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Explore a wealth of culture, history and artistic inspiration and discover fun and creative ways to learn about Ontario’s natural wonders. Learn tips from Ontario's professional photographers, take a guided wildlife photography tour, or book an overnight stargazing getaway. Learn about First Nations heritage on a Spirit Walk or Native Cree culture on a wilderness retreat. Witness a bird migration, go on a wilderness mushroom foray adventure or join an outdoor painting workshop.
The Group of Seven was a community of Canadian artists in the early 20th century who connected with the country’s rugged environment through a unique style of landscape painting. The work of the Group of Seven, along with associated artists, has come to represent a distinct, globally recognized, Canadian artistic identity. Art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike are invited to visit some of the iconic locations and landscapes that inspired these artists of the past.
From Monarch butterflies to polar bears, the elusive woodland caribou to Beluga whales, Ontario is home (or at least a stopover) for a wide variety of wildlife. Visit Point Pelee National Park each autumn to witness the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies and participate in one of their nature learning programs. Observe wolves in their natural habitat at the the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Preserve Wolf Centre, located in a privately owned 80,000 acre forest. Visit different habitats across the province to spot a variety of bird species. Ontario Parks staff have a few tips to becoming a better birder.
Catch a glimpse of the spectacular aurora borealis - our Northern Lights. View the beauty of the night sky at the Lennox-Addington County Night Sky Viewing Area, the Binbrook Conservation Area outside of Hamilton, Gordon’s Park Dark Sky Preserve on Manitoulin Island or Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve in Muskoka.
Follow the culture and rituals of Ontario’s First Nations through rich oral histories and traditions. Relive the days of the French-Canadian voyageurs by following historic water routes first charted over 300 years ago. Follow the route of explorer, Samuel de Champlain. 400 year ago he navigated the Ottawa River, the Mattawa River, Lake Nipissing, the French River and the waters of the Georgian Bay, paving the way for future French voyageurs. Get the Circuit Champlain itinerary and start planning your adventure. Gain insight into our fascinating marine heritage and the dedicated light keepers who kept watch over vessels along Ontario’s Great Lakes and bay shores.
From monarchs to polar bears, from timid woodland caribou to belugas, Ontario provides habitat (or resting place) for a multitude of wildlife.
If you’re new to the outdoors, we have programs and outfitters waiting to welcome you with easy and fun instruction.
Looking for that 'trip of a lifetime'? An epic wilderness quest is within reach with an Ontario fly-in or rail experience.