2017 was a remarkable year at John E. Pearce Provincial Park. Not only did the park celebrate its 60th anniversary, but it was also the grand opening of a multi-year wetland restoration project and Wetland “Storey” Trail.
Ontario Parks currently manages 340 parks. In doing so, we protect 1.3 million ha of lakes and rivers, while providing habitat for over 140 different species at risk. At the same time, we provide recreational opportunities by operating more than 20,000 car campsites, 170 roofed accommodations, and 8,000 backcountry campsites.
Happy International Women’s Day!
In 2018, we have hundreds of wonderful female employees in Ontario Parks. But it wasn’t always this way.
Some hardworking women helped pave the way for opportunities for women in management positions. Here are the stories of two women who have the honour of being the “first” in their respective roles.
In today’s post, Ecologist Corina Brdar shares the “best part of [her] job.”
I’m an ecologist for Ontario Parks. When people ask me what exactly it is that I do, I have a hard time answering – my job is so diverse and interesting.
So I like to give the example of my favourite job duty: doing winter track surveys for deer.
Today’s post comes from Bev Cook, Chairperson of the Friends of Presqu’ile at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Every year, Ontario Parks hires hundreds of students to help run parks over the summer.
From maintenance to front gate staff to Natural Heritage Education, our students work hard to keep a smile on our visitors’ faces.
This year, the Friends of Presqu’ile launched an annual bursary program to recognize the efforts of the fine young people who work as summer student employees at Presqu’ile.
“Working up north was the most empowering experience of my life.”
19-year-old Katie Baillie-David left the comforts of home last June to drive 10 hours north to the wilds of Nagagamisis Provincial Park, northwest of Timmins. Visitors come from all over the US and Canada to enjoy the remoteness of the park – the fishing, swimming, northern lights and the quiet, unspoiled landscape – and so did Katie.
What she came away with was a life-changing experience.
Today’s post comes from Madeline McNabb, a 2017 Discovery Guide at White Lake Provincial Park.
We all dream of turning our passion into a job.
My chance came this past summer when I worked at White Lake Provincial Park as a Discovery Guide.
The Discovery Program is a new program focusing on inspiring curiosity in park visitors and encouraging exploration of our natural environment. I made so many amazing memories this past summer. There are too many wonderful things I want to share!
After much deliberation, I have narrowed it down to five top reasons why I loved being a Discovery Guide:
The summer student workforce is the life-blood of the Ontario Parks summer operating season. Our provincial parks simply could not operate without our student workers.
Last week, park staff, corporate partners and students gathered in Peterborough to award the 2017 Ontario Parks Partners Bursaries.
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: