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Killbear
Event Name: Visitor Centre
Date: May 12, 2017 to October 29, 2017
Location: Visitor Centre
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Description:The Visitor Centre will be open daily May 13 to October 30. Summer hours 10am - 5 pm. Spring and fall hours 10 am - 3 pm. The Visitor Centre offers over 3000 square feet of exhibit space, focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of the park and the surrounding Georgian Bay area.
Bronte Creek
Event Name: Nature Centre - Open Weekends
Date: September 9, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Location: Acessed from Parking lot C - beside the Playbarn
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Description:

The Nature Centre will be open during the fall 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.

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For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911


Sauble Falls
Event Name: Camper Halloween
Date: September 29, 2017 to October 29, 2017
Location: Campground.
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Description:

Camper Halloween -  A fun family weekend.

Upon registration at the campground office – please identify to the gate staff if you will be participating in Halloween activities.  Activities for registered campers only.

A pumpkin on your permit tells other campers that you are participating.

Friday - arrive and set up.

Saturday- Decorate your site, carve your own pumpkins.  (supply your own pumpkins).

Camper-lead activities:

*Decorate your campsite just for the fun of it!  Remember – No fake spider webbing – mother nature does not like it. *remove all decorations upon departure.

Dress up and go trick-or-treating around the campground at dusk.   One person needs to stay at the site to hand out your treats!  Only go to those site participating ( have a pumpkin on their permits).

When you have had enough trick-or-treating we suggest returning to your site for a family campfire and spooky stories!

 


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 519-243-8574 to obtain more information and a final program date. You can also check out www.pinerypark.on.ca.


Pinery
Event Name: 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!


Algonquin
Event Name: Haunted Halloween Weekend
Date: October 27, 2017 to October 29, 2017
Location: Mew Lake Campground
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

The fun begins on Friday night with Haunted Tales from the Camboose Shanty! On Saturday afternoon, join us at the Visitor Centre where a Park Naturalist will guide you through a collection of animal skeletons. Mew Lake Campground will feature pumpkin carving, campsite decorating and costume contests with awards given for many different categories!  Everyone is invited to participate in trick-or-treating among the campsites on Saturday night, and later, for a howling good time at the nearby Old Airfield with a wolf howl. Mew Lake Campground (km 30.6).


Darlington
Event Name: Toronto Orienteering Club - Halloween Evbent
Date: October 28, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Location: Picnic Shelter # 1 7:00 PM
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Description:

Toronto Orienteering Club will host their annual Halloween Event at Darlington.Start time is 7:00 PM.

Regular park entry fees in effect.

Bring the children out for a fun-filled evening.

Don't forget to wear your costume!

Please visit the website for more information: www.torontoorienteering.com.


MacGregor Point
Event Name: Dryland Sled Dog Derby
Date: November 4, 2017 to November 5, 2017
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Description:

Sled Dog Sports Association of Southwestern Ontario and MacGregor Point are proud to offer an unique, exciting fall event to, engage, educate and entertain the community: MacGregor Point Dryland Sled Dog Derby !During the event there will be several opportunities to learn about sled dog history and the evolution of the sport in Canada, along with information on how to get started and where to get help and mentorship.During the race demonstrations each race team must compete in the same class, with the same dogs both Saturday and Sunday. Time is accumulative to determine winners. The derby includes multiple dry-land sled dog races:1 Canicross (dog running)1 & 2 Bikejoring (dog bike)1 & 2 Dog Scooter4 Dog Rig1-2 Dog Kid and Mutt


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 519-243-8574.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Victorian Christmas at Bronte Creek
Date: December 27, 2017 to January 7, 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 2017 (revised programming)**

A 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.

NEW dates - Dec 27 - 31, 2017 and Jan 1-7, 2018.  Once the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas Day is behind you, your family can enjoy the holiday season.  Our revised programming aims to delight even the most persistent of holiday humbugs.  

Open Daily 10:00 - 4:00 during the School Holiday (weather permitting). 

Event support by Friends of Bronte Creek 

Your Victorian Christmas experience will  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!

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, family portraits with Santa and gift shoppe.

For more information visit: call 905-827-6911


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


Wasaga Beach
Event Name: Snowman Mania
Date: February 16, 2018 to February 19, 2018
Location: Wasaga Nordic and Trail Centre 101 Blueberry Trails
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Description:

An event to help celebrate the Town of Wasaga Beach's Snowman Mania.  Family fun ski - scavenger hunt! Snack food available for purchase. Daily Ski pass required.  Ski Rental available.


Algonquin
Event Name: Winter in the Wild
Date: February 17, 2018 to February 17, 2018
Location: Various locations along Hwy 60
Event Type: Seasonal Event
Description:

Winter in Algonquin is unforgettable and Winter in the Wild highlights the best of what the season has to offer the whole family! Join Ontario Parks and The Friends of Algonquin Park to celebrate winter in Algonquin Park through this family event. Indoor and outdoor events will be held at various locations throughout the Highway 60 Corridor of the park, including many at the Visitor Centre. All of the activities during the festival are free with the purchase of a Daily Vehicle Permit or Camping Permit (with the exception of food). Events include guided bird walks, guest speakers, guided snowshoe excursions, skating, winter camping demos, marshmallow roasting and a special evening program. Chili lunch and BBQ supper will be available for purchase.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Family Day Event
Date: February 19, 2018 to February 19, 2018
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. 

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For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

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


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Maple Syrup Festival
Date: March 3, 2018 to April 1, 2018
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville, Ontario
Event Type: Natural and Cultural History Event
Description:

Maple Syrup Festival 2018

Weekends in March and the Week of March Break.

March 3-4, 10-18, 24-25, Good Friday 30, 31 & April 1.  

(not offered on Easter Monday)

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.  Allow 2-3 hours to see and do everything. (all festival buildings, tours and food services close/stop at 3:00).

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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


Presqu'ile
Event Name: 42nd Annual Presqu'ile Waterfowl Weekend
Date: March 17, 2018 to March 18, 2018
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 42 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


Sandbanks
Event Name: Mother's Day Spring Celebrations
Date: May 13, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Location: Visitor Centre
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Description:

2pm

Join us for an easy stroll through the beautiful wildflowers of Sandbanks. Depending on weather, we should see at least 15 different species, including an abundance of Ontario's provincial emblem, the trillium. Led by an experienced naturalist, the walk will end with afternoon tea. Cost is $5/person or $20/family; all proceeds go to the Friends of Sandbanks. Pre-registration is required by 'phoning (613)-393-3319 or e-mailing yvette.bree@ontario.ca. Registration begins April 1st, 2018.


Wheatley
Event Name: Norm Chesterfield Bird Tour
Date: May 16, 2018 to May 16, 2018
Location: Meet at the park office
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Description:

Start tour at Wheatley with a guide and then proceed to other locations with the group.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Victorian Tea
Date: May 19, 2018 to May 21, 2018
Location: Day-use area. 1219 Burloak Drive - Spruce Lane Farmhouse
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Description:

Learn how to make and enjoy a proper Victorian Tea.  Program begins at 2:00 pm.

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.

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For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

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


Presqu'ile
Event Name: Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend
Date: May 19, 2018 to May 20, 2018
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.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Springtime on the Farm
Date: May 21, 2018 to May 21, 2018
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: BioBlitz 2018
Date: June 9, 2018 to June 10, 2018
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Description:

Help MacGregor Point celebrate Ontario Parks' 125th anniversary by contributing to the ecological legacy of the park!  Surveying shifts and teams will be assigned based on experience and expertise.  Everyone welcome!  

For more information, email fompp@bmts.com


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Outdoor Swimming Pool Open
Date: June 30, 2018 to September 3, 2018
Location: Parking Lot D
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Description:

1.8 acre outdoor swimming pool opens for the season June 30, 2018

Pool open daily 11am-6pm (weather permitting)

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PLEASE NOTE:

Pool use is an additional cost to park main entrance admission.

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


Sandbanks
Event Name: 125 Years of Fashion
Date: July 11, 2018 to July 11, 2018
Location: Amphitheatre
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Description:

Help us celebrate 125 years of Ontario Parks with a very special fashion show! What would they have been wearing at Algonquin in 1893? Bon Echo at the turn of the century... Or Sandbanks in the roaring '20s? Join us for a look back at the (sometimes humorous) history and fashion of sandbanks and other parks in Ontario. Suggested donation of $2/person or $10/family; all proceeds go to the Friends of Sandbanks.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day
Date: July 20, 2018 to July 20, 2018
Location: Various locations around the park
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Description:

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

Free day-use at all Provincial Parks today.  (pool fees still in effect).

Nature Centre - open 10-5

Spruce Lane Farmhouse - open 11-5

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

The daily pool entry fee, equipment rental and camping fees still apply. 

Events and programs #HPHP


Sandbanks
Event Name: The 125 Kilometre Journey
Date: July 20, 2018 to July 20, 2018
Location: TBD
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Description:

Journey 125 kilometres to discover three amazing Provincal Parks in Prince Edward County! In keeping with Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day, the activities at Sandbanks, Lake on the Mountain and North Beach will have you bursting with energy and give you a healthful glow. Please note that entry into all provincial parks on this day is FREE!


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Parks Day in Canada
Date: July 21, 2018 to July 21, 2018
Location: Various Location throughout the park
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Description:

A day to celebrate all things "parks".

Hike, picnic, swim and play.  Relax, read, sketch or paint.  Dance, jump or run!

Explore. Discover. Cherish.

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Parks Day events to discover in your area.


Sandbanks
Event Name: 125 Years of Fashion
Date: July 25, 2018 to July 25, 2018
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

Help us celebrate 125 years of Ontario Parks with a very special fashion show! What would they have been wearing at Algonquin in 1893? Bon Echo at the turn of the century... Or Sandbanks in the roaring '20s? Join us for a look back at the (sometimes humorous) history and fashion of sandbanks and other parks in Ontario. Suggested donation of $2/person or $10/family; all proceeds go to the Friends of Sandbanks.


Presqu'ile
Event Name: History Weekend
Date: August 4, 2018 to August 5, 2018
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.


Sandbanks
Event Name: 125 Years or Fashion
Date: August 8, 2018 to August 8, 2018
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

Help us celebrate 125 years of Ontario Parks with a very special fashion show! What would they have been wearing at Algonquin in 1893? Bon Echo at the turn of the century... Or Sandbanks in the roaring '20s? Join us for a look back at the (sometimes humorous) history and fashion of sandbanks and other parks in Ontario. Suggested donation of $2/person or $10/family; all proceeds go to the Friends of Sandbanks.


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Spruce Lane Farm GHOST WALK
Date: August 12, 2018 to August 12, 2018
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


Sandbanks
Event Name: Lakeshore Lodge Day
Date: August 15, 2018 to August 15, 2018
Location: Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area
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Description:

1-4pm

Join us for a re-creation of an old fashioned picnic from the 1890s! Music, games, corn & lemonade, face painting, hay rides and photo ops are all part of the festivities. Most activities are free, though donations are welcome; refreshments and hay rides do have a charge associated with them to cover costs. 


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Spruce Lane Farmhouse - Ghost Walk
Date: August 19, 2018 to August 19, 2018
Location: 1219 Burloak Drive, Breckon Shelter parking lot F
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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


Sandbanks
Event Name: 125 Years of Fashion
Date: August 22, 2018 to August 22, 2018
Location: Amphitheatre
Event Type:
Description:

Help us celebrate 125 years of Ontario Parks with a very special fashion show! What would they have been wearing at Algonquin in 1893? Bon Echo at the turn of the century... Or Sandbanks in the roaring '20s? Join us for a look back at the (sometimes humorous) history and fashion of sandbanks and other parks in Ontario. Suggested donation of $2/person or $10/family; all proceeds go to the Friends of Sandbanks.


Wheatley
Event Name: 21st Annual Kids Fishing Derby
Date: August 25, 2018 to August 26, 2018
Location: Pavilion 3
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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.


Wheatley
Event Name: Chili Cook-off
Date: September 15, 2018 to September 15, 2018
Location: Site 130
Event Type:
Description:Enter a chili or just be a judge. Prizes awarded for best chilies.
Bronte Creek
Event Name: Annual British Car Day
Date: September 16, 2018 to September 16, 2018
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, gates open at 8am.

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

Join the conversation @OPBronteCreek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

You can also call 905-827-6911 


Bronte Creek
Event Name: Harvest Festival
Date: September 22, 2018 to September 23, 2018
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.

Join the conversation @OPBronteCreek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

For more information visit: www.BronteCreek.org

You can also call 905-827-6911 

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