Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education and Marketing Specialist Dave Sproule.
It’s a rugged, time-worn landscape. A fractured piece of the Canadian Shield, with fault lines criss-crossing the roots of ancient mountains for hundreds of kilometres. More than 2,500 lakes fill those fault lines, and at over 600,000 hectares, it’s almost as large as Algonquin Provincial Park.
Is it any wonder so many paddlers lose their hearts to Temagami?
Continue reading Temagami: an ancient canoe country
Ontario Parks is recognizing iconic Canadian species this year to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Next up, we join Natural Heritage Education Specialist Dave Sproule for a chat about the ecological and cultural significance of the beaver, which became Canada’s official symbol in 1975.
We all know beavers are industrious. They builds dams, canals and sturdy homes called lodges, which are warm in winter. They repair all those dams and collect enough food to survive long northern winters.
We know beavers are well-suited to the Canadian environment. Beavers are amphibious – more at home in the water than on land — with webbed hind feet, nostrils that can close, a third see-through eyelid that protects the eye when they’re underwater, and a big flat tail that acts as rudder while swimming.
The biggest reason to celebrate the beaver during Canada150, however, is that the beaver built Canada, shaping both its historical and ecological landscape.
Continue reading The beaver: architect of biodiversity
Guess what endangered animal will be mingling with visitors at Quetico Provincial Park this summer. Need a hint?
They wouldn’t say “neigh” to a selfie.
Continue reading Lac La Croix ponies at Quetico
When paddling a river or toasting marshmallows, it can be easy to forget the rich cultural history of Ontario’s provincial parks.
We’ve got all kinds of storytelling going on in our parks this August, especially in the evenings. Care to stop by for a yarn?
Continue reading Spirit walks and storytellers
Ready to try your hand at crosscut sawing or visit an authentic 20th-century blacksmith?
July 15-16, 2017 is the 27th anniversary of Marten River Provincial Park‘s Lumberjack Days!
Continue reading Celebrate Lumberjack Days at “The Winter Camp”
Archie Belaney — the man many know as “Grey Owl” — dreamed of living in the wilds of Canada. Here’s how the now-famous author, public speaker and early Canadian environmentalist described the North Country:
“It is a land of shadows and hidden trails, lost rivers and unknown lakes, a region of soft-footed creatures going their noiseless ways over the carpet of moss, and there is silence, intense, absolute and all-embracing.”
The following film retraces conservationist Grey Owl’s path through the northeastern Ontario’s legendary Temagami region – n’Daki Menan Aboriginal community.
Experience the old growth forest and beauty that captured Grey Owl’s heart:
Continue reading Welcome to Grey Owl country
2015 marks the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of Ontario!
To celebrate, why not plan a history-themed journey that follows his route? These are a few of the (future) provincial parks Champlain paddled through four centuries ago!
Continue reading Champlain in Ontario Parks
Many of us learned about Samuel de Champlain — French explorer and founder of New France back in the 1600s — in history class. Many of us have forgotten what we learned about him, and some of us have never heard of him. This year, 2015, marks the 400th anniversary of the exploration of Ontario by Samuel de Champlain, so it seems like a good time to take another look.
Continue reading 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of Ontario
Bert Edmundson and Eugene McIsaac had the same dream more than 50 years ago: to honor the fabled Canadian lumberjacks of yesteryear. Little did they know their dream would one day become a major Ontario Parks attraction!
Continue reading Timber Tales: Marten River’s “Winter Camp”
Events to remember 400 years of French presence in Ontario
Think your kids are the only ones who yearn for adventure?
Check out the life story of Étienne Brûlé, the first French explorer to set foot in what is now Ontario four hundred years ago.
Continue reading Remembering French explorer Étienne Brûlé