Free admission to Ontario Parks on Friday, July 15, 2016

Black Spruce Trail
Black Spruce Trail, Shoals Provincial Park

Celebrate Healthy Parks, Healthy People (HPHP) with Ontario Parks, Friday, July 15, 2016. Admission to all Ontario Parks is free for day-use visits. HPHP is a worldwide movement that encourages more time in nature for overall health. July 15th is a chance to celebrate and sample what Ontario Parks offer in summer and throughout the year. Join a park interpreter for a guided hike. Try stand-up paddle boarding. Take a yoga or tai chi class. Enjoy arts and crafts. Learn to fish and much more. This Parks Blog highlights July 15th celebrations,

Over 40 parks across Ontario offer Natural Heritage Education (NHE) programming all summer long. Led by park naturalists, most NHE activities are free with a valid day-use, overnight camping or seasonal park permit. More than 360,000 park visitors participated in NHE last summer alone. This Parks Blog post highlights NHE’s incredible 70 year history and provides more information on what “park interpretation” is and which parks offer interpretive programs,

Families who’ve never camped and want to learn, can. This summer, Learn to Camp, now in its sixth year, is back at eight southern Ontario Parks. Learn to pitch a tent, cook on a camp stove and build a campfire safely. Instruction and equipment are provided. For more details and to register, visit

Complement an overnight Learn to Camp experience with a hands-on Learn to Fish lesson. Equipment and instruction are provided. Find out more at

NHE, Learn to Camp and Learn to Fish are samples of the things to see and do at Ontario Parks. Throughout the year, there is more. Park staff continually update a 12-month online listing with new events and activities to try, Ontario Parks is also on Twitter at, and on Facebook at