New Reservation Service for Ontario Parks

On November 1, Ontario Parks obtained a new reservation service provider. This new reservation system will be implemented in early 2011. During the transition period (November 1 to early 2011) park users will not be able to make a reservation through our internet or call centre for any car camping or interior sites. All campsites will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis when you arrive at the park. Since the transition period is during our slow, winter months, we anticipate plenty of sites will be available for winter campers.

You will not be able to book reservations five months in advance during the transition period. The new reservation system will be running in early 2011 and reservations will be accepted for the 2011 season, both on the internet and at a call centre. The five month window will be put back in place at that time. The transitional first-come first-serve system for campsites will only be in place until the new reservation system goes live.

Park users will be sent an email in advance of the live date and a notice will be uploaded on the Ontario Parks’ website telling customers what date reservations will be accepted.

We appreciate your loyalty and patience as we put our new service in place. We welcome your feedback.

Fascinating stories at Ontario Parks

Human interest stories are brought to life every year through unique programming at Ontario Parks.

There are no ghosts but the spirit of lumbermen and settlers live on at Bonnechere Provincial Park. The park’s cultural history began thousands of years ago with First Nations travelers. By 1840, settlers began to arrive. Continue reading Fascinating stories at Ontario Parks

Happy 50th Birthday Blue Lake!

Come join us on Saturday August 21st and celebrate 50 years at Blue Lake Provincial Park!

There are many events planned in the park for this special day.

Here’s what is going on:

10 am – 2pm: Check out the Interpretive Centre and ask the naturalists any questions you have about the wildlife or history of the park.

1 pm: Join us at the picnic shelter for cake!

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Sandcastle building contest on the beach.

2:30 pm: Judging of sandcastles takes place.

8:30 pm: Travel back in time and meet some of the people who first lived on Blue Lake and learn how Blue Lake was formed.

So get your party hats on and come celebrate 50 fantastic years!

For more information on Blue Lake visit www.OntarioParks.com