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Spiritual walks and storytelling - Parks Blog

When paddling a river or roasting marshmallows, it can be easy to forget the rich cultural history of Ontario’s provincial parks.

This August we will have all kinds of stories in our parks, especially at night.

Awenda Provincial Park

Child on a rock in the water at sunset.

An entertaining evening awaits you on August 17! Celebrate Awenda’s 40th anniversary with a spectacular Georgian Bay beach sunset and some colorful characters and stories to match!

Brontë Creek Provincial Park

The park’s 19th-century Spruce Lane farmhouse is rumored to be haunted.

Image of Spruce Lane Farmhouse where the event will be held.

Experience our 1899 farmhouse at night as we explore the paranormal side of Spruce Lane Farm. Learn about the strange customs the Victorians had around death and witness some of the unexplained happenings on our farm.

The tours are intended to educate and not frighten or frighten visitors.

Reservations are not required. Please note that the tours are not stroller or wheelchair friendly and dogs are not permitted inside Spruce Lane Farmhouse.

A guide dressed in Victorian clothing talks to the crowd about the house.

Join us August 11 and 18 for our Ghost Walks. A new group leaves every 15 to 20 minutes from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm and tours last approximately 30 minutes.

Petroglyphs Provincial Park

A view from inside the visitor center.

One of the most notable sites in Canada is located at the Petroglyphs, north of Peterborough. The largest known concentration of indigenous rock carvings in the country. (petroglyphs) is here. The carvings depict turtles, snakes, birds, humans and more.

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A different view of the interior of the visitor center.

The sacred site is known as the “Teaching rocks.” Typically, Petroglyphs is a day-use only park, operating from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily during the summer months. However, this August, Two special night visits are planned. Bring your flashlight!

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park

Take a walk back in time with a night of evening spirit on August 3 and 31.

A staff member dressed in period clothing stands in front of a travelers' camp.

As you walk along the Mattawa River you will meet the people who lived and worked in this region until 400 years ago.

Spirit of Samuel de Champlain passing along the path.

From the time of the first explorers to the logging era, there are surely many stories to tell: of hardship and work, of adventures and comical mishaps, and of impressive journeys.

You can find a lot of different programs on our events page for parks across the province. See you soon at one!