Georgian Bay Islands is a part of Canada that has been set aside as a National Park. The unique land, water, trees and natural processes as well as the cultural history of the area combine to tell us stories of the past, present and future. Important stories of this place are ones that all Canadians should know in order to protect this place for future generations. The park offers a variety of public education programs and special events.
At Georgian Bay Islands National Park you can experience the magnificent 30,000 islands by exploring its unique natural features and learning about local Aboriginal history that spans thousands of years.
Come and explore the natural and cultural history of the park.
The programs are offered throughout the week, stop by our Visitor Centre on Beausoleil Island to learn more.
Live Eastern Fox Snake Demonstration
- Say hello to “Pineapple”, our tame Eastern Fox Snake and ambassador for Georgian Bay Islands’ vulnerable and precious wildlife.
- Find us at the Cedar Spring Visitor Centre
- Thursdays to Saturdays 10:00 am, 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm Sundays 10:00 am & 11:30 am
Shoreline Guided Hike
- Explore the rich Georgian Bay shoreline with a Parks Canada Heritage Interpreter and discover the remarkably diverse wildlife and history hidden in the waves.
- Meet at Cedar Spring Visitor Centre
- 11:05 am to noon daily
- Short distance, easy terrain, family friendly & interactive
Fairy Lake Guided Hike
- Join a Parks Canada Heritage Interpreter on an adventure along the picturesque rocky shores around Fairy Lake. See why this rugged area inspired many iconic Group of Seven paintings.
- Meet at Chimney Bay Daytripper Dock 1:15 pm or Fairy Lake Resting Place 1:30 pm
- Most Days (please call 705-526-8907 for details)
- 2.5 km distance, moderately rugged terrain, interactive
This summer our park Heritage Interpreters will offer a variety special highlight programs each week. Please check in at the Visitor Centre on Beausoleil Islands for the weekly schedule.
Reptiles in the Wild
Georgian Bay Islands National Park is home to many reptiles and amphibians, more than any other park in Canada. Join an interpreter on a search for some rare and precious reptiles.
Our once common Monarch Butterfly is in trouble and needs our help. Become a Citizen Scientist by joining us on a mission to find specimens and report them to the Mission Monarch program.
Hey Kids! Bring your family on a fun-focused adventure hike with a Parks Canada Interpreter and we’ll help you get started on your Xplorer activity booklet. Remember to claim your prize!
Participate in a traditional smudge before exploring the historical and contemporary uses of local plants with Indigenous Heritage Interpreter, Shawn Corbiere.
Artifacts of Kitchikewana
You are invited to experience thousands of years of history with this rare opportunity to handle and examine replicas of artifacts found on Beausoleil Island National Historic Site.
Stories of Georgian Bay
For time immemorial, Southern Georgian Bay has played host to many amazing adventures and watershed events. Join Parks Canada for an evening of traditional storytelling from the shores of this ancient “great” lake and the people who call it home.
The Art of Fire
Fire has been one of humanity’s most important tools for many millennium. Try your hand at lighting a fire using a variety of historical and modern techniques.
Xplorers and Parka Program for Kids
- Hey Kids! Pick up your free Xplorers booklet from the visitor centre or a Parks Canada interpreter and start discovering the secrets of Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Each booklet is filled with fun activities and games. Return your booklet and get a prize.
Make the most of your interpretive experience:
- Show up on time to accommodate program schedules.
- Have proper footwear, a snack and a drink for guided hikes.
- Kids must bring at least one of their adults with them to an interpretive program.
- For further information on learning experiences call: 705-527-7200.