Campsite vacancy highlights: August 26-28

Summer’s drawing to a close…don’t miss your chance to squeeze in one more camping getaway!

You can scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon, August 25):

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Accessible playground at Murphys Point

Today’s post comes from Josie Grenier, Assistant Superintendent at Murphys Point Provincial Park.

Ontario Parks is working to ensure that everyone can access and enjoy new playgrounds being built or replaced across the province. This involves more planning and consideration than just the design of the climbing structure as you’ll see featured here at Murphys Point Provincial Park.

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Maintaining the Missinaibi

The Missinaibi River is one of the longest and most famous canoe routes in the Hudson Bay watershed – 500 km of whitewater river, from the Arctic watershed divide down to James Bay.

This summer, our Northeastern Resource Stewardship Crew traveled 185 km of that river working to maintain Missinaibi Provincial Park‘s backcountry.

Check out this video of their travels:

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5 questions with a northern superintendent

Welcome to our “5 Questions” series! We chat with park staff around the province to give you an inside look at what it’s like to work at Ontario Parks.

Trevor Gibb started with Ontario Parks as a summer student. He worked his way up from park warden to superintendent, earning degrees in geography and education along the way. He now manages Quetico Provincial Park, a vast backcountry park popular with paddlers. Continue reading 5 questions with a northern superintendent

Cool summer salads…cooked over the campfire?!

In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares the recipes for two really quick, really delicious, really healthy salads that eat like a meal.

Anyone camping for more than a few days knows space is always a concern, especially when it comes to packing the cooler. But with a little creativity and know-how, you can plan meals everyone will love while making the most of the ingredients you have to work with.

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How do provincial parks prepare for forest fires?

Ever wondered how wildfires are handled in parks? Assistant Superintendent Anne Young recounts a recent training exercise completed in her park.

It’s 9:30 am. Thick smoke hangs in the air.

The MNRF Fire Base in Dryden has contacted Aaron Provincial Park to advise that there is a wildfire east of the park. The fire has an east wind; they are predicting it may impact the park by early evening.

The simulation has begun…

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 19-21

Summer’s drawing to a close…don’t miss your chance to squeeze in one more camping getaway!

You can scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon, August 18):

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10 reasons you should go fishing

Fishing a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, as well as a great spot to get hooked on! Unlike most sports, angling is a relatively inexpensive way to spend time in a calm and peaceful environment, yet still getting to feel the rush of excitement when landing the big one! It can help you de-stress and motivate you towards a healthier lifestyle.

It’s also the best way to enjoy delicious fresh-caught fish!

This past weekend we spent some time with the Learn to Fish team to help us round up the top ten reasons to go fishing!

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