When it comes to an outdoor excursion during the winter months, clothing can make or break your experience.
If you’re cold or wet it’s going to be much more difficult for you to enjoy your time in the outdoors. Making sure you’re properly outfitted for whatever weather comes your way is crucial.
Luckily, our friends over at SAIL have some great tips for staying warm and cozy on your foray into winter.
Continue reading How to dress for your winter adventure
New Year’s Day is coming up fast — have you picked out a park for your First Day Hike?
This 10-park list rounds up some top options for your first foray into 2021:
Continue reading First Day Hike destinations
This winter, outdoor activities and staying close to home are both great ideas to keep you happy and healthy! It’s the perfect time to try something new – like snowshoeing!
For any winter activity, planning ahead and a bit of research can go a long way to make sure you day is safe and fun!
Luckily, the outdoor experts at SAIL have shared their best snowshoeing advice to help guarantee a great experience.
Continue reading A beginner’s guide to snowshoeing
We know how much nature matters – and we know you do too! That’s why Ontario Parks asked you for your opinion last year during our Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) consultation.
And you responded!
We received more than 2,500 responses from researchers, members of the healthcare sector, environmental groups, Indigenous organizations, educators, and members of the public!
Continue reading Nature matters and so do you
Nature? We’re here for it and so are our friends at Coleman Canada. Read on to find out how they’re helping us encourage Ontarians to spend more time outside!
It’s easy to feel a bit low at this time of year. It seems to get dark outside immediately after lunch, the sun is elusive, and our bodies are still adapting to cooler temperatures.
There’s a part of our brain that really wants to hibernate.
But we’re going to fight that urge, and you should too! Here’s why: our brains need nature! Continue reading This is your brain on nature!
Every winter, as the temperatures drop, so does the amount of time we spend outside. This is especially true for children — playtime can become limited to the indoors.
It may be tempting to hide inside until the weather warms up, but outdoor play is essential for your children’s well-being all year long.
Here are some of the top reasons why you should get our kids outside and active this winter:
Continue reading Why it’s important for children to play outside in winter
Are you ready to start a new tradition for the new year?
We’re partnering with SAIL and Coleman Canada to give you the secret to starting 2021 on the right foot.
Continue reading Hit the trails for a First Day Hike
It’s probably no surprise that hiking is good for your health, but it might surprise you that the benefits reach from head to toe!
Check out the brain and body benefits of hiking:
Continue reading Hiking for head-to-toe health
Picture this: you’re alone, deep into a forested trail. Your only companions are the birds fluttering from branch to branch around you. As you walk, you follow a corridor made of pillars of ancient trees, and smell the earthy aroma of moss and damp leaves.
How do you feel? It’s hard to describe, but the words which immediately come to mind are calm, peaceful, and contemplative. You feel a deep-rooted connection to the world around you, and you are reminded of the importance of our natural environment.
There’s a word for that feeling: waldeinsamkeit.
Continue reading Waldeinsamkeit: solitude in the forest
As the days get shorter and the colder weather arrives, it’s time to talk self-care. Bubble baths and meditation are great options, but have you considered adding nature to your self-care toolkit?
October 10 is World Mental Health Day, and it’s the perfect time to think of ways we can take care of ourselves and our families.
Continue reading Add nature to your self-care toolkit