Healthy Parks Healthy People – July 15

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Healthy Parks Healthy People!

Ontario’s provincial parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know spending time in nature is good for your health too?

The research is clear; spending time in nature improves our physical, mental and social well-being. As our society becomes increasingly urban, there is growing recognition that Canadians are suffering from nature deficit disorder, the term used to describe negative personal, social and societal impacts when people disconnect from nature.

Ontario Parks supports Healthy Parks Healthy People; a worldwide movement that works to promote and understand the link between a healthy environment and healthy society. We are working with organizations from a number of different sectors to helpconnect Canadians to nature.

The time to strengthen and rediscover our connection to nature is now! Ontario’s provincial parks are home to some of the most inspiring and beautiful landscapes in the country. With locations across the province Ontario Parks offers facilities and programs to help you enjoy nature in all four seasons, regardless of your outdoor experience. Our park locator can help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People with Ontario Parks!

When: Friday July 15, 2016

Where: All operating Ontario Parks.

What: Free day-use at all Ontario Parks. We are opening our doors to everyone in Ontario; there will be no charge for day-use visitation during the celebration. Parks across the province will offer events and activities that encourage people to visit parks and be active. Explore a new park, sample our facilities and services or enjoy a fun event in a great natural setting!

Why: The time to strengthen and rediscover our connection to nature is now! Ontario’s provincial parks are home to some of the most inspiring and beautiful landscapes in the country. We want to increase the awareness and uptake of the strong benefits linked to spending time in nature.

What is included with the free day-use entry?

All visitors to the park will be issued a complimentary day-pass to the park. You may enjoy the park facilities until 10:00pm on July 15. Additional charges for facilities not included in day-use such as camping, equipment rentals and pools at Bronte Creek and Earl Rowe provincial parks will remain in effect during the celebration.

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