Congratulations to our 2015 Ontario Parks Partners Bursary recipients!

The summer student workforce is the life-blood of the Ontario Parks summer operating season. Our provincial parks simply could not operate without these student workers.

On November 20, parks staff, corporate partners and students gathered in Peterborough to award the 2015 Ontario Parks Partners Bursaries.

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Students for hire at Ontario Parks!

“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.

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Ontario biology student’s “sedimental journey” reveals good news for Sudbury’s lakes

Facilitating scientific research is one of the four objectives of Ontario’s Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act.  This advances our learning about protected areas and enhances Ontario Parks’ ability to maintain ecological integrity.  Much of this research is conducted by universities and graduate students.  In the last two years Ontario Parks has received over 300 applications to conduct research in parks.

A PhD biology student from Queen’s University has made an important discovery that could inspire the manufacturing industry worldwide to better understand the long-term environmental damage to lakes and other bodies of water, caused by emissions that cause acid rain.  The impacts of acid rain were first noticed early on at one of Ontario’s most famous provincial parks – Killarney.

 

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Provincial park wardens: protecting what you value most

“Hey you there, squirrel? Do you have a license to store those nuts?”  Such was a day in the life of Ranger Smith from ye old Jellystone Park where keeping Yogi Bear and other park dwellers in line was job one.

In real life, the job of a provincial park warden is serious business.  Trained to give visitors the safest, most secure visit possible while safeguarding park resources, wardens perform a variety of functions that most visitors may not even be aware of, including:

  • Enforcing the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act (PPCRA) and other related legislation;
  • Protecting park resources by enforcing legislation, providing education and increasing public awareness;
  • Resolving conflicts;
  • Working with other government agencies when necessary;
  • Preparing court documents and testifying in court proceedings, if needed;
  • Ensuring public safety. Continue reading Provincial park wardens: protecting what you value most

51 Seasons of Excellent Customer Service at Killbear Provincial Park

Eddie Ramsey has worked on the maintenance crew at Killbear Provincial Park since the park opened in 1960. He was 17 years old at the time. He is now 68 years old and is still working as energetically as he ever has. Eddie is now the assistant maintenance foreman and has given no indication that he wants to retire. Continue reading 51 Seasons of Excellent Customer Service at Killbear Provincial Park