2009 Parks Season Officially Opens

    McGuinty Government Invites Everyone To Experience Ontario's World-
    Renowned Parks

    TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ -


    Most provincial parks in southern Ontario will be open on May 8, with the
majority of northern parks opening on May 15.
    Ontario's provincial parks offer a variety of recreational activities,
including camping, hiking, canoeing, swimming, picnicking and wildlife
viewing. Many parks also provide Natural Heritage Education programs for
children and adults to connect with their surroundings and learn about
wildlife, plants, and park history.
    May 8 also marks the beginning of an 11-day ban on the possession and
consumption of alcoholic beverages in 44 provincial parks


    "Visiting one of Ontario's magnificent provincial parks this year is an
opportunity for you, your family and friends to get outdoors and appreciate
the value and beauty of nature. Parks are located in areas all across the
province so there is sure to be one nearby to enjoy."
    - Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources


    -   There are 330 provincial parks in Ontario; 113 of these are
        "operating" parks (with visitor facilities). Last year, more than 9.5
        million visits were made to Ontario Parks.
    -   Ontario Parks employs more than 1500 students each summer.
    -   Ontario's provincial parks protect distinctive landscapes, rare plant
        and animal species and historic cultural sites.


    -   To find out more about the alcohol ban, camping, park opening and
        closing dates, fees and special events in provincial parks, visit the
        Ontario Parks website (www.OntarioParks.com).
    -   See the 2009 Ontario Parks Guide at
    -   Get a printed copy by calling 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746).
    -   To reserve a campsite, call 1-888-ONT-PARK (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 at

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                          ONTARIO PARKS 2009 SEASON

    Making Reservations at Ontario Parks
    Ontario's provincial parks are popular camping spots. Reservations are
recommended for overnight stays and can be made up to five months in advance.
The cost for each reservation is $12.00, and the minimum cost to change or
cancel a reservation is $9.00.
    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
    Regular fees for campsites range from $25.75 to $40.00 a night, with
discounts available for Ontario seniors and Ontario persons with disabilities.
Day-use fees range from $10.00 to $18.00 a day. Seasonal day-use passes are
also available. In addition to campgrounds for tents and trailers, some parks
offer yurts, cabins and cottages for rent.
    Most provincial parks in southern Ontario open on May 8, and the majority
of northern parks open on May 15. Visit www.OntarioParks.com to find out when
a specific park is opening.

    Alcohol Ban in 44 Provincial Parks

    Ontario Parks reminds campers that May 8 also marks the beginning of an
11-day ban on possessing and consuming alcoholic beverages in selected
provincial parks.
    The alcohol ban, in effect through May 18, includes campsites and day-use
areas. Beginning May 19, park visitors may consume alcoholic beverages at
registered campsites only. The possession and consumption of alcohol is
prohibited in day-use areas year-round. Charges under the Liquor Licence Act
and regulations can be laid against those who possess and consume alcohol in
day-use areas or do not observe the alcohol ban.

    This year, the alcohol ban is in effect at the following 44 provincial
    Arrowhead             Inverhuron              Rushing River
    Arrow Lake            Killbear                Samuel de Champlain
    Awenda                Long Point              Sandbanks
    Balsam Lake           MacGregor Point         Sauble Falls
    Bass Lake             Mara                    Selkirk
    Blue Lake             McRae Point             Sharbot Lake
    Bon Echo              Murphys Point           Sibbald Point
    Bronte Creek          Oastler Lake            Silver Falls
    Craigleith            Pinery                  Silver Lake
    Darlington            Point Farms             Six Mile Lake
    Earl Rowe             Port Burwell            Sleeping Giant
    Emily                 Presqu'ile              Sturgeon Bay
    Ferris                Rideau River            Turkey Point
    Fitzroy               Rock Point              Wheatley
    Grundy Lake           Rondeau

    Get a Copy of the Parks Guide

    Free copies of the 2009 Ontario Parks Guide
(http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/parksguide.html) are available at 
www.OntarioParks.com, at provincial park offices, tourism agencies,
ServiceOntario (http://www.serviceontario.ca/), local chambers of commerce and
by calling 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746).

    Joanna Dorff, Ontario Parks,           ontario.ca/natural-resources-news
    705-755-7275                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Ivan Langrish, Minister's Office, (416)
314-2212; Media Desk, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2106

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