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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China Travel Channel Filming in Ontario Parks!

Ontario Parks is thrilled to be working with the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership and Tourism Toronto to bring China Travel Channel to Ontario again this summer. Last year’s joint promotion included Algonquin Provincial Park. This year two families are travelling to Ontario. Continue reading China Travel Channel Filming in Ontario Parks!

Friends of Bon Echo Art Exhibition!

On July 23, 24 and 25, the Friends of Bon Echo Park are hosting their 15th annual Art Exhibition and Sale, which showcases the original work of 45 juried artists, including painting, photography, stained glass, pottery and more. The theme of the artwork is nature, with artists presenting a unique view of wildlife and the countryside. Continue reading Friends of Bon Echo Art Exhibition!

Meet the Researcher…at the 2nd Annual Research Day in Algonquin Provincial Park

The waterways and forests of Algonquin Provincial Park are home to a vast array of fish and wildlife. The park has become an ideal “research laboratory” due to its vast expanse of wilderness.

Algonquin’s Wildlife Research Station is again hosting a “Meet the Researcher Day” on Thursday, July 29th with help from The Friends of Algonquin Park, Ontario Parks, and the Harkness Fisheries Research Lab.

Park visitors will have the chance to learn about ongoing research projects such as: archeology, ornithology (Yellow-bellied sapsuckers, Ovenbirds, Gray jays, White-throated sparrows, insect pollination, mammals (Black bears, moose, wolves), small mammals (Flying squirrels, chipmunks mice), herptiles (salamanders, Snapping and Painted turtles) and fish (Brook trout and Smallmouth bass).

The event will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the East Beach Picnic Pavilion (located South from km 35.4 within Algonquin Park) and is suitable for all ages.

The Friends of Algonquin Park will be hosting a charity barbeque from 12pm – 2pm (or while quantities last) with proceeds supporting research in the park. There will also be a free entry into a draw for many great prizes donated by the Wildlife Research Station, The Friends of Algonquin Park, Algonquin Outfitters and Ontario Parks.

For more information please contact Rory Eckenswiller, Manager of the Wildlife Research Station, at wrs@vianet.ca