Ontario Parks

Friends of Ontario Parks

Friends of Ontario Parks

Ontario Parks is proud to be supported by 27 Friends organizations.

Friends of Ontario Parks are independent, not-for-profit charitable organizations. Each Friends group is dedicated to supplementing and enhancing the unique educational, recreational, research and resource protection mandates of the parks they are affiliated with.

As incorporated entities, Friends are governed by a board of directors; they are guided by their organization’s by-laws and letters patent; and they are led by a board chair and in some organizations supported by an executive director or general manager. Friends work locally with a park superintendent, natural heritage education leaders, and other park liaisons as designated by the park superintendent. All parties work together collaboratively to achieve mutually beneficial objectives.

Many campers will be familiar with the valuable work Friends do to make their camping experiences more enjoyable and to contribute to Ontario Parks’ successes. Here are some notable accomplishments of Friends of Ontario Parks:

  • Boardwalk and observatory at Prequ’ile Provincial Park
  • Accessible trail at Mashkinonje Provincial Park
  • Huron Fringe Birding Festival at MacGregor Point Provincial Park
  • Art in the Park at Bon Echo Provincial Park
  • Foot Prints in Time (F.I.T.) Trail at Bonnechere Provincial Park

Each Friends group is unique and contributes to park management and visitor experiences in different ways.

Ontario Parks’ first Friends organization, Friends of Algonquin Park was established in 1983. More than 30 years later an entire network of Friends organizations has been established by local community members and by countless campers who have grown to love and respect a park that is special to them.

If you would like to become involved with a Friends group as a volunteer, donor, or board member, please contact Friends organizations directly to learn about opportunities. If you are interested to champion a new Friends organization at a park you love – contact the local park superintendent to learn more about how to initiate a Friends organization.

Friends Organizations

The Friends of Algonquin Park

P.O. Box 248
Whitney, Ontario
K0J 2M0

The Friends of Awenda Park

c/o Awenda Provincial Park
P.O. Box 973
Penetanguishene, Ontario
L0K 1P0

The Friends of Bon Echo Park

16151 Hwy 41
Cloyne, Ontario
K0H 1K0

The Friends of Bonnechere Parks

P.O. Box 220
Pembroke, Ontario
K8A 6X4

The Friends of Bronte Creek

c/o Bronte Creek Provincial Park
1219 Burloak Drive
Oakville, Ontario
L6M 4J7

The Friends of Charleston Lake Park

148 Woodvale Road
Lansdowne, Ontario
KOE 1L0

The Friends of Frontenac Park

P.O. Box 2237
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 5J8

The Friends of Killarney Park

c/o Killarney Provincial Park
Killarney, Ontario
POM 2A0

Friends of Killbear Park

R.R.#1 Box 71
Nobel, ON
P0G 1G0
705-342-5492

Niijkiwenhwag- Friends of Lake Superior Park

c/o Lake Superior Provincial Park
P.O. Box 267
Wawa, Ontario
P0S 1K0

The Friends of MacGregor Point

c/o MacGregor Point Provincial Park
R.R. 1
Port Elgin, Ontario
NOH 2C5

Friends of Mashkinonje Park

P.O. Box 70
38 Christophe Street
Noelville, ON P0M 2N0

The Friends of Misery Bay

R.R. 1
Manitouwaning, Ontario
POP 1NO

The Friends of Murphys Point Park

c/o Murphys Point Provincial Park
R.R. 5
Perth, Ontario
K7H 3C7

The Friends of Nancy Island Historic Site and Wasaga Beach Park

11-22nd Street North,
Wasaga Beach, Ontario
L9Z 2V9

The Friends of Pinery Park

R.R. 2
Grand Bend, Ontario
N0M 1T0

The Friends of Presqu’ile Park

R. R. 4
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0

The Friends of Quetico Park

P.O. Box 1959
Atikokan, Ontario
P0T 1C0

The Friends of Rondeau Park

R.R. 1
Morpeth, Ontario
NOP 1XO

The Friends of Rushing River

P.O. Box 5160
Kenora, Ontario
P9N 3X9

The Friends of Sandbanks Park

P.O. Box 22007
97 Main Street
Picton, Ontario
KOK 0A0

Friends of Short Hills Park

P.O.Box #236,
Fonthill, ON
L0S 1E0

Algonquin - Logging Museum

Logging Museum in Algonquin

Awenda - Educational Programs

Educational Programs in Awenda

Bonnechere - Footprints In Time Trail

Footprints in Time Trail in Bonnechere

Charleston Lake - Slim Bay Bridge

Slim Bay Bridge in Charleston Lake

Killarney - Art in the Park

Art in the Park in Killarney

Presqu'ile - Observatory and Boardwalk

Observatory and Boardwalk in Presqu'ile

The Massasauga - Wreck Island Trail Maintenance

Trail Maintenance in The Massasauga