Thousand Islands National Park

The best times to capture the islands and their inhabitants on film are at dawn and dusk.

Keep wildlife wild

Please do not feed the wildlife

  • Poor health and premature death can result from wildlife consuming food other than their natural food supply.
  • When fed, animals like raccoons and deer become habituated to human contact and are at higher risk of becoming aggressive. Keeping a safe distance from all wildlife and viewing them in a respectful manner will reduce the likelihood of a negative wildlife encounter.
  • Raccoons are potential carriers of rabies. If you see a raccoon behaving aggressively, please report the incident to park staff. Learn more about raccoon rabies on the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources' Website.

Wild plants
Resist the temptation to pick wildflowers, cattails, berries, mushrooms or any other plant. Plant matter and natural objects such as antlers and bones are part of the natural food supply for wildlife.

Even the best behaved dog can run into trouble when off leash. Keeping your dog on a leash protects both your dog and any other animal that you may encounter. Wild animals can become aggressive when confronted and other dogs may not be as friendly as yours. Additionally, other visitors may be uncomfortable with or afraid of dogs.

For more information on natural hazards, weather conditions, and planning a safe activity, please see our Visitor Safety page.

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