8 fun facts about spiders

Today’s post comes from naturalist Pilar Manorome from Rondeau Provincial Park. Are you afraid of spiders? Our eight-legged friends are the kind of “creepy crawlies” that many people like to pretend don’t exist. One of my goals as a naturalist is to break down those barriers with fun facts that can make those “less-appealing” creatures sound like … Continue reading 8 fun facts about spiders

Quetico’s 2017 science projects

When many people think about Quetico, they envision backcountry camping or paddling splendor. Today’s post from Brian Jackson, Park Biologist, highlights Quetico’s important scientific work. It’s been another busy year for science studies and monitoring in Quetico Provincial Park. The following highlights just a few of the projects carried out this past summer:

“Look for the leaf” this fall with Ontario Wood

Thousands of visitors will soon be flocking to parks for a panoramic view of our magnificent fall colours – bulbous, rounded streaks of red, yellow and orange flashing across the horizon. On the way to your favourite lookout through the maples, birch and poplars, look up and look around. Take a moment to breathe in … Continue reading “Look for the leaf” this fall with Ontario Wood

Lake monsters in Ontario Parks

Today’s post comes from Roger LaFontaine, park naturalist, classically trained biologist and amateur lake monster researcher. He has spent nearly two decades researching and documenting the occurrence of mysterious creatures in Ontario. We think that we know our lakes and rivers well, but, in reality, we have barely scratched the surface. Unknown to us, the … Continue reading Lake monsters in Ontario Parks

Spirit walks and storytellers

When paddling a river or toasting marshmallows, it can be easy to forget the rich cultural history of Ontario’s provincial parks. We’ve got all kinds of storytelling going on in our parks this August,  especially in the evenings. Care to stop by for a yarn?

10 wacky fish facts

Fishing is a great way to experience the outdoors, connect with family, and explore new areas. Plus – the excitement of reeling in and landing a fish is hard-to-beat. Safely releasing it back into the water and watching it swim back into the depths is particularly rewarding too. Fish are amazing critters, as these strange-but-true … Continue reading 10 wacky fish facts

Beyond the light of the campfire

Today’s post comes from Park Naturalist Roger LaFontaine, a classically trained biologist and amateur Sasquatch researcher. He has spent nearly two decades researching and documenting the occurrence of Sasquatch in Ontario. I have always had an interest in the creatures that others were not fond of: invertebrates under a log, salamanders in the soil, nocturnal creepy … Continue reading Beyond the light of the campfire