Backcountry-lover Scott Elliott, a Partnership Development Specialist from our main office, shares the story of his nine-day wilderness adventure.
Many parks are easily accessible; you just pack your tent and sleeping bag, hop in the car and roll into your weekend campground.
But some parks require planning, motivation, and a refined skill-set.
Missinaibi Provincial Park is one of those parks.
Continue reading Are you ready for the Missinaibi River?
There’s something special about paddling in the backcountry in the fall, particularly in secluded Restoule Provincial Park (65 km southwest of North Bay).
The water is smooth and reflective. The sky’s a deep, dark blue. The days are sunny, cool and crisp, and the trees, well, they’re a stunning display of red, orange and yellow.
Continue reading Paddling the Restoule backcountry
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.
Continue reading 5 quick backcountry getaways
Ever wondered how our backcountry rangers spend their days? Backcountry ranger and summer student Chloe Ristow offers a behind-the-scenes look!
Continue reading Diary of a backcountry ranger in Algonquin
Whether you’re canoeing down the Moose River or taking the Polar Bear Express from Cochrane, Tidewater Provincial Park offers the outdoor enthusiast a unique experience. Situated between Moosonee and Moose Factory, Tidewater Provincial Park provides a last stop to people who are canoeing down the Missinaibi or Abitibi Rivers. Individuals canoeing down the Moose River generally stay overnight at Tidewater and take the train out the following day.
Continue reading Experience Tidewater Provincial Park
Choosing a park that offers the opportunities you are searching for can be the hardest part of the planning process.
Do you want to canoe or hike? Maybe a little of both? Are you looking to go out for two nights or two weeks? Do you want a challenging terrain or do you prefer a flat trail? Are you able to carry your canoe or kayak for 1400 m or do you prefer shorter portages? The list of questions goes on.
We thought we would do some of the research for you. Here are six different provincial parks that have great backcountry opportunities for beginners to advanced campers.
Continue reading Pick your backcountry adventure
These expert tips will help you stay safe and have fun
All of us need a little solitude now and then. So why not consider heading to the backcountry this summer for a little communing with nature extraordinaire. You might just emerge a changed person, never to camp with the madding crowds again.
No matter how long your trip, by trying something new and embracing your inner explorer, you too can join the legions of long distance backpackers, canoeists and backcountry campers who venture into the backcountry every year.
Continue reading Your first interior trip
If a picture is a worth a thousand words, how much is a painting worth? Especially one crafted by treasured Canadian artist Paul Kane, whose journeys across Canada produced some of the iconic sketches and paintings in Canadian history.
At least in terms of how it reflects early Canadian cultural heritage.
Continue reading The story of how history changed at Quetico
Planning a backcountry trip to Ontario Parks? Ontario Parks’ staff know their parks and they also know the best gear for tripping them. Here’s some of their latest ‘likes’ plus helpful trip planning links:
Continue reading Backcountry gear for Ontario Parks
1. Skiing: Algonquin’s networks were recently listed by Canadian Geographic Travel in their “10 Best Cross Country Ski Trails.” There are two groomed and track set networks at Fen Lake (km 0) and Leaf Lake (km 54). Continue reading 10 reasons to explore Algonquin Provincial Park THIS winter