The health benefits of hiking are head-to-toe. A walk in the woods can help alleviate mental fatigue, and improve creative thinking. Hiking is also great for cardiovascular health and muscle tone.
But is hiking an option in the winter?
Absolutely. We’ve collected a list of five parks with stellar options for winter rambles:
Continue reading 5 walks through winter woods
Not ready to say goodbye to Frontenac’s 100 km trail network? This winter, trade your hiking boots for a pair of snowshoes or skis!
Nature-lovers come from around the globe to explore Frontenac Provincial Park‘s trails. Perched on the southern arm of the Canadian Shield, this park features granite outcrops, vast wetlands, scenic lakes and mixed forests.
Continue reading Make tracks to Frontenac this winter!
The leaves are falling, and what was once hidden is now majestically on display.
Don’t count out the month of November as a blasé time to be outdoors; try exploring areas such as the Niagara Escarpment for something to behold.
Continue reading November is the best time to see cool geological formations
Today’s post comes from Content Development Specialist Evan Holt. This is Evan’s fourth year completing the Frontenac Challenge!
Frontenac Provincial Park offers a unique challenge to autumn visitors that isn’t found elsewhere in the province. About half-way through my first attempt at hiking the complete 160 km of the challenge I found myself falling in love with the park.
Here’s a quick look at a growing destination for hikers, campers, canoeists and trail runners.
Continue reading 2016 Frontenac Challenge wrap-up
Not all who wander are lost, but if you’re heading out to the backcountry, you might want to try few of these apps.
They’ll point you in the right direction and make sure you get there and back again safely.
Continue reading 7 apps for hardcore hikers
There’s something magical about waterfalls.
The sound. The peace. The wonder.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite falls from around the province. Take a look and let us know which one captures your imagination!
Continue reading 15 awe-inspiring waterfalls in Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from Carol Dersh, our natural heritage education leader at Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Slippery, steep and rugged sections ahead. . .
…what a fitting description of Lake Superior Provincial Park’s 65 km Coastal Trail.
If you like wild places, rugged hikes, varied terrain, dark night skies, an endless horizon, fewer biting insects and spectacular rocks, this is the trail for you.
Continue reading Take a walk on the wild side on Lake Superior’s Coastal Trail
We’re proud of our entire Ontario Parks team, but every summer, we hear stories of staff who’ve gone above and beyond.
This year, four members of our Lake Superior Provincial Park team pulled together to rescue an injured hiker, who wrote us this letter of thanks:
Continue reading Hiker rescue at Lake Superior Provincial Park
Can’t get into your favourite campsite? Or are you ready to try a new park this summer?
If you love Sandbanks Provincial Park – and what’s not to love about its long, sandy beaches, warm water and walking trails along the dunes? – you might consider Presqu’ile. The park offers more than 300 camping sites in a variety of settings, 2.5 kilometers of beach, lots of trails and paths including a boardwalk that takes you into a large protected marsh, and the second oldest operating lighthouse in Ontario.
Continue reading Switch it up this summer
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.
Continue reading Fall hiking: more than just red leaves