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Events

Event Name Start Date End Date Location Description
Junior Naturalist Program May 10, 2019 October 14, 2019 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 10, 2019 October 14, 2019 Throughout the park!

Interested in nature, wildlife, and the cultural history of this area? Balsam Lake offers a variety of Natural Heritage Education programs 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.  

Balsam Lake Farmers Market July 7, 2019 July 7, 2019 Beach: 10am-3pm

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is proud to announce we are hosting our fourth 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 7, Sun July 21, Sun July 28, Sun Aug 11, and Sun Aug 25.  Check out our fabulous variety of vendors selling hand-made and home grown items from the local area: fresh veggies, baked goods, soaps, candles, bird houses, nature photography, decorative items, lawn ornaments, 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 natalie.mcmorrow@ontario.ca or phone 705-454-3324 ext 5221.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People FREE DAY USE! July 19, 2019 July 19, 2019 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 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.

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

2pm - 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.

Balsam Lake Farmers Market July 21, 2019 July 21, 2019 Beach: 10am-3pm

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is hosting our fourth 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 7, Sun July 21, Sun July 28, Sun Aug 11, and Sun Aug 28 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 natalie.mcmorrow@ontario.ca or phone 705-454-3324 ext 5221.

Balsam Lake Farmers Market July 28, 2019 July 28, 2019 Beach Area near Parking Lots 1-3, 10am-3pm

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is hosting our fourth 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 7, Sun July 21, Sun July 28, Sun Aug 11, and Sun Aug 28 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 natalie.mcmorrow@ontario.ca or phone 705-454-3324 ext 5221.

Balsam Lake Farmers Market August 11, 2019 August 11, 2019 Beach Area near Parking Lots 1-3, 10am-3pm

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is hosting our fourth 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 7, Sun July 21, Sun July 28, Aug 11, and Sun Aug 28 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 natalie.mcmorrow@ontario.ca or phone 705-454-3324 ext 5221.

Balsam Lake Farmers Market August 25, 2019 August 25, 2019 Beach Area near Parking Lots 1-3, 10am-3pm

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is hosting our fourth 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 7, Sun July 21, Sun July 28, Sun Aug 11, and Sun Aug 25 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 natalie.mcmorrow@ontario.ca or phone 705-454-3324 ext 5221.

Trick or Treat, Balsam Halloween! October 12, 2019 October 12, 2019 Throughout the campgrounds: 5pm-7pm

Halloween comes early at Balsam Lake!  Join us for trick or treating in the campgrounds on Saturday night of the thanksgiving weekend from 5pm-7pm!  Be sure to wear your halloween costume and bring candy to share :)  

Other events throughout the thanksgiving weekend including pumpkin carving, campsite decorating contest and a historical "spirit walk"

Pick up the weekend schedule from the Permit Office when you arrive!