The countdown is on: enjoy FREE day-use at all Ontario Parks on July 21, 2017.
Parks across the province have a variety of events and activities planned to help you reconnect with nature. Explore a new park, participate in a family adventure, or simply take a moment to enjoy the view.
Check out our four spotlight events, or scroll down to see park events from across the province:
1. Bioblitz Day at Murphys Point
Join staff for a Silver Queen Mine Tour, Underwater Diversity Prowl, and more. All four scheduled events have a bioblitz focus, so gather your ID books, magnifying glasses and dip nets, and let’s see how many different species we can find!
- Where: Murphys Point Provincial Park (Perth)
- When: July 21, 2017; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- How: Drop in at the scheduled time (pre-registration required for the mine tour)
2. Big Boreal Adventure at Kakabeka Falls
The Big Boreal Adventure is an interactive way to encourage people to get outside, explore, and learn about natural areas. Kids will love the variety of nature-based crafts. Kakabeka Falls is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and will have activities happening throughout the weekend. Check their events listing for more information.
- Where: Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park (Thunder Bay)
- When: July 21, 2017; 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
- How: No registration necessary, just come on out!
3. Traditional Hiawatha Drumming at Petroglyphs
Experience the unique sounds of traditional Hiawatha Drumming while you learn about the history of the land and the people at Petroglyphs Provincial Park.
Visit the Learning Place Visitor Centre to discover the traditions of the Ojibwa (Nishnaabe) people through the teachings of the medicine wheel.
- Where: Petroglyphs Provincial Park (north of Peterborough)
- When: July 21, 2017; 11:00am – 3:00pm
- How: No registration necessary, just come on out!
4. Paddle to the Sea turns 50 at Lake Superior
Filmmaker Bill Mason immortalized the children’s book Paddle to the Sea, written by Holling C. Holling, with his Canadian National Film Board film in 1966. The story is of a wooden canoe, nicknamed “Paddle,” carved and launched by a young boy along the north shore of Lake Superior. The story follows Paddle as the currents and winds carry him through the Great Lakes and down the mighty St. Lawrence to the sea. Join Bill’s daughter, Becky, and her husband, Reid, as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film’s debut. Hear stories of how it was shot, and of course, view the extraordinary film in its entirety.
- Where: Lake Superior Provincial Park, Agawa Bay Amphitheatre
- When: July 21, 2017; 9:45 pm
- How: No registration necessary
Find an event near you!
Our Healthy Parks Healthy People Celebration Day spans the province! How will you celebrate the link between human and natural health?
Art & music
|Bronte Creek||Musical Program||Central|
Nature & education
|Awenda||Birding for Beginners||Southwest|
|Blue Lake||Conservation Officer Info Unit||Northwest|
|Bronte Creek||Ask the Ranger||Central|
|Charleston Lake||Charleston Lake Challenge||Southeast|
|Murphys Point||Underwater Diversity Prowl
|Pinery||All about Bats||Southwest|
|Quetico||Roving Boreal Plants||Northwest|
|René Brunelle||Science en Route||Northeast|
|Rideau River||Seine Netting
Conservation Officer Info Unit
|Selkirk||Evening Program: Whoo’s Awake||Southwest|
|Algonquin||Film Night: The Canoe||Near North|
|Bronte Creek||Hands on Heritage||Central|
|Neys||Film Night: The Canoe
|Petroglyphs||Traditional Drumming Demonstration||Southeast|
|Lake Superior||Film Night: Paddle to the Sea turns 50||Northwest|
|Algonquin||Insect Hunt||Near North|
|Balsam Lake||Scavenger Hunt||Central|
|Blue Lake||Scavenger Hunt||Northwest|
|Emily||Kids Program: Running like the Critters||Southeast|
|Kakabeka Falls||Kids Program: Crafts||Northwest|
|Killarney||Backcountry Skills for Kids||Near North|
|Killbear||Killbear Olympics||Near North|
|Pinery||Kids Program: Pollinators||Southwest|
|Presqu’ile||Kids Program: Baby Birds||Southeast|
|Rideau River||Face Painting||Southeast|
|Sleeping Giant||Photo Blitz||Northwest|
|Turkey Point||Kids Program: Animal Olympics||Southwest|
Nature hikes and walks
|Algonquin||Beaver Pond Study
Guided Hike: On the Trail of Wildlife
|Awenda||Guided Hike : Sense Stroll||Southwest|
|Balsam Lake||Planting Blitz||Central|
|Killarney||Connecting with the Land||Near North|
|Killbear||Guided Hike: Forests make People Healthy
Photo Scavenger Hunt & Trail Challenge
|Long Point||Guided Hike: Shoreline||Southwest|
|Murphys Point||Silver Queen Mine Tour (pre-register)
Guided Hike: Reptile/Amphibian March
|Pinery||Guided Hike: Sunset||Southwest|
|Quetico||Guided Hike: Plant Uses||Northwest|
|Rideau River||Guided Hike: Shoreline||Southeast|
|Sandbar Lake||Guided Hike||Northwest|
|Windy Lake||Guided Hike||Northeast|
On the water
|Fushimi Lake||Free 1hr Rentals||Northeast|
|Killbear||SUP & Kayak Demo||Near North|
|Nagamisis||Free 1hr Rentals||Northeast|
|René Brunelle||Free 1hr Rentals||Northeast|
|Sauble Falls||SUP Tours||Southwest|
Sports & recreation
|Bonnechere||Games Tournament||Near North|
|Bronte Creek||Learn to Disc Golf||Central|
|Emily||Learn to Fish
Campers vs Staff Soccer
|Sandbanks||Learn to Fish||Southeast|
|Sibbald Point||Amazing Race
Learn to Fish
Yoga & wellness
|Bon Echo||Yoga on the Beach||Southeast|
|Bonnechere||Yoga on the Beach||Near North|
|Bronte Creek||Yoga in the Park||Central|
|Killbear||Yoga on the Beach||Near North|
Celebrate nature and health this summer!
Pst! Healthy Parks Healthy People isn’t over after July 21. Stay tuned for exciting events coming in August!