Ontario Parks to visit in 2015

Because of the 5 month booking window at Ontario Parks, to reserve a specific (and popular) campsite for the August Civic long weekend, reserve now. Over 40% of reservations made by the end of March are for the most popular parks. Park staff suggests these provincial parks as alternatives to Ontario’s busiest five.

 

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Ever flap an owl’s wing or held a century-old insect? You can at the Algonquin Park Collections Room!

The century-old skins, skulls and specimens inside the Collections Room at Algonquin Park live like little hermits in the basement of the Visitor Centre, stunningly preserved and rarely seen by anyone except park naturalists and visiting scientists.

Yet every now and again, the doors swing open and the public is invited to visit this treasure trove of natural history dating back 50 to 100 years.

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Flocking to Wasaga Beach

Many people flock to Wasaga Beach Provincial Park for the sandy beach… but so do the birds!

Piping Plovers are small shorebirds seen scurrying along sandy shorelines or backs of beaches where water has pooled, searching for insects and small crustaceans.  Although well camouflaged, Piping Plovers are identifiable by their short orange bills and bright orange legs.  These shorebirds may be little, weighing about 2 ounces and 6 inches in length, but they are mighty.  Twice a year they migrate approximately 2,000 miles to the Atlantic Coast of Mexico.

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The many moods of Lake Superior are beckoning: Kakabeka Falls anyone?

If you are looking for an enchanting way to ride out the rest of the summer or early fall, why not tour the coast of Lake Superior and finish your journey at Thunder Bay and Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park?  The coastline boasts several different parks that follow Lake Superior north and west.  When you reach the lakehead (Thunder Bay, Ontario’s western end of the lake), travel inland to Kakabeka Falls, home to the second largest waterfall in Ontario.

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Discovering the beauty of Ontario’s southern belle: the Carolinian Forest

Why not enjoy a deliciously lazy afternoon fanning yourself beneath a leafy sassafras tree, sipping lemonade and reading your favourite book? Or take a relaxing stroll among the tulip trees or red oaks, with their luxurious canopies whispering from above?

Inhale the beauty, exhale the stress.

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Be here in an hour: why Southern Ontario landlubbers love escaping to Rock Point

The wind and waves of Rock Point Provincial Park are a must-see, must-experience getaway this summer, especially for overheated, stressed out city dwellers that just need a break. Your getaway awaits at this jewel of a park, nestled on Lake Erie in the ancient Carolinian forest.

Rock Point is a mere hour from Hamilton and the Niagara and Fort Erie borders, an hour from Brantford and 90 minutes from Toronto. How great is that?

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Announcing new video series: Cool Things in Ontario Parks

Our park staff know some pretty cool stories about our parks and stories are meant to be shared!


We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of our Cool Things in Ontario Parks video series!  This series will take you on an adventure across the province for a behind the scenes tour of some of  the cool things in Ontario Parks.  You may learn something new about one of your favourite parks, or get inspired to visit a new one!

 Series host Doug on set in Wasaga Beach Provincial Park.

 

Ontario Parks’ own, the comedic and curious Doug, will be your guide for the series as he sets out in search of the cool.  Exploring a different provincial park in each episode, the series leads Doug on an awesome adventure from the mines at Murphys Point and the ski trails at Windy Lake, to the swamp at Presqu’ile and pictographs at Bon Echo.  At each park, Doug goes to the experts – our awesome staff –  to find out what’s cool.  Together, they uncover some really cool things in parks!

The first video will launch on our YouTube Channel on February 20.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and to join the discussion and tell us about the cool things in your favourite park!

 

 

Ontario Parks and Google Earth

There have been a couple of changes to the Ontario Parks website and in particular, we’d like to tell you about Ontario Parks locations being displayed in Google Earth!

For the uninitiated, Google Earth is software developed by Google. It’s available from Google’s website free of charge (for the basic version of the software). Developers can create content to display in Google Earth and community contributors can post locations, photos … and who knows what else! Continue reading Ontario Parks and Google Earth