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Park Essentials

One of the main reasons people visit Ontario Parks is the wide array of fun activities available to them. Ontario Parks also offers lots of outdoor recreation and education activities to enhance your visit!

Have a specific activity in mind? Use our park locator tool to help find parks with the right recreational opportunities for you! Here are just a few of the fun things to do at Ontario Parks:

Beaches

Ontario Parks beaches are prime summer destinations, particularly on weekends with beautiful weather. Check out our beach basics blog for information on keeping our parks/beaches safe and protected, as well as tips on good beach etiquette.

Swimming

Bring your bathing suit! Many parks have amazing beaches with clean freshwater. Bring a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) for children and non-swimmers. At any of the participating parks, campers can borrow a PFD, FREE of charge.

Biking

Biking is permitted on most roadways. Some parks have designated bike lanes and trails. Wear a helmet and do not ride after dark without a bike light. Make sure you obey all signage.

Boating/Canoeing

  • A number of parks rent boats, kayaks and canoes, which come with paddles, lifejackets, and boat safety kits.
  • You can bring your own boat or canoe and use the boat/canoe launches.
  • Plan your route. Be sure to have a park map before leaving.
  • For boaters and paddlers a PFD is a must, even if you are a confident swimmer.
  • For more information on water and swimming safety, visit the Red Cross or check out our Water safety 101: are you a lifesaver? blog post.
  • For boating safety courses, safety tips and the required safety equipment for each size of vessel, check out this website.

Fishing

  • To fish in Ontario, you need to buy a license and follow Ontario regulations on catch limits. Children under the age of 18 do not need a license if they are fishing with a license holder. Check for specific regulations for the park you are visiting. For more information, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing.
  • Learn to Fish will be available online this year. Their series of videos, resources and activities are geared toward teaching people of all ages how to fish in Ontario.

Sports

Bring your soccer ball, baseball, kite, or other sports equipment and use the open recreation areas found in many parks.

Wildlife Viewing and Birdwatching

Wildlife viewing is best done around early morning or dusk. Binoculars are helpful for spotting animals. Check with the Visitor Centre for wildlife checklists and recent sightings.

Before you take that perfect wildlife photo, check out our list of seven common photography infractions to ensure you’re keeping our parks safe and healthy.

Ontario Parks glossary

Are you new to camping, or maybe a park veteran looking to brush up on your knowledge?

We’ve assembled a handy guide with all the terms you’ll need to know and understand before you visit the park. Click here to learn more!

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