Welcome to our “5 Questions” series! We chat with park staff around the province to give you an inside look at what it’s like to work at Ontario Parks.
Jason Lorbetskie has worked as a backcountry ranger in Algonquin Provincial Park for over 17 years. He is currently a Group Leader for Operations South, where his job duties include supervising other rangers, maintaining trails and campsites, and assisting with all facets of the backcountry program.
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Today’s post comes from Bob Elliott, Superintendent of Lake Superior Provincial Park.
A few staff from Lake Superior Provincial Park went for a paddle across Mijinemungshing Lake (Mijin for short) and through the Mirimoki Wetlands to Mirimoki Lake.
Continue reading A day on the water…
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 2017, we’ve got a few fishing trips to add to your bucket list:
Continue reading 8 bucket list fishing trips in Northeastern Ontario
Today’s post hails from Grundy Lake Provincial Park, courtesy of Park Clerk Courtney Lafleur and Natural Heritage Education Leader Jessica Schulze.
You’re an experienced car-camper. You’ve got a favourite campsite. You’ve memorized your ideal site setup, and can put your campsite together in record time.
But now you’re ready to up your camping game and try something different. Something a little bit off the beaten path.
Grundy Lake Provincial Park is the perfect spot to test the backcountry waters!
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If you live to fish and you’ve never cast your line into a lake in northern Ontario, these five spots in the backcountry you’ll want to add to your bucket list!
They come (in no particular order!) courtesy of Bob Elliott, superintendent of Lake Superior Provincial Park.
A lifelong, avid angler himself, Bob says these five parks provide unparalleled fishing, together with a true wilderness experience, which is why they attract people from all over Canada, the United States and beyond.
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Today’s post comes from Carol Dersh, our natural heritage education leader at Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Slippery, steep and rugged sections ahead. . .
…what a fitting description of Lake Superior Provincial Park’s 65 km Coastal Trail.
If you like wild places, rugged hikes, varied terrain, dark night skies, an endless horizon, fewer biting insects and spectacular rocks, this is the trail for you.
Continue reading Take a walk on the wild side on Lake Superior’s Coastal Trail
For today’s post, we chatted with Trevor Gibb, Superintendent of Quetico Provincial Park (and longtime angling addict!).
You’ve spent the day on the water. It rained all morning, and you spent the afternoon paddling against that strange weather phenomenon, best described as the multi-directional headwind.
Time to make camp, kindle a fire, and relax listening to the crackling logs and sizzling frying pan.
For backcountry campers at Quetico Provincial Park, the tantalizing aroma wafting from that frying pan is the smell of fresh-caught fish.
Continue reading Backcountry fishing in Quetico
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
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