Spending time in nature is good for your health, and this Friday, July 15 is a great day to get out to a local provincial park and see for yourself!
A growing body of scientific research is demonstrating that exposure to nature enhances our ability to cope with and recover from stress, anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorders, high blood pressure and even surgery.
On Friday, July 15, all operating provincial parks in Ontario will waive day-use fees to encourage people to visit parks and be active.
Staff at Murphys Point Provincial Park will be offering a guided tour of the Silver Queen Mine at 10 a.m. Capacity is limited, so pre-registration is required by calling the park in advance (613-267-5060). The Friends of Murphys Point Park will be holding a fundraising barbecue at the Main Beach from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until supplies last.
From 1 to 3 p.m. visitors will also be able to participate in the Murphys Point Magnificent Race Challenge. Individuals or groups can start at the beach and walk a designated route through the campground to try and complete a series of challenges. Anyone who completes the challenge by 3 p.m. will be entered in a draw to win an Ontario Parks Summer Pass.
“The race event is appropriate for families and will showcase many of the facilities and services the park has to offer,” says Mark Read, Senior Park Naturalist. “People really enjoyed last year’s series of challenges!”