Spectacular fall colours, cool nights, and sunny days – with no mosquitoes or black flies – make autumn a great time of year to visit a provincial park. Hikers, campers and canoeists will find the quiet solitude of September and October a pleasant contrast to the busier trails, campgrounds and waterways of summer.
A visit to a provincial park is also an economical way to enjoy new experiences with family and friends.
These activities are included with park entry (ranging from $10-$20 per car):
• Visit The Pinery, Point Farms and Wheatley provincial parks for family Halloween Weekends that include bat house building, scarecrow competitions, campsite decorating and trick or treating.
• Join park staff at Bronte Creek Provincial Park for a public coyote howl on October 24. The park is also hosting a Camper’s Halloween event on the same day with trick or treating and a spooky hike.
• Enjoy an autumn hike through Rondeau Provincial Park in the heart of the Carolinian Forest. Rondeau’s visitor centre is open year round offering information about the varied bird life in the park.
• Take guided family hikes with staff at Bon Echo Provincial Park on Sunday mornings from September 9 to October 12.
• Walk all 160 kilometres of Frontenac Provincial Park‘s trail system between September 1 and October 31. Awards will be handed out in November.
• Enjoy a guided tour of Murphy’s Point Provincial Park’s Silver Queen Mine on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. The park visitor centre is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. until October 11.
• Learn more about the sinking of the schooner Speedy at the lighthouse interpretive centre in Presqu’ile Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Ontario. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends until October 11.
• Visit Charleston Lake Provincial Park for an autumn hike on scenic trails varying from one to four hours.
For more information on the parks listed here please visit www.ontarioparks.com