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Ontario Parks Invites Ontarians to Enjoy Free Access on Healthy Parks Healthy People Day

TORONTO – Ontario residents are encouraged to embrace the outdoors as Ontario Parks offers free day-use access on Friday, July 19, in celebration of Healthy Parks Healthy People Day. This annual event promotes the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature.

Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Andrea Khanjin, highlighted the initiative as an opportunity for families to explore Ontario’s diverse landscapes. Activities such as hiking, cycling, paddling, and swimming await visitors in the province’s extensive park system.

In a historic move, Ontario Parks is set to enhance recreational opportunities with the addition of 300 new campsites and electrical upgrades to 800 existing sites, marking the largest expansion in the park’s history. This $55.4 million investment since 2018 aims to cater to the growing demand from Ontario’s population while ensuring a quality experience for all visitors.

To guarantee access on Healthy Parks Healthy People Day, visitors are encouraged to obtain a free daily vehicle permit in advance for one of the 75 participating parks. Beyond July 19, Ontario Parks continues to offer engaging summer programs, including guided hikes and the upcoming 30×30 Nature Challenge throughout August.

For families and outdoor enthusiasts alike, Healthy Parks Healthy People Day presents an ideal opportunity to reconnect with nature and enjoy the abundant recreational activities Ontario has to offer.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at

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