Ontario Parks, in partnership with Coleman, want you to get outdoors this summer and (re)discover the many provincial parks by opening the gates to everyone for free on July 17, 2015 for the day.
The day includes free access to trails, beaches, picnic areas, etc. as well as information sessions at select parks, like Painting in Nature at Arrowhead Provincial Park or an introduction to planning a backcountry canoe portage in Algonquin Provincial Park to explore the more than 2,400 lakes in Canada’s oldest park (which also happens to be one-quarter the size of Belgium).
From the Ontario Parks website:
Ontario’s provincial parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know spending time in nature is good for your health too?
The research is clear; spending time in nature improves our physical, mental and social well-being. As our society becomes increasingly urban, there is growing recognition that Canadians are suffering from nature deficit disorder, the term used to describe negative personal, social and societal impacts when people disconnect from nature.
Ontario Parks supports Healthy Parks Healthy People; a worldwide movement that works to promote and understand the link between a healthy environment and healthy society. We are working with organizations from a number of different sectors to help connect Canadians to nature.
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. With locations across the province Ontario Parks offers facilities and programs to help you enjoy nature in all four seasons, regardless of your outdoor experience. Our park locator can help you find exactly what you are looking for.