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Events

Event Name Start Date End Date Location Description
Junior Naturalist Program May 18, 2018 October 8, 2018 Permit Office or any park program

Hey Kids! Would you like to become a Junior Naturalist? Do you love nature and want to learn more about the environment? You can! Just pick up a Junior Naturalist Passport from any of the Natural Heritage Education Programs or from the Permit Office to get started. Then you’re ready to start earning stamps on your passport - for each park program you participate in you will receive one stamp, also for each activity sheet you fill out you will earn you one stamp. Speak to a Park Naturalist or the Permit Office staff to get your passport stamped, to find out about upcoming park programs or to pick up more activity sheets to work on. Once you have 3 stamps on your passport you will become a Junior Naturalist Level 1! For each Level completed you will receive a certificate, a small reward, and a ballot for our end-of-summer prize pack contest. We now have 8 levels of Junior Naturalist at Balsam Lake Provincial Park, see if you can earn them all!

Natural Heritage Education Programs May 18, 2018 October 8, 2018 Throughout the park!

Interested in nature, wildlife, and the cultural history of this area? Balsam Lake offers a variety of Natural Heritage Education programs 6 days a week, all summer long, from Canada Day to Labor Day - and on weekends in the fall.  We offer children’s programs, guided hikes, evening slideshows, dramatic presentations, campfires, and interpretive displays. All ages are welcome and encouraged.  Check out what’s happening when you arrive at the park by picking up our weekly schedule from the permit office or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for weekly events.  

David Archibald Concert! June 29, 2018 June 29, 2018 Amphitheatre @ 7pm

As a part of our 125th anniversary, Ontario Parks is excited to announce a province-wide, 30-park concert tour featuring singer-songwriter David Archibald!  David’s upbeat and interactive performances in provincial and national parks celebrate the vast diversity of Canadian cultural and natural history.  See all ON Parks tour dates and find out more.

Ken Ramsden Concert! July 7, 2018 July 7, 2018 Amphitheatre - 7pm

Join us for this entertaining concert by Ken Ramsden!  Sit back and enjoy the show as he plays the fiddle, guitar, and harmonica.  He'll share tales of Canada, the animals, and trees as well as humorous jokes and songs to connect us with the great outdoors.  If you want to join in, he'll have wooden spoons, tambourines, and shakers to share. A show you won't want to miss!

Balsam Lake Farmers Market July 8, 2018 July 8, 2018 Beach Area near Parking Lots 1-3, 10am-3pm

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is hosting our third annual Farmers Market series this summer in the spirit of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People movement! #HPHP  

Join us at the beach and shop local on Sun July 8, Sun July 22, Sun Aug 12, and Sun Aug 26 with a variety of vendors selling hand-made and home grown items from the local area: fresh veggies, baked goods, nature photography, decorative items, lawn ornaments, soaps, candles, wooden furniture and decor, and so much more!  A daily vehicle permit or camping permit is required to enter the park and the farmers markets.  

For more information or to register as a vendor: email aileen.clarke@ontario.ca or phone 705-454-3324 ext 5228.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People FREE DAY USE! July 20, 2018 July 20, 2018 Balsam Lake PP

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 20, 2017. All operating provincial parks are waiving day-use fees and hosting special events and activities that encourage people to visit parks and be active.

Planting Blitz 

9:30am - Volunteer to help plant trees and create wildlife habitat along with our Park Biologist and our Natural Heritage Education team.

Go Wild for Art

1:30pm - Celebrate Ontario Parks' 125th anniversary by creating your own unique piece of art.  All supplies provided, just bring your creativity and imagination!

Beach Yoga

7pm - Time to unwind in nature with some relaxing and rejuvenating yoga overlooking the lake. Bring a yoga mat or towel and a water bottle.

Beach Yoga July 21, 2018 July 21, 2018 Beach near Picnic Shelter #1 - 9:30am

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

Balsam Lake Farmers Market July 22, 2018 July 22, 2018 Beach Area near Parking Lots 1-3, 10am-3pm

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is hosting our third annual Farmers Market series this summer in the spirit of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People movement! #HPHP  

Join us at the beach and shop local on Sun July 8, Sun July 22, Sun Aug 12, and Sun Aug 26 with a variety of vendors selling hand-made and home grown items from the local area: fresh veggies, baked goods, nature photography, decorative items, lawn ornaments, soaps, candles, wooden furniture and decor, and so much more!  A daily vehicle permit or camping permit is required to enter the park and the farmers markets.  

For more information or to register as a vendor: email aileen.clarke@ontario.ca or phone 705-454-3324 ext 5228.

Mysterious Moths! August 11, 2018 August 11, 2018 Amphitheatre @ 8pm

Is that a moth or a butterfly? What kind of moth is that? Special guest speaker and insect-loving entomologist, Maurice Bottos will help you get familiar with our wide variety of moths during this informative and colourful presentation.  Come check out the moths he has on display from around the world and if your keen, stick around after the program to see what local moth species we have flying in the night!

Balsam Lake Farmers Market August 12, 2018 August 12, 2018 Beach: 10am-3pm

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is hosting our third annual Farmers Market series this summer in the spirit of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People movement! #HPHP  

Join us at the beach and shop local on Sun July 8, Sun July 22, Sun Aug 12, and Sun Aug 26 with a variety of vendors selling hand-made and home grown items from the local area: fresh veggies, baked goods, nature photography, decorative items, lawn ornaments, soaps, candles, wooden furniture and decor, and so much more!  A daily vehicle permit or camping permit is required to enter the park and the farmers markets.  

For more information or to register as a vendor: email aileen.clarke@ontario.ca or phone 705-454-3324 ext 5228.

Balsam Lake Farmers Market August 26, 2018 August 26, 2018 Beach Area near Parking Lots 1-3, 10am-3pm

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is hosting our third annual Farmers Market series this summer in the spirit of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People movement! #HPHP  

Join us at the beach and shop local on Sun July 8, Sun July 22, Sun Aug 12, and Sun Aug 26 with a variety of vendors selling hand-made and home grown items from the local area: fresh veggies, baked goods, nature photography, decorative items, lawn ornaments, soaps, candles, wooden furniture and decor, and so much more!  A daily vehicle permit or camping permit is required to enter the park and the farmers markets.  

For more information or to register as a vendor: email aileen.clarke@ontario.ca or phone 705-454-3324 ext 5228.