Celebrate Summer at our Parks

Guitar, hat and sunglasses on a sandy beach beside a body of water.

It’s Officially Summer!

Summer is a great time to connect with nature while enjoying activities with friends and family. This year, we have fun-filled activities happening at our parks that will help you experience the best that summer has to offer.

What To Look Forward To

Starting in July, we’re kicking off a series of events that feature music, food and beverages at our parks. We’ve partnered with local businesses and artists to help you experience a “taste of place” and connect with local music.

The first event kicks-off with Brews on the Bay on Saturday, July 8 at Island Lake Conservation Area. This special event features a beer tasting from Mono Centre Brewing with owner Zach Gammage and food by Chef Phil DeWar from Soulyve Catering. Guests will also be entertained by Rag Maple Music, an Indie-folk band from the Orangeville area.

Three people playing instruments on an amphitheatre stage above water.
The Island Lake amphitheater was built in 2017 and is the perfect venue for concerts, ceremonies, weddings, festivals and more.

We’re excited to partner with these local businesses and are inspired by their connection to the land and sustainable practices. Here’s how these companies are conscious about the environment:

Mono Centre Brewing: Recaptures water during the brewing process and ensures that the spent grain is given to local sheep farms or used for making dog cookies. They also produce one beer using Ontario hops, supporting locally sourced supplies.

The outside of a building, decorated with autumn decorations.
Mono Centre Brewing has about 10 different brews available at any time.

Soulyve: Local chef Phil DeWar takes a farm to table approach and feels a deep connection with the land. He supports locally sourced products and believes there is great value in knowing where your food comes from, how it’s grown and understanding the connection between your food and the land. His passion for nature and connectivity shines through his cooking.

Three tacos in a stand on a table.
Phil’s cuisine features Caribbean flavours that pack a punch, like these delicious tacos.

Can’t make it to Brews on the Bay? No problem! We have more events coming in July and August including Brews in the Bush at Terra Cotta Conservation Area and wine and cheese events. Visit our events page for more information on upcoming events in the watershed.

Event Notes

  • Tickets are limited, so please register in advance.
  • These events are for ages 19 and older.
  • Events are subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather. Registered participants will be contacted directly to reschedule.

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By Jamie Williams, Specialist, Marketing and Communications

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