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Enjoying provincial parks


Cindy Burgess, reporter
May 21, 2012 — Camping is a great Canadian pass-time -- and more and more people have been taking part in it.


Nature lovers say they enjoy the clean air that goes hand in hand with camping
Nature lovers say they enjoy the clean air that goes hand in hand with camping

Nothing says camping like roasted marshmallows -- and it's a tradition for the Wilson family.

"As teenagers, we went up to Algonquin Park a lot," says Hamilton resident Howard Wilson. "Our son actually took his first steps here."

Thousands of families are flocking to provincial parks across the country for another season of canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing and swimming.

Nature lovers say they enjoy the clean air and the outdoor activities that go hand in hand with camping.

Last year Ontario's provincial parks - including Algonquin - racked up more than 10 million visits -- more than 50,000 more than the year before.

That's great news for area businesses.

The weather plays a big role in camping vacations. Vince Ouimet, manager of Algonquin Park's Portage Store, says that reservations go up when the forecast is sunny.

The only downsides of camping in the spring are the black flies and the fact that the water can be a bit chilly.

But that's a small price to pay for some much needed rest and relaxation.

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