From camping under the stars to hiking through back country trails, Ontario parks have been offering people across Ontario a great way to stay healthy and experience our province for 125 years.
In 1893, Algonquin Provincial Park (See picture below) became the very first provincial park in Ontario. This year, Ontario Parks is celebrating the 125th anniversary of our provincial park system with events, music, art and more.
Visit one of our provincial parks to discover something new. With a variety of trails for hiking, waterways for canoeing, and countless other outdoor activities – Ontario Parks has something for everyone.
Inspiring the Arts
From the Group of Seven to Indigenous artists – and even modern-day creatives – the landscapes of Ontario Parks continue to inspire the creation of outstanding works of art. A brand-new art-based program designed to connect people with nature through hands-on art activities, will be offered in parks across the province.
Contribute to Science
The public will be invited to give back, learn, and participate in stewardship programs to help protect the incredible amount of biodiversity found in provincial parks, bioblitz events, invasive species removal, and wildlife monitoring.
Events and activities will be happening all year at parks across the province, so be sure to check out the Ontario Parks website for all the newest information.
• There are over 330 provincial parks in Ontario, covering more than 8-million hectares — larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
• In 2017, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 10 million visits from people around the world and brought in close to $90 million in revenue directly back to Ontario Parks, supporting jobs and businesses across Ontario..
• Ontario Parks supports Healthy Parks, Healthy People, a worldwide movement that promotes and understand the link between a healthy environment and human health. July 20, 2018 will be free day-use in all provincial parks to celebrate Ontario Parks 125.