Summer is truly a magical time of the year. Flowers are in full bloom, the sun shines until 9 in the evening every single night, you can spend all your time outdoors because it's actually warm enough to feel comfortable and honestly, everyone is just so much happier during the summer!
Summer is also the perfect time to go on tons of outdoor adventures that you just don't want to do during the colder months of the year. If you venture out of Ontario, over the border to New York State you'll find a massive State Park that is home to a truly magical phenomenon.
Allegany State Park becomes lit up with sparkling fireflies ever summer and it's something you need to see with your own eyes!
Allegany State Park is located in Salamanca, NY which is about a 3 hour drive from Toronto, a 6 hour drive from Ottawa, a 5 hour drive from Kingston and a 3.5 hour drive from London. It's definitely not a super far trek but it would be worth it to spend the weekend at a cute Bed&Breakfast in town.
Synchronous fireflies travel from Georgia up to New York to mate every summer. It's always hard to tell exactly when they'll arrive because the timing always varies but it's usually around late June to mid-July!
If you're looking to view the fireflies in action the best time to go see them is anywhere from 10pm-2am when the night is completely dark and you can fully appreciate their unique flash patterns!
The Environmental Education Department offers hikes every season through the park to see the rare and beautiful fireflies. While they haven't yet released their dates for the 2018 season you should definitely keep an eye on their website for updates!
Check out their website for more information.