May
12
to Oct 31

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre will be open daily May 12 to October 31. Summer hours 10am - 5 pm. Spring and fall hours 10 am - 3 pm. The Visitor Centre offers over 3000 square feet of exhibit space, focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of the park and the surrounding Georgian Bay area.

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Jun
21
10:00 AM10:00

Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin – Science North Portable Planetarium Show

Celebrate National Indigenous Day!

The First People of Northern Ontario were scientists and innovators, carefully tracking and moving with the seasons, and creating inventions that allowed them to survive in the northern forests of our province. With this close connection to the natural world, the Indigenous People developed a strong culture, rooted in respect for the environment.

Through this portable planetarium experience, visitors will learn about the Indigenous worldview and sit at the fire with two people who are connected to the traditional ways. They will leave the planetarium with an understanding of common constellations visible in the night sky and the Anishinaabe stories that define them.

Sign-up at the Visitor Centre. 30 people maximum/presentation.

Presentation times:

10:00-10:45, 11:00-11:45, 12:00-12:45, 1:00-1:45, 2:00-2:45, 3:00-3:45, 4:00-4:45

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Killbear.

June 21, 2018 on the third floor of the Visitor Centre

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Jun
23
to Sep 3

Killbear Mini BugBlitzes

Killbear is Bug Biltzing

This year Killbear is taking a serious look at what famous biologist E.O. Wilson called “the little things that run the world” – insects. Killbear Mini Bug Blitzes, happening weekly throughout the summer, are are one of the many OP125 stewardship projects throughout the province.

Check the weekly program schedule in the park to find out what Killbear is BugBlitzing this week – moths, dragonflies, aquatic bugs, and more. Hope to see you there!

One of the OP125 Stewardship Projects!

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Jun
23
to Oct 28

Summer Programs

Evening programs, guided hikes, and children's programs are offered throughout the summer by park naturalists. Programs tell a story about the special natural resources and human history of the park and run an hour in length. During the summer see an updated Calendar of Daily Events at

Held at various locations throughout the park

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Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

Wakami Wailers - Special Concert

A special OP125 event with new songs and old favourites! Be transported back to simpler times, through music and humour, telling the stories of Canada's trappers, miners, settlers, and lumberjacks. Parking is limited, arrive early so you don’t miss any of this show.

At the Amphitheater

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Aug
11
7:30 PM19:30

Whiskey Jack - Special Concert

Get ready to clap along as Whiskey Jack takes us on a musical tour around Ontario, with favourites like the “Ketchup Song,” “Tillsonburg,” and “Sudbury Saturday Night.” Introduce your children to these classic Canadian songs performed by this group of talented musicians.

This special concert is sponsored by the Friends of Killbear.

At the Killbear Amphitheater

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Aug
18
8:00 PM20:00

Minibeast Magic - The Amazing World of Killbear's Insects

Insects are all around us - in the water, land and sky! Join retired Laurentian University professor, Dr. Joe Shorthouse, as he shares his lifelong passion for the amazing world of insects. Discover the vital roles they play in Killbear’s ecosystems. A presentation for the whole family!

This presentation is part of the OP125 Stewardship Projects!

At the Killbear Provincial Park Amphitheater

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Phil Chadwick - Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman
Aug
29
8:00 PM20:00

Phil Chadwick - Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman

Weather was the inspiration for much of the art of Tom Thomson. Tom painted lots of weather phenomena. He even called his art “records” as they were his observations of something that he found interesting. It is vital to place Tom’s art in the proper context that it deserves.

This presentation will prove that Tom was indeed a “weatherman” through “Creative Scene Investigation”. CSI is the application of meteorology as well as other forensic sciences, to creative works. The deductions are sleuthed from the details which are plainly hidden within the art. The motivation behind the art was not secret at the time of the painting but they are unintelligible to those not versed in forensic meteorology. 

Tom was a remarkable observer of the natural world. The hidden agenda in this fun and interactive presentation is to celebrate the genius of Tom Thomson as an artist through the weather that inspired him.

8pm @ Amphitheatre

Short Bio: Trained at Queen's University as a nuclear physicist, “Phil the Forecaster" has been a professional meteorologist since 1976. However, art has been his passion forever. Phil paints full time now - mainly en plein air.

Direct Link to the ongoing, on-line and free book "Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman" ...

https://niume.com/post/88013 and also here through Flipboard.com

https://flipboard.com/@PhilChadwic2016 

https://flipboard.com/@philchadwic2016/tom-thomson-was-a-weatherman-4fu6ajbuy

and a link to Phil's Canoe Lake Pilgrimage last October... He produced 50 paintings from the one paddle… it was a perfect day.

https://flipboard.com/@philchadwic2016/canoe-lake-and-algonquin-rn0b0gmmy

And Phil's art

https://pixels.com/profiles/1-phil-chadwick.html

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Peter Puffin - Children's Performer
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Peter Puffin - Children's Performer

Be prepared to giggle and guffaw with this Juno award winning children’s performer! With songs, stories and costumes, this interactive show is fun for the whole family.

This Juno award winning children's performer will captivate you with his songs and costumes. This interactive show is fun for the whole family.

7:30 @ The Amphitheater

http://www.puffin.ca/

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Wakami Wailers - Concert
Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

Wakami Wailers - Concert

The antics and shenanigans of a camp full of lumberjacks comes alive through the traditional songs and stories of The Wakami Wailers. Calling all you greenhorns to learn the life of a white pine logger. Wear your plaid shirts and suspenders if you have them or just bring your clapping hands, stomping feet, and tapping toes for an evening of Canadian folk music that chops in logging history. An exciting performance that promises to keep you from "sawing logs."

Parking is limited, arrive early so you don't miss any of this show. 

@ The Amphitheatre

http://www.wakamiwailers.com/

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Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

MNRF Canine Unit: Detecting and Protecting Natural Resources since 1990

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Conservation Officer Colin Cotnam and his Canine Unit come to Killbear for an exciting program with demonstrations on obedience, tracking, detection and handler protection. Join him and his team to learn about the dogs, how handlers are selected, and how their four-legged friends are trained to
to sniff wildlife, fish, firearm, violators, and lost persons. 

@ The Amphitheater

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In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven
Jul
3
9:00 PM21:00

In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven

Join Jim and Sue Waddington on their adventures tracing the travels of the Group of Seven. With copies of the paintings in hand, this couple sought out the exact locations where these famous painting were created. With photos and paintings displayed side-by-side, experience for yourself the Waddington’s excitement of re-discovering these inspirational places.

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Ian Tamblyn - Concert
Jul
2
7:30 PM19:30

Ian Tamblyn - Concert

Be captivated by the spirit of our wild lands through the songs and stories of musician/adventurer Ian Tamblyn. Also a playwriter, Ian's songs spin webs of narratives from venturesome experience enriched with the sounds of our nation. Prepare to be amazed by this Juno award winning troubadour and his unique instruments. 

@ The Amphitheater

http://www.tamblyn.com/

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Killbear Bioblitz
Jun
10
7:00 AM07:00

Killbear Bioblitz

The Killbear Bioblitz is your chance to contribute to the knowledge of living things at Killbear Provincial Park. Join taxa experts to explore and record data of encounters with birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, plants, and fish. Location will be for the main gates of Killbear, staff from here can direct them towards where the registration will be set up on that day.

For schedule and to register click this link.

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Whiskey Jack - Concert
Aug
13
7:30 PM19:30

Whiskey Jack - Concert

Get ready to clap along as Stompin' Tom's own band, Whiskey Jack, takes us on a musical tour around Ontario with favourites like the "Ketchup Song," "Tilsonburg," and "Sudbury Saturday Night." Introduce your children to these classic Canadian songs performed by this group of talented musicians. Whiskey Jack has remained one the most celebrated Roots / Country / Bluegrass bands in Canadian music history so don't miss out on this iconic Canadian experience. 

@ The Amphitheater

http://www.whiskeyjackmusic.com/

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30x30 Nature Challenge
Aug
1
to Aug 31

30x30 Nature Challenge

Take Ontario Parks’ 30×30 Challenge!

In today’s busy society, it’s easy to tune out our senses and forget about the natural environment around us. Being regularly immersed in natural settings can make you feel happier, healthier and more relaxed.

This August, Ontario Park challenges you to spend 30 minutes in nature each day for 30 days.

Register here for the 30×30 Challenge! 

By joining the 30×30 Challenge, you’re committing to re-connect with nature by tuning into your senses.

Need some ideas ideas for tapping into your senses while exploring nature? Check here and come up with your own while at Killbear!

Ready to re-connect with nature?

Share your 30 minutes in nature on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #30x30Challenge! If you are at Killbear Provincial Park include @KillbearPP or #Killbear

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Jul
4
7:30 PM19:30

MNRF Canine Unit: Detecting and Protecting Natural Resources since 1990

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Conservation Officer Colin Cotnam and his Canine Unit come to Killbear for an exciting program with demonstrations on obedience, tracking, detection and handler protection. Join him and his team to learn about the dogs, how handlers are selected, and how their four-legged friends are trained to
to sniff wildlife, fish, firearm, violators, and lost persons. 

@ The Amphitheater

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10th Annual Maple Syrup Festival
Apr
2
10:00 AM10:00

10th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

Enjoy a sure sign of spring - Maple Syrup! Spend a beautiful spring day with us at the Killbear Visitor Centre, eating pancakes, exploring the Visitor Centre and touring the sugar shack. Hope to see you there!

10am-3pm

Features:

  • All Day Pancake Breakfast: Hot pancakes with pure maple syrup, bacon, tea, coffee or juice ($ 7 / adult, $ 5 / children)
  • Sap to Syrup Tour: Guided tours of the sugar shack
  • Visitors Centre: Explore the culture and nature of our area

Admission to the park is free.

Directions:  Follow Highway 400 north of Parry Sound for 12 km. Take exit #241 for Highway 559. Killbear Provincial Park is located at the end of Hwy 559.

For more info phone 705 342 5492

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