Provincial Parks of Southern Ontario
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Provincial Parks of Southern Ontario

The history of Ontario’s provincial parks goes back over a hundred years when, in 1893 Algonquin Park, Ontario’s first provincial park was created as a forest reserve, preserving the provinces' fish and game and to be used for public use. In 1913 The Parks Act sets aside land not suitable for agriculture or settlement. By 1978 Cabinet had approved Planning and Management Policies giving Ontario one of the world’s leading and most innovative parks planning systems.

The Ontario Parks system is often used as the model for other parks systems in North America and is one of the best in the world. This can be attributed to its delicate balance of recreation, preservation, and conservation. By 1983 this new planning system leads to the creation of 155 new parks. This new planning system leads to the designation of 155 new parks by 1983 and by 2001 there are 280 parks in Ontario encompassing over 7.1 million hectares of land or roughly 9% of the total province, or roughly the size of Nova Scotia. Ontario Parks' mandate is to ensure that significant natural, cultural, and recreational environments are protected and that these areas allow and encourage recreational activities for visitors.

Ontario Parks are classified into the following categories:-

Recreational parks, Natural environment parks, Historical Class Parks, Nature reserve parks, Waterway parks and Wilderness parks

As of 2008, Ontario Parks manages 65 recreational parks, 6 historical parks, 80 natural environment parks, 109 natural reserve parks, 62 waterway parks, and 8 wilderness reserves. More than 10 million people visit Ontario’s Provincial Parks annually.

Wheatley Provincial Park Rondeau Provincial Park John E. Pearce Provincial Park Port Bruce Provincial Park Port Burwell Provincial Park Long Point Provincial Park Turkey Point Provincial Park Selkirk Provincial Park Rock Point Provincial Park The Pinery Provincial Park Point Farms Provincial Park Inverhuron Provincial Park MacGregor Point Provincial Park Sauble Falls Provincial Park Craigleith Provincial Park Wasaga Beach Provincial Park Earl Rowe Provincial Park Bronte Creek Provincial Park Sibbald Point Provincial Park
Provincial Parks in Southern Ontario

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