Campsite vacancy highlights: July 1-3

Is there a better way to celebrate the birth of Canada than reveling in its natural beauty and tranquility during a weekend camping trip? We sure can’t think of anything that can top that.

Especially since the weather looks great this weekend AND it’s not too late to book a campsite! Also, many of our parks will be hosting Canada Day events. 

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Enjoy the Lakes in Ontario Parks!

Be BOATsmart!® This Summer!

Another open-water season has arrived (well, almost!) and we hope you’re as excited as we are to get back out on the water! The sun is shining, the ice is officially on its way out, and Ontario Parks are starting to open up for the 2015 visiting season!

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10 ways to enjoy fall at Ontario Parks

1.    Book a Prince Edward County adventure

Maple Rest Heritage House  is a four-bedroom Victorian farmhouse. Jacques Cottage  has a beautiful view of Lake Ontario. You can book either for a fall getaway to Prince Edward County this fall through Sandbanks Provincial Park.

 2.    Find a quiet corner of Algonquin

Check out these tips from staff on how to explore a less busy side of Algonquin in the fall.

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Mississagi Opens for 2013 Season

In September 2012, Mississagi Provincial Park was among the 10 parks that the province announced would be changing from an operating to non-operating designation.  Since that announcement, Ontario Parks has been working with municipal governments to operate three of those parks (Fushimi Lake, René Brunelle and Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Parks) on a two-year pilot.  Ontario Parks is pleased to announce that we are now also working with the City of Elliot Lake to operate Mississagi on a one-year pilot project for the 2013 season.

Mississagi Provincial Park offers rugged wilderness with rocky hills, northern pine and maple forests, and pristine lakes.  Visitors can explore the spectacular landscape on the park`s world-class trail network with over 40 km of trails that visit some of the best lookouts in the province.  The park`s lakes provide incredible trout fishing opportunities as well as an excellent network for canoeists to paddle.  For campers, the park offers not only a car campground of 60 sites but also 7 backcountry campsites.  Explore Mississagi Provincial Park this summer!

The park opens on June 14 and will close on September 2.  Reservations can be made online or by phone at 1-888-668-7275 (ONT-PARK).

Operating Status Changed for Six Ontario Parks

As announced by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) in September 2012, Ontario Parks will change the designation of a number of provincial parks from operating to non-operating.  In deciding which parks to re-designate, we looked at many factors including low visitation rates, low cost recovery, and the upcoming need for investment in capital upgrades to remain operational.   Continue reading Operating Status Changed for Six Ontario Parks