Spring is here and Ontario Parks are opening! Ontario has 329 provincial parks to choose from that cover an area larger than the province of Nova Scotia. There are countless reasons to get out there and discover the best Ontario has to offer.
Some highlights at Ontario Parks for the spring season include:
Algonquin Park offers some of the best opportunities to see moose in the world. At this time of year, moose come to the side of the road because they are attracted to salt left over from the winter.
See 100 Species of Birds
Come to Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, a bird sanctuary offering guided walks to spot and identify migrating bird species. This is a great opportunity to do some bird watching. It’s not unusual to see over 100 different types of birds.
See the Trilliums
Spring is your only chance to see Trilliums in bloom. Visit the picturesque Trillium Trail in Bronte Creek Provincial Park and see Ontario’s provincial flower in full bloom. Bronte Creek is a great place to see spring wild flowers. The peak bloom time is usually between April 23 and May 23.
Count Loons at Killarney
Join park staff at Killarney on June 5 for the early summer loon count. Call the park at 705-287-2900 after May 15, for more details.
Boat Cruises in Bon Echo
Take a cruise on Mazinaw Lake in Bon Echo Provincial Park and be sure to check out the cliff-top trail where you can hike to the top of Mazinaw Rock, 100 metres above and overlooking the lake. Boat tours begin May 22 and run on weekends in June and daily in the summer.
Ontario Parks are popular spots for campers. We recommend that you book your site ahead of time. Overnights can be reserved up to five months in advance.
Most Ontario Parks open on May 14. For more information on when specific parks open, please visit our website
To reserve a campsite, call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST, or book online 24 hours a day.
Note: Ontario Parks is reminding campers that there is an 11-day ban on the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in selected provincial parks. For a complete list of parks where the alcohol ban is in place, click here.