On February 23, 2021, Quetico Provincial Park was officially designated as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association!
The opportunity to look up into a beautiful starry sky has forever been a part of the Quetico Provincial Park camping experience.
Imagine yourself lying on your back gazing up into a wide-open sky filled with a million points of distant light (like the sky captured above by David Jackson!). You take a deep breath of clean air and stare upwards in wonder.
Continue reading Quetico: an International Dark Sky Park
Today’s post comes from our friends at the Invasive Species Centre.
Ontario is home to wonderful lakes, rivers and streams. Unfortunately, some of these waterways are home to aquatic invasive species such as Zebra or Quagga Mussels.
These species can be spread from one waterbody to another through watercraft that have not been properly cleaned, drained and dried between uses.
Continue reading Be an invasive species fighter! Clean, drain, dry your boat
Invasive species are among the greatest threats to the survival of Ontario’s native animal and plant life. They are also costly to manage, harmful to international trade, and a risk to human health.
Become an Invasive Species Fighter, and help us stop their arrival and spread.
Your training begins now…
Continue reading Meet the invaders
Applications for our 2021 park warden positions are open. Please review the “Park Wardens” section of our careers page, and submit your application using the recruitment contact form. Applications close on March 26.
Ontario Parks currently manages 340 parks. In doing so, we protect over 8.2 million ha of land, lakes and rivers, while providing habitat for over 140 different species at risk. At the same time, we provide recreational opportunities by operating more than 20,000 car campsites, 170 roofed accommodations, and 8,000 backcountry campsites.
How do we do this?
The success of our organization is a direct result of our amazing staff’s hard work. Park wardens are an integral part of our operations, and play a significant role in helping us achieve our goals.
Continue reading We’re looking for park wardens!
Have you ever wandered down a sunny forest trail and found yourself in a shaded grove; one of those special places where the noise of the world becomes hushed?
You’ve stepped into a stand of Eastern Hemlocks.
Continue reading Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: the tree killer
Today’s post comes from Amy Hall, a Resource Management Project Technician at Pinery Provincial Park.
Many of our visitors have been coming to Pinery for decades, witnessing the park change in many ways over time.
If you’ve been here in the last few years, you may have noticed that our beach is constantly changing month to month, and even day to day!
We’re asking everyone to do their part to minimize the risk to yourself and others by following all public health advice, including physical distancing, and only engaging in outdoor activities close to where you live. Please do not travel outside of your area.
Continue reading Just roll with it: how one park adapts to an unpredictable shoreline
What did one tree say to the other on a snowy winter’s day?
“My feet are cold…”
Okay, they may not get cold feet, but what do trees do in the winter?
Continue reading What do trees do in winter?
This blog comes from Laura Penner, a Natural Heritage Education Leader at Rondeau Provincial Park.
As a naturalist and a mother of three, I find great joy in catching rare glimpses of wildlife taking care of their young.
This looks so different from species to species. It could be a female oriole meticulously weaving grasses into an intricate basket-shaped nest, or a Map Turtle digging test nests all over a campsite until she finds the perfect soil composition.
Each species has its own unique way to raise its young that best deals with the challenges in its environment. Let’s take a look at a few interesting ways wildlife care for their young.
Continue reading Wildlife parenting strategies
This post comes from Jill Legault, a Park Information Specialist at Quetico Provincial Park.
It’s the time of year to celebrate love.
Some love stories have their roots in nature, like Jess and Kay Valley. Here’s the story of how Quetico Provincial Park brought these two lovebirds together for a long, happy life spent in nature.
In today’s post, Algonquin Provincial Park‘s David LeGros wishes everyone a happy Darwin Day!
Today, it seems that we know so much about the world around us: how it works, what lives here, and what threatens it.
Truthfully, it would be arrogant to think that we know it all — we don’t.
Discovering and explaining how the natural world works involves a lot of observations, patience, note-taking, comparisons, and creativity. It means spending time out in nature, observing the changing seasons, looking at how organisms interact with each other, their prey and predators, and their respective habitats.
Scientists have documented a great deal of life on Earth, but many species still remain undiscovered and understudied, and lots are only described and named and we know hardly anything more.
Continue reading Why we should all aspire to be naturalists