Provincial parks are free for one day this summer in Ontario

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Published July 9, 2024 at 10:15 am

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Entry to Ontario parks will be free for one day this month.

The province is offering free day-use access to all Ontario Parks on Friday, July 19 as part of Healthy Parks Healthy People Day, according to a press release from the province.

This annual celebration is part of a global movement to promote the health benefits of getting outside in nature.

“I invite all Ontarians to take advantage of this free pass to Ontario Parks, an opportunity to immerse yourselves in the joy and wonder of exploring the great outdoors,” said Andrea Khanjin, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

“Whether you’re looking to get some exercise or seeking a fun and affordable day with your family, I hope this free day will give more people the opportunity to explore everything that their local provincial park has to offer.”

Ontario Parks have programs and facilities to enjoy nature year-round – in most parks, people can go hiking, cycling, paddling and swimming.

There are also 800 campsites available for a fee in Ontario Parks.

Ontario Parks in the GTA include Darlington in Durham Region, Bronte Creek in Burlington, and Forks of the Credit in Caledon.

To guarantee access on Healthy Parks Healthy People Day, visitors are strongly encouraged to get a daily vehicle permit up to five days before the celebration, at no charge, for the 75 parks that offer this service.

There are several other events offered in the parks this summer.

Discovery Programs allow kids and adults to gain confidence in nature and around wildlife through activities such as guided hikes to explore a new trail and other educational programs.

The 30×30 Nature Challenge to encourage people to spend 30 minutes in nature for 30 days during the month of August.

On Take a Hike Day on Aug. 10, there are guided hikes at provincial parks around the province.

Visitors can also join in on one of the many events happening across the province.

Find all the Ontario Parks here.

Lead photo of Mono Cliffs Park: Karen Longwell

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