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.

Ghost Walks at Spruce Lane Farm, Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Everyone always wants to know IF Bronte Creek’s old Spruce Lane Farm is haunted. Some say yes…. some, well… aren’t saying. You decide. Sundays, August 10 and 24 only.  Reserve your spot by calling 905-827-6911 ext.  231.

Learn to Fish at Emily Provincial Park

Join Chelsey for an introduction to the world of fishing. Learn about tackle, types of fish and tips for a safe fishing adventure; then practice on the water! This program has limited numbers so please sign-up at the gate ahead of time.

Learn to Fish weekly times are Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm; Friday 7:00-9:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00-3:00 p.m. For questions please contact:


Central Ontario

Wolf howls at Algonquin Provincial Park

Every Thursday in August conditions permitting, Algonquin Provincial Park hosts its famous Public Wolf Howl. After a slide talk on wolf ecology, participants receive special instructions, and then travel by car (or on rare occasions, walk) to a place where wild wolves may answer the imitations given by the naturalist staff. This event is held only if weather and accessible wolves permit. The final decision to hold a Public Wolf Howl is determined the morning of the event based upon the weather and scouting by the naturalist staff on the previous days. Check

‘Teaching Rocks’ at Petroglyphs Provincial Park, August 9 and August 23,

This is a chance to see and learn about the amazing Teaching Rocks or petroglyphs in this park near Peterborough. The guided interpretation of the carvings will take place in the evening with special lighting to enhance the visibility of the glyphs. Learn about this sacred Algonkian site and explore aspects of the Algonkian First Nation culture. The event takes place from 7:30 -10:00 p.m. and is free of charge with a valid park permit. Visitors can purchase a vehicle permit for the day at the Learning Place Visitor Centre during regular hours or during the evening program from 7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. You may wish to bring a flashlight.

Southeastern Ontario

Head underground on the Silver Queen Mine Tour at Murphys Point Provincial park

Explore underground on this Silver Queen Mine Tour at Murphys Point Provincial Park near Perth, Ontario. Wednesdays this August, meet at the Lally Homestead for this guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail into an early 1900s mica mine. Visit the restored miner’s bunkhouse and ore wagon along the way. Pre-registration is required. Capacity is limited (call the park at 613-267-5060).


Monarchs and Migrants at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, August 30, 2014

Bird banding, monarch tagging and guided nature walks celebrate this weekend of fall migration at Presqu’ile Provincial Park near Brighton, Ontario. Find out how banding is done, learn what this technique can tell us about bird migration, and get a chance to see birds up close. The popular monarch tagging demonstration is back too and we’ll also have walks to look for migrating birds, butterflies, and yes, even dragonflies.

Southwestern Ontario

A 4 Millionth Visitor Celebration, MacGregor Point Provincial Park, August 16, 2014.

The 4 millionth visitor will visit MacGregor Point this summer so the park is having a special celebration. It starts with a fantastic informative program with live reptiles followed by cake because everyone loves cake; then there’s an afternoon talent hunt so bring your favourite, song, dance, joke or story. The day ends with a special tour of the night sky by the Bluewater Astronomical Society. In the event of rain, the evening program will be held at the Visitor Centre.

Kids’ Fishing Derby at Wheatley Provincial Park, August 23-24, 2014.

Wheatley’s annual Derby for Kids (15 years and under) takes place in the park’s day use area on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be awarded at 1PM on Sunday. Come and try your luck at catching your own fish. Everyone wins a prize.

Northeastern Ontario

Star Party at Halfway Lake Provincial Park, August 21-24

Come on out to this annual Star Party at Halfway Lake with special guests and the Sudbury Astronomy Club! Enjoy stargazing with knowledgeable astronomers! Drop by site 126 between August 21st and 24th with questions about the night sky and viewing locations. Presentations will be held: Friday 9:30 p.m. & Saturday 9 p.m. at the Outdoor Theatre There will be a Q&A: Sat. 2-4 p.m. at the Outdoor Theatre and evening stargazing every clear night at nightfall from Aug. 21-24.

Northwestern Ontario

29th Annual Nostalgia Days at Neys Provincial Park, August 8-10, 2014

Voyageurs, fishermen, rail workers, loggers and prisoners of war. You’ll never know who you might bump into at this park’s biggest \ event of the summer! Join park staff as they celebrate Neys and the north shore’s rich cultural history.

 Festival of The GIANT at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, August 8-10, 2014.

The fun starts Friday evening with a sing-a-long campfire.  Saturday there will be games, a corn roast, a sand sculpture contest and demonstrations.   A great family event hosted by the Friends of Sleeping Giant. Contact Lynda Sisco at for more information.

A Wonderful Wetlands Photo Workshop at Blue Lake Provincial Park, August 16, 2014.

Join Thunder Bay professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski and explore the easily accessible wetland plants and animal life from the Spruce Fen Trail (easy one km boardwalk trail). Learn and practice tips and techniques for capturing photos of plants and wetland critters. Lighting techniques for outdoor nature photography will be highlighted. Brief intro before hike starts with practice and questions answered along the way. More details and bookings at or call Lois at 807-344-9208 or 1-866-9990. Advanced registration required.