Summer star parties 2016

Humanity’s fascination with the celestial bodies dates back millennia.

And times haven’t changed.

Camper families love stargazing especially from mid-July to late August during the Perseid meteor shower. At peak time (August 9-13, 2016) — if the skies are clear — you can see up to 50-100 meteors an hour!

Star parties are held in our parks every summer, especially in Northern Ontario, where there’s less light pollution.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 10-12

Spring is a great time to score your perfect campsite. Across Ontario, most parks still have a good selection of sites available for the weekend, for tent and RV campers alike!

Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon, June 9):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: May 20-23

Looks like Ontario’s getting great weather for the Victoria Day long weekend, and it’s not too late to book a camping getaway!

In northern, central and southern Ontario, many parks still have a good selection of sites available, especially for tent campers. In the north, there are even a few roofed accommodations available!

Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon, May 19):

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Pet-friendly Ontario Parks

While all Ontario Parks are pet-friendly, some offer more than others when it comes to camping with a canine traveling companion. Twelve Ontario Parks offer designated pet exercise areas and beaches. Seventeen more have one or the other. Below is a sample of pet-friendly parks in different parts of Ontario with designated pet-friendly beaches, exercise areas, or both.  For a complete list of all parks with pet exercise areas and/ or beaches PLUS a dog owner’s list of do’s and don’ts, visit our Dogs and Pets in Ontario Parks post.

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August 2014 at Ontario Parks

Here are some of the cool events happening this August at Ontario Parks.

For a complete listing, visit our Calendar of Events

Near Toronto

Wasaga Under Siege at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

This is the year to visit!  Many extra-special activities have been planned for this 200th Anniversary of the Sinking of the HMS Nancy.  Enemy forces are planning to attack Wasaga Beach! Our Peaceful shores have not seen this many cannons, muskets and bayonets since the HMS Nancy sank in the Nottawasaga River in 1814. Join us on the battlefields, or at the encampment on the Nancy Island Historic Site where hundreds of re-enactors attack and avenge the demise of the HMS Nancy. A weekend full of events for the entire family. www.wasagaundersiege1812.com

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Kids’ play at Ontario Parks

Need a way to get your kid more active this summer? Try one of Ontario Parks’ amazing Natural Heritage Education (NHE) programs. Kids can run around, explore, and interact with other kids in safe park settings. The Natural Heritage Education programs are led by knowledgeable NHE leaders and the fee for most programs is included in the price of a day or overnight park permit. Continue reading Kids’ play 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