The research is clear: spending time in nature improves our physical, mental and social well-being.
Yes. Even when it’s cold outside.
Ready for a healthier 2017? We chatted with parks planner Will Kershaw to find out how he stays fit and healthy during the winter months. These are his top tips:
Continue reading Healthy resolutions for a new year
This week, the Canadian Parks Council unveiled an exciting new project: the Nature Playbook!
Just as the plays in a coach’s playbook spark movement and bring the team together, the Nature Playbook is designed to inspire action — bringing Canadians into the nature game!
Continue reading Introducing the Nature Playbook
Are you taking the 30×30 Nature Challenge?
Come and join us in celebrating the 30×30 challenge at Killarney Provincial Park with our four-day Challenge Weekend on August 19-22, 2016.
We want to help you get outside with fun workshops and guided hikes all weekend long!
Continue reading Killarney’s 30×30 challenge weekend
In today’s busy society, it’s easy to tune out our senses and forget about the natural environment around us. Being regularly immersed in natural settings can make you feel happier, healthier and more relaxed.
This August, Ontario Parks challenges you to spend 30 minutes in nature each day for 30 days.
Register here for the 30×30 Challenge!
Continue reading Tap into all 5 senses during the 30×30 Challenge!
Ontario’s provincial parks all offer FREE day-use on July 21, 2017, and our parks have all sorts of events planned, from treasure hunts to zumba to campfire singalongs!
And all that fun is sure to make you hungry.
Whether a romantic tête–à–tête by the river or a family reunion on the beach, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day is a picnic-perfect event.
Continue reading 5 must-have items for your picnic basket
The big day‘s almost here!
We’re opening our doors to everyone in Ontario; there will be no charge for day-use visitation during July 15, 2016!
Parks across the province have exciting events and activities planned. Explore a new park, sample our facilities and services, or just enjoy a fun event in a great setting!
The time to strengthen and rediscover our connection to nature is now!
Continue reading Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2016: events
If you’ve ever pedalled up a hill before, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear that cycling is great for working the lower body, but did you know the health benefits reach far beyond your quads and hamstrings?
Check out these brain and body benefits of cycling:
Continue reading 6 health benefits of cycling
Mark your calendars!
Last year, we kicked off the Healthy Parks Healthy People movement in Ontario Parks and this year, the celebrations continue.
Once again, Ontario Parks will be offering a day of FREE entry into all parks on July 15, 2016.
Continue reading Celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People – free day-use on July 15
Earth Week is an annual reminder of how important it is to celebrate our beautiful planet and do our part to protect it for future generations.
It’s also a timely reminder of how essential it is to instill a love – and respect – of the outdoors in our children. It’s something we can’t start too early.
Recent research shows that if you give kids (aged five to ten) an immersive experience in nature, it will lead to a lifelong love for the environment and a sense of stewardship for the earth. You’ll also likely produce more creative thinkers!
Algonquin Provincial Park Biologist Alison Lake offers these tips on how to raise environmentally conscious kids in an increasingly urban and regulated world:
Continue reading How to raise environmentally conscious kids
Congratulations and job well done to all of those who participated in the first 30×30 Nature Challenge with Ontario Parks!
More than 600 people embarked on the 30×30 challenge this August. We loved tuning in to social media to see how #30x30Challenge-ers spent their 30 minutes every day!
Continue reading 30×30 Challenge complete!