Enjoy the health benefits of nature with free day-use at all provincial parks on July 20.

Ontario provincial parks play a vital role in the protection of the natural environment, but did you know spending time in nature is good for your health too? Ontario Parks supports Healthy Parks Healthy People, a worldwide movement that showcases the very important role that healthy green space plays in human health. The research is clear: spending time in nature improves our physical, mental, and social well-being.

On July 20, visitors can enjoy the many outdoor activities Ontario Parks has to offer. Whether it’s hiking, cycling, swimming, or paddling, there are lots of things to do to stay active in the outdoors. Explore a new park, sample the facilities and services, or enjoy a fun event in a great natural setting.

There are events happening around the province to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People: do yoga at Balsam Lake Provincial Park. enjoy a meditative hike through the veritable living cathedral of old growth forest at Awenda Provincial Park, or try forest bathing at Quetico Provincial Park.

Make nature a habit with the 30×30 Challenge and spend 30 minutes outdoors for 30 days in August. Participants are encouraged to document their journey online with #30x30Challenge.

Visit ontarioparks.com for more information on Healthy Parks Healthy People.