Summer has Arrived at Ontario Parks

Ontario Parks is pleased to announce the launch of official park crests for 84 provincial parks. The crest designs reflect the unique character of each park, and will be available on embroidered patches, stickers, sweatshirts, and buffs.



Planning a summer road-trip? The new Ontario Parks Passport allows visitors to take home a memory from each park they have explored. Park crest stickers can be placed inside the passport to track your progress through the Ontario Parks system.

Passports, stickers, embroidered patches, and apparel are available at participating park stores.

Nature education gets a new name

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Ontario Parks Natural Heritage Education program has been given a new name: Discovery. Visitors can experience the Discovery Program’s guided hikes, citizen science projects, nature education programs and more at 70 provincial parks across Ontario.

As part of the anniversary, an ongoing Discovery blog series will take you behind the scenes of our interpretive programs, and highlight the passion and expertise of park naturalists.

Visit a park this summer to take part in unique drop-in programming.

New disc golf course at Mikisew Provincial Park

Announcing a new 18-hole disc golf course at Mikisew Provincial Park.

The course navigates through beautiful spruce, cedar, and balsam forest, creating the perfect learning opportunity for novice players and a challenging test for intermediate players. Discs are available to rent and purchase at the park.

In addition to disc golf, Mikisew Provincial Park has stand-up paddleboard rentals, bicycle rentals, and Discovery programming. Visitors can experience the park’s scenic landscapes after the summer season, with a newly extended fall season to October 15.

Events

Tour the Silver Queen Mine at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park on June 26. Visitors will take part in a nature hike and learn about the restored, early 1900’s mica mine. All hikers will be provided with hardhats. Mine tours will operate throughout the summer.

Fushimi Lake Provincial Park is hosting Amazing Amphibians on June 29. Participants will get to explore, observe, and discover the amazing amphibian species that live within our provincial parks.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s 1.8-acre outdoor swimming pool opens on June 29. Change rooms, washrooms, and showers are available in the pool area. Lifeguards will be on-duty, and lifejackets are available to rent.

Did You Know?

Killarney Provincial Park and Lake Superior Provincial Park were recently recognized as official dark sky preserves by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Protecting dark sky areas allows many birds, amphibians, insects, and plants to have important uninterrupted periods of darkness during the night.

Interested in learning more about our night skies? Killarney Provincial Park’s summer astronomy program offers drop-in nights with guest astronomers, formal presentations, and planet walks. Experience the wonders of the universe through their new 16” research-grade telescope.