June 5, 2015 2:11 pm
Updated: June 5, 2015 3:04 pm

Ontario provincial parks to offer free admission July 17

Waves crash on shore during a November gale at Lake Superior's Government Beach near Wawa, Ont.


Day visitors will be admitted to Ontario’s more than 330 provincial parks free of charge on July 17th.

The province says it’s joined the world-wide Healthy Parks Healthy People movement and the free admission is aimed at encouraging everyone to visit a provincial park to improve their health.

A release from the Ministry of Natural Resources notes contact with nature has been found to lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, help fight disease and reduce stress.

Day use fees for visiting Ontario’s provincial parks range from $11.25 to $20 per vehicle. Fees are lower for seniors, ranging from $9 to $16, and for persons with disabilities, between $5.50 to $10.

Some of the free events to be offered July 17 include a guided mine hike at Murphys Point Provincial Park, and yoga at Quetico Provincial Park and on the beach at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park.

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