Day trips at Ontario Parks 

Looking for easy ways to escape the heat this summer? Head to Ontario Parks. Many provincial parks are an hour drive from urban areas. Think about purchasing a Summer Daily Vehicle Seasonal Pass for just $125.00, valid from April 1, 2015 until November 30, 2015 and enjoy a summer of family fun. Here are three day trip ideas to get you started:

Beat the heat
If there’s one thing that can beat the summer heat, it’s a cool dip in an Ontario lake or giant pool. At Ontario Parks, you can choose both. This Park Blog first published in July 2012 has staff suggestions on where to go swimming, including parks close to Toronto.

Discover nature’s “cool” factor
Ontario Parks’ public education programs attracted 34,000 kids last year. They’re popular with kids because parks staff are so creative at providing new ways for kids to experience nature. Most programs are included in the price of your park admission (either a day-use or overnight permit). This Park Blog post first published last year will give you an idea of what you and your kids can expect but check with the park of your choice as some programming changes from year to year.

Pigs in a Blanket and other picnic ideas
Food always tastes better outdoors, so if your gang is in the mood for a park picnic, these recipe ideas will get their mouths watering.  Combine a park picnic with a fun activity. If your kids love their bikes, choose a park with designated bike trails. Canoes, kayaks and even paddleboats are available for rent at many parks while others lend out fishing rods, tackle and lifejackets. Open recreation areas give you the space you need for a good game of football, Mahjong or cricket and over 2,000 kilometres of hiking trails include shorter trails for self-guided walks. You’ll find more ideas at here.