Tap into all 5 senses during the 30×30 Challenge!

In today’s busy society, it’s easy to tune out our senses and forget about the natural environment around us. Being regularly immersed in natural settings can make you feel happier, healthier and more relaxed.

This August, Ontario Parks challenges you to spend 30 minutes in nature each day for 30 days.

Register here for the 30×30 Challenge!

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5 must-have items for your picnic basket

Ontario’s provincial parks all offer FREE day-use on July 21, 2017, and our parks have all sorts of events planned, from treasure hunts to zumba to campfire singalongs!

And all that fun is sure to make you hungry.

Whether a romantic tête–à–tête by the river or a family reunion on the beach, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day is a picnic-perfect event.

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Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2016: events

The big day‘s almost here!

We’re opening our doors to everyone in Ontario; there will be no charge for day-use visitation during July 15, 2016!

Parks across the province have exciting events and activities planned. Explore a new park, sample our facilities and services, or just enjoy a fun event in a great setting!

The time to strengthen and rediscover our connection to nature is now!

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6 health benefits of cycling

If you’ve ever pedalled up a hill before, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear that cycling is great for working the lower body, but did you know the health benefits reach far beyond your quads and hamstrings?

Check out these brain and body benefits of cycling:

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The #30x30Challenge starts now!

During August, Ontario Parks is challenging Ontarians to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. We hope you spend your nature time at your favourite provincial park but you will reap benefits from any time in nature anywhere.

Want to get healthier, happier and smarter? Add a daily dose of nature to your routine.

Sign up today!

Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Why outdoor exercise really is better for you

Ontario has had one of the coldest winters on record with ridiculous amounts of snow and frigid temperatures so getting outside to exercise has been a challenge for most of us. Still, if we could only push ourselves to get outside and move … feel the sun shining on our skin, the breeze blowing through our hair, the sights and sounds of nature guiding us, we would actually start to feel better. Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

A multitude of recent studies from around the world show that exercising outdoors is like winning the health lottery. We simply feel better “taking it outside.” So the next time you’re tempted to walk or jog on the old treadmill, think twice and maybe head outdoors. You will really feel better for it!

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