For many, Labour Day marks the unofficial end of summer. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate a balanced lifestyle of work, recreation and rest, just as the holiday intended. This long weekend is a perfect time to free up our schedules, connect with family and have some fun before the kids go back to school or you head back to work.

Traditionally, Labour Day celebrations included large gatherings, picnics and outdoor activities. This is the perfect time to pack a picnic and explore nature together with the family.

Island Lake Picnic
Island Lake offers great picnic spaces near the lake.

Each of our parks offers a different experience. For longer day stays, plan a trip to Island Lake or Terra Cotta Conservation Areas. While at Island Lake you can enjoy a picnic, plan a hike or get out on the water for fishing or boating. Terra Cotta has great picnic spaces available, lots of parking, hiking trails and a wetland where the kids can hear the sounds of nature and watch the frogs hang out.

If you’re looking for quieter family activities, try Ken Whillans Resource Management Area. This is a great spot for fishing, getting out on the lake or bird watching. Fishing rods and watercraft rentals (boats, kayaks and paddleboards) are also available onsite.

If you’re looking for a short outing with the kids, Belfountain Conservation Area is also an option. This park is always very busy, especially on long weekends. Many flock to see the historic features of the park, including the waterfall, suspension bridge, the Yellowstone cave and the ‘belle’ fountain.

Labour Day may be the ‘unofficial’ end of summer but there is still a lot of great weather left to enjoy. Whatever your plans include this long weekend, we hope you find a connection and get inspired by nature.

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