Halloween 2018 at Ontario Parks

By the pricking of our thumbs, something wicked this way comes… We’ve got tons of haunted Halloween events coming up this month! And don’t forget to check out events page for late-breaking additions. Will you be visiting the ghosts of campers past this October?

Preparing for winter when you live off the land

This blog post comes from Sheila Wiebe, a Natural Heritage Education Specialist at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Don’t forget to check out Bronte Creek’s Harvest Festival on September 22 and 23, 2018! Anyone who tends their own vegetable garden will know first-hand that one needs to be resourceful at harvest time. The size of your … Continue reading Preparing for winter when you live off the land

The surprising, shocking, startling, astonishing story of Silver Islet

Today’s post comes from Will Oades, Natural Heritage Educator at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Header photo: Jeff Robinson. Have you ever applied for a job, shown up on the first day of work, and realized it was nothing like you thought it would be? That was the case among many of the men coming to … Continue reading The surprising, shocking, startling, astonishing story of Silver Islet

By paddle and boot: citizen science in the backcountry       

This post was written by David LeGros, park naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park. Are you an explorer? Heading out into parks on a journey of discovery, anxious to see what is on the next lake, around the bend on the portage, or even what might turn up at your campsite? Me too. I love exploring … Continue reading By paddle and boot: citizen science in the backcountry       

Responsible anglers are nature’s superheroes

Today’s post comes from our friends at the Invasive Species Centre. Fishing can be enjoyed in every season, and this means that we can keep the health of our lakes and waterways top-of-mind year-round. In Ontario, the Fishing Regulations control live bait to prevent the spread of infectious fish diseases (like viral hemorrhagic septicemia), unwanted … Continue reading Responsible anglers are nature’s superheroes

Campsite vacancy highlights: June 29 – July 2

Keen to get out of town for the Canada Day long weekend? This week’s vacancy highlights (available as of 12:00 pm on June 27, 2018) are primarily in northern Ontario, with one hidden gem in southern Ontario at the end of the post.  Or scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most … Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 29 – July 2

The makings and teachings of the birchbark canoe

Chuck Commanda grew up part of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, an Algonquin First Nation. As a young boy, he helped his grandparents make birchbark canoes. Now, years later, Chuck enjoys sharing his knowledge and showcasing his skills to the public. Chuck recently attended the “Politics of the Canoe” workshop in Winnipeg, where he says much … Continue reading The makings and teachings of the birchbark canoe