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It’s back! Enjoy FREE day use at all Ontario parks on July 19, 2019 For Healthy Parks Healthy People Day!

Spending time in nature is good for our physical and mental health. There are tons of great events taking place across the province to encourage appreciation for nature and raise awareness about the benefits of spending time in nature.

Write yourself a nature prescription and start your weekend early with FREE daytime admission to your favorite provincial park.

Check out our four featured events or scroll down to see park events across the province:

1. Go art crazy at Awenda Provincial Park

What better way to help celebrate Awenda Provincial Park’s 40th anniversary this summer than by exploring the park’s rich artistic heritage and creating your own personal masterpiece?

Learn how to keep a nature journal, paint a “tree cookie,” or decorate your own miniature palette in a workshop designed to capture your special connection with Awenda!

  • Where: Awenda Provincial Park
  • When: July 19: Sessions will be offered at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
  • As: Pre-register at the park store upon arrival at the park. Limited to 30 participants.

2. Yoga at Bon Echo Provincial Park

Did you know that physical activity in nature can reduce the risk of mental health problems by 50%? Taking your workout outdoors is a great way to get even more health benefits.

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Experience the health benefits of the outdoors by joining a yoga class at Bon Echo to celebrate Healthy People in Healthy Parks Day.

  • Where: Pumphouse Beach (near the Visitor Center) in Bon Echo Provincial Park
  • When: July 19 at 9:30 am
  • As: No registration required – meet us on the beach and bring your yoga mat!

3. Forest Bathing at MacGregor Point Provincial Park

Explore MacGregor Point through a peaceful forest bathing session. Together we will take a meditative walk through the forest to enjoy the positive health benefits of being in nature.

I never heard it? Learn more about forest bathing here.

  • Where: Visitor Center at MacGregor Provincial Park
  • When: July 19 at 9:00 am
  • As: Pre-register by stopping by the Visitor Center or calling 519-389-6232.

4. Amazing amphibians at Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park

Boy holding a frog

Frogs, toads, salamanders, oh my! The word amphibian means “double life,” since most amphibians spend part of their life on land and part in water. Stop by this Discovery Drop-in to explore, observe and discover the incredible species of amphibians that inhabit our park.

Find an event near you!

Our Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration takes place across the province, so you can choose an event at your favorite provincial park.

Art and music

Park Activity/Event Zone
Algonquian Tom Thomson’s free padel art workshop and competition Algonquian
Arrowhead Paint for your health! Algonquian
He goes Go Art Crazy: Paint and Paddle Road; ‘cookie’ canvas South west
balsam lake Go crazy about art Southeast
Bye Tree Cookie Painting Algonquian
Killarney Guitar workshop and concert by Zach Oliver. Northeast
killer bear Go Art Crazy: Cookie Shaped Canvas Northeast
Kettle Lakes art in the park Northeast
neys Tree Cookie Painting Northwest
Pinery art in the park South west
Pinery Paint the old usable South west
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Nature and education

Cultural heritage

Park Activity/Event Zone
killer bear Traditional Nishinaabeg ceremonies with strawberries and water Northeast
Murphy’s point Tour – the mystery of the Silver Queen mine Southeast
Murphy’s point Traditional indigenous closing ceremony and canoe launch. Southeast

Children’s programming

Nature walks

Sports and Recreation

Yoga and well-being

For all other events, see our Events page.

Do you just want to go out?

Head to a park to walk, swim, paddle, and generally fall in love with nature again! Find a park near you using our Park Locator.