Lead photo: Enjoying a snowshoe hike at Ontario Parks Frontenac – photo courtesy Ontario Parks
First Day Hikes for the New Year
A Special Feature from our friends at Ontario Parks
To kick off the new year, Ontario Parks is inviting Ontarians to participate in a First Day Hike on January 1st, 2024. Parks around the province will be hosting events to help participants spend the first day of the year enjoying the great outdoors.
As Ontario heads into winter, it’s important to prioritize time outside to improve mental and physical health. It’s been shown that spending 20-30 minutes outdoors 3 days a week can help lower blood pressure and reduce stress levels. Hiking is also a great way to stay active through the colder months to promote head to toe health.
Set the right intention and prioritize mental and physical health this year, start off by heading to one of the more than 30 provincial parks that remain open this winter and participate in a First Day Hike. Find a local park and spend the first day of 2024 with Ontario Parks.
Start Planning Your 2024 Ontario Parks Day Trips
The Ontario Parks 2024 Day-Use Vehicle Permits are now available for purchase for the upcoming seasons.
Winter fans can check out the Winter Day-Use Vehicle Permit which is valid from December 1, 2023 to April 31, 2024 to start planning those cross-country skiing and snowshoeing day trips. For all season park lovers, the 2024 Annual Day-Use Vehicle Permit provides access to parks all year long.
Waiting for the warmer months? Choose the Summer day-use permit, which is valid from April 1, 2024 to November 30, 2024.
All Seasonal Day-Use Vehicle Permits can be used to reserve spots in advance where available at no additional cost on the Ontario Parks Website.