Algonquin West Gate

Algonquin Provincial Park - West Gate circa 1958

Ontario Parks: 125 years

Ontario’s provincial parks are turning 125 in 2018! It all started in 1893 with the creation of Canada’s first provincial park, Algonquin. Today, Ontario Parks protects 340 provincial parks, which encompasses just under 8% of Ontario, an area larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.

We invite you to celebrate our anniversary all year with special events, cultural heritage programs, stewardship activities, a concert series, and a series of legacy projects. Make 2018 the year to visit the stunningly beautiful landscapes of our province, carry on traditions and make new memories.

Through the years

Have a look back through the history of Ontario Parks with our interactive map and timeline.

Ontario Parks History Timeline

Timeline images
Ontario Parks 2018 Calendar


Check events that are happening in parks this year to plan your visit!

Ontario Parks 125th Events

Then and Now

A Change of Scenery: explore how Ontario Parks have changed over time. See historic photos compared with the modern day.

Take a trip down memory lane and browse through our Flickr gallery of archive images.

Then and Now