Ontario Parks in Canada Opens for a 125th Camping Season

125 years of camping at Ontario Parks, and Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary celebrations have begun. With an amazing year of festivals and events ahead, there is no better time to plan a camping trip. Ontario Parks’ offers a variety of camping experiences, from rustic campsites to fully equipped cottages. 

Here are five quick and easy tips for booking:

Celebrate Ontario Parks

Ontario Parks is excited to announce a province-wide, 30-park concert tour featuring singer-songwriter David Archibald. David will be performing five new songs this summer that he has written in celebration of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary, including his newly released, “The Happiest Camper in Ontario.”

Volunteers can help to restore and protect the ecological integrity of Ontario’s provincial parks. Celebrate Ontario Parks by joining a stewardship project this summer. Parks across the province seek volunteers to give back, learn, and help protect biodiversity.

Ontarians are invited to help fund five anniversary legacy projects aimed at improved accessibility, hiking trails, interpretive displays,and new recreational facilities. One hundred percent of all donations go directly to the projects.

Visit our interactive timeline to explore Ontario Parks over the past 125 years.

Get back to nature with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Ontario Parks’ is pleased to announce free day-use at all provincial parks on Friday, July 20. Special events and festivals are planned across the province to celebrate Healthy Parks, Healthy People, the theme of our 125th anniversary. Connect to nature and get activethis July 20th.

Upcoming events

Discover all that spring has to offer at MacGregor Point Provincial Park’s 21st Huron Fringe Birding Festival on May 25-28 and May 31-June 3.  Take a morning hike and learn about park birds, wildflowers, butterflies, and insects. Afternoon activities include additional hikes, and workshops on bird identification and nature photography.

Frontenac Provincial Park is hosting a Canoe Clinic on June 2. Participants will receive an introduction to canoeing, including: types of canoes and paddles, safety kits, entering and launching canoes, portaging techniques, and proper strokes.

MacGregor Point Provincial Park’s BioBlitz takes place June 9-10. Expert and amateur participants are invited to collect information on what species can be found within the park’s ecosystems over a 24-hour period.

Did you know?

Ontario Parks is searching its archives for interesting artifacts. An ongoing ‘Then and Now’ series takes a look at the evolution of Ontario Parks over time, starting with park uniforms and parks guides. Follow along as we share our discoveries in the 125thanniversary blog series.


Park information sources

Find Ontario Parks 125th Anniversary information at https://www.ontarioparks.com/op125.

The Park’s Travel Media website has background information, infographics, a media library, and more: http://www.ontarioparks.com/travelmedia

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