McGuinty government opens Ontario Provincial Parks, employs more than 1,500 students

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From inside the tent: "Aaaahhh. Serenity now" :> photo courtesy: www.parkreports.com

Most Ontario Parks will open for the season tomorrow, with the majority of northern Ontario parks opening May 18.  Starting this month, visitors can enjoy a range of great family activities in Ontario Parks. For example, they can:

§  Learn how to backcountry camp <http://www.parkreports.com/events/event_details.php?parkID=26&Submit=View+Events> at Frontenac Provincial Park <http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/fron.html>  on May 12.
§  Spot magnificent wildlife like deer and moose at Algonquin Provincial Park <http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/algo.html> .
§  Join park staff at Bronte Creek’s Spring Thyme on the Farm <http://www.parkreports.com/events/event_details.php?parkID=11&Submit=View+Events> on May 21 and participate in farm activities typical of the 1890s.
§  Visit MacGregor Point’s <http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/macg.html>  annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival <http://www.parkreports.com/events/event_details.php?parkID=44&Submit=View+Events> May 25 to June 3.

In 2011, Ontario’s provincial parks received almost 10 million visits – an increase of 50,000 visits from the year before.  Ontario Parks brought in almost $63 million in revenue in 2011, which was re-invested in our provincial parks programs and supported jobs and businesses all across the province.

Campsites can be reserved online 24 hours a day at OntarioParks.com/welcome <http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/reservations.html>  or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily.

“Our world-renowned provincial parks offer millions of visitors the opportunity to spend their days hiking, canoeing, swimming or relaxing, and their evenings sitting around a campfire under the stars.”
Michael Gravelle, Minister of Natural Resources

QUICK FACTS

·         There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 featuring visitor facilities. Many Ontario parks provide barrier free facilities. <http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/algo-facilities.html>
·         Ontario Parks employs more than 1,500 students each summer.

LEARN MORE
·         Get information about <http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/index.html> camping, park opening and closing dates, fees and special events in Ontario Parks.
·         See the 2012 Ontario Parks Guide <http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/parksguide.html>  or get a printed copy by calling 1-800-ONTARIO            (668-2746).
·         There is an alcohol ban at some Ontario Parks during the first 11 days of the season in southern Ontario. This year the ban is from May 11 to May 21.

Supplemental– ontario.ca/natural-resources-news <http://ontario.ca/natural-resources-news>

sent to The Silo by Drew Davidson Associate Press Secretary
Office of the Premier of Ontario
Office: 416-325-2478
Cell: 416-670-4822
Drew.Davidson@ontario.ca

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