On July 15 2016, admission to all Provincial Parks in Ontario was free for the day. Since I don’t have a pass this year, I took advantage of the opportunity for a quick visit to Bronte Creek Provincial Park. We had company arriving in the afternoon so I only had time for an hour’s walk. I travelled down from Parking Lot A, past the play barn, a field, and down the Gnome’s Homes Trail, up the hill on a side path through the meadow, then through the forest back to the picnic areas and my car. Along the way, I found many butterflies to admire.
Swallows Swoop Near the Ripening Grain Fields at Bronte Creek
Butterflies and Insects Gather to Sip Sap and Sun on a Tree at Bronte Creek
I was a bit surprised and quite pleased to find another Oak “sap” tree at Bronte. Like the one at Riverwood Conservancy it was attracting lots of insects.
Up the Grassy Knoll at Bronte Creek I Meet Orchard Orioles and Interesting Insects
I enjoyed watching this small male Orchard Oriole working to feed its juvenile offspring. The male flew off to some purple flowers and flew back, possibly with some pollinators. The youngster followed him perching in nearby trees and shrubs, calling.
Cabbage White butterfly
Back Along the Edge of the Woodlot at Bronte Creek
I Wish the Ontario Provincial Parks Free Admission Day Was On a Weekend
It would be great if future free admission days at the Provincial Parks could be on weekends. Admission to Bronte Creek Provincial Park for a family arriving by car is $17. That’s quite a commitment from a family who have never visited. Giving them a chance to try the park would be wonderful.
Whether it’s free or not, I expect I’ll visit Bronte again next July. It offers some habitats to explore that are worth visiting.
- Bobolinks at Bronte Creek
- Bluebirds Bring Happiness
- Butterflies Need a Long Lens
- Mockingbirds in Winter
Did you take advantage of the free provincial park admission day? Or have you visited Bronte Creek this summer? Please share your views with a comment.