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Bronte Creek
Event Name: Nature Centre - Open Weekends
Date: October 8, 2016 to April 1, 2017
Location: Acessed from Parking lot C - beside the Playbarn
Event Type:
Description:

The Nature Centre will be open during the fall/winter 2016-2017

Open weekends 11-4.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the displays and hands on activities in the various room.  Live animals, costumes and activities are on display to engage visitors in learning about the nature in Bronte Creek. Kids can earn a "Park Ranger" badge by learning with us or just stop by to chat with a park staff about recently seen birds or wildlife sightings.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911


MacGregor Point
Event Name: FAMILY DAY WEEKEND SNOW-FEST 2017
Date: February 18, 2017 to February 20, 2017
Location: VISITOR CENTRE - OUTDOOR SKATING TRAIL
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

FAMILY DAY WEEKEND SNOW-FEST 2017

Outdoor skating will be available from 9am until 10pm daily – weather permitting Visit the Friends of MacGregor website (friendsofmacgregor.org) or their Facebook (The Friends of MacGregor Point) and Twitter (@MacGregor Point) for updates.

All programs start at the Visitor Centre unless otherwise noted. Children must be accompanied by a responsible guardian.

Full program details will be released late fall 2016
Pinery
Event Name: Pinery Family Day Weekend
Date: February 18, 2017 to February 20, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre, Winter Activities Area/Chalet, Day Use Beach, Walking Trails
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

No need to hibernate! Family Day is a great excuse to get out and explore nature in winter. Be sure to check out the Visitor Centre between 10AM-5PM on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, and take in a fun nature program with your friends and family!

Saturday - 11AM-12PM (Visitor Centre): Ask the Naturalist about...White-tailed Deer!

2PM-3PM (Visitor Centre): Ask the Naturalist about...Feeder Birds!

6:30PM (Visitor Centre/Cedar Trail): OWL PROWL - indoor presentation on Pinery's owls, followed (weather-permitting) by a "prowl" on the Cedar Trail

Sunday - 11AM-12PM (Visitor Centre): Ask the Naturalist about...Turtles' Hurdles!

3PM (Visitor Centre): Special Film Screening - Mysteries of the Great Lakes (45 min)

Monday - 11AM-12PM (P9 Day Use Beach): Chickadee Feeding with a Naturalist (seed provided)

1PM-3PM (Chalet): Family Day Campfire - Warm up by the fire for nature stories and show-and-tell with Naturalists

ALL WEEKEND - Grab your friends and family to head out on an adventuresome scavenger hunt! Pick up your challenge sheet at the Visitor Centre. 

Please visit http://www.pinerypark.on.ca/pdf_files/active.pdf for our most recent activity sheet - check back often for updates!


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Family Day Event
Date: February 20, 2017 to February 20, 2017
Location: Children's Farm and Nature Centre - Access from Parking Lot C
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Description:

Children's Farm - open 9-4.  Tour the various barns and outbuildings to see your favorite farm animals.  Pellet feed stations available (funds support the Friends of Bronte Creek Park).  Children's Playbarn - kids 10 and under can climb, jump and explore tunnels 'til their hearts content.  Allowing kids to be kids.

Nature Centre Open 10am to 4pm. Live animals and hands on displays showcasing Bronte Creek Provincial Park's natural world. Hands-on nature and heritage crafts will be offered inside the nature centre. 

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231


Rondeau
Event Name: Guided Hike - Who Turned Down the Heat?
Date: February 20, 2017 to February 20, 2017
Location: Spicebush Trail - 1:30pm
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When did it get so cold?  Out animal friends can't just put on a coat and warm up with some hot chocolate.  Join in on the hike and find out how Rondeau's animals cope with the winter weather and what different strategies they use!


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Maple Syrup Festival
Date: March 4, 2017 to March 26, 2017
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville, Ontario
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Maple Syrup Festival 2017

Weekends in March and the Week of March Break.

March 4-5, 11-19 and 25-26

Festival Open: 9:30am - 3:00pm

We specialize in the history of maple syrup presented on a heritage farm from 1900.The festival heritage staff dress in historical attire and will help to immerse you in the history and culture of maple syrup. Attractions include: pancake house, fresh maple candy, fresh maple taffy, guide tours of maple lane, gift shop, wagon rides, farm animals, historical tours, family activities and more.

Admission Costs

$17.00 per car

$62.50 per bus (any vehicle with 14+ seating)

Food and gift store purchases are additional costs.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911


Sleeping Giant
Event Name: Sleeping Giant Loppet
Date: March 4, 2017 to March 4, 2017
Location: Marie Louise Lake Campground.
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

The Sleeping Giant Loppet is a mass participation ski festival that offers fun for the whole family and challenges competitive athletes. The Loppet takes place in the beautiful wilderness setting of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. It features multiple events with distances for skiers of all levels and abilities. Our 8km Mini-Loppet is perfect for families, children and rookies. If you’re ready to increase your distance or work on your speed, then the rolling 20km Marie Louise Lake loop is for you. The popular 35km Tour is a relaxed event that takes in the scenic vistas and challenging terrain of the storied Burma Trail. For the ultimate challenge, register for the Loppet’s flagship event, the 50km Classic or Skate distance. The 50km is perfect for elite skiers vying for one of our generous prize packages or citzen racers looking for a PB. Mark March 4th, 2017 on your calendar and we’ll see you at the start of the 40th annual Sleeping Giant Loppet! For more information visit www.sleepinggiantloppet.ca or contact (807) 629-0649.


Sibbald Point
Event Name: Perchin for MS
Date: March 4, 2017 to March 4, 2017
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www.perchinforms.com


Pinery
Event Name: Return of the Swans
Date: March 4, 2017 to March 26, 2017
Location: Thedford Bog
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On weekends in March, celebrate the annual migration of thousands of Tundra Swans by joining a park naturalist to view swans and other migratory waterfowl in the Thedford Bog. Call the visitor centre at 519-243-8574 on weekends to check on the swans' arrival status and for viewing information.


Arrowhead
Event Name: SKIJORING
Date: March 5, 2017 to March 5, 2017
Location: RENTAL AREA
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Description:

Join us for Skijoring today between 1pm and 4pm.  Harnesses are provided by the Sport Lab in Huntsville. You are harnessed to your dog and can ski behind them! Ski passes are required.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: March Break at MacGregor Point!
Date: March 11, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre, Skating Oval Parking Lot
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us at MacGregor Point Provincial Park to celebrate the warming weather and get back outside!

Full program details will be released winter of 2017
Pinery
Event Name: Memories in March - Get Outdoors at Pinery
Date: March 11, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Location: Start your discovery at the Visitor Centre where you can obtain park information, orientation, answers to your questions and plan your stay at Pinery.
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Memories start at Pinery this March during the school holiday. Experience the best of Pinery in the colder months by starting your discovery at the Visitor Centre which will be open daily from March 11th to March 19th. The Visitor Centre offers exhibits, an indoor theatre featuring programming and nature documentaries, park naturalist staff, washrooms and the Friends of Pinery Park Nature Store. Once you’ve discovered all that Pinery has to offer you can attend a Natural Heritage Education program at the centre or out in the park, or chart your own adventures. Please check our winter ski conditions report for updates about skiing, snowshoeing, skating and other winter services and in milder weather one of Pinery’s many trails is the perfect location for a healthy walk or quiet solitude. Bring your camera, a picnic lunch, art supplies, family and friends and work on that rosy glow on your cheeks. You can always find more information about park amenities and Natural Heritage Education programming on the Friends of Pinery Park website - www.pinerypark.on.ca. Consider an overnight stay in a tent, trailer or one of our roofed accommodation options!


Quetico
Event Name: Cross Quetico Lakes Ski Tour
Date: March 18, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Location: Route goes from Nym Lake access point via Batchewaung/Pickerel lakes to Dawson Trail Campground on French Lake
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Make the Cross Quetico Ski Tour your wilderness winter adventure. Ski along the famous canoe routes of the Quetico backcountry on a 35km or 45km route. Registration, for this event happens on Friday, March 17th , at 6:00 pm eastern time at Little Falls Recreation Centre in the town of Atikokan. The tour itself happens on Saturday March 18th. Transportation and supper are included in your registration fee, and after dinner consider staying for a screening of the Reel Paddling Film Festival.  

This event is organized by the Beaten Path Nordic Trails Ski Club of Atikokan - For more event information please visit  skibeatenpath.ca/ or e-mail organizer Chris Stromberg at cstromberg@shaw.ca 

Consider renting a rustic cabin at the Dawson Trail Campground for a magical winter weekend. Check out our roofed accommodations page at http://www.ontarioparks.com/roofedaccommodation/rusticcabins/quetico-rustic-cabins or call the Quetico Information phone line at (807) 597-2735 for rustic cabin information.  


Presqu'ile
Event Name: 41st Annual Presqu'ile Waterfowl Weekend
Date: March 25, 2017 to March 26, 2017
Location: Nature Centre, Lighthouse Centre and viewing stations along Presqu'ile Bay
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Spring is in sight!

With Spring comes the return of tens of thousands of ducks, geese and swans to Presqu’ile Bay - one of the greatest natural areas for birders on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Presqu’ile Provincial Park offers easy access to viewing stations to view up to 25 different species of waterfowl that arrive each spring to rest and feed here before moving on to nesting areas further north and west.

Scheduled activities and spotting scopes with volunteer birders to assist are available from 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Nature Centre will feature children’s activities and crafts, duck displays, and a taxidermy display from “Feather and Down Taxidermy”, with Steve Dingman there to answer your questions. Noted bird carver, Gary McPherson, will also be present to showcase the art of bird carving. The Lighthouse Centre will feature Photography and Art displays. Of course the Friend’s Gift Shop will be open. Stop by and plan on entering our spring raffle for great Bushnell optics. The Friends will also host a BBQ where lunch, hot drinks and snacks can be purchased starting at 11 am. The Lighthouse Centre is also the location of the indoor washroom facilities, an attraction in its own right on a cold March day.

The event has been sponsored by The Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park for the past 41 years and counting! Make this spring event your tradition too - it makes a great outing to learn about and appreciate nature for children and adults alike.

Cost: a nominal $10.00/vehicle park entrance fee. Seasonal and Annual park passes also honoured for entry. Proceeds from this weekend will go towards The Friends’ projects in the Park. We hope to see you there.

More information: www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca . You can also call 613 475-4324 ext. 225. or email David.Bree@ontario.ca


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Nature Centre open - weekends
Date: April 1, 2017 to June 25, 2017
Location: Nature Centre by Parking lot C and the Playbarn
Event Type: Whats Happening
Description:

 Stop by to chat with a park naturalist about recently seen birds or wildlife sightings. Kids of all ages will enjoy the displays and activities in the various room. Interested in volunteering? Now is a great time to talk to our staff about opportunities and training. Open weekends 10am-4pm.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231


Frontenac
Event Name: Wilderness Survival
Date: April 8, 2017 to April 8, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by:  Walter Sepic, Firefly Adventures, Kingston, On.

Being properly prepared is essential to survive in the outdoors. This workshop is suitable for many skills levels from novice to more experienced (12 and older).  Topics covered will include: trip planning; survival kits; importance of water and filtering; food and nutrition; hypothermia; shelters; uses of tarps and garbage bags; winter survival; the elements; fire starting techniques; communication methods; etc.

Time: This course runs from 9am-4pm

Cost: registration is $20 per person.  Please meet at the park office.

This course will take place rain or shine so please be prepared with suitable outdoor clothing, a lunch, snacks and water.

For more information or to register please call the park office at (613) 376-3489

 


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Victorian Easter
Date: April 15, 2017 to April 15, 2017
Location: Day-use area. 1219 Burloak Drive. Parking lot F - Spruce Lane Farm.
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Search for eggs and explore the traditions behind Victorian Easter celebrations.  Fun and games for the whole family.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231


Frontenac
Event Name: Historical Walk
Date: April 29, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Presented by: Jerome McDuff and The Friends of Frontenac Join history enthusiast, Jerome McDuff for a leisurely, interpretive walk along Big Salmon Lake Road to learn about the early settlers and homesteaders in the Park. Bring your lunch, water and comfortable walking shoes. Register with the Park Office. Plan to go rain or shine. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Spring Nature Walk
Date: May 6, 2017 to May 6, 2017
Location: Doe Lake Trail
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Presented by: Maureen Sly, Anne Robertson and the Friends of Frontenac Park Join the Friends on this short leisurely walk to examine the plant and animal life along the 3 km Doe Lake trail. Bring your binoculars, camera, a drink, a snack, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Rain or shine. Meet at the Park Office at 10:00. Please, no dogs. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit Time: 10:00 a.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Introduction to Backcountry Camping
Date: May 6, 2017 to May 6, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park. For those who wish to venture to the backcountry to enjoy the outdoors, but who are unsure what to pack or buy, this is a workshop for you. Topics include: how to get started, clothing, footwear, equipment, food, water treatment and safety in the outdoors. This day-long workshop is meant to introduce the new backwoods camper to this form of recreation. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489.


Frontenac
Event Name: "Early Bird" Spring Bird Walk
Date: May 7, 2017 to May 7, 2017
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Led by Kathy Felkar and the Friends of Frontenac. Join Kathy from the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (peptbo.ca) on a ramble about the park to find spring migratory birds that may be returning to the area. Warblers, Vireos, Scarlet Tanagers are all possibilities. Bring binoculars, camera, drinks, lunch, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Please NO dogs. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit Time: 8:00 am (meet at park office)


Emily
Event Name: Self-use Educational Activities
Date: May 12, 2017 to October 10, 2017
Location: Park Store
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In the rare case that we have no educational programs running we have you covered!

Head on down to the Park Store and choose from a wide variety of activities that can be done on the campsite or throughout the park.

You can find our trail book that accompanies our interactive interpretive trail that will have you discovering all about the trees found in the park, a journal (available starting the second week of June) that has you documenting your visit, or choose from several different educational pamphlets that have you learning all about different parts and aspects of Emily Provincial Park. 


Frontenac
Event Name: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass – Level 1
Date: May 13, 2017 to May 13, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness. This course includes a basic introduction on how to use your GPS. Book your spot early! Cost: $25.00 per person plus park fee. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Wheatley
Event Name: Norm Chesterfield Bird Tour
Date: May 17, 2017 to May 17, 2017
Location: Meet at the park office
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Start tour at Wheatley with a guide and then proceed to other locations with the group.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Victorian Tea
Date: May 20, 2017 to May 22, 2017
Location: Day-use area. 1219 Burloak Drive - Spruce Lane Farmhouse
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Learn how to make and enjoy a proper Victorian Tea. 

A late Victorian home and living history museum make the perfect setting.  Bring your Mom or date to enjoy this unique experience. 

Participation by donation to the Friends of Bronte Creek.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231


Point Farms
Event Name: Live Reptile Presentation
Date: May 20, 2017 to May 20, 2017
Location: Play Field (Located off the parking lot in Colborne Campground)
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The Huron Stewardship Council will be delivering a ‘Reptiles at Risk’ educational outreach presentation with an opportunity to interact with the live snakes and turtles. The presentation will focus on the threats reptiles face and how people can help. Attendees will learn that 7 of our 8 turtle species, 11 of our 17 snake species, and our 1 lizard species are all species at risk.


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend
Date: May 20, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Location: Lighthouse Centre and Owen Pt
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

View the elusive Whimbrel and the many colourful warblers as they migrate to their northern nesting grounds. Enjoy bird-finding walks, bird-banding, and evening programs. Friends’ fund-raising BBQ at 11AM at the Lighthouse Centre. Lighthouse Centre and Friends’ Gift Shop open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Pinery
Event Name: Migration Weekend
Date: May 20, 2017 to May 22, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre, Riverside Trail and other areas within the park.
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

In the midst of spring migration, experience birds through the eyes of expert local birders and Park Naturalists on guided bird hikes, or witness bird banding in action at the Visitor Centre! Consult the Activity Schedule at www.pinerypark.on.ca for more information.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Springtime on the Farm
Date: May 22, 2017 to May 22, 2017
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville. Spruce Lane Farmhouse - by Parking lot F
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

10:00am-4:00pm at Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Join the hands-on-fun at the farmhouse to celebrate the annual re-opening of Spruce Lane Farmhouse!

There will be live music, blacksmith display, heritage crafts and demonstrations plus Victorian games. Kids can earn their Park Ranger card by helping with spring planting in the garden. Everyone will enjoy visiting the animals, we have turkeys, chickens, pigs and cows. No reservation required. All activities are on-going. Bus tours welcome.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231


MacGregor Point
Event Name: HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL
Date: May 26, 2017 to June 4, 2017
Location: BASED IN MACGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK - VISITOR CENTRE
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Welcome to the Huron Fringe Birding Festival

May 26 - 29 & June 1 - 4, 2017

Celebrating our 20th year!

Presented by the Friends of MacGregor Point Park and based in the Park; this festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This “Huron Fringe” along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring. At the end of the migration period, birds are on nest, migrants are everywhere, insects abound and wildflowers are beginning to bloom. From the ‘Friends’ base at MacGregor Point Provincial Park you will be uniquely placed to explore Lake Huron’s shoreline and the Bruce Peninsula to discover all that spring has to offer.

Morning activities are filled with guided hikes concentrating not only on birds but wildflowers, butterflies and insects, in and outside the park. Afternoons feature additional hikes, workshops on bird identification and nature photography, plus other natural interests.

Special events include a banquet with a special guest speaker. Evening highlights include illustrated programs featuring excellent presenters and night hikes.

Join the ‘Friends’ for this eight-day Birding and Nature Festival held annually on the first two weekends after the May (Victoria Day) long weekend.

To view the schedule of events or complete the online registration process please go to: friendsofmacgregor.org

The Huron Fringe Birding Festival endorses and actively follows OFO (Ontario Field Ornithologists) Ethical Birding Principles.

If you have questions regarding the Festival or registration process please contact our official registrar at birdfest@rogers.com or leave a message at the Visitor Centre (519-353-8618). Please note that messages are only checked weekly during the off-season.


Frontenac
Event Name: Wilderness Navigation Map and Compass - Level 1
Date: May 27, 2017 to May 27, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness. This course includes a basic introduction on how to use your GPS. Book your spot early! Cost: $25.00 per person plus park fee. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass – Level 2
Date: May 28, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park. This workshop is designed to give participants time to build on the knowledge acquired in the Level 1 course. Use your new skills to navigate off trail the entire day, as a group and under the supervision of the instructor. Everyone will have a chance to get a lot of practice. Be prepared to spend most of the day outdoors, rain or shine, after a short review indoors. You will need a lunch, plenty of water and come dressed for the weather and bush travel, including long pants and sturdy hiking boots/shoes. Participation in Level 1 is recommended but not necessary, if you know how to use a map and compass and just want more practice navigating off trail. Includes basic introduction on how to use your GPS. Cost: $25.00 per person plus Park fee. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Red Cross Wilderness First Aid
Date: June 2, 2017 to June 4, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, ON This 20 hour course takes place in the park interior and is designed to give participants training needed to care for someone for up to 24 hrs in a wilderness or remote context. Focus is on prevention but in this scenario based course you will learn and practice assessment, treatment and stabilization of casualties. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites but participants must be 16 years of age or older. Camping equipment and food not included but arrangements can be made upon request. Cost: $210.00 HST incl. plus park camping permit. For further information: wildernesstripping@gmail.com Time: Fri. 5:00 p.m. to Sun. 4:00 p.m. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489.


Frontenac
Event Name: The Amazing Tarp -Tarping Made Easy
Date: June 3, 2017 to June 3, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, ON Learn how to put up tarps easily. Topics include: types of tarps, ropes, different methods of putting up tarps, useful knots, and more. This is an opportunity to learn the many uses of tarps and to share your own ideas. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Single Burner Gourmet Cooking
Date: June 3, 2017 to June 3, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, ON Food in the wilderness does not have to be boring. Topics to include: food preparation, food storage, food safety, recipes, types of stoves, utensils and more. This clinic explores the ability to prepare good and interesting food. You do not have to use the prepackaged food from the outdoors stores. This is an opportunity to exchange recipes, techniques and ideas. You may bring some food, ideas and techniques of your own to share. Cost: $25.00 per person (includes food), plus Park daily vehicle permit Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Canoe Clinic
Date: June 4, 2017 to June 4, 2017
Location: Park Office
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Walter Sepic, Firefly Adventures, Kingston, Ont.  Let’s demystify canoeing, learn and have fun!  This workshop will include: Types of canoes and paddles, their parts, safety kits, fitting of pfd’s, entering and launching canoes, balancing, sitting or kneeling, bow and stern positions, landing and exiting, portaging techniques and types of strokes and applications. We’ll have lots of practice on the water, a canoe tour of South Otter Lake and a rousing game of canoe tag. Must bring your own canoe and gear.  Rentals are available from Firefly or local outfitters.

Cost: $20.00 plus park vehicle permit, TIime: 9 am - 4 pm

Call the park office at (613) 376-3489 to register


Frontenac
Event Name: ORCKA Basic Canoe Certification -Tandem Basic Level 1, 2 and 3 or (solo) level 4
Date: June 10, 2017 to June 11, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, ON This is the ORCKA introduction to tandem canoeing and is the basis for all ORCKA skills. For those interested in learning how to canoe, this course may interest you. Topics include: canoeing skills, safety, equipment selection, etc. After this course you should be able to safely paddle a tandem canoe. Required equipment: your own canoe; paddle, PFD, and government mandated safety equipment. For further information please contact Barry Irish 613-634-4177, cell 613-539-4864 or birish@cogeco.ca Cost: $200/person, plus park daily vehicle permit. Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm


Killarney
Event Name: 21st Annual Spring Loon Count
Date: June 10, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Location: George Lake Campground - Park Nature Centre
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Come paddle the beautiful lakes of Killarney Provincial Park while contributing to its ongoing preservation and integrity by participating in our annual Spring Loon Count.  All information collected will be submitted to Bird Studies Canada for research purposes.  A complimentary BBQ dinner is provided for all of our volunteers. Contact the Park for more information 705-287-2900


Frontenac
Event Name: Red Cross Wilderness First Aid
Date: June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, ON This 20 hour course takes place in the park interior and is designed to give participants training needed to care for someone for up to 24 hrs in a wilderness or remote context. Focus is on prevention but in this scenario based course you will learn and practice assessment, treatment and stabilization of casualties. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites but participants must be 16 years of age or older. Camping equipment and food not included but arrangements can be made upon request. Cost: $210.00 HST incl. plus park camping permit. For further information: wildernesstripping@gmail.com Time: Fri. 5:00 p.m. to Sun. 4:00 p.m. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489.


Rock Point
Event Name: Daily Programs at Rock Point Provincial Park
Date: June 23, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Location: Park staff will lead various family programs throughout the summer at different locations within the park. Current listings are posted at the Washrooms, park office, Park store, Day Use and group cam
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

From Tyke time, Hands on Nature programs, guided hikes, campfires, evening programs and special guests. We will enhance your summer. There is no additional charge for these programs. There will be activities for you and your family to get involved in on a daily basis. Please check event boards throughout the park as they change weekly


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Daily Family Education Programs at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Date: July 1, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Location: Park staff will lead various family programs throughout the summer and at different locations within the park. Current listing are posted at the washrooms, park offices, park store and by the parking
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Every day of the summer there will be activities/ programs for your family to get involved in. More details will be available on twitter or facebook @OPBronteCreek.  Reduced programming the week prior to Labour day.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231


Emily
Event Name: 5th Annual Family Fishing Derby - License Free Event
Date: July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2017
Location: Park Store
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Participate in the Family Derby at Emily Provincial Park to celebrate Family Fishing Week, where you can fish license free from July 1st to 9th!

Participants have from 10 am until 3 pm to report their catches and a have a chance to win a prize. Catches must be accompanied by photo proof.

Other activities will be going on from 10 am to 3 pm around the sign up station so be sure to stop by.

You can rent fishing equipment for free from the Rental Shack (beside the Park Store) but due to it being a holiday weekend supplies will be limited. 


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Outdoor Swimming Pool Open
Date: July 1, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Location: Parking Lot D
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1.8 acre outdoor swimming pool opens for the season July 1, 2017.

Pool open daily 11am-6pm from July 1-Labour Day (weather permitting)

PLEASE NOTE:

Pool is an additional cost to park main entrance admission.

For more information and list of pool fees visit Bronte Creek website: www.BronteCreek.org


Bonnechere
Event Name: Canada Day Celebrations
Date: July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2017
Location: The Davenport Centre
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Come out and celebrate Canada’s birthday with fun for everyone: face painting, games and prizes! In the evening, plan to take in the fireworks display at nearby Killaloe.

10:00am - 12:00 pm Come on down to the Davenport Centre and get your face painted for Canada Day!

10:00am- 12:00 pm Test your colouring skills and enjoy the new display center with our colouring pages!

10:00am-12:00 pm Have you got the skills to land the creatures in the pond, come test it out, it’s a bean bag toss!

1:00pm Canada Bingo, let the fun begin and see if you can win!!


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Spruce Lane Farmhouse and Nature Centre Summer hours
Date: July 1, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Location: Spruce Lane Farmhouse - Parking lot F; Nature Centre Parking lot C.
Event Type: Whats Happening
Description:

Spruce Lane Farmhouse will be open daily 11-5 and the Nature Centre 10-5 throughout the summer (unless otherwise posted for special events). Stop by to learn about how to become an “Official Park Ranger”. Report your wildlife sightings - or see what animals and birds have been seen lately. Displays, activities—- there is always something new to see or do.

Daily artisan demonstrations and heritage displays will peak your curiosity about life in the early 1900’s. Tour the farmhouse and barns.


Rushing River
Event Name: Family Fishing Week
Date: July 1, 2017 to July 9, 2017
Location: Fish for FREE throughout Ontario. Specific events at Rushing River PP are at the Museum or Amphitheatre.
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Take part in the fun, fishy activities and events during the week to celebrate the fish of Dogtooth Lake! All week long Canadian residents can fish without a license. Visit the Museum or Northside Nook to borrow fishing rods and tackle for free!


Rushing River
Event Name: Canada Day Celebrations
Date: July 1, 2017 to July 3, 2017
Location: At the Natural Heritage Museum and Amphitheatre
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join Rushing River for a weekend of Canadian activities to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Cake, Voyageur games, Voyageur themed campfire, and Canadian Jeopardy await! Also, complete a Rushing River themed Canadian Passport for a prize! 


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Summer Interpretive Program
Date: July 1, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Location: Throughout the park
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Guided walks, children’s programs and evening slide shows offered daily except Wednesdays. Check out www.friendsofpresqu’ile.on.ca for details on receiving specific weekly schedule. Nature Centre and Lighthouse Interpretive Centre open daily.


Pinery
Event Name: Family Fishing Week
Date: July 1, 2017 to July 9, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre and Park Store Causeway
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join Pinery Naturalists and our partners to learn more about sustainable angling and the ecology of the fascinating Old Ausable Channel.

Please visit www.pinerypark.on.ca to view the current detailed Activity Schedule.


Rock Point
Event Name: Mysterious Night Skies
Date: July 7, 2017 to July 7, 2017
Location: Picnic shelter in the day-use area.
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Have you ever wondered about the night skies overhead? Join Park staff and special guests from the Royal Astronomical Society of Niagara for a family friendly evening program about those mysterious night skies. Topics will include: constellations, galaxies, stars, planets and so much more.


Emily
Event Name: Canadian Canoe Museum - Outdoor Workshop Activities
Date: July 8, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Location: Picnic Shelter 2
Event Type:
Description:

We welcome back the Canadian Canoe Museum, from Peterborough, this season as they bring amazing new hands-on activities to the park. Details will be posted closer to the event date. Space is limited, please sign up at the Park Store. 

Find out more about the organization at: http://www.canoemuseum.ca/


Bonnechere
Event Name: Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: Bonnechere's Homecoming
Date: July 8, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Location: Davenport Centre
Event Type:
Description:

From July 8th- July 15th there will be events almost every day to celebrate Bonnechere Provincial Park's 50th anniversary and the Friends of Bonnechere Parks 25th anniversary! You don't want to miss out!

11:00am- 3:00pm:   Opening Ceremonies. Come out to the Davenport Centre to hear key individuals from Bonnechere's history as a Park speak to the importance of the past 50 years since Bonnechere's conception. Hear about our park-wide time capsule and how you can participate! A lunch and dessert will be served by the Friends of Bonnechere Parks! After lunch, spend the afternoon mingling with all sorts of characters from Bonnechere's past and present!

7:00pm- 9:00pm:   There will be musical entertainment to ring in our first day of anniversary celebrations!


Frontenac
Event Name: FISHING 101 for Women
Date: July 8, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: Yvonne Brown, FISHING 101 For Women. This workshop is for women only. It focuses on fishing techniques, equipment, bait, lures, casting, knots, etc. This course involves in-class and practical lessons, all equipment is provided but you can bring your own if you wish. Bring your lunch, drinks, sunscreen, etc. Minimum age of 14 yrs, no fishing licence is required during this week. Pre-register with the park office. Cost: $15/person plus park permit Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm


MacGregor Point
Event Name: NABA Butterfly Count
Date: July 8, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Join a group of dedicated volunteers in this fun-filled citizen science project! Participants will identify and count butterflies of MacGregor Point and surrounding areas. Registration is at 9:00am with groups leaving at 10:00am. Cost is $5 per person. To register as a volunteer, please contact Kathleen Chayer at 519-389-6232.


Killarney
Event Name: 19th Annual Butterfly Count
Date: July 8, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Location: George Lake Campground - Park Nature Centre
Event Type:
Description:

9:00 a.m at the Nature Centre Join Park Naturalists and butterfly expert volunteers for a full day of butterfly chasing. Our count is part of the Annual North American Butterfly Association’s Count that has been running since 1993. These one day counts take place all across North America in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, with 450 counts in total, which Killarney is one of the most northerly. The counts were developed to promote an interest in butterflies and to produce valuable information for scientific monitoring. By comparing past years of data, we can monitor changes in populations and study the effects of weather and habitat change. With nets and feild guides in hand we have fun and learn about the beautiful and important species that call this Park their home. Dinner and all necessary equipment will be provided.  Proper footwear, sun protection, a lunch and your commitment to a full day of activity is required. 


Rock Point
Event Name: Mysterious Night Skies 2
Date: July 8, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Location: Picnic Shelter - Day Use
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Please join park staff and special guests from the Royal Astronomical Society of Niagara for part 2 of those Mysterious Night skies at 8:00 pm for a short presentation then we will be moving to the East end of the Day Use Beach at about 9:00 pm to hopefully view those mysterious night skies through some scopes. We will have several telescopes set up and there will be a variety of view come on down to the Day Use and join us for an evening beneath the stars.


Rock Point
Event Name: Solar Observing with Royal Astronomical Society
Date: July 8, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Location: Day-use area by the park store.
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Hope you will stop by and check out the suns solar activity!


Bonnechere
Event Name: Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: Kids Crafts!
Date: July 10, 2017 to July 10, 2017
Location: Davenport Centre
Event Type:
Description:

10:30am-12:00pm:  Do you have a story to tell about Bonnechere that you would like to share? Come out to the Davenport Centre to join the NHE team in creating your very own craft or letter to put into our park-wide time capsule! All materials will be provided- all you have to do is come prepared with stories and creativity!


Bonnechere
Event Name: Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: "Celebrate our River- A Guided Canoe Tour of the Bonnechere"
Date: July 11, 2017 to July 11, 2017
Location: Davenport Centre
Event Type:
Description:

10:30am-2:00pm:   Join Bonnechere staff as they meander up the beautiful Bonnechere River and make guided stops along the way! Bring a lunch along and enjoy it alongside the river!


Bonnechere
Event Name: Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: "The History Buffs", live in an interactive concert!
Date: July 12, 2017 to July 12, 2017
Location: Davenport Centre
Event Type:
Description:

7:00pm- 9:00pm:   Come on out to hear the amazing and local trio, The History Buffs! Witness them in full historical character as they take campers back in time to the early days of Bonnechere!


Bonnechere
Event Name: Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: "Celebrate our River- A Guided Canoe Tour of the Bonnechere"
Date: July 13, 2017 to July 13, 2017
Location: Davenport Centre
Event Type:
Description:

10:30am- 2:00pm:   Join Bonnechere staff as they meander up the beautiful Bonnechere River and make guided stops along the way! Bring a lunch along and enjoy it alongside the river!


Bonnechere
Event Name: Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: "Blast from the Past- Take a Step Down Memory Lane"
Date: July 13, 2017 to July 13, 2017
Location: Davenport Centre
Event Type:
Description:

7:00pm- 9:00pm:  Join Bonnechere Provincial Park staff, past and present to enjoy a story-sharing evening around the campfire. Learn about how things used to be at Bonnechere, from the perspective of past Park employees, and from the perspective of campers young and old. You might even want to enjoy roasting a marshmallow or two...or three... while you're listening


Bonnechere
Event Name: Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: Footprints in Time Hike- Bonnechere Uncovered
Date: July 14, 2017 to July 14, 2017
Location: The Depot
Event Type:
Description:

11:00am: Kids Crafts! Meet the NHE team at the Davenport Centre to take part in some awesome craft activities to celebrate Bonnechere's anniversary! If you missed this event on Monday, this is your chance to make a craft, or write a letter to be put into our time capsule!

2:00pm: Footprints in Time Hike: Bonnechere Uncovered. Join MacKenzie at the Depot to set out on a hike that journey's back in time! You will learn all about Bonnechere Provincial Park's incredible 50 years' history!


Rushing River
Event Name: Rushing River Healthy Parks Healthy People
Date: July 14, 2017 to July 14, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Join Rushing River staff in celebrating Healthy Parks Healthy People (#HPHP) and rediscovering our connection to nature!  


Bonnechere
Event Name: Bonnechere's Anniversary Celebrations: Closing Ceremonies
Date: July 15, 2017 to July 15, 2017
Location: Davenport Centre
Event Type:
Description:

11:00am- 2:00pm:   Closing ceremony and time-capsule burial. Come by the Davenport Centre to wrap-up our week-long activities celebrating Bonnechere's great birthday. Witness our time capsule be buried and find out when it will resurface! There will be lunch available after the closing remarks and burial, as well as some entertainment in the form of local step-dancers and fiddlers in the afternoon.

7:00 pm- 9:00pm:   Come and join award-winning singer/ songwriter David Archibald on a musical camping adventure at Bonnechere to close our week-long anniversary celebrations! David's performance is upbeat and interactive, and sure to be an awesome finale!


Pinery
Event Name: Savanna Fest
Date: July 15, 2017 to July 15, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre, Park Store, Outdoor Theatre
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join Park Naturalists, Conservation Officers and The Friends of Pinery to celebrate Parks Day in Canada in the largest remaining parcel of Oak Savanna in Canada. Spend one of the best weekends in summer showing your love for your favourite park. Further details can be found on the Activity Schedule which is available at www.pinerypark.on.ca


Emily
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Date: July 21, 2017 to July 21, 2017
Location: Various locations
Event Type:
Description:

Join us to celebrate parks and healthy living! We will be offering different activities throughout the day to get you out and moving around the park.

Stay tuned for 2017 events - we will update as details are confirmed.

Daily Vehicle fee has been waived for today only at ALL Provincial Parks. 


Bonnechere
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Date: July 21, 2017 to July 21, 2017
Location: Meet at the Davenport Centre
Event Type: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Description:

Come on out and enjoy a beautiful day filled with games and physical activity here at Bonnechere! 

 8:30am: Yoga on the Beach (Meet at the Davenport Centre)

10:00am: Small Games Tournament (bean bag toss, animal tag, egg race, etc) (Meet at the Davenport Centre)


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day
Date: July 21, 2017 to July 21, 2017
Location: Various locations around the park
Event Type:
Description:

Join us as we get outside and enjoy our park through learning and play. All programs are no charge. 

Stay tuned for 2017 events - we will update as details are confirmed.

Daily Vehicle fee has been waived for today only at ALL Provincial Parks.  

Pool fee at Bronte Creek Provincial Park still applies. 


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Date: July 21, 2017 to July 21, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre
Event Type: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Description:

Spending time in nature is very important for our physical and mental well being! In order to raise awareness of the benefits of being active in green space, entrance into MacGregor Point and all events happening throughout the day will be free! We have a number of events to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People!

Full program details will be released spring 2017


Point Farms
Event Name: Point Farms - HPHP
Date: July 21, 2017 to July 21, 2017
Location: Play Field (Located off the parking lot in Colborne Campground)
Event Type: Healthy Parks Healthy People
Description:

Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People with Ontario Parks!

When: Friday July 21, 2017

Where: All operating Ontario Parks.

What: Free day-use at all Ontario Parks. We are opening our doors to everyone in Ontario; there will be no charge for day-use visitation during the celebration. Parks across the province will offer events and activities that encourage people to visit parks and be active. Explore a new park, sample our facilities and services or enjoy a fun event in a great natural setting!

Why: The time to strengthen and rediscover our connection to nature is now! Ontario’s provincial parks are home to some of the most inspiring and beautiful landscapes in the country. We want to increase the awareness and uptake of the strong benefits linked to spending time in nature.

What is included with the free day-use entry?

All visitors to the park will be issued a complimentary day-pass to the park. You may enjoy the park facilities until 10:00pm on July 21. Additional charges for facilities not included in day-use such as camping, equipment rentals and pools at Bronte Creek and Earl Rowe provincial parks will remain in effect during the celebration.

Point Farms Activities - Description and event times will be provided as soon as they become available.


Frontenac
Event Name: Paddle Canada - Intro to Flatwater Sea Kayaking
Date: July 22, 2017 to July 22, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: Christine Showler, Frontenac Outfitters Canoe and Kayak Centre, Sydenham, On. A day on, in and under the water teaching you fundamentals of Sea Kayaking, theories, strokes, rescues and recovery skills. Kayak and paddling gear is included. Please register by calling (613) 376-6220 or at www.frontenac-outfitters.com. Cost: $185 + park daily vehicle permit. Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm


Emily
Event Name: Glen Caradus & The Paddling Puppeteers
Date: July 22, 2017 to July 22, 2017
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

Be prepared to sing and dance along as Glen brings his musical talent back for his 3rd show at Emily Provincial Park.

The theme of the show will be revealed closer to the event date! Previous concerts explored the history of the Pigeon River and why we should enjoy nature. 

Due to popularity campers are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to the event as seating will be limited.

To learn more about the performer follow the link: http://paddlingpuppeteers.com/


Killarney
Event Name: 3rd Annual BioBlitz
Date: July 22, 2017 to July 22, 2017
Location: George Lake Campground - Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

9:00 a.m at the Amphitheatre Join park naturalists and other volunteers in a full day of drop-in style programming. Help us gain insight on Killarney’s ecosystems’ health and learn how to assist researchers. Afterwards, join us for an awards ceremony, where we’ll celebrate everything from the person with the most observations to the person with the best photo from the day. Naturalists will be posted around the park to answer questions and hold naturalist skills workshops. Don’t forget your camera, bug spray, sunscreen, good walking shoes and rubber boots (if you’ve got them!).


Frontenac
Event Name: Kayak Basics - "Getting Started"
Date: July 29, 2017 to July 29, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

Presented by: Christine Showler, Frontenac Outfitters Canoe and Kayak Centre, Sydenham, On. Discover the world of kayaking with this 1/2 day course. The focus is on basic paddling techniques, kayak design and safety. A tranquil paddle on South Otter Lake will follow and is a great opportunity to practice your new skills. Kayak and paddling gear is included. Please register by calling (613) 376-6220 or at www.frontenac-outfitters.com. Cost: $95 + park daily vehicle permit. Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm


Charleston Lake
Event Name: Live Birds of Prey Show
Date: July 29, 2017 to July 29, 2017
Location: Park Amphitheatre (1:30 pm)
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:Come see live birds of prey! Join our experts from Wild Ontario and their wildlife ambassadors, for an up close look at these amazing birds. Don’t miss it!
Kakabeka Falls
Event Name: Spirits of the Past
Date: July 29, 2017 to July 29, 2017
Location: Mountain Portage Trail
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

For one night only, the spirits from Kakabeka Falls’ rich history come to life! We invite you to come out and relive their experiences from the past on a self-guided walk along the Mountain Portage Trail. Do not miss this chance to see history come alive! The Mountain Portage Trail is lot by candle light for this special event.


Rushing River
Event Name: Rushing River Beauty Pageant
Date: July 29, 2017 to July 29, 2017
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

The animals of Rushing River are competing for the prestigious title, ‘King /Queen of Rushing River’. Come out for a night of glitter and glam as you cheer on your favourite animal!


Emily
Event Name: Sciensational Sssnakes!!
Date: August 5, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

This program provides hands-on education about reptiles and amphibians for the young and the young at heart. The show will feature an informal talk about the animals, their ecology and conservation issues as well as a session in which participants are able to interact, touch and hold the animals.

The live animals are safe, friendly and easy to handle.

Want to know more? Check them out here: http://www.scisnake.com/


Presqu'ile
Event Name: History Weekend
Date: August 5, 2017 to August 6, 2017
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Relive Presqu’ile’s storied past with historically based events such as a fashion show, old-fashioned field games, children’s boat-building bee, re-enactments of a 1867 shooting contest, spirit walk and more.


Pinery
Event Name: Ausable Adventures
Date: August 5, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join us to celebrate the unique ecological communities that thrive in the Old Ausable Channel in the heart of Pinery. Please consult our Activity Schedule for more details which can be found at www.pinerypark.on.ca


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Spruce Lane Farm GHOST WALK
Date: August 6, 2017 to August 6, 2017
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Parking lot F - Breckon Shelter.
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Guided tours to see the after dark side of an old Victorian house.  A house over 100 years old is bound to hold secrets!  It can’t help but be a little spooky. No reservations required.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231


Charleston Lake
Event Name: Star Gaze 2017 with Terence Dickinson
Date: August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Location: Park Amphitheatre (8:15 pm)
Event Type:
Description:

The best night of the year for seeing shooting stars.  Come for a fabulous light show!  Join internationally renowned astronomer, Terence Dickinson, to explore the amazing world of astronomy and then gaze through telescopes at the majestic night sky (weather & clouds permitting).


Killarney
Event Name: 21st Annual Summer Loon Count
Date: August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Location: George Lake Campground - Park Nature Centre
Event Type:
Description:

Park Nature Centre - 9:00am

Come paddle the beautiful lakes of Killarney Provincial Park while contributing to its ongoing preservation and integrity by participating in our Annual Summer Loon Count.  All information collected will be submitted to Bird Studies Canada for research purposes.  A complimentary BBQ dinner is provided for all of our volunteers. Contact the Park for more information 705-287-2900


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Mystery Evening
Date: August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type:
Description:

7:30pm

Our annual Mystery Evening is back! Come help solve this year's mystery at MacGregor Point.

Full program details will be released spring of 2017


Rushing River
Event Name: Meteor Shower Party
Date: August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Location: Southside Beach
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join us to watch the Perseid’s meteor shower at its peak- producing 50-100 meteor per hour! Plan to spend at least an hour outside: the meteors often come in spurts and are interspersed with lulls. Wear warm clothes and bring a chair or blanket to sit on!


Caliper Lake
Event Name: Moose n’ Fiddle Music Festival
Date: August 18, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Event Type:
Description:

The Moose n' Fiddle summer music festival is centred around professional and emerging musicians, folk bands, country singer songwriters on the outdoor stage with curated artisans, music workshops, and food trucks on-site creating a village-like atmosphere.  The Moose N’ Fiddle summer music festival at Caliper Lake Provincial Park brings the great outdoors together with fun and accessible popular music.  Visit www.snnf.ca for more information.


Bonnechere
Event Name: Spirit's Night
Date: August 19, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Location: The Depot
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Once a year, when the stars reach a particular alignment, those who once lived and worked along the Bonnechere River can be seen travelling the shores once again. You will meet voyageurs and surveyors, lumberjacks and pioneers who called the Bonnechere Valley home long before Ontario’s first provincial parks. Event begins at 7pm.


Rushing River
Event Name: Spirit Walk
Date: August 19, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Location: Meet at the Museum
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join us for a walk into the past to meet the ghosts of Rushing River! This awesome guided night hike will lead you through events that have shaped the area around Rushing River!


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Spruce Lane Farmhouse - Ghost Walk
Date: August 20, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Breckon Shelter parking lot F
Event Type:
Description:

Guided tours to see the after dark side of an old Victorian house.  A house over 100 years old is bound to hold secrets!  It can’t help but be a little spooky. No reservations required.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231


Emily
Event Name: Star Gazing with the Peterborough Astronomical Association
Date: August 25, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Location: Picnic Shelter #1
Event Type:
Description:

Join us on the field, next to Picnic Shelter #1, as the Peterborough Astronomical Association sets up several telescopes to help us explore the stars. They are a group of awesome people from Peterborough, Ontario and surrounding areas who have a love and appreciation of the space that surrounds us. Bring your questions with you and please turn off your flashlights once you walk on the field.

Driving? Park at the Park Store and follow the signs to Picnic Shelter #1

If it's too cloudy or raining the event will be pushed to Saturday. 

Find out more about the PAA at: http://www.peterboroughastronomy.com/index.php


Wheatley
Event Name: 20th Annual Kids Fishing Derby
Date: August 26, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Location: Pavilion 3
Event Type:
Description:

For all kids 15 and under. Derby takes place on Saturday from 8AM to 8PM and on Sunday from 8AM to noon. Prizes will be awarded at 1PM on Sunday. Come have some fun and catch a fish. Everyone wins a prize.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Mystery Evening: The Shipwreck of MacGregor Point
Date: September 2, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre - Campfire Circle
Event Type:
Description:

7:30pm

Our annual Mystery Evening is back! Come help solve the mystery of MacGregor Point.

Full program details will be released spring 2017


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Monarchs & Migrants Weekend
Date: September 2, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Bird banding, Monarch tagging and guided nature walks celebrate this weekend of fall migration.


Rushing River
Event Name: Astronomy with Peter Toth at 8pm
Date: September 2, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Location: Southside Beach
Event Type:
Description:

Peter Toth, Astronomy Enthusiast and Past President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, with be giving us a "laser show" of the Night Sky. Using a laser pointer, Peter will point out constellations in the sky. Park visitors will have an opportunity to look through a telescope to view stars and planets!


Rushing River
Event Name: Astronomy with Peter Toth
Date: September 2, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Location: Southside Beach
Event Type:
Description:

Join Peter Toth, Astronomy Enthusiast and Past President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, for a daytime Solar Viewing Program.


Frontenac
Event Name: Electronics on Wilderness Trips
Date: September 9, 2017 to September 9, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, ON This clinic explores the use of electronics in the wilderness. Topics include: Satellite phones, cell phones, text messaging systems, GPS, power supplies for your electronics, apps, for your cell phone or tablet. Cost: Park daily vehicle permit Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Dutch Oven Wilderness Cooking
Date: September 9, 2017 to September 9, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, ON Food in the wilderness does not have to be boring. Topics include: food preparation, food storage, food safety, recipes, types of stoves, utensils, and more. This explores the ability to have good and interesting food in the wilderness with the use of Dutch ovens and small twig stoves. You do not have to use prepackaged food from the outdoors stores. A great opportunity to exchange recipes, ideas and techniques. You may bring food of your own if you wish. Cost: $25.00 (includes food), plus Park daily vehicle permit Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Frontenac
Event Name: Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Aid
Date: September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017
Event Type: Outdoor Skills
Description:

Presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, ON

Presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, ON This 20 hour course takes place in the park interior and is designed to give participants training needed to care for someone for up to 24 hrs in a wilderness or remote context. Focus is on prevention but in this scenario based course you will learn and practice assessment, treatment and stabilization of casualties. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites but participants must be 16 years of age or older. Camping equipment and food not included but arrangements can be made upon request. Cost: $210.00 HST incl. plus park camping permit. For further information: wildernesstripping@gmail.com Time: Fri. 5:00 p.m. to Sun. 4:00 p.m. Pre-register by calling the park office at 613 376-3489.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Wild for the Arts
Date: September 16, 2017 to September 17, 2017
Location: Nipissing Campground
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

This Friends of MacGregor Point Park event is a weekend of music, art and written word. Featured are the studio tour and art sale, book and author fair, music in the woods, children’s activities and more! Free day use. Corporate Sponsors are Ontario Power Generation, Bruce Power, Canadian Heritage and Ontario Parks.


Pinery
Event Name: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Date: September 16, 2017 to September 16, 2017
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:In 2017, we will be celebrating the 24th Anniversary of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Canada. You can make a world of a difference by joining Canadians from coast to coast to coast to clean up shoreline litter. Meet at the Pinery Visitor Centre to start the day, where gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear sunscreen, and consider wearing insect repellent to combat biting flies. Please pre-register by calling 519 243 8539. Visit www.shorelinecleanup.ca for more details.
Wheatley
Event Name: Chili Cookoff
Date: September 16, 2017 to September 16, 2017
Location: Site 130
Event Type:
Description:

Enter a chili or just come and be a judge.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Annual British Car Day
Date: September 17, 2017 to September 17, 2017
Location: Day-use area, 1219 Burloak Drive. Visitors use Parking lot A or C - Cars will be displayed in Green, Sand picnic shelter areas "Show" cars look for signs for exhibitor entrance.
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

Toronto Triumph Club presents their annual car show. $17.00 per Spectator vehicle at the main park entrance. Having exact cash fare will help to keep the line moving. We recommend to arrive as early as possible.

For more information visit: http://www.BritishCarDay.com

You can also call 905-827-6911 


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Harvest Festival
Date: September 23, 2017 to September 24, 2017
Location: Bronte Creek Day-Use Area, 1219 Burloak Drive Spruce Lane Farm - Parking lot F.
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Brought to you by the Friends of Bronte Creek Park.

Your family can enjoy historical demonstrations, wagon rides, pumpkin carving, traditional family games, farmhouse tours, food and beverage, plus more.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 


Rock Point
Event Name: Halloween Howl!
Date: October 7, 2017 to October 7, 2017
Location: Campground Area - See Event Schedule for details
Event Type: Natural Heritage Education
Description:

Join park staff for Halloween Howl. There will be an afternoon full of activities, games and fun and will round out our day with a Costume Campfire and maybe some trick or treating. A full schedule of events, times and locations will be posted at all event boards throughout the park or you can get your copy at the park office when you register. Hope you will join us for a Howling good Time!


Point Farms
Event Name: Halloween/Thanksgiving Weekend
Date: October 7, 2017 to October 7, 2017
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Come join the fun at Point Farms Thanksgiving weekend. Activities include site decorating contest, pumpkin carving contest, chili & baked goods cook-off, scavenger hunt and trick-or-treating. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Site Decorating and Pumpkin Carving Contest - Judging will begin at 4 PM.

Chili & Baked Goods Cook-Off - Taking place at the Park Office. Judging will begin at 1 PM. (Please bring a non-perishable food item to participate as a judge).

Scavenger Hunt submissions due to Park Office by 3 PM.

Trick-or-Treating - 5-7 PM


Wheatley
Event Name: Halloween in the Park
Date: October 7, 2017 to October 7, 2017
Location: Throughout campgrounds
Event Type:
Description:

Trick or treating for kids. Adults come see the awesome decorations and hard work our wonderful campers put into making this special.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Camper Halloween Weekend 1
Date: October 13, 2017 to October 14, 2017
Location: Bronte Creek Campground 3201 Upper Middle Road W, off Bronte Road
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Campfire Friday Night - come out to learn the history and traditions of All Hallows Eve "Halloween"  and enjoy stories, games music and more —- Open to campers and day visitors.

Saturday activities are for registered campers of Bronte Creek Provincial Park only. Decorate your site to have a chance to win a prize! Dress up and go trick-or-treating around the campground. Then go on a spooky guided evening hike where you will learn about bats, owls and coyotes! Maybe even get them to howl back…

Site decorating contest and prizes for top votes.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call our campground at 905-827-3228


Pinery
Event Name: Friends of Pinery Fall Classic (Road Race)
Date: October 15, 2017 to October 15, 2017
Event Type: Sporting Event
Description:

Jog your way through the Oak Savanna and help support Pinery through the Friends of Pinery. Please go to www.pinerypark.on.ca for registration. Don’t delay – this event fills up fast!


Pinery
Event Name: Dune Grass Restoration
Date: October 15, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

We need your help to restore Pinery’s fragile Freshwater Coastal Dunes! Assist with rolling boardwalk storage, dune grass transplantation and other initiatives to protect this rare and fragile component of Ontario’s Biodiversity. Dune grass can only be transplanted after it becomes dormant following several killing frosts. Please call the Visitor Centre in the fall by dialing 519-243-8539 to obtain more information and a final program date. You can also check out www.pinerypark.on.ca.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Camper Halloween Weekend 2
Date: October 20, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Location: Bronte Creek Campground 3201 Upper Middle Road W, off Bronte Road
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Campfire Friday Night - come out to learn the history and traditions of All Hallows Eve "Halloween"  and enjoy stories, games music and more —- Open to campers and day visitors.

Saturday activities are for registered campers of Bronte Creek Provincial Park only. Decorate your site to have a chance to win a prize! Dress up and go trick-or-treating around the campground. Then go on a spooky guided evening hike where you will learn about bats, owls and coyotes! Maybe even get them to howl back…

Site decorating contest and prizes for top votes.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call our campground at 905-827-3228


Pinery
Event Name: Pinery Halloween Weekend
Date: October 20, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre and Riverside Campground
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Experience autumn camping in Riverside Campground with a spooky theme! Join park naturalists throughout the weekend for special Halloween Themed interpretive programming. Learn to differentiate between spooky myths and facts; decorate your campsite (no hay or straw and please respect the park environment); participate in campground trick-or-treating or decorate a scarecrow using natural objects from your campsite to profile one of Pinery’s interpretive themes - prizes will be awarded for the best scarecrow!


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Christmas at Presqu'ile
Date: November 4, 2017 to November 12, 2017
Location: Christmas at Presqu'ile takes in the Nature Centre and Stonehedge buildings at Presqu'ile Provincial Park.
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Quality arts and crafts available at this juried show. A fund raiser for the Friends of Presqu’ile. Event occurs first two weekends in November and the Wednesday between - November 4 and 5, 8, 11 and 12


Pinery
Event Name: Christmas Bird Count
Date: December 16, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Location: Pinery and surrounding area
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Join birdwatchers for this incredible day of winter birding! Please contact the Visitor Centre to obtain more information by calling 519-243-8539.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Victorian Christmas at Bronte Creek
Date: December 15, 2018 to December 16, 2018
Location: Spruce Lane Farm - Parking lot F in the Day-use area 1219 Burloak Drive.
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Victorian Christmas Festival 2017 (revised programming)

A very special holiday treat awaits you and your family! Take a step back in time to the year 1900 to visit a Victorian homestead during the Christmas season. Spruce Lane Farm at Bronte Creek Provincial Park will be trimmed and decorated in all its seasonal splendor.

Friends of Bronte Creek will be bringing a truly unique, private visit with Santa experience to you this year. There are Victorian costumes for the whole family to easily slip over top of their clothes. Then enjoy a private visit with Santa as our photographer captures the whole experience. All the pictures (10-25 images) are yours to take home on a souvenir USB stick included in the price. 

Your Victorian Christmas experience will also include traditional Christmas games and activities, designed for all different age groups from toddlers to adults. Make hands-on crafts with daily special feature crafts where you will get to see and use historic tools and skills to create your own take home souvenirs.

Enjoy touring the elegantly decorated Spruce Lane Farmhouse and experience seasonal stories and songs in the parlor, learning about the holiday traditions of the Victorian era! You can also wander at your leisure around Spruce Lane Farm where you will find a variety of friendly farm animals.

No Reservations required.

Access to most of the Christmas attractions are included in daily vehicle permit or Ontario Park seasonal pass, unless otherwise stated.

Hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, tobogganing, Children’s Farm and Playbarn.

**discontinued services: tractor drawn wagon rides and gift shoppe.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Coyote Howl Hike
Date: December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2017
Location: Day-use area. 1219 Burloak Drive.
Event Type:
Description:

Guided Coyote Howl Hikes followed by a special New Year’s Eve countdown for kids. Plus games, activities.

A fun way to ring in the New Year.  Join Park Rangers who will guide you into the woods to a site where we hope to have a chorus of coyotes howl in response to our call.  Learn why they howl and some facts about this mostly misunderstood urban creature. No reservations required.

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 ext. 231