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Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2017: events

The countdown is on: enjoy FREE day-use at all Ontario Parks on July 21, 2017.

Parks across the province have a variety of events and activities planned to help you reconnect with nature. Explore a new park, participate in a family adventure, or simply take a moment to enjoy the view.

Check out our four spotlight events, or scroll down to see park events from across the province:

1. Bioblitz Day at Murphys Point

Silver Queen Mine

Join staff for a Silver Queen Mine Tour, Underwater Diversity Prowl, and more. All four scheduled events have a bioblitz focus, so gather your ID books, magnifying glasses and dip nets, and let’s see how many different species we can find!

2. Big Boreal Adventure at Kakabeka Falls

Kakabeka Falls

The Big Boreal Adventure is an interactive way to encourage people to get outside, explore, and learn about natural areas. Kids will love the variety of nature-based crafts. Kakabeka Falls is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and will have activities happening throughout the weekend. Check their events listing for more information.

3. Traditional Hiawatha Drumming at Petroglyphs


Experience the unique sounds of traditional Hiawatha Drumming while you learn about the history of the land and the people at Petroglyphs Provincial Park.

Visit the Learning Place Visitor Centre to discover the traditions of the Ojibwa (Nishnaabe) people through the teachings of the medicine wheel.

  • Where: Petroglyphs Provincial Park (north of Peterborough)
  • When: July 21, 2017; 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • How: No registration necessary, just come on out!

4. Paddle to the Sea turns 50 at Lake Superior

Lake Superior

Filmmaker Bill Mason immortalized the children’s book Paddle to the Sea, written by Holling C. Holling, with his Canadian National Film Board film in 1966. The story is of a wooden canoe, nicknamed “Paddle,” carved and launched by a young boy along the north shore of Lake Superior. The story follows Paddle as the currents and winds carry him through the Great Lakes and down the mighty St. Lawrence to the sea. Join Bill’s daughter, Becky, and her husband, Reid, as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film’s debut. Hear stories of how it was shot, and of course, view the extraordinary film in its entirety.

Find an event near you!

Our Healthy Parks Healthy People Celebration Day spans the province! How will you celebrate the link between human and natural health?

Art & music

Park Activity/Event Zone
Awenda Paint Night Southwest
Bronte Creek Musical Program Central
Emily Clay Sculptures Southeast
Pinery Art Workshop Southwest

Nature & education

Park Activity/Event Zone
Awenda Birding for Beginners Southwest
Blue Lake Conservation Officer Info Unit Northwest
Bronte Creek Ask the Ranger Central
Charleston Lake Charleston Lake Challenge Southeast
Murphys Point Underwater Diversity Prowl

Nighttime Flyers

Pinery All about Bats Southwest
Quetico Roving Boreal Plants Northwest
René Brunelle Science en Route Northeast
Rideau River Seine Netting

Conservation Officer Info Unit

Selkirk Evening Program: Whoo’s Awake Southwest

Cultural heritage

Park Activity/Event Zone
Algonquin Film Night:  The Canoe Near North
Bronte Creek Hands on Heritage Central
Neys Film Night: The Canoe

Tea Tasting

Petroglyphs Traditional Drumming Demonstration Southeast
Lake Superior Film Night: Paddle to the Sea turns 50 Northwest

Kids programming

Park Activity/Event Zone
Algonquin Insect Hunt Near North
Balsam Lake Scavenger Hunt Central
Blue Lake Scavenger Hunt Northwest
Bonnechere Mini-Mind Masters

Scavenger Hunt

Near North
Emily Kids Program: Running like the Critters Southeast
Kakabeka Falls Kids Program: Crafts Northwest
Killarney Backcountry Skills for Kids Near North
Killbear Killbear Olympics Near North
Pinery Kids Program: Pollinators Southwest
Presqu’ile Kids Program: Baby Birds Southeast
Rideau River Face Painting Southeast
Sleeping Giant Photo Blitz Northwest
Turkey Point Kids Program: Animal Olympics Southwest

Nature hikes and walks

Park Activity/Event Zone
Algonquin Beaver Pond Study

Guided Hike: On the Trail of Wildlife

Near North
Awenda Guided Hike : Sense Stroll Southwest
Balsam Lake Planting Blitz Central
Killarney Connecting with the Land Near North
Killbear Guided Hike: Forests make People Healthy

Photo Scavenger Hunt & Trail Challenge

Near North
Long Point Guided Hike: Shoreline Southwest
Murphys Point Silver Queen Mine Tour (pre-register)

Guided Hike: Reptile/Amphibian March

Pinery Guided Hike: Sunset Southwest
Quetico Guided Hike: Plant Uses Northwest
Rideau River Guided Hike: Shoreline Southeast
Sandbanks Guided Hike Southeast
Sandbar Lake Guided Hike Northwest
Windy Lake Guided Hike Northeast

On the water

Park Activity/Event Zone
Fushimi Lake Free 1hr Rentals Northeast
Killbear SUP & Kayak Demo Near North
Nagamisis Free 1hr Rentals Northeast
René Brunelle Free 1hr Rentals Northeast
Sauble Falls SUP Tours Southwest

Sports & recreation

Park Activity/Event Zone
Bonnechere Games Tournament Near North
Bronte Creek Learn to Disc Golf Central
Emily Learn to Fish


Campers vs Staff Soccer

Sandbanks Learn to Fish Southeast
Sibbald Point Amazing Race

Learn to Fish


Yoga & wellness

Park Activity/Event Zone
Bon Echo Yoga on the Beach Southeast
Bonnechere Yoga on the Beach Near North
Bronte Creek Yoga in the Park Central
Killarney Yoga Near North
Killbear Yoga on the Beach Near North
Quetico Wellness Weekend Northwest

Celebrate nature and health this summer!

Find a park near you, check our central event calendar for late-breaking events, and start planning your adventure!

Pst! Healthy Parks Healthy People isn’t over after July 21. Stay tuned for exciting events coming in August!