Groups from across the northeast continue to rally and protest the provincial government's decision regarding changes to several provincial parks.
The province plans to change the status of eight parks in the northeast to non-operational, meaning the parks will be gated and there will be no overnight camping.
Helene Cote lives in Hearst and is co-ordinating rallies and online groups to save the affected parks, including nearby Fushimi Park.
She said the move to save the parks is uniting the northeast.
"This has formed a very tight link with all the members," she said.
"You know, we're all little isolated communities, but this has actually helped us to feel much closer."
Meanwhile, municipal politicians are continuing to meet with the province to discuss whether changes could be made to keep the parks open.
Members of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) said they will meet with the Minister of Natural Resources next week to discuss the issue.
The head of FONOM added he's optimistic about the future of some provincial parks in the northeast and said he's been speaking regularly about the issue with Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle.
Spacek says FONOM presented a plan to Gravelle to keep five parks open next year, with suggestions to increase revenue.
"He is making progress on the report that was presented to him," Al Spacek said.
"We're both optimistic that we'll be able to come to a satisfactory conclusion that will address the concerns of the stakeholders in northern Ontario."
If the plan works, it could be expanded to the remaining parks, Spacek said.