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Monday, September 10, 2012

New at Ontario Parks this fall

(News Release)

Five reasons to explore Ontario Parks this fall
Fall colours
Ontario Parks' fall colours are worth travelling for. That's why Ontario Parks received over 1 million visits last fall. Log on to the Ontario Parks website at http://www.parkreports.com/fall/ to get fall colour reports from across the province. A colour chart on the site maps the latest leaf changes. The darkest reds indicate peak colours. Individual park reports suggest places to go in each park to see the best colours. The report is updated regularly. Park staff share their fall colour tips for Algonquin Provincial Park in this Park Blog post, http://www.parkreports.com/parksblog/?p=2966
New park accommodation
New types of accommodation are being piloted in three Ontario Parks this fall. Campers can reserve Camp Cabins and Deluxe Tents at The Pinery Provincial Park on Lake Huron, Arrowhead Provincial Park, north of Huntsville, and Murphys Point Provincial Park southwest of Ottawa. The Camp Cabins sleep five and the Deluxe Tents sleep four comfortably. Both accommodation types feature rustic style log furniture and screened-in porches with Muskoka chairs. This Park Blog post has pictures of both and gives more information on each. http://www.parkreports.com/parksblog/?p=2857_
Great hikes
Eighty-four provincial parks have hiking trails of varying distances and skill levels. Eleven parks have overnight backpacking trails. Use the Park Locator to locate all parks with trails. http://www.parkreports.com/locator/search.php then click on the park of your choice to find trail descriptions. 
Fall events
Artists and easels will be on park trails capturing the fall colours in Killarney Provincial Park on September 20-23. The Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year and has planned the Killarney field trip for its artist members. Canada's famous Group of Seven members often travelled to Killarney in the fall to sketch. Read more about Killarney's artistic side on the Friends of Killarney web site at http://bit.ly/NYL8Nq. This Park Blog post highlights other fall events taking place in Ontario Parks, http://www.parkreports.com/parksblog/?p=2972 More events are on the Ontario Parks' Calendar of Events at http://www.parkreports.com/events/events.php
You don't need a car to visit Ontario Parks this fall. Parkbus, a non-profit initiative, has express bus service to Killarney, Grundy Lake, French River and Algonquin Provincial Parks. Stops are near park outfitters where canoe and other equipment rentals are available. Visit Parkbus.ca for details, http://parkbus.ca/index.php

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