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Algonquin
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day in Algonquin
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Various locations along Hwy 60
Description:

Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day at Algonquin Park!  Free Day-Use is offered this day at Algonquin and all Ontario Provincial Parks!  The day will feature a full schedule of special events and activities including:

Free 4 Hour Canoe Rental and Discounted Lunch at the Portage Store Visit the Portage Store between 7:00 am and 11:00 am to take advantage of a free 4hr canoe rental. Paddle historic Canoe Lake and its adjacent watershed. Afterwards take advantage of a 20% discount in our restaurant to enjoy some of our signature homemade burgers. Canoe rentals come with lifejackets, paddles, dry-bag and bailer kit. Restaurant discount can be applied to all restaurant items with the exception of alcohol. The Portage Store is located on Canoe Lake (km 14.1)

Free 2 Hour Paddleboard or Canoe Rentals at the Lake Opeongo Store Get out on the water for a free 2hr rental of their canoes and paddleboards. Paddle on Lake Opeongo right from the dock at the Opeongo Store located 6.2 kilometres north of Highway 60 at km 46.3. From 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Free Guided Costello Creek Paddle at Lake Opeongo Store The Costello Creek trip is a perfect short (2hr) guided trip for people on a tight time schedule. This thoroughly enjoyable wilderness paddling experience includes all necessary equipment and the services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Our guide will demonstrate basic paddling skills so you can easily enjoy a few hours paddling a wilderness creek to Turtle Rock and back. Just meet us at the Opeongo Store located 6.2 kilometres north of Highway 60 at km 46, show up a few minutes early (the event is limited to the first 10 people) to register and get your PFD and paddle. From 10:00am to 1:00pm

Free 2 hour bike rental at Lake of Two Rivers Store Sign up required in person at the Lake of Two Rivers Store, located at km 31.4 on Highway 60, between Mew Lake and Lake of Two Rivers store Enjoy this free 2 hour bike rental offer limited to the first 12 people at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.  Sign up opens at 7am on Friday July 19th.

Bears and You (Algonquin for Kids) What makes a bear tick and what does this have to do with you? Join us to find out. Algonquin Visitor Centre (km 43) at 10:30am.

Free Tom Thomson Paddle Art Contest Entry Workshop at the Algonquin Art Centre Local Artist Katie Ohlke will be on hand to help you complete your paddle so you can enter it in the Algonquin Outfitters Tom Thomson Paddle Art Contest. This free event is brought to you by the Algonquin Art Centre, Katie Ohlke and Algonquin Outfitters. Algonquin Outfitters' goal is to have 100 paddles available in an online auction during September at www.algonquinoutfitters.com. Auction proceeds will support local art in Oxtongue Lake, the Town of Huntsville's public art fund, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, and the Algonquin Art Centre/Algonquin Park. Free coffee and tea will also be provided by the Algonquin Art Centre during this event. The Art Centre (km 20) from 11:00am to 3:30pm.

Guided Walk - Life as a Logger: Square Timber EraFor families with children 12 and under. How was life for Algonquin Park loggers in the "old days"? Come and find out in this hour-long program for children and families. We won't just show you a day in the life of a logger... you can come and live it! Get ready to work! Algonquin Logging Museum Entrance Building (km 54.5) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

Evening Program - Citizen ScienceBioblitzes and the importance of citizen science projects such as iNaturalist. At the Outdoor Theatre (km 35.4) at 8:30pm.


Arrowhead
Event Name: HPHP: Mood Walk
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Meet @ Beach 1 Parking Area 10:00am-12:00pm
Description:

Let the power of nature uplift your mind, body and soul on this interactive, experiential hike with facilitator, Marghita Austin, on the Stubb's Falls Trail.


Arrowhead
Event Name: HPHP: Paint for the Health of It!
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Picnic Shelter 10:30-Noon
Description:

A water-colour painting experience with a minimalistic approach to instruction and materials, which are provided! All ages are welcome!


Arrowhead
Event Name: HPHP: Story Walk
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Stubb's Falls Trailhead 10:30am-12:30pm
Description:

This is an opportunity for children and parents to walk outside while reading a picture book with the Huntsville Public Library Staff. This interactive walk is a good way to get kids involved in both reading and nature!


Awenda
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Awenda Provincial Park
Description:

Come one, come all and enjoy FREE DAY USE at Awenda Provincial Park on July 19th in honour of Healthy Parks, Healthy People. Enjoy the opportunity to re-connect with nature and discover both mental and physical health benefits of time spent in Awenda, one of Ontario's hidden gems! Park staff will be leading special activities throughout the day. 

10:00 am - Open Your Eyes to Nature

Discover the ‘art of seeing’ and open a window of understanding by learning how to nature journal. Open your eyes to the natural beauty of Ontario Parks.

Pre-register at the Park Store upon park arrival. Limited to 30 participants. Rain day location; Activity Centre

10:00 am - Connecting to Nature's Web

Much like the internet, nature is an intricate web spun by a variety of contributors. Log on and join Madeleine and Erin on a guided hike along Awenda's accessible Beaver Pond Trail!

1:00 pm - Path of Paint and Paddle

What better way to help celebrate Awenda Provincial Parks' 40th anniversary this summer than by exploring our parks’ rich art heritage and creating your own personal masterpiece? Paint your own miniature paddle in a workshop geared to capture your special connection to Awenda!

Pre-register at the Park Store upon arrival. Limited to 32 participants. Rain day location: Activity Centre

2:30 - 4:00 pm - 'Cookie' Canvas

Paint yourself into Awenda's 40th Anniversary celebration this summer! Drop by 1st Beach for an informal painting event using a ‘tree cookie’ cross-section as your canvas. Explore your special connection to Ontario Parks in the tradition of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven! Informal drop-in between 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (30 minutes/person).

We hope to see you there! 

Remember to share your pictures! Facebook Twitter and Instagram #AwendaPP


Balsam Lake
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People FREE DAY USE!
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Balsam Lake PP
Description:

Do you ever wonder why you feel so great after a walk in the woods or a bike ride along your favourite path? Or how much better you feel just looking at the trees outside your window?  Spending time with nature actually helps us live happier, healthier, longer lives. Ontario Parks invites you to celebrate the many health benefits of spending time in nature on July 19, 2019. All operating provincial parks are waiving day-use fees and hosting special events and activities that encourage people to visit parks and be active.

Bio Blitz

9:30am-11:30am - Volunteer to help observe, record, and catalogue wildlife along with our Park Biologist and our Education team.

Go Wild for Art

2:30pm - Celebrate Ontario Parks by creating your own unique piece of art.  All supplies provided, just bring your creativity and imagination!


Blue Lake
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Ontario's provincial parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for a hike, swim, or paddle and reconnect with nature in celebration of our annual Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day. Stay tuned for a detailed schedule of the day's events, which you can find throughout the park or on Facebook @BlueLakePP. 

There will be no charge for day-use visitation at ALL Ontario Parks during the celebration! 


Bon Echo
Event Name: Yoga
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Pumphouse Beach (Near the Visitor Centre)
Description:

Being in nature helps us live happier and healthier lives. Exposure to natural environments like parks enhances our ability to cope with stress. Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day with some yoga at 9:30 am. Bring your yoga mat.


Bon Echo
Event Name: Hike for your health- Guided Hike
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Hike starts at the High Pines Trailhead sign.
Description:

Join Mitch at 2 pm on a guided hike to learn how parks can improve your physical and mental health.    


Bonnechere
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

FREE DAY USE in all Ontario Parks in honour of Healthy Parks Healthy People. Come on out and enjoy events provided by staff encouraging the mental and physical benefits of the outdoors!

Events:

Yoga 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Mindfullness Walk and Nature Journalling 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Photo Scavenger Hunt 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Tree Cookie Painting 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Various locations around the park
Description:

Healthy Parks Healthy People 

Free day-use at all Ontario Parks. We are opening our doors to everyone in Ontario; there will be no charge for day-use visitation during the celebration (except our pool).  Bronte Creek Provincial Park is hosting events and activities that encourage people to visit parks and be active. Explore the park, sample our facilities and services or enjoy a fun event in a great natural setting!

More detailed information will be posted on our Facebook page closer to the date.  

Update as of July 4:

Pilates 8:30am - 9:00am

Yoga 10:00am - 11:00am

Guided Meditation 11:00am

Learn to Disc Golf 10:00am - 3:00pm

Slackline demonstrations and lessons 5:00pm - 7:00pm

#HikOga (HikeYoga) 7:00pm

Learn to Camp - activities 10:00am - 3:00pm

Friends of Bronte Creek - Plant a seed activity

Friends of Bronte Creek - serving up Cotton Candy!  Funds raised go to support project in Bronte Creek Provincial Park.

Bird information session by Ravi 

Nature Centre 10:00am - 4:00pm

    Racoon mystery box activity TBA

Spruce Lane Farm 10:00am - 4:00pm

    Hand on Heritage TBA

*Additional charge per person applies for pool access open 11am - 6pm weather permitting.

Join the conversation FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Daily Vehicle fee has been waived for today only at ALL Provincial Parks.  

The daily pool entry fee, equipment rental and camping fees still apply. 


Charleston Lake
Event Name: Charleston Lake Challenge
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: This event begins at the Discovery Centre at 10:00am
Description:

Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day by doing the Charleston Lake Challenge! Drop by the Discovery Centre for a set of clues and challenges that will lead you on a path of discovery throughout the park. Explore places you've never been before, be active, and get your very own HPHP prize! All ages welcome. You may participate as an individual or a small group.


Craigleith
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Craigleith Provincial Park
Description:

Ontario’s Provincial Parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on the third Friday in July, to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. 

Information: Healthy Parks Healthy People

We invite you to enjoy a hike, picnic, swim or just lounge under the shade of a tree.  Recharge. Rejuvenate. Reconnect.

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Darlington
Event Name: Healthy Parks/Healthy People
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Join staff for fun activities suitable for the whole family. Check the activity sheet for details on programs and events.


Driftwood
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Day-Use
Description:

In celebration of Healthy Parks Healthy People we invite you to join us for a variety of activities through out the day!

12:00 - 2:00pm: Discovery Drop-In - join Allison at the day use beach for a fun Discovery activity!

8:00pm: Sunset Yoga - join us and Kara from Bodhi Yoga for a yoga session featuring our famous sunset at the day-use beach. All skill levels are welcome, just remember to bring a yoga mat!


Earl Rowe
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Come one, come all and enjoy *FREE DAY USE at Earl Rowe Provincial Park in honour of Healthy Parks, Healthy People. Enjoy the opportunity to re-connect with nature and discover both mental and physical health benefits of time spent in nature.

*daily vehicle fee is waived, daily per person pool fees apply.

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Emily
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day in Emily
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Varies for each program.
Description:

Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day at Emily!  Free Day-Use is offered this day at Emily and all Ontario Provincial Parks! The day will feature a full schedule of special events and activities including:

10 am: Magnificent Mammals Guided Hike starting at the South Beach kiosk board.

11 am - 12 pm: hula hooping at the Playground

1 pm: Yoga on the beach.

3 pm - 4 pm: Staff versus campers soccer game.

Come out and celebrate with us. We will see you soon!


Esker Lakes
Event Name: HEALTHY PARKS HEALTHY PEOPLE: Evening Discovery Program
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Visitor Centre
Description:

Starts at 7 pm

Meet us at the Visitor Centre for an Evening Discovery Program led by our special guest interpreter from Kettle Lakes Provincial Park!


Esker Lakes
Event Name: HEALTHY PARKS HEALTHY PEOPLE: Morning Yoga
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Camper's Beach
Description:

10 am - 11 am

Join us for a morning yoga session on the beach, led by a local yoga instructor. Bring a yoga mat (or suitable substitute) and a water bottle.


Esker Lakes
Event Name: HEALTHY PARKS HEALTHY PEOPLE: Discovery Drop-in: Art in the Park
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Camper's Beach
Description:

1 pm - 3 pm

Join our Discovery Guide at Camper's Beach for a special session of Art in the Park. Paint your own wooden paddle or wood cookie as a souvenir of Esker Lakes and of HPHP 2019. All ages welcome!


Esker Lakes
Event Name: HEALTHY PARKS HEALTHY PEOPLE: Sandcastle Building Contest
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Camper's Beach
Description:

3 pm - 4 pm

Bring your creativity and competitive spirit to Camper's Beach for our Sandcastle Building Contest! Compete solo or in a team for a chance at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and their associated prizes.

Please bring your own shovels, buckets, etc. and do not use any materials besides sand.


Esker Lakes
Event Name: HEALTHY PARKS HEALTHY PEOPLE: Guided Discovery Hike
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Lonesome Bog trailhead
Description:

4 pm - 6 pm

Take a hike with Park Staff on the Lonesome Bog trail and explore different aspects of the trail's flora and fauna. During the hike, visitors will be encouraged to follow the Discovery Program pledge: "Explore, observe, and discover!"


Forks of the Credit
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Ontario’s Provincial Parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on the third Friday in July, to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. 

Information: Healthy Parks Healthy People

We invite you to enjoy a hike, picnic, swim or just lounge under the shade of a tree.  Recharge. Rejuvenate. Reconnect.


Frontenac
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: FREE DAY USE
Description:

Spending as little as 30 minutes per day in nature can have a variety of positive health benefits.  Mental, Physical and Emotional well being can be significantly improved simply by spending time in nature.  Help Frontenac Park celebrate Health Parks Healthy People on July 20th, 2018 by coming for a paddle, hike, swim, picnic or other outdoor activity for free that day...you will be glad you did.  Realizing these benefits doesn't need to be just on July 20th, you can come to Frontenac 365 days per year to enjoy nature and reap its benefits.


Fushimi Lake
Event Name: Wow Wildflowers - Wow! Les Fleurs Sauvages
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Day Use Area
Description:

Wildflowers come in so many shapes, sizes, colours and smells. Search for them and you might see bugs and birds too…or come face to face with an alien invader! Join us at the Discovery Drop-in to pick up some tips and tools for investigating the wildflowers in our park.

Les fleurs sauvages offrent une grande diversité de formes, de tailles, de couleurs et d’odeurs. En les découvrant, vous pourrez aussi voir des insectes et des oiseaux... ou même un envahisseur extraterrestre! Venez nous rejoindre au centre Découverte pour obtenir des conseils et des outils qui vous permettront de mener votre enquête sur les fleurs sauvages qui ornent notre parc.

Pour plus d'information, veuillez contacter la gate de fushimi lake. For more information about times and locations please contact fushimi lake gate house.


Grundy Lake
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day at Grundy
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Various Locations throughout the park
Description:

10am - 4pm Discovery Centre - Grundy Scavenger Hunt! - Special Event!

Grab your camera and pick up a sheet at the Discovery Centre, be prepared to explore all of Grundy to find the hidden clues!

 

2:30pm Gut Lake Trail - Dragons and DamselsGuided Hike

Well we don’t have fire-drakes, but we do have Darners, Jewelwings and Dragonhunters! Come hike Gut Lake trail, and discover the wonderful world of Dragons and Damsels!(nets provided!)

 

8:30pm Amphitheatre - Ecosystem Science: Species at Risk, Wildfire and Citizen Science - Special Guest!

Turtles, Snakes, and Wildfire! Bring the family out to join the McMaster Ecohydrology lab in learning about species at risk at Grundy Lake such as the Blandings Turtle and the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake. We will be discussing the effects of wildfire on various landscapes as well as ways you can get involved in citizen science projects within the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. 


Inverhuron
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Free day-use at all Ontario Parks. We are opening our doors to everyone in Ontario; there will be no charge for day-use visitation during the celebration. Parks across the province will offer events and activities that encourage people to visit parks and be active. Explore a new park, sample our facilities and services or enjoy a fun event in a great natural setting!


John E. Pearce
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Ontario’s Provincial Parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on the third Friday in July, to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. Visit our Facebook page to join the conversation.

Information: Healthy Parks Healthy People


Kakabeka Falls
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) Free Day Use
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Day use
Description:

Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People with Ontario Parks!

When: Friday July 19, 2019

Where: All operating Ontario Parks (including Kakabeka Falls!)

What: Free day-use at all Ontario Parks. We are opening our doors to everyone in Ontario; there will be no charge for day-use visitation during the celebration. Parks across the province will offer events and activities that encourage people to visit parks and be active. Explore a new park, sample our facilities and services or enjoy a fun event in a great natural setting!

Why: The time to strengthen and rediscover our connection to nature is now! Ontario’s provincial parks are home to some of the most inspiring and beautiful landscapes in the country. We want to increase the awareness and uptake of the strong benefits linked to spending time in nature. What is included with the free day-use entry? All visitors to the park will be issued a complimentary day-pass to the park. You may enjoy the park facilities until 10:00pm on July 19th.

What activities can I participate in?

- Get active at 11:00am or 3:00pm by running in the 2nd Annual 5km Fun Run through the park and trail with the Kakabeka Falls Legion. $5 cost to participate the morning of the event (cost to cover set up and supplies), registration and day use at the park is free! Everyone in welcome including runners, walkers, strollers, and pets (on a leash of course!) Register ahead at www.runkbfalls.com

- Murillo Rural Community Centre will be out putting on kids programming and activities, including a bubble booth from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

- Take a trip around the sun to learn about the colours of fall, participate in the precipitation of spring, and even get to see a moss flame thrower with the Science North Bluecoats for an exciting live show demonstrating the science of seasons! 2:00pm in the Main Falls Parking Lot

- Say "HI"our Discovery Rangers at the Visitor's Centre for all you need to know about Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park!

Stay up to date and connect with us on Facebook @kakabekafallsPP

See you July 19th! 


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People- Art in the Park
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Island Lake Beach at 7:00pm
Description:

Art in the Park - we invite you to meet us for an Art in the Park session at Island Lake Beach at 7:00pm. Take a meditative moment in nature, relax and connect with an inspiring special place in the park. We will have the tools for you to put your inspiration on paper. You do not need to be an artist to participant! We welcome all ages and encourage adults to join the experience. 


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Incredible Insects Drop-In
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Slab Lake from 10:30am-12:30am
Description:

In the Air, on the ground, and even underwater, insects are everywhere -- which makes them easy to explore, observe and discover. Join us at the Discovery Drop-in to pick up some tips and tools for investigating the insects in our park between 10:30 am to 12:30 am at Slab Lake.


Kettle Lakes
Event Name: Guided Hike
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Kettle Trail at 2:00pm
Description:

Meet the Naturalist at the Kettle Trail Head at 2:00 pm for a guided hike where you can discover the different Fauna and Flora that call Kettle Lakes Home.


Killarney
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

It's that time of year again! Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) Day encourages both campers and the public to get out and enjoy what Ontario Parks have to offer. With free day-use all day (8:00AM-10:00PM) there's no reason not to enjoy the activities and programs throughout the day. Watch out on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for a detailed schedule of the day's events!


Killarney
Event Name: Zach Oliver Guitar Workshop and Concert
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Guitar Workshop - Nature Centre Concert - Amphitheatre
Description:

Guitar Workshop - 4:00pm

As a part of the concert tour, Zach will be teaching an introductory guitar workshop. These workshops are designed for kids that have never played guitar before, but want to learn how to play their favourite tunes in a group setting.

Zach will have four junior guitars on hand for kids to use. If you have your own guitar, bring it with you and enjoy discovering the music outdoors!

Zach Oliver Concert - 7:00pm

Singer and songwriter Zach Oliver will kick off his 19-show tour in Killarney Provincial Park on July 19, this year’s Healthy Parks Healthy People Day celebration. Come to the Amphitheatre at 7pm to enjoy the show!

https://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/summer-concert-tour-zach-oliver/ 


Killbear
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day at Killbear
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Day Use Beach
Description:

Activities will be taking place all day from 10 am until 4 pm. 

10 AM - YOGA ON THE BEACH Join our guest instructor for a 45-minute session, bring a water bottle and your own mat or towel.

11 AM - TRADITIONAL NISHINAABEG STRAWBERRY AND WATER CEREMONIES Join Christine King, from our neighbouring Wasauksing First Nation community, for a morning of song and ceremonies.

12 PM - YOGA ON THE BEACH

1 PM - GUIDED HIKE: HOW NATURE MAKES PEOPLE HEALTHY Join our lead naturalist for a relaxing stroll along the Twin Points Trail!

2 PM and 3 PM - GO WILD FOR ART: COOKIE CANVAS Paint your favourite Killbear memory on a tree cookie. Space is limited for both sessions. Sign up at the Visitor Centre prior to the date.

10 AM to 4 PM - ASK THE NATURALIST Drop by and chat with naturalists in the Discovery Program, meet our scaly species at risk ambassadors and check out our Touch Table!

Parking is limited, please carpool, bike, walk or canoe. Overflow parking at main office. Bring your own healthy picnic. 


Komoka
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Ontario’s Provincial Parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on the third Friday in July, to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. 

Information: Healthy Parks Healthy People

We invite you to enjoy a hike, picnic, swim or just lounge under the shade of a tree.  Recharge. Rejuvenate. Reconnect.


Lake Superior
Event Name: Sit-spot: Quiet Contemplation of Animal Behaviour
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Coastal Trail - Agawa Bay (starting outside Visitor Centre)
Description:

Join Alex and Michelle at 3:00pm for a sit-spot exercise. Sitting quietly in nature is a great way to destress and take in the multitude of health benefits being outside brings. It is also one of the best ways to observe natural animal behaviours, you would be amazed what you can find when looking and listening quietly!


Lake Superior
Event Name: Sunset Yoga
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Agawa Bay Beach
Description:

Join certified yoga instructor and park staff Jordan at 8:30pm for a special yoga class in celebration of Healthy Parks Healthy People day. We recommend bringing a yoga mat or towel, water, and bug spray.


Lake Superior
Event Name: Mindfulness Walk
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Rocky Point - Agawa Bay
Description:

Join Anna and Kelly for a slow, meditative walk through Lake Superior’s coastal forest. We’ll “shake off the road dust” and tune into our surroundings, like the ancient geology of the Precambrian shield, the microscopic world within mosses, and the ever-changing wind that sweeps off the lake. Practice attentiveness and compassion towards the biodiversity that surrounds and sustains us. We’ll finish with a guided meditation, leaving you feeling more connected to nature.


Long Point
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Ontario’s provincial parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us at our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on the 3rd Friday in July to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. Visit our Facebook page for updated events and times.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Visitor Centre
Description:

Spending time in nature is very important for our physical and mental well being! In order to raise awareness of the benefits of being active in the out of doors.  Today the daily entrance fee will be waived to MacGregor Point and all Ontario Provincial Parks! 

We have a number of FREE events to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People day!

9am - Forest Bathing Session - Pre-register by stopping by the Visitor Centre or by calling (519) 389-6232 as space is limited. 

2-3pm - Forest School Fun - Come play the forest school way!  Teachers from the Saugeen Shores At Last forest school will be at the park between 2 and 3pm to help give your family suggestions on how to have a great time outside!  

7pm - Forest Therapy Information Session - Everyone welcome!  Join Forest Therapy Practitioner Rob Klea to learn about all the amazing ways time spent in nature is good for us!  

The Friends of MacGregor Point will be serving up breakfast at the Visitor Centre!  Support the Friends and their great work in the park, and get a delicious breakfast!  Breakfast starts at 9am, and will continue until they run out of food!  

ALL DAY: Amazing Race - Do you have what it takes to complete MacGregor Point's annual Amazing Race? Get your first clue at the Visitor Centre for this fast-paced scavenger hunt that takes you all around the park.

Share your pictures and videos.  Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.     

Reserve your site as early as 5 months in advance at this popular park.

 

 


Missinaibi
Event Name: Free 2 hour Canoe or Kayak Rental
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Missinaibi Provincial Park
Description:

On July 19th, 2019, come join us for Healthy Parks Healthy People and enjoy a FREE Day-use entry to the park. 

We are also offering FREE 2 hour canoe or kayak rental on July 19th, to celebrate HPHP. 


Murphys Point
Event Name: Traditional Indigenous Closing Ceremony and Canoe Launch
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Main Beach - 1pm
Description:

It has taken Chuck, Jonathan, Jacob and many participating visitors almost 2 weeks to build an Algonquin Wigwas Tchiman (birchbark canoe). Join us at the Main Beach for a traditional Algonquin closing ceremony, followed by a long-anticipated launch. You can actually own this year's build so be sure to bring along some cash and pick up a raffle ticket - the proceeds of which will go towards future Indigenous programs.


Murphys Point
Event Name: BBQ - hosted by the Friends of Murphys Point Park
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Main Beach - 11:30am to 1:30pm (or until supplies last)
Description:

Bring some cash and support the great work of the Friends of Murphys Point Park. Hotdogs, hamburgers, and cold drinks available.


Murphys Point
Event Name: Silver Queen Mine Tour
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot
Description:

Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. Please allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, hard hats supplied!


Murphys Point
Event Name: Night-Time Flyers (Moths, Bats, & More)
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: 8:30 PM - 10 PM - Rideau Comfort Station
Description:

Mark has added over 650 species of moths to the park list and is hoping to find more! Join him and Emma at the Rideau Comfort Station anytime between 8:30 and 10:00pm to go through the basics before checking out the light traps he’s set up on site. They will also have a couple of bat detectors on hand to pick up the calls of these majestic nocturnal insectivores – who knows, we may even see bats coming in to feast on the moths... They'll also go through some of the more useful resources available to amateur naturalists, including some online citizen science projects. Please bring a flashlight!


Neys
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Join an interpretive naturalist for a workshop using a 'tree cookie' cross section as your canvas. Capture a memory and share your special connection to Ontario Parks in the tradition of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven! Discover your inner artist- no experience necessary. After a day of painting and making memories, join park staff for a campfire, games, and an outdoor gallery featuring your masterpiece!


Pancake Bay
Event Name: Yoga On The Beach
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Beachfront in front of the Picnic Shelter- 9:30am - 10:30am
Description:

There is no better place to experience Yoga than nature. One of the most beautiful spots in nature is Pancake Bay Provincial Park. What will happen when you combine the two?

This will be a gentle 60 minute Yoga practice.

All abilities welcome - Yoga is for everybody 

Bring your mat, towel, water bottle and insect repellent if necessary 


Pancake Bay
Event Name: Water Obstacle Course
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: East Comfort Station - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Description:

Come one come all!

Join us in Pancake Bay’s HPHP Day Water Obstacle Course!

Come test your skills and embrace the water as you try and complete the obstacle course of a lifetime!

Come ready to get wet and move and most importantly HAVE FUN!


Pancake Bay
Event Name: Free Day Use
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

For our Healthy Parks Healthy People Day (HPHP) come in and enjoy all Pancake Bay has to offer for no charge!


Pinery
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Celebrations & FREE Day Use
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Write yourself a nature prescription and start your weekend early with FREE day-use entry to Pinery! Hike, bike, swim, paddle or participate in art, fitness, nature or conservation activities!

For more information please see our posted activity sheet on the Friends of Pinery Website.

We're looking forward to seeing you!

Share your pictures and videos.  Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Reserve your site as early as 5 months in advance for this popular family event.


Point Farms
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

 Free day-use at all Ontario Parks. We are opening our doors to everyone in Ontario; there will be no charge for day-use visitation during the celebration. Parks across the province will offer events and activities that encourage people to visit parks and be active. Explore a new park, sample our facilities and services or enjoy a fun event in a great natural setting!

Like us on Facebook to join the conversation.


Port Bruce
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Ontario’s Provincial Parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on the third Friday in July, to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. 

Information: Healthy Parks Healthy People

We invite you to enjoy a hike, picnic, swim or just lounge under the shade of a tree.  Recharge. Rejuvenate. Reconnect.


Port Burwell
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Ontario’s Provincial Parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on the third Friday in July, to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. 

Information: Healthy Parks Healthy People

Join us for the following events to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day:

Discovery Hike: Enjoy the beach trail in a whole new way!  Meet at the Head of the Ravine Creek Trail any time between 10:00am and noon to enjoy this unique hike with your family and friends!

10:00am - Noon

Explore the Interpretive Centre: Stop by the Interpretive Centre to see some incredible animal displays, measure your wingspan, find magnetite in sand, and dissect and owl pellet!

10:00am - Noon

Amazing Amphibians: Meet the Discovery Guides at beach area #2 between 2:00 and 4:00pm to explore for tadpoles, water creatures, and frogs.

2:00 - 4:00pm

Sand Turtle Sculpting Competition: Register at the Amazing Amphibians drop-in table at beach area #2 and build your own sand turtle. Judging will begin at 4:30pm.

Judging: 4:30pm

You can also pick up a scavenger hunt sheet from the Main Gate or Day-Use any time on Friday the 19th to explore and enjoy all that our park has to offer!

Remember to share your pictures Facebook or Twitter.  #PortBurwellPP  

For Campers: Reserve your site as early as 5 months in advance at this popular park.


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Yoga and Bird Walk - HPHP Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Campfire Field by Amphitheatre
Description:

Meet at 8:30am for some yoga on the lawn (bring a mat or towel) and follow that up with a bird walk.  Courtesy of Get Yoga of Trenton. July 19 is Healthy Parks, Healthy People (HPHP) Day - entrance to Presqu'ile is free on this date! 


René Brunelle
Event Name: Free Recreational Equipment
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Camper's Beach
Description:

From 10 am to 4 pm

Come enjoy our recreational equipment for free, 1 or 2 hours free rental.

Available equipment: kayak, canoe, peddle boat and paddle board.


Rock Point
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Rock point Provincial Park Day Use area
Description:Be sure to come down to day use  and discover the outdoors. Kids grab your parents and join us for a variety of activities from challenges to special programs put on by staff and special guests at various times throughout the day. See details on the event boards throughout the park there will be something for everyone.  This is also a Free Day use day across the province at all Provincial Parks.  Hope you will get outside and join us.  
Rondeau
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day (FREE DAY USE)
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Rondeau Provincial Park
Description:

Want to improve your memory, decrease stress and improve your sleep quality?? More time in nature is all you need! Take advantage of a free day at Rondeau and join us for a full day of healthy activities.

9:00am -  Beach Access 10 - Yoga on the Beach (bring a towel or mat if you have one)

10:00am - Visitor Centre front lawn - WalkCK Family Fun Walk 

11:00am - Visitor Centre front lawn - Kids Yoga (bring a towel or mat if you have one)

1:00pm - Visitor Centre front lawn - Boot Camp! Get ready to sweat!

2:00pm - Beach Access 10 - Invasive Species Pull! Help us keep our park free from invaders!

Call the Visitor Centre for more information at 519-674-1768 and Like our Facebook page!


Rushing River
Event Name: Staff vs Camper Volleyball
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Southside Beach Volleyball Net
Description:

Join Rushing River park staff in a volleyball match on the beach at 4:15


Rushing River
Event Name: Dance Class at the Amphitheater
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Park Amphitheater
Description:

Join our Discovery Staff who will be leading a dance class at the Amphitheater at 11am


Samuel de Champlain
Event Name: Trail Blazers: Trail Running for Beginners
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Forestry Research Trail
Description:

Join us on Friday July 19th as we celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People!

6:00 pm & 7:00 pm: Trail Blazers: Trail Running for Beginners -   Interested in running but don’t like jogging down city streets? Sprinting on concrete causing you shin splints? Try your hand (or feet) at trail running. Learn some tips and tricks and why spending time exercising in nature gives you double the health benefits!


Samuel de Champlain
Event Name: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Mattawa River Visitor Centre
Description:

Come to the Mattawa River Visitor Centre anytime between 10 am and 12 pm to pick up your free cleanup materials and to select a cleanup location.

Shorelines are important habitats to many species of birds, insects, mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians! Come get active and help us keep our park clean for this Healthy Parks Healthy People Day event.


Sandbanks
Event Name: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Event
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Lakeshore Beach - Meeting location at Lakeshore Beach Parking Lot
Description:

As part of Healthy Parks and Healthy People Day, we are hosting a shoreline clean up event. Get out in nature and enjoy the sunshine, and help keep our parks healthy too.


Sauble Falls
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Ontario’s Provincial Parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on the third Friday in July, to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. Visit our Facebook page for updated events and times #SaubleFallsPP.

Information: Healthy Parks Healthy People


Selkirk
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Ontario’s provincial parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People (#HPHP) celebration on the 3rd friday in July, to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. Visit our Facebook page for updated events and times #SelkirkPP

More about HPHP!


Sibbald Point
Event Name: The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Near the Park Store
Description:

Join park staff in keeping the beautiful shores of Lake Simcoe healthy and clean for future generations.

Meet us near the Park Store - there will be a table for you to sign in and pick up everything you need to participate. Just bring: you, your friends and family!


Sleeping Giant
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Various Locations in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Description:

Ontario’s provincial parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us at our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on July 19th, 2019 to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario.

9:30 am Family Yoga at Public Beach, Marie Louise Campground

Come join us for family and kid friendly yoga on the beach led by Discovery Rangers as we go through the poses of animals that call Sleeping Giant home. Start your morning off right as you stretch with Marie Louise Lake as your backdrop and connect with nature. Please bring a towel or yoga mat with you.

11:00 am Fish and Learn at the Boat Launch dock, Marie Louise Campground

Join Discovery Ranger Bryanna and Greg to learn about our aquatic ecosystems and the different types of fish we can find in Marie Louise Lake. Afterwards, try your luck at fishing in the lake. Discovery Rangers will be on hand to offer any fishing instruction needed. Bring your fishing rod or borrow one of ours! We have 8 fishing rods from the tackle share program which we can provide at the program. These will be given out on a first come first serve basis.

11:00 am Experience the Forest Guided Hike at Middlebrun Bay Trail Head

Come engage all your senses on a 5 km guided hike on beautiful Middlebrun Bay Trail which takes you through cedar, birch and spruce forests and out to a gorgeous sand beach on the shore of Lake Superior. Activities led by Discovery Rangers will help you relax and connect to the forest ecosystems of Sleeping Giant. Please bring water and sturdy hiking shoes. Optional: bring a lunch or snack to enjoy at the beach where you can have the option to return with Park staff or stay and enjoy the views of Lake Superior.

3:00 pm Nature Photography Hike at Southern Kabeyun Trail Head

Grab your camera and join Discovery Ranger Will for a 1.5 km guided hike on Ravine Lake Trail. Immerse yourself in nature as you learn photography tips and tricks. Please bring water and sturdy hiking shoes.


Turkey Point
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Description:

Ontario’s Provincial Parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on the third Friday in July, to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. Visit our Facebook page for updated events and times #TurkeyPointPP.

Information: Healthy Parks Healthy People


Wakami Lake
Event Name: Healthy Park Healthy People - Free 2 hour Canoe or Kayak Rental
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Wakami Lake Provincial Park
Description:

On July 19th, 2019, come join us for Healthy Parks Healthy People and enjoy a FREE Day-use entry to the park. 

We are also offering FREE 2 hour canoe or kayak rental on July 19th, to celebrate HPHP. 

 


Wasaga Beach
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
Description:

Ontario’s Provincial Parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on the third Friday in July, to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. 

Information: Healthy Parks Healthy People

We invite you to enjoy a hike, picnic, swim or just lounge under the shade of a tree.  Recharge. Rejuvenate. Reconnect.


Wheatley
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 19, 2019 to July 19, 2019
Location: Day-use
Description:

Ontario’s Provincial Parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know that spending time in nature is good for your health too? Join us for our annual Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on the third Friday in July, to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry to any provincial park in Ontario. 

Information: Healthy Parks Healthy People

We invite you to enjoy a hike, picnic, swim or just lounge under the shade of a tree.  Recharge. Rejuvenate. Reconnect.


Sitting at the beach

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July 17, 2020

Free day-use in all Provincial Parks

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