Frontenac challenge: challenge accepted

Guest Blogger: Evan Holt, Traversing

I heard about the Frontenac Challenge a few years ago… which is to hike the provincial park’s 11 loops and 160km of trails between September 1 and October 31.  With the park’s All-Season Camping Challenge (camp at least one night in each month of the year for 12 consecutive months) and the Junior Hiking Challenge (Youth up to 12 years of age can take part in a mini Frontenac Challenge where they only need to complete six of the main loops in the park), Frontenac offers some great incentives to take in the sights and smells of the outdoors.

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10 ways to enjoy fall at Ontario Parks

1.    Book a Prince Edward County adventure

Maple Rest Heritage House  is a four-bedroom Victorian farmhouse. Jacques Cottage  has a beautiful view of Lake Ontario. You can book either for a fall getaway to Prince Edward County this fall through Sandbanks Provincial Park.

 2.    Find a quiet corner of Algonquin

Check out these tips from staff on how to explore a less busy side of Algonquin in the fall.

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Go for a run at Ontario Parks

Looking for a new place to run? Try Ontario Parks. Softer trail surfaces minimize the impact on runner joints and backs. Runners have over 1,800 kilometres of trails to choose from. Park landscapes are spectacular and many parks offer roofed accommodation. Derrick Spafford is a regular trail runner at Frontenac Provincial Park which has 160 kilometres of trails, one of the largest trail networks east of the Canadian Rockies. In this Park Blog, Spafford shares his trail running tips and three favourite Frontenac trails.

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Fall paddling

Are you dreaming of being surrounded by orange, yellow and red hues, endless landscapes and water as smooth as glass?  This means you are ready to plan your fall paddling trip!

Fall is a great time to get out in Ontario Parks; fall colours are amazing, blackfly season has subsided and the water is high this year.

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The many colours of fall

The countdown to fall has begun; children are returning to school, sweaters and long pants are reappearing and birds and butterflies are beginning their migratory journeys.  Some of us experience a kind of grieving at this time of year; we mourn for the long hot days of summer.  But others celebrate fall – a time of glorious colour, quiet parks and few bugs.

Only a few regions of the world offer the kind of spectacular, showy fall colours that Ontario is famous for. The climate and deciduous trees of Northeastern North America provide the perfect storm for transforming our lush green foliage into the brilliant reds, yellows and oranges.

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Witness the phenomenon of fall migration in Ontario Parks

Guest blogger: David Bree
Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader
Presqu’ile Provincial Park

 

 Migration is a miracle of nature that has fascinated humans since… well since forever.  Where do these creatures come from? Where do they go?  How do they know when to leave?  Many of those questions have been answered over the years but there are still many mysteries to uncover.  September is the height of fall migration, and with great weather, smaller crowds, and many parks still open it’s a great time to do some migrating of your own and go out to witness this phenomenon. Continue reading Witness the phenomenon of fall migration in Ontario Parks

Algonquin’s second fall colours peak: the golden encore

Today’s post comes from Ian Shanahan, Natural Heritage Education Specialist at Algonquin Provincial Park.

 “Algonquin’s blazing landscape” is a term used to describe the park during the peak of fall colours, when the mid-slope of most Algonquin hillsides along the Highway 60 corridor truly seem ablaze with the bright oranges and reds of Sugar and Red Maples.  This peak- September 27 on average based on observations since 1973– is universally seen as the most visually spectacular time to visit the park.  To aid visitors in planning their fall colours visit, fall colours progress reports are given on the Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report.  In most years, the status reads “past peak” by the second week of October and while this designation applies to the most impressive peak- that of the maples- it doesn’t acknowledge a second peak of colours that takes hold once most of the maple leaves have fallen.  Continue reading Algonquin’s second fall colours peak: the golden encore

Fall picnics are for lovers

With the kids back in school, September is the perfect time to pack a picnic-for-two and spend a day at Ontario Parks. Here are ten parks with romantic picnic areas that are easy drives from Ontario urban centres. Need picnic recipe ideas?  Check this Park Blog post, Park picnic recipes and tipsContinue reading Fall picnics are for lovers