Hike, tag, paint and photograph in Ontario Parks

Looking for a fun fall outing? Here are some fun things to do in Ontario Parks this fall:

Take the Frontenac Challenge, September 1- October 31
This popular Friends of Frontenac Park event runs every fall. It’s a great way to get to know this park 45 minutes north of Kingston, Ontario. The challenge is you must hike all 160 kilometres of hiking trails in the park between September 1 and October 31st. If successful, you receive a certificate and are acknowledged by a plaque in the Park Office. A park permit is required. Registration is through the park office.

Join the Monarch Butterfly Migration Festival, Sunday, September 16
The whole family will enjoy Rondeau Provincial Park’s annual Monarch Butterfly Migration Festival. Thousands of Monarch butterflies fuel up for their trip south in Rondeau every fall. Nature’s long distance marathoners fly all the way to Mexico. Join the Friends of Rondeau Park and park staff on Sunday, September 16 for an all-day Monarch celebration. Take a guided butterfly hike, learn how to tag a butterfly, enjoy a BBQ, check out butterfly-friendly plants and local artisan wares. The Friends of Rondeau Park web site and blog are good sources for information on this provincial park.

Look, See, Paint Algonquin Provincial Park, September 16
Local artist Jeff Miller will lead a Look, See, Paint watercolour painting workshop for all ages and one for adults only on Sunday, September 16 at Algonquin Provincial Park. During the half-day session, park visitors learn how to look, see and paint Algonquin. Each workshop participant gets a Look, See, Paint kit to use during the workshop along with all the necessary paint, paper and brushes required. Expert instruction is provided by Jeff. The workshops will be held in the East Beach Picnic Pavillion at km 35.4. Cost is $35 plus a park permit if you’re a member of the Friends of Algonquin Park. Non-members pay $47 which also gets them a one year individual Friends membership. All proceeds support the volunteer work the Friends do in Algonquin Provincial Park.

Take a photo-safari
Join professional photographer Barry Wojciechowski for a photo-safari in Pigeon River Provincial Park on September 9. Learn tricks of the trade for photographing nature, landscapes and waterfalls on a hike to High Falls in the park. The hike is a moderate two kilometre route with uphill terrain along an old logging road. Steep stairs are included at some locations. A park day-use permit applies. Pack a lunch and bring water. Pre-registration is required through Lake Superior Visits, a local tour operator.

Find more interesting events in Ontario Parks’ Calendar of Events.