conservation Officer Sean Cronsberry and his four-legged partner Timber ! Learn all about the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Canine Unit and how Timber does his job. Join them as the conduct an educational demonstration on how Timber can sniff out and detect concealed wildlife, fish and firearms! And how Timber is vital when tracking violators and finding lost persons!


René Brunelle
Event Name: SCIENCE EN ROUTE
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Park Phipps Point Day Use Area - 1 pm to 4 pm / Utilisation de jour Pointe Phipps du Parc -13h à 16h
Event Type:
Description:

You will be engaged, entertained and amazed! Exciting, interactive science experience led by our popular Bluecoats scientists!

CO-HOSTED BY: FRIENDS OF RENÉ BRUNELLE PROVINCIAL PARK / BIBILIOTHÈQUE PUBLIQUE DE MOONBEAM

Joignez-vous à nous pour une expérience scientifique, excitante et interactive, dirigée par nos célêbres "sarreaux bleus"

CO-PRÉSENTÉ PAR: LES AMIS DU PARC PROVINCIAL RENÉ BRUNELLE / BIBLIOTHÊQUE PUBLIQUE DE MOONBEAM


Samuel de Champlain
Event Name: Speaking of Wildlife
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: To be determined
Event Type:
Description:

Speaking of Wildlife will be visiting the park this August! They will be bringing with them approximately 5 animals that can be found in Ontario's natural ecosystems. Visitors will have the chance to meet these creatures up close and learn all about their adaptations, homes, and current challenges. This one hour program will start at 10:30 am and is great for children and youth, but all are welcome!

For more information on Speaking of Wildlife check out their website: http://http://www.speakingofwildlife.com/Home.html


Murphys Point
Event Name: Nature Program - Looney Tunes
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: 8pm at the Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

This evening presentation follows a ‘year in the life’ of the Common Loon, a bird familiar, yet somewhat unknown, to most of us. Join Mark as he showcases the results of research into their private lives and find out how you can help too.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Kids Program - Damsels and Dragons!
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Location: Main Beach at 11am
Event Type:
Description:

Odonates have dominated the insect world for more than 300 million years – that’s before the dinosaurs were even around! Join Candace for an insight into why these incredible creatures have been so successful. For kids aged 7-12, with their parents/guardians


The Pinery
Event Name: Ausable Adventures
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join us to celebrate the unique ecological communities that thrive in the Old Ausable Channel in the heart of Pinery. Please consult our Activity Schedule for more details which can be found at www.pinerypark.on.ca


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Spruce Lane Farm GHOST WALK
Date: August 7, 2016 to August 21, 2016
Location: Parking lot F - Breckon Shelter. August 7, 2016 and 21, 2016 only.
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Everyone always want to know IF the old house is haunted. We have had the paranormal experts in—- their stories will be told by staff… who have THEIR own stories. Some say yes…. some, well… aren’t saying. You decide. Sundays in August. No reservations required.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

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


Frontenac
Event Name: Kayak Basics - "Getting Started"
Date: August 7, 2016 to August 7, 2016
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


Mikisew
Event Name: Whiskey Jack Concert
Date: August 7, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Location: Day Use Area
Event Type:
Description:

Join us for an afternoon of great Canadian music with Whiskey Jack! Since 1977, they have become one of the most celebrated roots/country/bluegrass bands in the country. If you like good times, good music, and a few laughs, you owe it to yourself to come out and hear Whiskey Jack! Bring chairs and blankets, sit back and enjoy the show! Starts at 1:00PM


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: A day in the life of a TREE!
Date: August 7, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Location: Slab Lake Picnic Shelter
Event Type:
Description:

Trees are so much MORE than just trees! Join the park naturalists in exploring the life of a tree. We'll have fun interactive activities, and loads of fun facts. You won't look at trees the same way ever again! Meet us at 10:30am at the Slab Lake Picnic Shelter!


Restoule
Event Name: Whiskey Jack Concert
Date: August 7, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Location: Group Campsite 603
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:

Join us for a relaxed evening of great Canadian music with Whiskey Jack! Since 1977, they have become one of the most celebrated roots/country/bluegrass bands in the country. If you like good times, good music, and a few laughs, you owe it to yourself to come out and hear Whiskey Jack! Bring chairs and blankets, sit back and enjoy the show!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Open House
Date: August 7, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Location: Silver Queen Mine Trail
Event Type:
Description:Hardhats supplied for this 1 km walk along the trail and into the restored Silver Queen Mine and miner's bunkhouse. Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the trail. 10 a.m. - Noon
MacGregor Point
Event Name: Wilflower Folklore Hike: Heather Starrs
Date: August 8, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

10:00am

Join former park naturalist Heather Starrs on a guided hike taking you through the stories and lore of the beautiful wildflower species of MacGregor Point.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Mystery Evening: The Shipwreck of MacGregor Point
Date: August 9, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type:
Description:

7:30pm

Our annual Mystery Evening is back! Come help solve the mystery of MacGregor Point's shipwreck of 1916. You'll laugh! Cry! Laugh again! Fun for the whole family.


Bon Echo
Event Name: Speaking of Wildlife
Date: August 10, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Have a close encounter with some animals native to the Bon Echo area & learn some amazing things about them. At 1 pm, staff from Speaking of Wildlife will introduce you to some of the wildlife they care for.


Sandbanks
Event Name: Theatre in the Park
Date: August 10, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre by the Outlet River
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us for our popular camp-style musical theatre. Two short plays, full of music, laughter and mystery, will depict Sandbanks’ rich natural and cultural history. Great for the whole family.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: August 10, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Location: 8:30pm at the Lally Homestead Parking Lot
Event Type:
Description:

Join Mark, Johanna, and hopefully some evening birds, bats and moths for this special nature night hike along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. See this restored, early 1900s mica mine in a different light too! Hardhats supplied but bring a flashlight. Meet at the Lally Homestead Parking Lot. Hike starts at 8:30p.m. Allow 15 minutes driving time from the main campground.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Kids Program - Damsels and Dragons!
Date: August 10, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Location: Main Beach at 11am
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Odonates have dominated the insect world for more than 300 million years – that’s before the dinosaurs were even around! Join Candace for an insight into why these incredible creatures have been so successful. For kids aged 7-12, with their parents/guardians


Quetico
Event Name: Astronomy Weekend in Quetico
Date: August 11, 2016 to August 14, 2016
Location: Information and Heritage Pavilion, Dawson Trail Campgrounds, Quetico Provincial Park
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they guide visitors through the night sky. Presentations are followed by viewing the skies with amazing telescopes, kindly brought to Quetico by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s Thunder Bay Chapter. The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower is always a highlight of this weekend. Come on out!


Sandbar Lake
Event Name: Discovery Meet Up - Hear Like a Deer
Date: August 11, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Location: Picnic Shelter 3pm
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Animals use all of their senses in some amazing ways to survive in the wild. Try to hear like a deer then use your ears to help you on a scavenger hunt in the park. You may be surprised at what you find!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Discovery Meet-up - Hear like a Deer!
Date: August 11, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Location: Main Beach at 11am
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Animals use their senses in some amazing ways. Use your ears like a deer on a scavenger hunt in the park. Meet your guide at the Main Beach. For kids aged 4 and up with their guardians. Bring along your Discovery Activity Book or pick one up at the Meet-up.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Nature Program - If you go down to the woods today...
Date: August 11, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre at 8pm
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Dragonflies & Damselflies, Golden-winged Warblers, and Moths. Join Mark, our resident bird nerd, as he talks through some of the various wildlife projects in the park.


Sturgeon Bay
Event Name: Children's Program
Date: August 11, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Every Thursday at 10:00am a Children’s Program will be run at Sturgeon Bay. Call the park for more information!


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Film Night!
Date: August 12, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Location: The Post/ Our Visitor Centre for Natural Heritage Education
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Film choice TBA 8pm at the Post/ Visitor Centre for Natural Heritage Education!


Neys
Event Name: 31st Annual Neys Nostalgia Days
Date: August 12, 2016 to August 14, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre, Little Pic Picnic Area
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Voyageurs, fishermen, railworkers, loggers and Prisoners of War. You’ll never know who you might bump into at our biggest special event of the summer! Join park staff as we celebrate the 31st Annual Neys Nostalgia Days! For more information call the park at 807-229-1624.


Rushing River
Event Name: Meteor Shower Party
Date: August 12, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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!


Sandbar Lake
Event Name: Invasive Species Awareness and Activity Session
Date: August 12, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Location: Picnic Shelter 6pm
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The OFAH Invasive Species Awareness Program will be providing information and activities to educate park visitors on invasive species and teaching visitors how to prevent the spread of Invasive Species.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: August 12, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Location: Lally Homestead Parking Lot
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Please pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. Hard hats supplied! Tour starts at 10am.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Discovery Meet-up - Animal Signs
Date: August 12, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Location: Main Beach at 1pm
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Description:

There is an amazing variety of things that make their home here. Come explore their signs at the Main Beach with the help of a guide. For kids ages 4 and up with their guardians. Bring along your Discovery Activity Book or pick one up at the Meet-up.


Bonnechere
Event Name: Bike Rodeo
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: The Davenport Centre
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

Celebrate active transportation! Join Park staff and the Killaloe OPP to learn more about bike safety and maintenance. Then practice your hand signals on a specially built course meant to test your bike-safety and ability. Afterwards, have fun decorating your bike and join us on a parade around the Park! Event begins at 11:00am.


Emily
Event Name: Park Talk
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
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Join us and listen to our special guest, in this TedX style presentation, to discuss why nature matters and what we can learn from by engaging with it. Special guest will be revealed closer to the date on Facebook. An event you sure won't want to miss!


Bon Echo
Event Name: Phil the Forecaster
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
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Phil combines his knowledge from working as a meteorologist & a painter to examine how weather was depicted in some Canadian paintings, including some from the Group of Seven. Join Phil at 7 pm to explore art in a new way.


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Learn to Canoe
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: Boat Rental @ 9am-11am
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Description:

Ever wanted to Learn to Canoe?  If you have never canoed before, or if you are new to canoeing and just want some tips to improve - well here's your chance!  Join our head naturalist for an action-packed 2 hour introduction to the art of canoeing.  We'll teach you standard paddling techniques and how to canoe safely on open water, then we'll take a journey along the beautiful lakeshore of Balsam Lake.  Email aileen.clarke@ontario.ca to sign up in advance as space is limited.  Bring your own canoe or rent one for just $20 (groups of 2-3 people per canoe).  Must have a credit card and driver's license for rentals.  Ages 6 and up can participate, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  Lifejackets and paddles are provided.  Please arrive 10 minutes early as we start promptly at 9am.


Chutes
Event Name: Discovery Program
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
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11:00 a.m.  Discovery Program - an outdoor educational program that encourages kids to explore, observe, and discover the natural word around them.  This guided program is a new way for kids and families to explore and enjoy Ontario Parks.  Ask the gate attendant for this week's theme and where to meet so you too can join in on the fun!  Parental supervision for children is required.


Long Point
Event Name: Turtles
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: Comfort Station #4 - East end of Day Use Parking Lot.
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10:30am - Come and learn all about the turtles that call Long Point Provincial Park home! 


Killbear
Event Name: Whiskey Jack Concert
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre 7:30 pm
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:

Whiskey Jack was Stompin’ Tom’s band for years and they carry on singing his songs and some of their original tunes.

This show is a crowd pleaser for all ages. Introduce your children to classic Canadian songs such as "Sudbury Saturday Night" and "Tillsonburg" - performed by this group of talented musicians.


Grundy Lake
Event Name: Staff vs. Camper Baseball
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: 6:00pm at Smokeys Point
Event Type: Whats Happening
Description:

Staff vs. Camper baseball. We will provide the equipment but please feel free to bring your own as well. Must be 16 or older to play but all ages are welcome to cheer on the teams!


Killarney
Event Name: Summer Loon Count
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: Nature Centre
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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. The day will start at 9:00 am and go till 6:00 pm. A complimentary BBQ dinner is provided for all of our volunteers. Sign up is required in advance. Contact the park at (705) 287– 2891 ext. 235 for more information and to RSVP.


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Annual Spirit Hike
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: Starting at the Amphitheatre
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One night a year, the ghosts and spirits of Kettle Lakes are summoned, awakening the supernatural! This trip through the past is not for the weak and light hearted! Come on out to our spirit hike along side a ghost detective, and get spooked as we explore the history of Kettle Lakes, and encounter strange stories and characters! Meet the ghost detective at 8pm at the Amphitheatre if you're not afraid! But don't fear, you'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable ghost detective!


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Fire and Ice Scavenger Hunt!
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 14, 2016
Location: Meet at the Post/Visitor Centre of Natural Heritage Education
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Description:Explore glacial features and fire regime species on a park wide scavenger hunt! Meet at the Post/ Visitor Centre of Natural Heritage Education at 2pm! Scavenger Hunt will run until Sunday morning!
Rushing River
Event Name: Spirit Walk
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
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!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Evening Program - Murphys Mascot
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: 8pm at the Amphitheatre
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It’s an election year and four of Murphys Point’s most interesting animals are vying for the right to represent the park as official mascot. Meet Tobi and Candace at the amphitheatre and help us decide. Every vote counts!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Kids Program - Hoo Cooks For You OWLS?!
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: Main Beach at 11am
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Owls are on the prowl at Murphys Point. How do they do it? Join Nic and Crystal for this interactive kids program. For children aged 7-12 and their guardians.


Turkey Point
Event Name: Myth Busters!
Date: August 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Location: Pavilion
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us at the pavilion at 7:30pm. This program is about the myths and misconceptions that have been passed down about some of our local creatures-from the blind bat to the mud-slapping beaver. This game show style program will put some of those myths on the chopping block and challenge your knowledge of the natural history of the area you are camping in.


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Mushroom extravaganza!
Date: August 14, 2016 to August 14, 2016
Location: TBA
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Description:Pascale will be guiding you through the mysterious world of mushrooms! Learn about the good, the bad, the ugly as you peak into the strange relationships different mushrooms have in the forest! Hike will begin at 10:30am!
Rushing River
Event Name: Path of the Paddle
Date: August 14, 2016 to August 14, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Did you know Rushing River has been a favourite place for people for thousands of years? Native Americans travelled along the river, portaging around the falls. Path of the Paddle Association has connected these routes and paddlers are retracing their steps by paddling from Lake Superior to Manitoba. Come see how Rushing River is part of the Trans Canada Trail and meet Hadley and Paul mid-way through their journey.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Open House
Date: August 14, 2016 to August 14, 2016
Location: Silver Queen Mine Trail
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Description:Hardhats supplied for this 1 km walk along the trail and into the restored Silver Queen Mine and miner's bunkhouse. Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the trail. 10 a.m. - Noon
Blue Lake
Event Name: David Archibald - Park Songs
Date: August 17, 2016 to August 17, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre - Blue Lake
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Description:

Join us at the Amphitheatre with David Archibald - songwriter/storyteller for an evening of musical celebration of Parks and Camping Life.

David has worked with Avril Lavigne, Howard Shore, Sesame Street and Mr. Dressup.  "David Archibald blends entertainment with gentle education covering everything from Ecological Integrity to Isostatic Rebound, from Species at Risk to Sleeping Giants."


Killarney
Event Name: Group of Seven Festival
Date: August 17, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Location: Killarney Provincial Park
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Join us in celebrating the legacy of the Group of Seven and the impact they had in creating Killarney Provincial Park. Stay tuned for more event information such as workshops held by Group of Seven Legacy Artists, guided hikes and guest speakers.


Sandbanks
Event Name: Lakeshore Lodge Day
Date: August 17, 2016 to August 17, 2016
Location: Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us for our annual celebration of one of the area’s most historic lodges. A guided walk in the morning will be followed by the re-creation of an 1890’s picnic in the afternoon, complete with traditional games, music, corn roast and lemonade. Nominal charge for refreshments.


Rushing River
Event Name: David Archibald
Date: August 17, 2016 to August 17, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

Join us at the Amphitheatre with David Archibald - songwriter/storyteller for an evening of musical celebration of Parks and Camping Life.

David has worked with Avril Lavigne, Howard Shore, Sesame Street and Mr. Dressup.  "David Archibald blends entertainment with gentle education covering everything from Ecological Integrity to Isostatic Rebound, from Species at Risk to Sleeping Giants."


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Shoreline Venture Hike: Peter Middleton
Date: August 18, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre
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10:00am

Join field naturalist Peter on a hike through the shorelines of MacGregor Point and explore the unique and intricate workings of beach ecosystems!


Sturgeon Bay
Event Name: Children's Program
Date: August 18, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Every Thursday at 10:00am a Children’s Program will be run at Sturgeon Bay. Call the park for more information!


Grundy Lake
Event Name: Speaking of Wildlife - Special Presentation
Date: August 19, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Location: 4:00pm at Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Speaking of Wildlife 4:00pm at the Amphitheatre. Meet some amazing animals up close in this spectacular live animal show that is sure to please!


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Special Guest: Métis Nation of Ontario JIGGING!
Date: August 19, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre- in case of rain will be held at the Post/Visitor Centre
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Come on out to this unique interactive program suited for all ages and family audiences! Witness traditional Métis dances and fiddle music in the heart of the Boreal Forest. Embrace the chance to learn basic jigging steps and participate in fun games. Meet us at 8pm at the Amphitheatre!


Killarney
Event Name: 30 x 30 Challenge Weekend
Date: August 19, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Location: Killarney Provincial Park
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What is the 30 x 30 challenge?

Ontario Parks challenges you to spend 30 minutes in nature every day for 30 days in the month of August. The 30 x 30 concept was created by the David Suzuki Foundation in an effort to inspire individuals to reconnect with nature while improving their health and mental well-being. Ontario Parks and Healthy Parks Healthy People are encouraging you to get outside and back into nature. It’s time to get back to your senses and make nature a habit!

Come and join us in celebrating the 30 x 30 challenge at Killarney Provincial Park with our 4 day Challenge Weekend happening August 19th-22st. We want to help you get outside with fun workshops and guided hikes all weekend long:  

Friday, August 19th

10:00 am: Connecting with the Land Guided Hike at the Chikanishing Trail Head Learn how to engage and connect with the land and how that leads to better health and well being. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, water and food as lunch will not be provided.

11:00 am: How to start a fire using a Bow Drill Workshop at the Nature Centre

1:00 pm: Pond Dipping at Second Beach

Bring your rubber boots if you have them for some fun with Park Naturalists as we catch and identify amphibians and reptiles

Saturday, August 20th

9:00 am: Mindfulness Yoga on Main Beach

Yoga is an art that emphasizes healthy living and a calm, happy state of being. Our Mindfulness yoga, held on the main beach is family and beginner friendly going through a variety of poses. Start your morning off right as you stretch with George Lake and the La Cloche Mountains as your back drop.

10:00 am: Eco-Hike meet at the Nature Centre

Join Park Naturalists on an educational hike along the La Cloche to A.Y Jackson Lake where you will learn about some Park ecology and history about the special Artist the lake was named after.

11:00 am: Tree shake: Let’s identify some insects! At the Amphitheatre

1:00 pm: Kids at Play: fun nature games and relay races at Main Beach

2:00 pm: Sand Castle Building Competition at Main Beach (Award for Best Castle will be given)

Sunday, August 21st

10:00 am: Earth Rangers at the Nature Centre

Calling all kids! We need your help to solve some of the mysteries of the Park. Be ready for an activity filled morning, and bring sturdy shoes. (note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all programs).

1:00 pm: Plant walk meet at the Nature Centre

Come for a nature hike on the La Cloche and learn how to identify some common plants in Killarney Provincial Park.

Monday, August 22nd

1:00 pm: Backcountry Skills for Kids at the Nature Centre

Join backcountry enthusiast Laurie Bowers and Park Naturalists for a scavenger hunt around the Campground where kids and their parents will have the chance to learn backcountry skills through a fun and hands-on workshop.

8:00 pm: Backcountry Camping 101 at the Amphitheatre

Are you ready to take your camping trip to the next level and explore some of the amazing backcountry camping Killarney has to offer? In this informative evening amphitheatre program we will take you through everything you need to know to effectively, safely and responsibly camp in the backcountry.

Prizes: After each workshop you attend over the weekend you will receive a stamp from a Park Staff. If you obtain 3 stamps (attend 3 workshops) you will receive a special 30 x 30 Challenge badge. The participant with the most stamps at the end of the challenge will receive a prize donated from the Friends of Killarney Provincial Park.


Sturgeon Bay
Event Name: Speaking of Wildlife - Special Presentation
Date: August 19, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Location: 7:00 pm at the Main Beach Day Use area
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Speaking of Wildlife will be held at the parks Day Use area! Starting at 7:00pm meet some amazing animals up close in this spectacular live animal show!


Bonnechere
Event Name: Spirit's Night
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: The Depot
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Once a year, when the stars reach a particular alignment, those who once lived and worked along the Bonnechere River can be seen travelling the shores once again. You will meet voyageurs and surveyors, lumberjacks and pioneers who called the Bonnechere Valley home long before Ontario’s first provincial parks. Event begins at 7pm.


French River
Event Name: Speaking of Wildlife
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre All Day Event
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Description:

Speaking of Wildlife is back at French River Provincial Park!  They are Canada’s largest live animal outreach company and have been delivering hands-on wildlife education since 1989. Come see a variety of live animals and learn wonderful facts about each one of them. It’s sure to be a wildly fun day!


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Peterborough Lift Lock and the Trent Severn Waterway
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre @ 7:30pm
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Description:

Join us at the amphitheatre with a special guest speaker from the Peterborough Lift Lock visitor’s centre.  Learn all about the Trent-Severn Waterway system and the awesome lift locks, canals, rivers, and lakes that make it possible to travel from Lake Ontario all the way to Georgian Bay. And it only took 83 years to build!  We are proud to say that Balsam Lake is the highest lake in the Trent-Severn Waterway, therefore we offer the cleanest swimming waters and some great fishing too!  At the end of the presentation you can meet the Peterborough Lift Lock's furry, lovable mascot and snap a pic if you'd like!


Chutes
Event Name: Discovery Program
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

11:00 a.m.  Discovery Program - an outdoor educational program that encourages kids to explore, observe, and discover the natural word around them.  This guided program is a new way for kids and families to explore and enjoy Ontario Parks.  Ask the gate attendant for this week's theme and where to meet so you too can join in on the fun!  Parental supervision for children is required.


Halfway Lake
Event Name: Incredible Birds Presentation with Randy Moratz
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: Outdoor Theatre 9pm
Event Type:
Description:Help Halfway Lake to welcome Randy Moratz to Halfway Lake. Spend the evening exploring fascinating area birds with Randy. 
MacGregor Point
Event Name: Scales Nature Park: Live Reptiles!
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
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2:00pm

Get up close and personal with Ontario's coolest animals and learn about their importance in the wild. For the sake of the live animals, please do not bring your pets.


Grundy Lake
Event Name: Murder Mystery - Spirit Night
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: 7:30pm at the Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Think you have what it takes to solve who is behind the disappearance of all the park animals at this Murder Mystery Spirit Night?


Halfway Lake
Event Name: Nature of Halfway guided hike with Randy Moratz
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: Nature Center 10am
Event Type:
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Take a Hike through Halfway Lake with Randy Moratz and discover all the wonders of nature; whether it be insects, plants, birds or mammals.


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Special Event! Halloween in Augsut!
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: Parkwide- details to come, in case of rain, come to the Post/Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

It's that time of year again, where the world goes topsy turvey, the seasons get mixed up, and we celebrate Halloween in August!!! Decorate your campsite, and dress up for halloween! Meet us at 2pm for Spooky Species at Slab Lake (in case of rain at the Post/Visitor Centre), 7pm trick or treat through the campground! Sites with decorations will be giving out candy. Stop by the Island Lake comfort station as you trick or treat and see what the NHE team has in store for you!


Rushing River
Event Name: Art in the Park
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: At the Museum
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:

Does nature and Rushing River inspire you? Turn that inspiration into artwork and see how local artists express the beauty of the natural world.


Petroglyphs
Event Name: Evening Program
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: Learning Place Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

Please join us for a unique opportunity to see the Petroglyphs also known as the Teaching Rocks in a night setting. Using lights cast across the rock, shadows are created within the carvings making the varying shapes apparent. The program begins with a showing of the film “The Teachings Rocks” before going to the Petroglyphs site for a guided tour. We will also explore some aspects of Algonkian Culture.

The event takes place from 8:30 -10:00 pm and is free of charge with a valid park permit. Visitors can purchase a vehicle permit for the day at the Learning Place Visitor Centre during regular hours or before the evening program from 7:30pm- 8:30pm. You may wish to bring a flashlight.


Rondeau
Event Name: Peter Puffin!
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: Playground across from the Campground @6:30pm
Event Type:
Description:

We are lucky to present Juno Award Winning Children's entertainer Peter Puffin back for another visit to Rondeau!  Last year he stole the stage with his passionate songs and had the whole crowd hooked.  Since he is performing on the night of our very own Reptile Day, this year his show is going to be focusing on TURTLES!  Help us welcome him back and come out for a night of entertainment and laughs!


Rondeau
Event Name: Reptile Day!
Date: August 20, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Location: Bayside Picnic Area beside the Park Store @ 10am - 4pm
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Description:

Come back to Rondeau for our 4th annual Reptile (Turtle) Day!  Come for a fun-filled day to appreciate our reptiles and get to meet some of our resident turtles and snakes!  Get your face painted, participate in some reptile related programs, grab some BBQ lunch, and even get the chance to "Adopt a Turtle" and help out these beautiful Species at Risk.  Keep your eyes peeled for a detailed schedule or call the Visitor Centre at 519-674-1768 for more information 


Halfway Lake
Event Name: Speaking of Wildlife
Date: August 21, 2016 to August 21, 2016
Location: Outdoor Theatre 11 am
Event Type:
Description:

Please welcome speaking of wildlife to Halfway Lake Provincial Park.  Get up close and personal with some of Ontario's wildlife through hands on interactions with speaking of wildlife's live animal outreach. 


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Wildflower hike-Berries Edition!
Date: August 21, 2016 to August 21, 2016
Location: Tamarack Trail
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I invite you all back for a wildflowers hike round 2! Don't fret, we'll be looking out for new flowering plants and the berries of flowers we talked about earlier in the season. It's amazing how much the forest floor changes over a month or even a few weeks. Come on out and investigate plants and all the life they bring to the forest! Meet at 10:30 am at Tamarack Trail!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Open House
Date: August 21, 2016 to August 21, 2016
Location: Silver Queen Mine Trail
Event Type:
Description:Hardhats supplied for this 1 km walk along the trail and into the restored Silver Queen Mine and miner's bunkhouse. Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the trail. 10 a.m. - Noon.
Killbear
Event Name: Ian Tamblyn Concert
Date: August 22, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre 7:30 PM
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:Prepare to be captivated by the spirit of our wild lands through the songs and stories of musician/adventurer Ian Tamblyn. Prepare to be amazed by this Juno award winning troubadour.

 


French River
Event Name: Science North Special Presentation
Date: August 23, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre 2:00 pm
Event Type:
Description:

The Science North bluecoats are back at Ontario Parks with their new show titled “Animal Adaptations".


Sandbanks
Event Name: Theatre in the Park
Date: August 24, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre by the Outlet River
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us for our popular camp-style musical theatre. Two short plays, full of music, laughter and mystery, will depict Sandbanks’ rich natural and cultural history. Great fun for the whole family.


Bon Echo
Event Name: Bill White & White Pine
Date: August 25, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:

Join Bill White & his bluegrass band, White Pine, from 4:30 - 7 pm. Songs feature mandolins, fiddles, & guitars. Bring some money & enjoy a BBQ put on by the Friends of Bon Echo as you listen to the music.


Bonnechere
Event Name: Peter Puffin in Concert
Date: August 25, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Location: Davenport Centre
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:

Join us at the Davenport Centre to listen to singer songwriter Peter Puffin. Join Juno Award winning singer/songwriter Peter Puffin as he tours across Canada with his Whale Tales show. This interactive, fun filled interpretive concert is great for children of all ages and teaches children and adults alike about the importance of keeping our communities and environments clean, and being friendly to our neighbors. Performance begins at 7:00 pm. Be sure to be there and bring a chair!! Any donations to the Friends of Bonnechere Parks would be appreciated to keep presentations like this coming back!


Halfway Lake
Event Name: Star Party hosted by Sudbury Astronomy Club 2016
Date: August 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Location: Boat Launch - see in park event sheets
Event Type:
Description:

Join Halfway Lake Provincial Park for its annual Astronomy Star Party Weekend August 25th-28th. Meet the Sudbury Astronomy Club  for a chance to get some telescopic and binocular viewing of the night’s sky.

Have a burning astronomy question ? Want to experience the night’s sky up close? Or simply looking to gain a little knowledge? All are welcome.

Feel free to bring your own equipment however, all the necessary tools for night viewing will be available to you thanks to the Sudbury Astronomy Club members.

Further details will be posted at a later date. Please be sure to observe the “Astronomy Etiquette” posters, at the park, prior to the event.


Sturgeon Bay
Event Name: Children's Program
Date: August 25, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Every Thursday at 10:00am a Children’s Program will be run at Sturgeon Bay. Call the park for more information!


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Park Jeopardy!
Date: August 26, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre- in case of rain program will be moved to the Post/ Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

A lot of you are loyal attendees to our program! I'm positive you've picked up a few fun facts along the way. Come on out and put your old and new knowledge to the test in a game of jeopardy! Compete against your parents and see who outsmarts who! Meet at the Amphitheatre at 8pm!


Quetico
Event Name: What Lies Beneath......
Date: August 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Location: Dawson Trail Campgrounds
Event Type:
Description:What is a slime mould? Where to mushrooms come from? What is a lichen? Learn all about some of our least understood, fascinating and ecologically important species. For an updated list of programming, go to: http://www.quetico100.com.
Sleeping Giant
Event Name: Voyageur Friends of Sleeping Giant
Date: August 26, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: Marie Louise Lake Campground
Event Type:
Description:

The Voyageurs are back to share some music, dancing, and bannock.  Get your dancing moccasins on!


Bonnechere
Event Name: Wolf Howl
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: Meet at the Davenport Centre
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Mike Runtz, one of Canada’s most highly respected naturalists, nature photographers and natural history authors, returns once more to lead the annual Bonnechere Park Wolf Howl. Meet at the Davenport Centre for a compelling multi-media presentation on the Eastern Wolf. Then, travel via car pool along the Bonnechere Road to Basin Depot, where Mike will call out to the wolves. With luck, the wolves will return his howls. Program begins at 7pm.


Darlington
Event Name: Tackleshare
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: Picnic Area # 4 1:00- 4:00 pm
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join our special guests from OFAH  for some fun & exciting catch & release fishing activities.


Charleston Lake
Event Name: Star Gaze 2016 with Terence Dickinson
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: Park Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:It's summer star gazing at its best! Come see a million stars, with internationally acclaimed astronomer & author Terence Dickinson as your expert guide. Explore the world of backyard astronomy, and then gaze through large telescopes at the majestic night sky (weather & clouds permitting).
Emily
Event Name: Guest performer - Glen Caradus
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:Through puppets and music he will bring the history of Pigeon Lake and River to life and have us dancing and singing through the night!  
Balsam Lake
Event Name: Learn to Canoe
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: Boat Rental @ 9am-11am
Event Type:
Description:

Ever wanted to Learn to Canoe?  If you have never canoed before, or if you are new to canoeing and just want some tips to improve - well here's your chance!  Join our head naturalist for an action-packed 2 hour introduction to the art of canoeing.  We'll teach you standard paddling techniques and how to canoe safely on open water, then we'll take a journey along the beautiful lakeshore of Balsam Lake.  Email aileen.clarke@ontario.ca to sign up in advance as space is limited.  Bring your own canoe or rent one for just $20 (groups of 2-3 people per canoe).  Must have a credit card and driver's license for rentals.  Ages 6 and up can participate, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  Lifejackets and paddles are provided.  Please arrive 10 minutes early as we start promptly at 9am.


Bonnechere
Event Name: Art in the Park
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: The Davenport Centre
Event Type:
Description:

Local artist Kim Hanewich will lead free drawing sessions for campers and day-use visitors. Express yourself through charcoal and pencil, surrounded by the natural beauty of Bonnechere Provincial Park. Starting at 10:00 am at the Davenport Centre.


Chutes
Event Name: Discovery Program
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

11:00 a.m.  Discovery Program - an outdoor educational program that encourages kids to explore, observe, and discover the natural word around them.  This guided program is a new way for kids and families to explore and enjoy Ontario Parks.  Ask the gate attendant for this week's theme and where to meet so you too can join in on the fun!  Parental supervision for children is required.


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Special Guest: Alex Debois' Musical Evening!
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre Campfire Pit: in case of rain program will be held at the Post/Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

Local musician Alex Debois will be playing a live acoustic campfire program at 8pm at the Amphitheatre Campfire Pit! Don't miss this unique opportunity to enjoy tunes by the campfire alongside your summer neighbours. Let's reflect on a great season at Kettle Lakes! Join us for a classic campfire experience.


Inverhuron
Event Name: Spirit Hike
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: Picnic shelter
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Inverhuron has been home to many different people. Join us on our spirit hike to meet some of the interesting characters of Inverhuron’s past.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Wild Ontario: Live Birds of Prey!
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type:
Description:

2:00pm

Caretakers from Wild Ontario are coming to share with you the wonder of raptors, and they are bringing their feathered friends along with them! For the sake of the live animals, please do not bring your pets.


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Interview with a bear!
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: Slab Lake
Event Type:
Description:

We have a guest bear who has gotten herself in some trouble. We're going to be having an interview with her to see where things went wrong. Join us in our investigation!  2pm at Slab Lake


Sleeping Giant
Event Name: Xterra Sleeping Giant
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: Marie Louise Lake Campground
Event Type:
Description: Swim, bike and run amidst the Giant! Visit Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and challenge yourself in this premier sporting event. The course is everything you would come to expect when racing an XTERRA event in Ontario’s remote wilderness. For more information please visit http://elementracing/xterra-sleeping-giant/.
Rondeau
Event Name: Rondeau's (Historical) Amazing Race!!
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Location: All teams must start their race at the Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:

What better way spend the weekend then by exploring your park and it's cultural history and participating in a race that takes you to all corners of this cuspate sandspit??  This event will be taking place all day and you can start your race anytime between 10am and 2pm.  You must pre-register your team with the Visitor Centre staff ahead of time - please call 519-674-1768 to sign up or if you have any questions!


Wheatley
Event Name: 19th Annual Kids Fishing Derby
Date: August 27, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Location: Pavilion 3
Event Type:
Description:Two day kids fishing derby. Prizes awarded on the Sunday. All kids will get a prize.
Darlington
Event Name: Bird Banding
Date: August 28, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Location: Picnic Area # 2 - 8:00 am - Noon
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join special guests as we band some little birds.


French River
Event Name: Sciensational Ssssnakes!
Date: August 28, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre 1:00 pm
Event Type:
Description:

Hands-on education about reptiles and amphibians. See amazing ssssnakes and learn cool things about them!


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Wild Weather Exploration
Date: August 28, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Location: Slab Lake
Event Type:
Description:

Explore the wild weather that we are subject to at Kettle Lakes and the Boreal Forest! Get ready to get messy discovering all the mysteries of our crazy weather! Meet us at Slab Lake at 10:30am!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Open House
Date: August 28, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Location: Silver Queen Mine Trail
Event Type:
Description:Hardhats supplied for this 1 km walk along the trail and into the restored Silver Queen Mine and miner's bunkhouse. Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the trail. 10 a.m. - Noon
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.


Sturgeon Bay
Event Name: Children's Program
Date: September 1, 2016 to September 1, 2016
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Every Thursday at 10:00am a Children’s Program will be run at Sturgeon Bay. Call the park for more information!


Rushing River
Event Name: Astronomy with Peter Toth at 8pm
Date: September 2, 2016 to September 2, 2016
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!


Sleeping Giant
Event Name: Astronomy Weekend
Date: September 2, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Location: Marie Louise Lake Campground
Event Type:
Description:

We are going out of this world with the Thunder Bay Royal Astronomical Society.  The club is here to show you the universe and beyond. 


Darlington
Event Name: Good Bye Birds & Butterflies
Date: September 3, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

Fall migration is underway. Rumor has it that Minderella Monarch will be making an appearance around the park this weekend!

Come out to the programs and say farewell to our feathered friends and butterflies as they leave for warmer climates.

Check the activity sheet for times and locations of events.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Mystery Evening: The Shipwreck of MacGregor Point
Date: September 3, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type:
Description:

7:30pm

Our annual Mystery Evening is back! Come help solve the mystery of MacGregor Point's shipwreck of 1916. You'll laugh! Cry! Laugh again! Fun for the whole family.


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Monarchs & Migrants Weekend
Date: September 3, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Bird banding, Monarch tagging and guided nature walks celebrate this weekend of fall migration.


Rushing River
Event Name: Astronomy with Peter Toth
Date: September 3, 2016 to September 3, 2016
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.


Rondeau
Event Name: Ontario Falconry Centre - Raptor Show!
Date: September 3, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Location: Beach Access #9 @ 1pm
Event Type:
Description:

The Ontario Falconry Centre is back again by popular demand - join us this Labour Day Weekend and welcome back Sam and his fantastic group of raptors!  Get up close and personal with these beautiful birds of prey and join us for a great show with owls, hawks, eagles and falcons!


Bon Echo
Event Name: Learn to Fish
Date: September 4, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Location: Bon Echo Creek, near the park boat house
Event Type:
Description:

Join Learn to Fish staff from 10 am- noon and 2-4 pm to find out how to use fishing equipment and fish legally, safely, and sustainably. You will also learn some basic tips about fish identification and anatomy.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Open House
Date: September 4, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Location: Silver Queen Mine Trail
Event Type:
Description:Hardhats supplied for this 1 km walk along the trail and into the restored Silver Queen Mine and miner's bunkhouse. Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the trail. 10 a.m. - Noon
Turkey Point
Event Name: Adapting Amphibians
Date: September 4, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Location: Pavilion
Event Type:
Description:

Did you know that some frog species can survive the cold winter months by freezing almost completely solid? or that salamanders can grow another tail after it has been lost to a predator? These are just a few of the many amazing adaptions that amphibians possess to hlep them survive day to day, and a preview of what the progam is all about. Come on by and check out our life-like amphibian replicas and join us as we lace up our hiking boots and go on an amphibian adventure!


Darlington
Event Name: Monarch Migration
Date: September 10, 2016 to September 10, 2016
Location: Darlington Provincial Park Picnic Area # 3 Shelter 3:00 PM
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join our park staff as we tag some monarch butterflies and send them on their big migration to Mexico. Find out why the monarch is a species at risk.


Frontenac
Event Name: Electronics on Wilderness Trips
Date: September 10, 2016 to September 10, 2016
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 10, 2016 to September 10, 2016
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.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: September 11, 2016 to September 11, 2016
Location: Lally Homestead
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.
MacGregor Point
Event Name: Wild for the Arts
Date: September 17, 2016 to September 18, 2016
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 and Ontario Parks.


Sandbanks
Event Name: Sandbanks New Wave
Date: September 17, 2016 to September 17, 2016
Location: On September 17, Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County plays home to the Sandbanks New Waves Festival, hosting tons of independent music, art, food, and film. Sandbanks Provincial Park
Event Type: Music and the Arts
Description:

MUSIC, ARTS, HARVEST

Featuring:

Sloan, Snowblink, The Peter Elkas Band, Taylor Knox, and Jeremie Albino;

Tickets are $30, and can be purchased at the festival’s website sandbanksnewwaves.com


Wheatley
Event Name: Chili Cook-off
Date: September 17, 2016 to September 17, 2016
Location: Site 130
Event Type:
Description:Enter a chili or just be a judge. Prizes awarded for best chilies.
The Pinery
Event Name: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Date: September 17, 2016 to September 17, 2016
Location: Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Sunscreen is a must, and although you probably won't be bothered by mosquitoes there may be some biting flies, so
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:In 2016, we will be celebrating the 23rd Anniversary of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Canada. You can make a world of a difference by joining Canadians from coast to coast to coast to clean up shoreline litter. Meet at the Pinery Visitor Centre to start the day. Please pre-register by calling 519 243 8574. Visit www.shorelinecleanup.ca for more details.
Bronte Creek
Event Name: Annual British Car Day @brontecreekpp
Date: September 18, 2016 to September 18, 2016
Location: Parking lot A or C - Green, Sand shelter areas
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

Toronto Triumph Club presents their annual car show. www.BritishCarDay.com $17.00 per Spectator Vehicle at the main park entrance. Having exact fare will help to keep the line moving.


Sandbanks
Event Name: Sandbanks Fall Getaway Fun Run
Date: September 18, 2016 to September 18, 2016
Location: In front of the Park store on the Outlet Beach within Sandbanks Provincial Park
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

Join us for a 5km and 10 km run along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario. Please note that the 10km run qualifies for the Terry Fox Run as well. Hosted by The Friend’s of Sandbanks


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: September 18, 2016 to September 18, 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.
Frontenac
Event Name: Canadian Red Cross Advanced Wilderness First Aid
Date: September 23, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

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

This Advanced Wilderness First Aid course takes place in the park interior and is an additional 20 hours to the Basic Wilderness First Aid program. It focuses on casualty care for more than 24 hours. This bridge course is a continuation of the Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Aid program within the year of 2014 and can be a continuation of any Red Cross Training Partner Wilderness First Aid. This course is more situation based than Basic Wilderness First Aid with more hands-on practice time. Pre-requisite: 2014 Wilderness First Aid, certification card and manual. Camping equipment and food not included but arrangements can be made upon request.
Cost: $200.00 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


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Harvest Festival
Date: September 24, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Location: Day-use area of Park off Burloak Drive. Parking lot F - Spruce Lane Farm.
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.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: September 25, 2016 to September 25, 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.
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 $.


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.


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!


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!


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.
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.
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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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.


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.