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Canada's Parks Day Showcased Northern Ontario Parks

Date published: 
Monday, July 22, 2013

Every year, the third Saturday  in July is set aside to celebrate our parks. From day trip hikes to late-night campfires  to a few days spent relaxing in the beauty of nature, our parks are a tremendous treasure; one we’re in danger of losing forever.

With last year’s plans  by the  Ontario  Government  to close ten  parks  in Northern Ontario  to overnight camping, our northern communities faced the possibility  of economic devastation and decline. Following pressure from the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) the province agreed to reopen three of the ten parks for the 2013 summer.

On July 20, Canada’s Parks  Day was celebrated at Ivanhoe  Lake, Fushimi  Lake, and René Brunelle, the three  parks  saved  by FONOM’s efforts. Visitors had  the  chance  to appreciate these  special  places  that could have been  lost. To ensure  these  and other  northern parks  are  open  again next Parks  Day, more visitors   need  to  show  the  provincial   government that  Ontarians   truly  value  their  northern parks. Reserving  at Ontario  Parks  online  is quick and  easy by following this  link:

“People lead hectic lives these  days, and work pushes  on our free time more  and more. That’s why it’s especially  important for people  to really  relax, unplug, and  unwind  when  they  can. Spending  time  in Northern Ontario  among our magnificent  parks  is more  important than  ever,” said Al Spacek, Mayor of Kapuskasing and President of FONOM.

“The Government  is telling Ontarians  they need to use these  parks  or lose them. We’re inviting campers to make every day Canada’s Parks Day in the north  and see all the great  adventures you can have here, and discover what you could be missing.”

The Ontario  Government  has indicated  it may reconsider the closure  of the other  parks  if the summer season sees an influx of visitors.

“There are so many things to see and do here, exploring a wilderness that’s the envy of the world or just getting away from the hectic everyday. And our local communities are there  with every convenience you need to make the trip special,” said Mayor Spacek.

Open provincial parks are currently taking bookings for overnight  stays. For More Information:

Al Spacek,
Mayor of Kapuskasing and President of FONOM            
705 335 0001


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