Welcome to the November installment of “IBAs in provincial parks,” brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada.
It’s always exciting when we can announce a new Important Bird & Biodiversity area!
Today’s IBA started out as an area of seven IBAs and is now an amalgamated site with an added 716 km2 of area.
Tidewater Provincial Park and the tail end of Kesagami Provincial Park fit comfortably within our new IBA: Pei lay sheesh kow.
“Pei lay sheesh kow” means “an area that abounds with birds” in Cree. That couldn’t be more true!
Continue reading Tidewater Provincial Park and Pei lay sheesh kow IBA
While 26 provincial parks remain open for the winter, the rest hibernate until spring.
But closing a park isn’t as simple as just locking the gates. Our staff put a lot of elbow grease into prepping each park for the winter.
Here are just a few of the tasks we do each fall:
Continue reading What goes into closing a park for the winter?
In today’s post, Ankita Sharma shares her family’s camping experience with the Learn to Camp program.
Last summer, I convinced my Indian family of five to go camping at Emily Provincial Park.
The Sharmas have never been camping before, but suddenly here we are, standing at our campsite.
My father looks at me and asks, “Where have you brought us?”
Continue reading The Sharma family learns to camp
Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.
Fall is the absolute favourite season for many anglers.
It’s no wonder! Although I love summer, I quickly forget I’m missing the heat when fall bass action rolls around.
There are tons of reasons why now is a great time to get out on the water and chase Large-mouth and Small-mouth Bass. Below, I’ve included just a few reasons why you need to get in on some fall bass fishing action, like now!
Continue reading Why you should try fall bass fishing
What could be better than celebrating the holiday season surrounded by the beauty of nature?
Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this December in one of our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages and yurts available all month, including several weekend openings!
Accommodations featured below were available as of noon, November 10, 2017.
Continue reading December vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)
Today’s post supplied by our Natural Heritage Education Specialist Dave Sproule.
Forty-two years ago, the huge freighter Edmund Fitzgerald was wrecked on Lake Superior.
This is the story.
Continue reading The Gales of November: Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald
When you think back to your childhood, what are some of your best memories?
Likely a lot of them involved playing and exploring in the outdoors.
Unfortunately, many children today don’t get this opportunity. Kids are often kept indoors by electronics and other distractions. They miss out on the developmental benefits of outdoor play.
This is where forest school comes in. Forest school combines nature with education for the ultimate outdoor learning experience.
Since September 2017, MacGregor Point Provincial Park has hosted Saugeen Shores Forest School, the first forest school in an Ontario provincial park.
Continue reading Forest school at MacGregor Point
November is the perfect time for stargazing.
Even though the temperatures are cooling down, the early sunset and later sunrise provide us with almost fifteen hours of darkness in which to observe nighttime splendors. Plus, there are some exciting occurrences lighting up the skies all month long.
Why not take some time this month to view these celestial splendours?
Continue reading Celestial objects of interest in November
The leaves are falling, and what was once hidden is now majestically on display.
Don’t count out the month of November as a blasé time to be outdoors; try exploring areas such as the Niagara Escarpment for something to behold.
Continue reading November is the best time to see cool geological formations
Today’s post comes from Park Naturalist Christine King of Wasauksing First Nation, as she departs Killbear Provincial Park for the year.
Nishinaabeg do not have a word for “goodbye.” We say, “baa-maa-pii, gi-gaa-waa-baa-min miin-waa,” which means “until later, see you again.”
Continue reading It is never goodbye