Credit: Ontario Parks
Ontario Parks is adding more roofed accommodation to parks across Ontario in 2014. Some of the new accommodation will be in parks that have not offered roofed accommodation in the past.
Two big park anniversary events will also take place in summer 2014. In July, Killarney Provincial Park will celebrate its 50th anniversary with its first annual Group of Seven Festival and in August, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park will host the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Nottawasaga Bay. Summer 2014 also means Learn-to-Camp is back at select Ontario Parks. New Parkbus access has been added to Learn to Camp sessions at Six Mile Lake and Grundy Lake Provincial Parks, north of Toronto. Overnight sessions are booking fast. To view availability and to register, visit http://www.ontarioparks.com/learntocamp.
New Roofed Accommodation
Five Ontario Parks are getting new roofed accommodation. Anglers will love the new cabin now available at Fushimi Lake Provincial Park, north of Hearst. Both Finlayson Point (near Temagami) and Bon Echo Provincial Parks have new cabins available. And a new backcountry cabin only accessible by boat or canoe has also opened at Charleston Lake Provincial Park near Brockville. New accommodation at one other popular provincial park will be completed this summer. Click https://reservations.ontarioparks.com/ to find out more. More on the new roofed accommodation is in this Park Blog post: http://www.parkreports.com/parksblog/?p=6140.
Anniversary Events & New Group of Seven Festival
Killarney Provincial Park celebrates its 50th anniversary July 18 to 20, 2014. The first annual Group of Seven Festival will be a part of the anniversary celebration. Group of Seven painter, A.Y. Jackson, greatly influenced this park's creation. Franklin Carmichael, another member of the Group of Seven, also painted many of his famous canvases in Killarney. The park’s landscape continues to fascinate artists, art-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The first annual Group of Seven Festival will include plein air art sessions, Group of Seven-inspired hikes and special evening presentations. This Park Blog post has a video and more on the festival, http://www.parkreports.com/parksblog/?p=6153.
The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Nottawasaga Bay will take place at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, August 14 to 17. “Wasaga under Siege” will feature a Grand Encampment at Nancy Island Historic Site with over 500 re-enactors including soldiers, 19th century merchants and artisans. Authentic War of 1812 tactics, historical battles and marine assault landings will bring to life the famous War of 1812 battle that was fought against US forces. More on the anniversary event can be found on the festival’s official website at http://www.wasagaundersiege1812.com/ and to view some of the activities, check out www.youtube.com/theontarioparks under Events at Ontario Parks.
For more 2014 Ontario Parks events, check the Ontario Parks’ Calendar of Events which is continually updated at http://www.ontarioparks.com/events.