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MacGregor Point
Event Name: Winter RVing Seasonal Sites at MacGregor Point
Date: November 1, 2015 to April 10, 2016
Location: Campground
Event Type: Whats Happening
Description:

2015/ 2016 Winter RVing Seasonal Sites

We are pleased to bring you the details for the Winter RVing Seasonal Sites Program for 2015/2016. This program is unique to MacGregor Point Provincial Park. It provides campers the opportunity to camp with their trailer without having to move it during the winter season.

Program Dates: November 1st, 2015 to April 10th, 2016

Sites Available:

There will be 39 sites available for booking in two different loops of Algonquin Campground. There will be 23 electrical sites in Birch Boulevard; this loop has the heated

comfort station with bathrooms and showers.
There will be 16 electrical sites available in Ash Woods; the comfort station in this loop will not be open as it is not winterized to withstand freezing temperatures. A vault privy will be available without running water; showers, bathrooms and drinking water are available in the Birch Boulevard loop.

The site numbers available in Birch

Boulevard are 44, 45, 47, 49, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 71, 73, 75, 78, 79, 82, 83, 86, 88, 89, and 91.

The site numbers available in Ash

Woods are 1, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 42. There is also one double site available, sites 40/41, for parties wishing to camp side by side.

Fees:

The trailer storage fee for the On-Site Winter Storage Program is a $150.00. This fee allows the participant to keep their trailer on a specific site from Nov 1st 2015 to April 10th, 2016. This storage fee is due at the time of booking and is non-refundable. It does not include storage in the trailer storage compound prior to the program start or after the program end.

A minimum commitment of 20 nights is also required to be part of the On-Site Winter Storage Program. The 20 night minimum can be paid up front at the time of booking, or can be paid in 2 installments of 10 nights on or before August 31, 2015 and 10 nights on or before October 1st, 2015. Full payment of the 20 night minimum must be paid by Oct 1st, 2015.

The fees for 2015/16 will be:

On Site Storage Fee = $150.00 (non-refundable) due at time of booking

20 Night Minimum Commitment = 20 x $40.68 = $813.60 regular rate

(HST Included) = 20 x $32.52 = $650.40 senior rate*

= 20 x $20.34 = $406.80 disabled rate**

*Reduced camping rates apply to Ontario senior citizens and their spouse who may be any age and persons in the same party under the age of 18 who occupy the campsite. Persons aged 18 to 64 inclusive, who are in the same party, or visit and occupy the campsite, are required to pay full rates.

**Reduced camping rates apply to Ontario disabled persons and all others on the same campsite regardless of age. At the time of campsite registration, the person whose valid Accessible Parking Permit or CNIB Card is being used for the disability rate must be present.

If a Winter Program site is being shared, and discounted rates apply to only some parties, persons who are not eligible for the discount must pay the full rate or the difference between the prepaid discounted rate and regular rate.

If a camper does not stay 20 nights, this fee will not be refunded. If a camper stays more than 20 nights, the appropriate camping fee will be charged on a per night basis. Additional vehicles fees will apply if you have more than one vehicle in the park.

there will be an additional fee of $5.00 per day for leaving trailers connected to the electrical pedestal during time periods when campers are not on-site. This is the difference between an electrical and non-electrical site and is to cover electricity used if the trailer is connected. Please ensure that you disconnect your electrical cord from the pedestal prior to leaving if you do not wish to pay this fee.

Reservations:

Reservations will be taken 5 months in advance of the program start date, beginning on June 1st,2015 at 7:00 pm EST.

Reservations can be made by calling 519-389-6233. Booking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware this phone does not have

voice mail or call waiting, if you get a busy signal, it is because we are currently taking another reservation; please try your call again. Only one reservation will be taken per phone call; the only exception to this is the booking of the double site which can be booked in the same call.

This phone line is only activated for the night of June 1st; bookings after that date should be directed to Janice by calling 519-389-6233.

In order to speed the reservation process, please review the sites available and have a few sites selected in case your first choice site has been

booked by someone else.

.Campsite maps are available by visiting www.ontarioparks.com.


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

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


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Outdoor Skating Rink
Date: January 11, 2016 to February 15, 2016
Location: Parking lot C and a short walk to the Ice Rink and Park Store.
Event Type: Whats Happening
Description:Outdoor Olympic Sized Ice Skating Rink Heated change rooms. New Ice Rink hours: Friday and Saturday 9:30am to 9:30pm Sunday to Thursday 9:30am to 6:00pm Park Store Open: Friday 5:00 – 9:30 Saturday 10 am – 9:30 pm Sunday 10am – 5:30pm Food and beverages for sale. Skate rentals available. Operation dates are weather dependent. Last Day of Rink will be Family Day - Feb 15th Call before you visit to check rink conditions 905-827-6911 ext 234
Arrowhead
Event Name: Ice Skating Trail Regular Hours
Date: January 15, 2016 to March 27, 2016
Location: Ice Trail
Event Type:
Description:Regular Hours (weather dependant) are 11am to 5:30pm in February, and 11am to 6pm in March, 2016 (the past two seasons we had to close the Ice Trail in the first week of March due to warm weather). Check at the bottom of the Ski Condition Report for daily updates.
MacGregor Point
Event Name: FAMILY DAY WEEKEND SNOW-FEST 2016
Date: February 13, 2016 to February 15, 2016
Location: VISITOR CENTRE - OUTDOOR SKATING TRAIL
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

FAMILY DAY WEEKEND SNOW-FEST 2016

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

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

SATURDAY February 13th

10 a.m. : Family Hike – Birding for Beginners

  • Join Park Naturalists and learn more about the year-round birds in our area and how they survive the winter months. Lear about unique behaviours, birds calls and even make your own suet feeder! Sure to be fun for the whole family.

SUNDAY February 14th

11 a.m. : MacGregor's Survival Challenge

  • In celebration of Family Day weekend, MacGregor Point is hosting an outdoor event for the whole family. Work as a team to complete brain busting puzzles, coordination concentrations and winter camping challenges! (All materials provided).

7 p.m. : Night Hike - Owl Prowl

  • Come out for an evening of fun as we search for the owls of MacGregor Point. (no pets - please dress appropriately).

MONDAY February 15th

10 a.m. & 2 p.m. : Ask the Naturalist - Winter Activity and Behaviour

  • From under the wetlands to the forests of the Huron Fringe, come learn more about how plants and animals survive the winter months.
  • Scavenger Hunt sheets are available at the Park Administration Office

The Pinery
Event Name: Pinery Family Day Weekend
Date: February 13, 2016 to February 15, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre, Winter Activities Area, Ski Trails, Walking Trails
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

No need to hibernate! Family Day is a great excuse to get out and explore nature in winter. Come and learn how Pinery’s winter residents survive in winter – from tiny predators living under the snow, to winter songbirds and large awe-inspiring night-time predators like Great Horned Owls and others. Bring your cross-country skis, snowshoes, toboggan and/or skates and enjoy winter! Skis and snowshoes are also available for rent.

Please visit www.pinerypark.on.ca for more information on the weekend’s events.


Windy Lake
Event Name: Family Day activities with the Onaping Nordics Ski Club at Windy Lake Provincial Park
Date: February 13, 2016 to February 15, 2016
Location: Windy Lake Prov Park ski club chalet
Event Type:
Description:The Onaping Nordics ski club will be hosting family day activities throughout the weekend, guided snoweshoe treks on Saturday for $5 for non-members, limited adult snowshoes are available for rent. Conditions on the trails are great for skiing, come out on Sunday and have a ski and get a treat Monday ski rental fees will be reduced from $10 to $8 for adults and from $5 to $4 for kids (weekend trail fee will apply) For more info please visit Onaping Nordics Ski Club Facebook page or call 705-855-0145
Bronte Creek
Event Name: Family Day Event
Date: February 15, 2016 to February 15, 2016
Location: Nature Centre - Excess from Parking Lot C
Event Type:
Description:Nature Centre Open 10am to 4pm. Live animals and hands on displays show casing Bronte Creek's natural world. Hands on nature and heritage crafts will be run inside the nature centre. Last day of operation for our outdoor staking rink.
Rondeau
Event Name: Guided Hike - Rondeau's Star-Bucks
Date: February 15, 2016 to February 15, 2016
Location: Tulip Tree Trail - 2:30pm
Event Type:
Description:Hang on for DEER life as we venture through the perfect habitat of Rondeau's largest mammal: the White-tailed Deer!
Rondeau
Event Name: Winter Scavenger Hunt
Date: February 15, 2016 to February 15, 2016
Location: Drop by the Visitor Centre All Day
Event Type:
Description:Come explore the park in a whole new way! Bring your camera, grab your scavenger hunt list from the front gate or the Visitor Centre and get snapping those photos!
Sandbanks
Event Name: Friends of Sandbanks Snowfest
Date: February 15, 2016 to February 15, 2016
Location: Sandbanks Provincial Park - Maple Rest Heritage House 2086 County Road 12 Picton, Ontario
Event Type:
Description:The Friends of Sandbanks will be providing an afternoon of fun from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Maple Rest Heritage House near the sand dunes. Activities include cross-country skiing, tobogganing, a warming campfire, as well as indoor activities including hot chocolate, chili and impromptu musical performers. Bring your own cross country skis and snowshoes. Event will go even if there is no snow.
Quetico
Event Name: Sawmill Lake Classic
Date: February 20, 2016 to February 20, 2016
Location: Meet at Dawson Trail Campground, Heritage Pavilion Parking Area.
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

The Beaten Path Ski Club and Quetico Provincial Park are excited to host the 11th annual Sawmill Lake Classic Ski Tour. Travelling through the threshold back-country around Dawson Trail Campground, the tour follows a narrow trail and traverses frozen ponds and creeks, reminiscent of old traditional skiing. The tour is not a race and travelling together is encouraged for this social adventure. The tour is a 24km loop (10km option) and is an all day event (10am to 4pm). Pack a lunch and adequate refreshments. Out of town guests are encouraged to come for the weekend and explore Quetico and the surrounding Beaten path Nordic Ski trail system. Join us for this winter adventure! Please contact Chris Stromberg to register beforehand at cstromberg@shaw.ca or (807) 598-1074. Go to http://www.skibeatenpath.ca for updated information.


Wasaga Beach
Event Name: Moonlight Ski
Date: February 20, 2016 to February 20, 2016
Location: Wasaga Nordic & Trail Centre 101 Blueberry Trail Wasaga Beach
Event Type:
Description:Free night of skiing in association with the Canadian Diabetes Association. Rentals $5 campfire and free hot chocolate 5p.m.-9p.m.
Arrowhead
Event Name: Fire and Ice Nights
Date: February 27, 2016 to February 27, 2016
Location: Ice Trail
Event Type:
Description:Weather permitting we will be open from 11am to 3pm, then closed for maintenance from 3pm to 6pm, and will re-open from 6pm to 9pm for night skating.
Bronte Creek
Event Name: Annual Maple Syrup Festival
Date: March 5, 2016 to March 27, 2016
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville, Ontario.
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Maple Syrup Festival 2016

March 5-6, 12 to the 20 and 25 to 27

We specialize in the history of maple syrup presented on a heritage farm from 1900.

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

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

Buses welcome.

EVERY weekend in March + the Week of March Break.

Admission Costs (All) daily vehicle rate $17.00 per vehicle.

Also available at additional cost to purchase:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJXw5W4oGKY&list=PLldn_ARfLOk2yjvgCcTNDDnfoRJ2lfI9Y


Sleeping Giant
Event Name: Sleeping Giant Loppet
Date: March 5, 2016 to March 5, 2016
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 5th, 2016 on your calendar and we’ll see you at the start of the 39th annual Sleeping Giant Loppet! For more information visit www.sleepinggiantloppet.ca or contact (807) 629-0649.


The Pinery
Event Name: Memories in March - Get Outdoors at Pinery
Date: March 12, 2016 to March 20, 2016
Location: Start your discovery at the Visitor Centre where you can obtain park information, orientation, answers to your questions and plan your stay at Pinery.
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Memories start at Pinery this March during the school holiday. Experience the best of Pinery in the colder months by starting your discovery at the Visitor Centre which will be open daily from March 12th to March 20th. The Visitor Centre offers exhibits, an indoor theatre featuring programming and nature documentaries, park naturalist staff, washrooms and the Friends of Pinery Park Nature Store. Once you’ve discovered all that Pinery has to offer you can attend a Natural Heritage Education program at the centre or out in the park, or chart your own adventures. Please check our winter ski conditions report for updates about skiing, snowshoeing, skating and other winter services and in milder weather one of Pinery’s many trails is the perfect location for a healthy walk or quiet solitude. Bring your camera, a picnic lunch, art supplies, family and friends and work on that rosy glow on your cheeks. You can always find more information about park amenities and Natural Heritage Education programming on the Friends of Pinery Park website - www.pinerypark.on.ca. Consider an overnight stay in a tent, trailer or one of our roofed accommodation options.


Presqu'ile
Event Name: 40th Annual Presqu'ile Waterfowl Weekend
Date: March 19, 2016 to March 20, 2016
Location: Nature Centre, Lighthouse Centre and viewing stations along Presqu'ile Bay
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:


Spring is in sight!

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

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

The event has been sponsored by The Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park for the past 40 years and counting! Make this spring event your tradition too - it makes a great outing to learn about and appreciate nature for children and adults alike.

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

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


Quetico
Event Name: Cross Quetico Ski Tour
Date: March 19, 2016 to March 19, 2016
Location: This event begins in the Town of Atikokan and ends at the Dawson Trail Campground at Quetico Provincial Park.
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

The Cross Quetico Tour is the Atikokan/Quetico areas most adventurous ski event. Recognized as one of the coolest adventures in Canada by Explore Magazine, the Cross Quetico Tour is a unique way to finish your ski season with a real wilderness adventure across the frozen canoe routes of Quetico Provincial Park. This event is run in partnership with the Beaten Path Ski Club. Check out their website for additional event information at http://skibeatenpath.ca/. Please contact Chris Stromberg at cstromberg@shaw.ca or (807) 598-1074 to sign up for this unique wilderness ski event.


Killbear
Event Name: Killbear Maple Syrup Festival
Date: April 2, 2016 to April 2, 2016
Location: Carling Township Recreation Hall on Highway 559 - AND - Killbear Visitor Centre
Event Type:
Description:10 am - 3 pm. Join us at the Carling Township Recreation Hall on Highway 559 for pancakes prepared by The Friends of Killbear. Come into the park for guided tours of the sugar shack and a tour of the Visitor Centre. Cost for the meal: $7 for adults $5 for children. Park Admission: Free
Frontenac
Event Name: Historical Walk
Date: April 23, 2016 to April 23, 2016
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

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


The Pinery
Event Name: Pedal the Pinery
Date: April 24, 2016 to April 24, 2016
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

Get on your bike to Pedal The Pinery and support The Friends of Pinery Park’s environmental projects, Naturalist programs and wildlife research. There will be a 20k bike route (a fun ride, not a race) and a walking route. This is a great event for the whole family to participate in. Visit www.pinerypark.on.ca for more details, registration and to download the 2016 pledge sheet (available early 2016). Leashed dogs are welcome!


Frontenac
Event Name: ORCKA Canoe Instructors Recertification Clinic
Date: May 7, 2016 to May 7, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, On. All ORCKA, Basic, Canadian Style Paddling and Tripping Instructors must recertify every 3 years to stay current. This clinic will allow instructors to recertify, network and practice their skills, including in-class and practical. Participants must register at the park office AND with ORCKA prior to the course, for more info contact Barry Irish at (613) 634-4177; (613) 539-4864 or email birish@cogeco.ca. Cost: $50 plus park vehicle permit. Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm


Frontenac
Event Name: Spring Nature Walk
Date: May 7, 2016 to May 7, 2016
Location: Doe Lake Trail
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Presented by: Maureen Sly, Anne Robertson and the Friends of Frontenac Park
Join the Friends on this short leisurely walk to examine the plant and animal life along the 3 km Doe Lake trail. Bring your binoculars, camera, a drink, a snack, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Rain or shine. Meet at the Park Office at 10:30. Please, no dogs.
Cost: Park daily vehicle permit
Time: 10:30 p.m.


Sandbanks
Event Name: Mother's Day Spring Celebrations
Date: May 8, 2016 to May 8, 2016
Location: Spring Things Tour at 10:00 am. Meet at West Point for this easy walk and discover many colourful spring arrivals from migrating birds to pretty flowers. Wonderful Wildflowers at 2:00 pm. Meet at the
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Discover large Trillium blossoms to little-known Mitreworts, there’s lots to see on this easy walk with a Park Naturalist. Bring binoculars and a camera if you can….and don’t forget your Mom!

Drop by the Nature Centre and the Friends of Sandbanks Nature Shop open from 10 am to 4 pm. Refreshments available.


Wheatley
Event Name: Norm Chesterfield Bird Tour
Date: May 11, 2016 to May 11, 2016
Location: Meet at the park office
Event Type:
Description:Start tour at Wheatley with a guide and then proceed to other locations with group
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.
Frontenac
Event Name: Introduction to Backcountry Camping
Date: May 14, 2016 to May 14, 2016
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

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


Frontenac
Event Name: Spring Bird Walk
Date: May 15, 2016 to May 15, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

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


Frontenac
Event Name: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass – Level 1
Date: May 15, 2016 to May 15, 2016
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

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


The Pinery
Event Name: Migration Weekend
Date: May 21, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre, Riverside Trail and other areas within the park.
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

In the midst of spring migration, experience birds through the eyes of expert local birders and Park Naturalists on guided bird hikes, or witness bird banding in action at the Visitor Centre! Consult the Activity Schedule at www.pinerypark.on.ca for more information.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Springtime on the Farm
Date: May 23, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville. Spruce Lane Farmhouse - by Parking lot F
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

12-4 at Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Join the hands-on-fun at the farmhouse to celebrate the annual re-opening of Spruce Lane Farmhouse!

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

More information available on the Friends of Bronte Creek’s Website: www.BronteCreek.org


MacGregor Point
Event Name: HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL
Date: May 27, 2016 to June 5, 2016
Location: BASED IN MACGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK - VISITOR CENTRE
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Welcome to the Huron Fringe Birding Festival

May 27 - 30 & June 2 - 5, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you have questions regarding the Festival or registration process please contact our official registrar at birdfest@rogers.com or leave a message at the Visitor Centre (519-389-6232). Please note that messages are only checked weekly during the off-season.


Frontenac
Event Name: Wilderness Navigation Map and Compass - Level 1
Date: May 28, 2016 to May 28, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

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


Frontenac
Event Name: ORCKA Canoe Tripping - Level 1&2 (or level 3)
Date: May 29, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, ON Level 1 & 2 is an opportunity to learn how to canoe trip for beginners. Participants must be able to trip on their own after this course. Level 1 & 2 is a prerequisite for level 3 which is the guide standard for Ontario. Topics: equipment selection, safety, food handling, trip planning, etc. For further information please contact Barry Irish 613-634-4177, cell 613-539-4864 or birish@cogeco.ca Cost: $625/person, plus park camping fees Time: evening of May 29th - June 3rd


Frontenac
Event Name: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass – Level 2
Date: May 29, 2016 to May 29, 2016
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

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


Frontenac
Event Name: Red Cross Wilderness First Aid
Date: June 3, 2016 to June 5, 2016
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, ON
This 20 hour course takes place in the park interior and is designed to give participants training needed to care for someone for up to 24 hrs in a wilderness or remote context. Focus is on prevention but in this scenario based course you will learn and practice assessment, treatment and stabilization of casualties. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites but participants must be 16 years of age or older. Camping equipment and food not included but arrangements can be made upon request.
Cost: $210.00 HST incl. plus park camping permit. For further information: wildernesstripping@gmail.com
Time: Fri. 5:00 p.m. to Sun. 4:00 p.m. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489.


Frontenac
Event Name: Canoe Clinic
Date: June 4, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Walter Sepic, Firefly Adventures, Kingston, Ont.
This is an opportunity for canoeists of all abilities to learn or refresh their paddling skills, with an emphasis on steering strokes and safety manoeuvres. Equipment selection and backcountry trip planning will be discussed. The clinic will be held out doors as much as possible. Equipment rentals are available nearby or inquire at the Park Office.
Cost: $20.00 per person plus park fee. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: The Amazing Tarp -Tarping Made Easy
Date: June 5, 2016 to June 5, 2016
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

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


Frontenac
Event Name: Single Burner Gourmet Cooking
Date: June 5, 2016 to June 5, 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 to include: food preparation, food storage, food safety, recipes, types of stoves, utensils and more. This clinic explores the ability to prepare good and interesting food. You do not have to use the prepackaged food from the outdoors stores. This is an opportunity to exchange recipes, techniques and ideas. You may bring some food, ideas and techniques of your own to share.
Cost: $25.00 per person (includes food), plus Park daily vehicle permit
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Fly Casting for Beginners
Date: June 11, 2016 to June 11, 2016
Location: Park Office
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: The Kingston Area Fly Fishing Club The Kingston Area Fly Fishing Club is presenting a one-day fly casting course for beginners. The emphasis will be on casting techniques with hands-on instruction. Other topics covered include: equipment, safety, useful knots, etc. Equipment can be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. This is a casting techniques course so fishing licence is not required. Please register with the park office. Cost: $20 plus park permit. Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm


Frontenac
Event Name: Red Cross Wilderness First Aid
Date: June 17, 2016 to June 19, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, ON
This 20 hour course takes place in the park interior and is designed to give participants training needed to care for someone for up to 24 hrs in a wilderness or remote context. Focus is on prevention but in this scenario based course you will learn and practice assessment, treatment and stabilization of casualties. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites but participants must be 16 years of age or older. Camping equipment and food not included but arrangements can be made upon request.
Cost: $210.00 HST incl. plus park camping permit. For further information: wildernesstripping@gmail.com
Time: Fri. 5:00 p.m. to Sun. 4:00 p.m. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489.


Frontenac
Event Name: ORCKA Basic Canoe Certification -Tandem Basic Level 1, 2 and 3 or (solo) level 4
Date: June 25, 2016 to June 26, 2016
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

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


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!


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.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Canada Day, Eh!
Date: July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:A day to celebrate our great Canadian outdoors! Program details to be released spring 2016.
Quetico
Event Name: Wilderness Skills Weekend
Date: July 1, 2016 to July 3, 2016
Location: Dawson Trail Campgrounds
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Paddling, fire-making, orienteering and shelter-building will be the main skills you can learn about from Quetico’s Interior staff and guests. Learn how to stay safe in the interior and pack light!


Rushing River
Event Name: Canada Day Celebrations
Date: July 1, 2016 to July 3, 2016
Location: At the Natural Heritage Museum and Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join Rushing River for a weekend of Canadian activities to celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday! Cake, Voyageur games, and Canadian Jeopardy await!


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 at www.BronteCreek.org or on twitter or facebook @OPBronteCreek Subscribe to our E-newsletter! Reduced programming the week prior to Labour day.


Lake Superior
Event Name: Celebrate Canada Campfire Tales
Date: July 2, 2016 to July 2, 2016
Location: Meet at 8:30 PM on the beach across from the Agawa Bay Amphitheater (Agawa Bay Campground.
Event Type:
Description:Join us around the campfire for songs and stories of iconic Canada- songs from voyageurs and lumberjacks and tales of the beaver, the moose, and much more! We invite you to bring along an instrument to play or a song or good story to share with us. Look for smoke and listen for music! Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
MacGregor Point
Event Name: NABA Butterfly Count
Date: July 2, 2016 to July 2, 2016
Location: MacGregor Point Visitor Centre
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

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


Rainbow Falls
Event Name: Bass Blast!
Date: July 2, 2016 to July 2, 2016
Location: East Beach, Whitesand Lake
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

The Ministry of Natural Resources, Nipigon District Conservation Officers and Schreiber Ontario Provincial Police are proud to host the 9th annual Bass Blast during Ontario’s Family Fishing Week. The Bass Blast- Kids Fishing Day is happening at the Rainbow Falls Whitesand Lake location East Beach on July 2nd. This fun filled non-competitive event focuses on catch and release and is open to the whole family. Participants can look forward to all sorts of fishing fun and games, a BBQ lunch, including giveaways, and prizes for the kids.


Rushing River
Event Name: Family Fishing Week
Date: July 2, 2016 to July 10, 2016
Location: Fish for FREE throughout Ontario. Specific events at Rushing River PP are at the Museum or Amphitheatre.
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

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


The Pinery
Event Name: Family Fishing Week
Date: July 2, 2016 to July 10, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre and Park Store Causeway
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join Park Naturalists and our partners from other agencies to learn more about sustainable angling, casting techniques, and the ecology of the fascinating Old Ausable Channel. Please visit www.pinerypark.on.ca for more details which can be found on the Activity Schedule.


Frontenac
Event Name: FISHING 101 for Women
Date: July 3, 2016 to July 3, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

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


Kakabeka Falls
Event Name: Family Fishing Weekend
Date: July 8, 2016 to July 10, 2016
Location: Main Parking Lot (Near Park Entrance)
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us at Kakabeka Falls for some fishy fun on Family Fishing Weekend Discover the fish of the Kaministiquia River by catching and identifying fish in our fish pool, check out the minnow races and enjoy other fishy activities!


Neys
Event Name: Family Fishing Weekend
Date: July 8, 2016 to July 10, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Try your luck at fishing! Visit the Gatehouse to borrow fishing rods and tackle! Discover the fish of the Little Pic River and Lake Superior by attending an interpretive program!


Charleston Lake
Event Name: Live Birds of Prey Show
Date: July 9, 2016 to July 9, 2016
Location: Park Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:Come see live birds of prey! Join our experts from Wild Ontario and their wildlife ambassadors, for an up close look at these amazing birds. Don’t miss it!
White Lake
Event Name: Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire Catch & Release Fish Derby
Date: July 9, 2016 to July 9, 2016
Location: White Lake Provincial Park
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

On Saturday July 9th, White Lake Provincial Park is pleased to host a Kids Catch & Release Fish Derby in partnership with Bob Izumi’s fishing program, the OPP and Canadian Tire.

There will be a BBQ lunch, draw prizes for kids & adults and the Conservation Officers will have an educational display set up. The day is fun for all ages and is part of the Family Fishing Week. So pencil in this date on your calendar for a day of family fun. Registration starts at 10: 00 in our day use area.


Sandbanks
Event Name: Sandfest
Date: July 13, 2016 to July 13, 2016
Location: Outlet beach by the mouth of the Outlet River
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

A fun sand sculpture event from 10 am until 12:30 pm. Bring your shovels and creativity. $1.00/ person or $5.00/ family or group. Participation prizes for everyone. Hosted by the Friends of Sandbanks


Frontenac
Event Name: Healthy Park Healthy People Guided Hike
Date: July 15, 2016 to July 15, 2016
Location: Participants are asked to meet at the Park Office at 9:30am
Event Type: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Description:

There is a growing recognition of the link between a healthy environment and a healthy society. Through environmental protection and support of scientific research we are working to maintain healthy parks, and by supporting sustainable recreation and education, we help to create healthy people.

Frontenac Provincial Park and the Friends of Frontenac are celebrating Parks Day and the Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative by holding a FREE guided hike of the Dedication North hiking trail. The hike is of moderate difficulty (but intended for hikers of all skill levels) and will take you through some of the most natural areas of Frontenac Provincial Park. Volunteers with a vast knowledge of the park will be hosting the hike and will be able to provide some information and interpretation along the way. Be sure to come prepared with good hiking footwear, a lunch, lots of water and anything else you will need for a 5 hour hike.


Neys
Event Name: Lake Superior Sand and Sun Weekend
Date: July 15, 2016 to July 17, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Don’t miss a weekend of fascinating programs based on the stories of Lake Superior and the species that call the rugged north shore home! Join our Natural Heritage Education staff to explore the scenic shore and be sure to soak up the sunshine on our beautiful 2 km long sandy beach. For more information call the park at 807.229.1624.


The Pinery
Event Name: Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2016 at Pinery
Date: July 15, 2016 to July 15, 2016
Location: Various locations around the Park.
Event Type: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Description:

Join Pinery staff and partners to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day. Get outside and get active with Pinery Staff - details to follow!


Frontenac
Event Name: ORCKA Basic Canoe Certification (Tamdem) Level 1, 2 or 3 or basic (solo) level 4
Date: July 16, 2016 to July 17, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

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


Kakabeka Falls
Event Name: Parks Day
Date: July 16, 2016 to July 16, 2016
Location: Main Falls Parking Lot 3:30-5:30pm Outdoor Amphitheatre 8:00pm
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Celebrate Parks Day by joining us at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park and meet our naturalists in the main falls parking lot!! Check out our children's and evening programs!!


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Parks Day - Mystery Evening
Date: July 16, 2016 to July 16, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Come out to an evening of suspense, accusation and discovery! Bring your thinking cap and help the park staff piece together the clues, question suspects and ultimately solve this year's mystery.


Neys
Event Name: Canada's Parks Day
Date: July 16, 2016 to July 16, 2016
Location: To be determined.
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us in celebrating Canada’s Parks Day! Lounge on our beautiful beach or take a hike on one of our scenic trails! Join a Natural Heritage Educator for an evening program or guided hike and make sure you check out the Visitor Centre to discover the rich cultural and natural history of Neys!


Rushing River
Event Name: Canada's Parks Day
Date: July 16, 2016 to July 16, 2016
Location: Rushing River Provincial Park
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Celebrate Canada Parks Day at Rushing River! Friends of Rushing Ricer will be here with a fundraiser BBQ! The day will be complete with a scavenger hunt and prizes!


The Pinery
Event Name: Savanna Fest
Date: July 16, 2016 to July 16, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre, Park Store, Outdoor Theatre
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join Park Naturalists, Conservation Officers, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, The Friends of Pinery and other exhibitors to celebrate Parks Day in Canada in the largest remaining parcel of Oak Savanna in Canada. Spend one of the best weekends in summer showing your love for your favourite park. Further details can be found on the Activity Schedule which is available at www.pinerypark.on.ca

Join us in the evening for a Musical Performance from popular folk-singer, David Archibald at the Outdoor Theatre at 8:30pm.


Killbear
Event Name: Wakami Wailers concert
Date: July 21, 2016 to July 21, 2016
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:This talented band bring Ontario's logging history alive with classic songs and stories from the lumber camps. The Wailers are a Killbear tradition you don't want to miss. 7:30 pm at the amphitheatre. Sponsored by the Friends of Killbear - donations appreciated for this special show.
Rushing River
Event Name: Star Gazing
Date: July 22, 2016 to July 23, 2016
Event Type: Whats Happening
Description:Peter from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be at Rushing River Friday and Saturday! Join him at the amphitheatre to learn about the sky Friday night. View the Sun on Saturday afternoon and then join Peter’s Guided Tour of the Night Sky followed by telescopes to view planets, constellations and stars!
Frontenac
Event Name: Paddle Canada - Intro to Flatwater Sea Kayaking
Date: July 23, 2016 to July 23, 2016
Event Type:
Description:

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


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


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!
Lake Superior
Event Name: Night at the Museum
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Agawa Bay Campground Visitor Centre
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.
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.


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 at Rideau River!
Date: July 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Location: Main Beach Picnic Shelter
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 at 3:00pm. No dogs are permitted at this show unless it's a service dog.
MacGregor Point
Event Name: MacGregor Point's 40th Anniversary!
Date: August 1, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of our beloved park! Event details to be released spring 2016!


Rushing River
Event Name: Celebrating the Canoe
Date: August 6, 2016 to August 6, 2016
Event Type:
Description:As one of Canada’s seven wonders, the canoe has evolved over the years but has not strayed far from its original design. Join us for a day of activity from canoeing to how Rushing River is part of the Trans-Canada route!
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. drop-ins are OK but best to reserve your spot by calling 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


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Mystery Evening Encore
Date: August 9, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Come out to an evening of suspense, accusation and discovery! Bring your thinking cap and help the park staff piece together the clues, question suspects and ultimately solve this year's mystery! Meet us at the Visitor Centre Campfire Circle at 7:30 pm!


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!


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: 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!


Quetico
Event Name: Regeneration Weekend
Date: August 19, 2016 to August 21, 2016
Location: Dawson Trail Campgrounds: Various Locations
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us for a weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation under the pines of Quetico. Yoga for the family, Forest Therapy, Ethnobotany and Traditional Healing will be available. Please go to http://www.quetico100.com for an up to date listing of the activities being offered.


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.


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).
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/.
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.
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.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Mystery Evening Finale
Date: September 3, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Come out to an evening of suspense, accusation and discovery! Bring your thinking cap and help the park staff piece together the clues, question suspects and ultimately solve this year's mystery! Meet us at the Visitor Centre Campfire Circle at 7:30 pm!


Rushing River
Event Name: Rushing River Rocks!!
Date: September 3, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Event Type:
Description:Meet David Sutherland, our local rock enthusiast. Questions about what makes your rocks unique? He’ll have a great display of rocks from the Rushing River area!
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.


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 event is a weekend of music, art and written word. Featured are a 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.
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


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:

Join professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski for this weekend photography workshop at SGPP. Advanced registration required at www.superiorvisits.com $359+HST. 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. Learn camera controls and setting for fall colours, landscapes and panoramic photography. Topics include: Techniques for sunrise and sunset photography, skills and techniques for night photography and creating high dynamic range images, mastering the histogram, understanding white balance and the role of bracketing. Visits to various 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.


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.


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.
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!


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!


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.