September is the perfect time to catch migratory birds and butterflies on their way south, and the Great Lakes shoreline gives nature-lovers a front-row seat!
Don’t miss Presqu’ile Provincial Park‘s annual Monarchs & Migrants Weekend (September 4-6, 2015), featuring bird banding, monarch tagging, guided adventures, children’s programming and more!
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We’re fast approaching one the best times of the year for Ontario bird-watching. As we move into fall, birds start migrating to their winter homes. Birds to watch for include shorebirds and raptors.
If you’re an aspiring birder — and want to learn more about our feathered friends — here are some tips from Ontario Parks naturalists David Bree (Presqui’ile Provincial Park) and Pilar Manorome (Rondeau Provincial Park) to get you started.
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Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Ontario Parks invites you to challenge yourself this fall.
Hike, bike or run through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. And if you’re up for a little healthy competition, try one of the events below.
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Every year, more than a million people visit Ontario Parks to witness the splendor of the fall colours. After all, there are 8.2 million ha of provincial parks that set the horizon on fire, with their ever-turning reds, greens, oranges and yellows.
But is there anything else to see other than the leaves? Absolutely! With 1800 km of trails across the province, you just have to know where to look and what to look for.
Fall hiking is one of the best ways to appreciate the splendors of autumn that continue long after the leaves have fallen.
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RV travellers love fall at Ontario Parks even after Canadian Thanksgiving (second Monday in October). Some even camp in winter. Park staff affectionately call these campers ‘winter warriors’ since staying warm and maintaining the water systems in your RV in Ontario winter temperatures is a challenge. These four Ontario Parks are your best bet for late fall camping in an RV. Know that trailer fill stations for water are normally closed later in the season, based on weather. However, three parks have campgrounds offering electrical service, and comfort stations with hot showers that are open year round. The fourth, Killarney Provincial Park, does not have electrical service. The park also closes its comfort stations and turns off its water systems following the Canadian Thanksgiving, but the bathrooms outside of the main office remain open along with a tap so campers can access water to fill large jugs. Don’t forget that you need a park permit to camp in any season at Ontario Parks. More detailed RV information is on the Ontario Parks web site.
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This Thanksgiving, why not take the work out of your Thanksgiving dinner and head to your favourite park for a weekend away and a BBQ turkey with all the fixings? After all, you can recycle just about everything you need to cook a turkey dinner on the BBQ so cleanup is a breeze! (Cue collective “Yes!” from mothers everywhere).
Move over Martha Stewart, this is Thanksgiving Canadian style!
Imagine how delicious a BBQ turkey would taste, seasoned with fresh herbs and hot off the grill; dotted with cranberry sauce, prepared gravy, fresh fall vegetables and a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert! Add a nice hot cup of coffee, maybe a S’more or two and you’re ready for a relaxing campfire under the stars.
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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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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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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 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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