New at Ontario Parks in 2012

In the off-season, park staff work hard to improve the visitor experience at Ontario Parks. Here’s a sample of new infrastructure that has been added to parks for 2012:

In Northern Ontario…
– Pancake Bay Provincial Park’s new lookout overlooks the location of where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior.
– The River of Experiences exhibit at the Mattawa River Visitor Centre in Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park celebrates the canoe and tells the story of Canada’s earliest paddlers.
– Thanks to park volunteers, a new barrier-free trail has been added to Mashkinonje Provincial Park, a favourite wetland paradise of Sudbury and North Bay field naturalists.
– The new 3.5 kilometre Lake of the Woods Trail at Killarney Provincial Park will lead you over rock and through old growth forest and it has a great view of Silver Peak, the highest point of land in the park.
– Check out this new Fish Bench at Neys Provincial Park. It’s the perfect spot to catch summer rays and enjoy a 180 degree view of Lake Superior.

In Eastern Ontario…
– Charleston Lake and Bon Echo Provincial Parks have new yurts! Check out this complete list of Ontario Parks with roofed accommodation.
– Footprints in Time (FIT) is a new trail at Bonnechere Provincial Park. Guided hikes along the trail give visitors a unique outdoor, hands-on learning experience based on traditional Algonquin First Nation teachings.
-Sandbanks Provincial Park’s new Dunes Interpretive Trail winds through this park’s massive freshwater dunes, the largest in the world.
– Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park volunteers are responsible for creating a spectacular new boardwalk trail to replace the old one at the park, noted for its birdwatching, especially during spring and fall migration. What a great place for a day visit!

In Central Ontario…

-The Wasaga Beach Welcome Centre officially opens at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. The new visitor centre is part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial events planned this summer.
– Six Mile Lake Provincial Park will host overnight Learn to Camp sessions in 2012.

In Southwestern Ontario…

-Be sure to check out The Pinery visitor centre’s new look. A new interactive exhibit highlights the park’s fragile ecosystem.
-The Pinery Provincial Park volunteers are adding rolling boardwalks to all dune pathways to protect the dunes from human impact during the busy spring and summer seasons.