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Enjoy Nature: Outdoor Recreation

There’s a lot to do in Ontario’s great outdoors


Whether you’re looking for a fun family vacation, outdoor adventure or peaceful solitude in nature, there’s no limit to the variety of outdoor activities Ontario has to offer. You’ll find that every season has its special attractions and things to do.

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We’ll get you started

Many provincial parks have canoes, kayaks, boats and motors, equipped campsites, cross-country skis and bicycles available to rent.

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Make the most of winter

Check the Ontario Parks Ski Trail Report for the latest on cross-country ski and snow conditions.

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Spend a day outdoors

Enjoying the outdoors can be as easy as packing a picnic for a day trip to a conservation authority or provincial park near you.


Are you looking for outdoor adventure?


Backcountry camping…whitewater rafting… kayaking…overnight trekking....if that’s the kind of outdoor challenge and excitement you want, check out the Ontario Parks guide or the Great Ontario Outdoors website and start planning.  To help you really get off the beaten path, Ontario’s Crown land also provides great opportunities for camping and other outdoor recreation activities.


A birdwatcher’s paradise


In the spring and fall, hundreds of species of birds pass through our province on their annual migration to and from northern nesting grounds.  Presqu’ile  and Long Point are two of several provincial parks that offer special events for birders and some of the best bird watching in the world.


Take a hike!


If you enjoy a walk in the woods, then Ontario is the place to be. Ontario Parks maintains 2,000 kilometres of trails that range from short, self-guided walks to more adventurous paths in rugged terrain for overnight backpacking.  You can also walk the Bruce Trail that winds along the Niagara Escarpment, providing spectacular scenic outlooks.


Paddle through history


Follow the same canoe routes as the early fur traders, and the Aboriginal peoples before them, in Quetico, French River, and Samuel de Champlain provincial parks.


Don’t hibernate this winter


When the snow falls, put on your boots, hats and parkas and head for a provincial park.  Many parks offer well-marked, groomed trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking.  Some parks also have hills for tobogganing, and lakes or artificial rinks for ice-skating.