• News
  • July 15, 2015

Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People and Canada’s Parks Day

Ontario Provincial Parks Free on July 17

Peterborough - Ontario’s provincial parks are celebrating Healthy Parks Healthy People on July 17 with free day-use for everyone, and Canada’s Parks Day on July 18. A range of special events and activities will take place both days.


This year, Ontario adopted Healthy Parks Healthy People, a world-wide movement that reinforces and encourages the connections between a healthy environment and a healthy society. Research shows that interacting with nature is good for both physical and mental health – doing everything from reducing stress to strengthening the immune system, to reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and lowering blood pressure.


Many of Ontario’s provincial parks will be hosting Healthy Parks Healthy People events on July 17. Take advantage of three Provincial Parks close to home. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park and Petroglyphs Provincial Park


Canada's Parks Day is an annual event featuring fun, educational, family-oriented events in parks across the country.


Encouraging people to enjoy Ontario's provincial park is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.




“Healthy Parks Healthy People and Canada’s Parks Day provide great opportunities to explore and enjoy the benefits that parks provide for people of all ages. With more than 330 parks to discover, there is truly something for everyone in Ontario’s provincial parks.”

— Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry


“Healthy Parks Healthy People and Canada’s Parks Day allows families and individuals to experience Ontario's Provincial Parks free of charge. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this great opportunity to enjoy our Provincial Parks right here in the Peterborough area.”

-Jeff Leal, MPP Peterborough




  • There are over 330 provincial parksin Ontario, covering over eight million hectares — larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
    • In 2014, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 8.5-million visits from people around the world and brought in over $70 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses across the province.



Learn to Camp

Locate parks by services, activities and seasons

Reserve a campsite

2015 Ontario Parks Guide

Download an activity passport for the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter.

Keep in Mind...

This website is provided for your convenience. If you'd prefer to call or email, my staff and I would be happy to hear from you.

Top Stories

Twitter Feed