Out of vacation days, but still craving a quality backcountry adventure?
These quick weekend getaways provide all the solitude of the Ontario backcountry, and the ability to be back in the office bright and early Monday morning.
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In today’s post, Conor Mihell captures the timelessness of Wabakimi Provincial Park.
The rumble of car tires on gravel slowly fading into the distance is the glorious sound of freedom after many long hours on the road. Silence descends, and suddenly my wife Kim and I are alone and faced with the task of loading 24 days worth of food and gear into our canoe and setting off on Little Caribou Lake, across the threshold of Wabakimi Provincial Park.
The isolation is at once daunting and exciting; there are few places where the feeling is more intense than in the hinterlands of northwestern Ontario.
Continue reading A canoe journey to each point of the compass
Fishing season’s not here yet, but that’s no reason not to plan your dream getaway now.
If you’re planning a northern adventure in 2019, we’ve got a few fishing trips to add to your bucket list:
Continue reading 8 bucket list fishing trips in Northeastern Ontario
Itching for ice out? We certainly are.
But spring weather can be fickle. Hitting the lake too early, failing to respect weather conditions or paddling beyond your skill level isn’t just risky — it’s downright dangerous.
We chatted with Paul Smith, Superintendent of Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, to get some top do’s and don’ts for spring paddling safety:
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This post was written by Northwestern Ontario Parks Planning Intern Kestrel Wraggett.
We know that Ontario Parks protect some of the most unique and precious natural systems in the province, but did you know we help protect a nationally recognized network of significant waterways called the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS).
Continue reading The Canadian Heritage Rivers System’s Bloodvein River — a backcountry dream
Even in the moodiest weather, there’s no place like the backcountry.
This month’s FREE digital download was snapped at Obabika River Provincial Park.
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Today’s post comes from Roger LaFontaine, Outdoor Recreation Specialist at Ontario Parks.
With the warm weather, our minds wander from day-to-day drudgery like the terrible commute, the clicking of keyboards, the abstract shapes, and disjointed words of a presentation.
Suddenly, you’re dreaming about pine trees, a campfire, and great people you don’t get to spend enough time with.
Glazed-over eyes slowly make their way to the window, and you begin to plan your escape.
Continue reading The battle of paddlers: eliminating “Portage Rage”
Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education and Marketing Specialist Dave Sproule.
It’s a rugged, time-worn landscape. A fractured piece of the Canadian Shield, with fault lines criss-crossing the roots of ancient mountains for hundreds of kilometres. More than 2,500 lakes fill those fault lines, and at over 600,000 hectares, it’s almost as large as Algonquin Provincial Park.
Is it any wonder so many paddlers lose their hearts to Temagami?
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On March 20, our team went live at SAIL to answer all of your questions about backcountry camping.
Unfortunately, we ran into some technical difficulties and aren’t able to deliver our promised recording of this event. We’re very sorry to everyone who was hoping to catch the replay.
Instead, we’ve gotten the team together to recap the questions in written form, so we can still share the answers with everyone who couldn’t be there live.
Continue reading Backcountry for beginners: the recap
When executed safely, your first backcountry trip forges lifelong memories, opening an immersive getaway into nature.
But the leap from car camping to backcountry requires preparation and learning. New paddlers and hikers can find themselves in serious trouble if they overestimate their skills or choose a too-challenging route.
Here are some recommended trips for backcountry beginners:
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