Pet-friendly Ontario Parks

While all Ontario Parks are pet-friendly, some offer more than others when it comes to camping with a canine traveling companion. Twelve Ontario Parks offer designated pet exercise areas and beaches. Seventeen more have one or the other. Below is a sample of pet-friendly parks in different parts of Ontario with designated pet-friendly beaches, exercise areas, or both.  For a complete list of all parks with pet exercise areas and/ or beaches PLUS a dog owner’s list of do’s and don’ts, visit our Dogs and Pets in Ontario Parks post.

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Water and Boating Safety Tips from BOATsmart!

If you’ve ever visited one of Ontario’s more than 330 Provincial Parks, you already know that the scenery is nothing short of spectacular. Every square inch of it–the pristine forests, the vibrant sunsets, the cozy campsites and of course, the sparkling lakes. Many visitors take in these views from the seat of a fishing boat, while they paddle along shore in a canoe, or while they hang out on the beach with their family.

Have you experienced this? Was everyone wearing life jackets when on the water? Did you have a boat license when you were fishing with your kids in that motorboat?

 

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Ice-Out Canoeing: A spring tradition for adventurous paddlers

It’s a rite of passage for many die-hard paddlers and it’s only a couple of weeks away….an ice out canoe trip.  So what’s the attraction?   It’s a moment of celebration, a time for paddlers to break free of the winter blahs, the sweet spot before the annoyance of spring bugs.  As long as you’re well prepared, an ice-out paddle can be the ultimate early spring adventure. Continue reading Ice-Out Canoeing: A spring tradition for adventurous paddlers

Ontario Parks Partners support Water Safety

In 2013 Ontario Parks is again proud to recognize Mountain Equipment Co-Op and Ontario Power Generation for their support of our ParkSmart Life Jacket Lending Program. Visitors to Ontario Parks enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches and waterfronts in Ontario. Continue reading Ontario Parks Partners support Water Safety

Ontario Parks Supports Road Safety Act

Park visitors should be aware that that the Highway Traffic Act applies to all Ontario Park roads. Ontario is making the province’s roads (which includes all park campground roads) safer, with new changes that will help protect young and novice drivers.

As of August 1, 2010, drivers 21 and under must have a zero blood alcohol level when driving.

If caught, you face:
– A 30-day suspension
– Up to $500 in fines
– An immediate 24-hour licence suspension

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Latest storms less severe than in July

August 7, 2006

Silent Lake – Power at the park has been restored.

August 4, 2006

Awenda – The main road to the park was reopened as of midnight, however there is still no electrical or phone service. It is anticipated that electricity will be restored by Friday afternoon but phone service may not be repaired until early next week. Continue reading Latest storms less severe than in July