McGuinty Government Invites Everyone To Participate In Canada's
Parks Day on July 19
TORONTO, July 16 /CNW/ -
Ontario's provincial parks offer a range of special events and activities
on Canada's Parks Day as part of the annual nation-wide celebration.
More than 60 provincial parks in Ontario will hold special events on July
- Arrowhead - enjoy a day canoe hike and evening canoe program
- Murphys Point - attend an evening nature show celebrating the life of
- Quetico - you be the judge at Quetico's historical talent show
- Samuel de Champlain - join special guests Sciensational Snakes
- Sandbanks - talk with the animals and learn how they communicate.
First marked in 1990, Canada's Parks Day showcases parks and historic
sites across the country.
"Ontario's provincial parks offer a range of fun family activities,
including camping, hiking, canoeing and picnicking," said Donna Cansfield,
Natural Resources Minister
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/About/2ColumnSubPage/226953.html). "I hope
everyone will take part in Canada's Parks Day celebration to find out more
about our world-renowned parks system."
"The natural beauty of our parks means they're great places for making
lifelong memories," said Tourism Minister Peter Fonseca
(http://www.tourism.gov.on.ca/english/about/bio.htm). "Our parks are a key
part of the province's tourism industry and help make Ontario an exciting
outdoor and adventure destination."
- There are 330 provincial parks in Ontario; 114 of these are
"operating" parks (with visitor facilities) and 19 are open all year
- Ontario's parks and protected areas cover over 9 million hectares, or
about 9 per cent of the province's area.
- For a list of some of the Canada's Parks Day events taking place in
provincial and national parks across the country, visit
- Visit the Ontario Parks website (www.ontarioparks.com/) to find out
about special events in provincial parks, opening and closing dates,
camping accommodations, park fees and more.
- To reserve a campsite, call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) between
7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. EST daily, or book online 24 hours a day at
the Ontario Parks website.
- To obtain a copy of the 2008 Ontario Parks Guide, call 1-800-ONTARIO.
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For further information:
For further information: David Bauer, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212;
Jolanta Kowalski, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2106