Learn to Camp, 2018

We’ve been celebrating the 125th anniversary of Ontario Parks all year, but did you know one of our signature programs celebrated a smaller anniversary and success?

Learn to Camp is only eight years old, but this season was a big one, marking our 20,000th milestone. That’s right: since the program began, we’ve introduced more than 20,000 people to the joys of camping!

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Toronto – Algonquin – Ottawa Route

Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.

This classic route features the iconic Algonquin Provincial Park, along with Ontario’s abundance of natural waterways and stunning vistas.

Visit majestic waterfalls, scenic whitewater rapids on heritage rivers, and Lake Ontario’s graceful shoreline. Most parks along this route offer rentals to explore by canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

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Lake Superior Route

Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.

This is a world-renowned northern travel route for car and RV travellers.

This bucket list experience connects Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, offering spectacular rugged shorelines, cascading rivers and waterfalls, smooth rock and sand beaches, unique geological features, and excellent wildlife viewing.

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Algonquin Ontario Highlands Route

Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.

Travel across a diverse landscape to experience windswept pines, pink granite rock outcrops of the Canadian Shield, and the lush mixed forest of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence lowlands.

This route is renowned for its scenic beauty, Indigenous history, and Ontario’s rich canoe culture.

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Georgian Bay Lake Huron Route

Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.

Explore the famous scenery of Lake Huron.

Experience the world’s longest freshwater beach, breathtaking Georgian Bay sunsets, and the world’s largest freshwater island.

Hike the white quartzite hills painted by the Group of Seven. Paddle the inspiring and rugged granite shoreline of Georgian Bay, and take in the windswept pines that make this region famous.

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Algonquin — Peterborough Route

Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.

A route to explore Canada’s cultural heritage!

Visit five Visitor Centres that tell the unique story of Ontario’s natural and cultural history through Indigenous rock carvings, the War of 1812, the famous Group of Seven artists, and Ontario’s pristine natural environment.

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Seasonal campsites at Ontario Parks

It’s that time of year again!

Our Seasonal Camping Program gives you the opportunity to reserve a campsite on a monthly/seasonal basis at select provincial parks.

Some campers spend most of the summer living in the park, while others leave their trailers and come up every weekend.

Seasonal camping applications open September 1, 2018 and must be submitted by September 30, 2018.

Why not reserve your campsite for the whole summer?

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Bon Echo’s Hardwood Hill open for autumn

Keen for some fall camping? In today’s post, Lauren Jackson, a Natural Heritage Education team member, announces the extension of Hardwood Hill Campground’s season.

Due to the high demand for more fall campsites and the interest in fall colours, we are thrilled to announce that Bon Echo Provincial Park‘s Hardwood Hill Campground will now be open until October 8, 2018.

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Top 10 reasons to paddle the Northwest Wilderness Quest

Today’s post comes from Barb Rees, Natural Heritage Education/Marketing Specialist with Ontario Parks.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to paddle and camp for a minimum of three consecutive nights in each of Quetico, Wabakimi and Woodland Caribou Provincial Parks by October 15, 2019.

Why? Read on. We list the top ten reasons why you can’t miss out on the Northwest Wilderness Quest.

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