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Neys Provincial Park turns the big 5-0!

2015 marks Neys’ 50th anniversary as a provincial park. Park staff and visitors will be celebrating during the 30th Annual Neys Nostalgia Days from August 7th-9th.

Neys 1965
Neys Provincial Park Beach – 1965

Neys Provincial Park is a natural environment class park with stunning natural features and a rich cultural history. The park was established 50 years ago, however the area we call now call Neys has hosted visitors for approximately 2,000 years!

sandy beach at Neys
Neys, 2015

First Nations peoples lived and camped here, voyageurs paddled by, foresters logged timber, members of the Group of Seven painted the stunning landscapes, German prisoners of war were detained here, railway workers laid track and ship crews sought refuge from their shipwrecks.

Over the past 50 years, park visitors from all over the world have set up camp and enjoyed the view of Lake Superior, the long sand beach, sunsets, the train chugging by, campfires, the songs of nature, trails and the coastline. It is as clear as the waters of Lake Superior that people have a deep connection with Neys. Families have been coming here year after year since the park opened, couples have had their weddings on the beach and it has been the spot of many first camping trips.

If you’re visiting this year, be sure to share your Neys memories and photos with us via Twitter @OntarioParksNWZ #Neys50.

Visit Neys on August 7-9 for a fun-filled weekend to celebrate 50 years of memories!

Join park staff for a guided hike on the Friday afternoon to rediscover the remnants of the WWII Prisoner of War Camp. Attend the evening program “Neys Time Machine” to travel back in time to meet past visitors.

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Do you think you know Neys Provincial Park? On Saturday morning, be the first to complete our 50 Challenge Race to prove it! In the afternoon, have a traditional bowl of pea soup and bannock and some not-so-traditional (but very yummy) cupcakes.

In the evening, enjoy live music with David Archibald by the campfire with tea, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Top off a great weekend on Sunday, as we challenge you to a friendly staff vs. campers game of “Capture the Fur” (a fun twist on Capture the Flag).

Over the weekend, write us a letter or submit a photograph to put in our time capsule, to be opened on Neys’ 75th anniversary! We’re looking forward to another 50 years of fun at Neys Provincial Park!