Today’s post comes from Michelle Halstead, a travel, tourism and eco-adventure placement student with Ontario Parks Northwest Zone.
Canada is proud to be the home of the greatest recreational trail in the world. A 24,000 km trail of land and water that stretches across 10 provinces and three territories.
The Great Trail (formally known as the Trans Canada Trail or TCT) is a project that started in 1992 and with the help of various donors and volunteers working together across the nation has become one of the greatest trails in the world. The trail offers a variety of outdoor recreation activities and scenery throughout Canada’s urban, rural and wilderness areas.
Continue reading Exploring the Great Trail in northwestern Ontario Parks
Happy International Day of Forests!
Let’s take a walk in the woods.
With no specific destination in mind, we will wander, observe and immerse ourselves in nature. Allow our senses to guide us.
When was the last time you walked into the woods with no plans? No final destination? Without a species to ID, hill to climb, or lookout to conquer?
This is exactly the experience offered by a forest bathing session.
Continue reading Healing in the forest: a guide to forest bathing
Our parks are wearing the green this St. Patrick’s Day and you don’t have to be Irish to appreciate it!
“You do need to be observant, though,” says Algonquin Provincial Park biologist Alison Lake. “But it will be well worth the effort.”
Taking St. Patrick’s Day stroll? Here are 7 shades of green you might spot in our parks:
Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day “green”ery
Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, a tea lover and Marketing Specialist with Ontario Parks.
This blog is dedicated to all of those who love tea and nature.
Whether it’s a cool summer evening, or a chilly winter day, it’s always a good time for tea time. There’s something about having a cup of tea that ignites a sense of stillness and calmness. It reminds you to take a step back, and really take in a moment.
Ontario’s northwest provincial parks provide some stellar backdrops for the most perfect outdoor tea parties. Make a cup of tea, and read on to discover six tea hot spots!
Continue reading Hot spots to have a cup of tea in Ontario Parks’ northwest
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
Expect some serious howling this December 31 — the howling hikes return for their 17th year!
This Bronte Creek Provincial Park tradition is a particular favourite for park staff as it combines winter fun, night hiking, howling, and enthusiastic families.
Continue reading Howling hikes ring in the new year
In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares two of her favourite on-the-go sandwich recipes.
Summer means longer days and warmer nights. And that means fun times spent outdoors birding, hiking, and canoeing.
It also means packing a hearty lunch that will really go the distance.
Here are a couple of sandwich loaf recipes to enjoy on your next trekking adventure.
In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares two of her favourite portable composed soup and salad recipes.
Healthy eating is tricky when you’re backpacking or hiking all day and making a from-scratch meal is not on the horizon.
Composed soup and salad jars, of course!
Continue reading A movable feast
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