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:
Continue reading What goes into closing a park for the winter?
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.
Today, Minister Rod Phillips, local MPPs, park staff, corporate partners and — of course — our wonderful students gathered in Peterborough to award the 2018 Ontario Parks Partners Bursaries.
Continue reading Congratulations to our 2018 Ontario Parks Partners Bursary recipients!
Today’s post comes from Steven Groulx, a GIS Database Technician in Algonquin Provincial Park.
Since this year is the 125th anniversary of Ontario Parks, and today is GIS day, we thought we’d take a look back at how far GIS has come over these 125 years, and how it’s used today.
Continue reading Then and now: mapping and GIS
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!
Continue reading Learn to Camp, 2018
Stroll the halls at our main office, and you’ll find many a former naturalist, ops tech and superintendent. So many of our long-time team members started their careers in a favourite provincial park. In today’s post, Eva Paleczny — now working centrally as a Learning & Education Specialist — recounts her time working in a park.
As a park naturalist at Lake Superior Provincial Park, I met so many people, some just briefly and others year after year.
And the diverse array of visitors I’ve met while working with Ontario Parks has been one of the best parts of my job!
Continue reading The people I’ve met in parks…
This post was written by Stacey Fluke, Green Initiatives/Special Projects Summer Student at Bon Echo Provincial Park.
“Surround yourself with the five most successful people (in your life) and you too will become successful yourself,” is something a former boss once told me when we were discussing my five-year plan.
Bon Echo Provincial Park has had a significant impact on me and it is a pleasure to mention that this year is not only the 125th anniversary of Ontario Parks, but also my fourth season at Bon Echo.
Continue reading A green summer in Bon Echo
This post comes from Kaitlyn-Lee Mun, one of our wonderful summer students at Killbear Provincial Park.
“I’m going to Killbear for the summer.”
This was the response I was usually met with when telling my family and friends where I was going for the summer.
Continue reading The transformative power of nature at Killbear
Happy International Youth Day!
Students and youth are the lifeblood of our parks — we couldn’t do without them!
Here are just a few stand-out students and youth from around the province:
Continue reading International Youth Day 2018
This post was written by Warren Verina, Assistant Superintendent at Algonquin Provincial Park.
Stop and rewind 125 years (give or take a few months).
Imagine you are asked to gather rations and supplies, leave the bustling city of Toronto, and head north to the wilderness to what is now known as Algonquin Provincial Park.
Continue reading “Superinten-tions:” insights from superintendents past and present
In today’s post, Daniel Miller shares his experience as a co-op student with Ontario Parks’ Northwest Zone Office.
Ever since I first started visiting Ontario Parks, I’ve been interested in the people who help them operate.
Continue reading Co-op student lives the dream with Ontario Parks