Ontario Encourages Families to Explore the Great Outdoors: Ontario’s provincial parks capture a dazzling array of spectacular views and natural features that can be seen from just outside your tent’s door, high atop a rocky bluff, and everywhere else in between.
You’ll find impressive waterfalls in many provincial parks:
- The Ranney Gorge suspension bridge and the scenic limestone bluffs at Ferris provide a stunning view of Ranney Falls.
- Kakabeka Falls, known as Niagara of the North, plunges 40 metres over sheer cliffs.
Enjoy a view from the heights:
- Breathtaking Ouimet Canyon is more than 100 metres wide and 100 metres deep.
- At Pancake Bay a viewing platform overlooks the spot where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.
- A steep climb to Sleeping Giant rewards hikers with unbeatable views of Lake Superior.
- Point Farms, once a popular Victorian resort, perches atop a bluff overlooking Lake Huron.
Marvel at the history and heritage preserved in our parks:
- Bon Echo boat tours provide a close-up view of the Aboriginal pictographs on Mazinaw Rock.
- At Craigleith on Georgian Bay, 455-million-year-old fossils are embedded in the shale shore.
Roam through these landscapes:
- Quetico is known and loved for its rugged beauty. Paddle the park’s vast system of lakes and rivers and marvel at granite cliffs, exposed bedrock and spectacular waterfalls.
- Sandbanks’ giant dunes and beaches form two of the world’s largest freshwater sandbars.
- French River opens up a 105-kilometre span of interconnecting lakes, gorges and rapids.
- Killarney’s sapphire lakes and jack pine ridges have captivated artists like the Group of Seven.
- Lake Superior stretches between rugged coastline and Agawa Canyon’s back-country beauty.
See for yourself. Campsites can be reserved online or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK. Visitors can have a whole year of fun with an Ontario Parks annual day-use pass.
- In 2012, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than nine million visits and brought in $69 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.
- There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 featuring visitor facilities.
- Ontario Parks employs more than 1,600 students each summer.
- Park closing dates vary across Ontario. Visitors can still hike into most parks, but gates will be closed and washroom facilities unavailable.
Ministry of Natural Resources, October 4, 2013