No summer is complete without a day trip (or several) to Ontario’s provincial parks. The soaring trees, glittering lakes, and wide-open views just don’t compare to anything you’ll find in the city. And for one day only this July, you’ll be able to visit them for free.

Ontario Parks is launching a one-day celebration called Healthy Parks Healthy People. On this day, there will be no charge to enter all provincial parks (as long as they’re currently operating).

You’ll have until 10 p.m. to enjoy the parks with the complimentary pass that you’ll be issued when you arrive.

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The pass will grant you access to every nature amenity that the parks have to offer, from views to hikes to waterfalls and more.

“The time to strengthen and rediscover our connection to nature is now,” says Ontario Parks.

“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.”

However, it’s worth noting that you will still have to pay for facilities not included in day use, such as camping and equipment rentals.

 

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With just one day of free entry to take advantage of, you may want to start planning your adventure in advance. A canoe trip in Algonquin, a beach day at Sandbanks, a scenic hike at Petroglyphs? The options are endless!

Mark your calendars on Friday, July 15! Heck, maybe even take a vacation day. Opportunities like this don’t come around often.