On winter mornings especially after a light dusting of snow, animal tracks deposited under the cover of darkness provide clues about wildlife inhabiting Ontario Parks – tracks left in snow, chewed bark on or around a tree, snapped twigs, traces of urine, blood, or feathers or even evidence of a life and death struggle. Continue reading Tracking mysteries at Ontario Parks
When the sun sets in Algonquin Provincial Park a host of creatures emerge to forage in the darkness. All you need to see these animals is a headlamp or flashlight and a sense of adventure. Continue reading The dark side of wildlife viewing
I love walking in the rain. First – as everyone is painfully aware – for half the year Canada is cold. Getting outside in warm weather is too precious an experience to be wasted waiting for a sunny day. Second – weather predictions are often woefully wrong, leaving you stuck at home when you could be enjoying a great day outside. Continue reading Walking in the Rain
One of the things I love about Algonquin Park is that a mere three hour drive from the hustle, bustle and stagnant insanity of Toronto traffic is some of the best wildlife viewing in Eastern North America. Continue reading Moose Madness
Chris is the winner of a $1,500 Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) gift card. Chris entered our 2011 fund raising raffle hosted at the Toronto and Ottawa MEC stores. Continue reading Congratulations to Chris Henschel!
There is currently a fish and bird die-off in the Wasaga Beach area. The die-off has now been confirmed to be from Type E botulism.
Die-offs caused by botulism occur annually around the Great Lakes. Continue reading Fish and Bird Die-off at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park – update
There is currently a fish and bird die-off in the Wasaga Beach area. The die-off is believed to be from Type E botulism.
Small-scale fish and bird die-offs are common on the Great Lakes.
Please do not handle dead or dying fish or birds. Park staff is aware of the problem and is working to dispose of dead fish and birds.
While visiting Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, please keep pets on a leash at all times and away from dead or dying animals. Beach Area 3 is the authorized pet beach area in the park.
It’s not everyday you come across a bearded seal relaxing on a dock catching some rays in Northeastern Ontario. This picture was captured by an Ontario Parks staff member on his way to work to Tidewater Provincial Park located in Moosenee, Ontario. Continue reading You never know who (or what) will show up in Ontario Parks
School’s out but the fun is just beginning with education – Ontario Parks’ style! Since 1944, more than 70 million visitors have learned about the natural and cultural resources of their favourite provincial park though the Natural Heritage Education (NHE) program. Continue reading Education the Ontario Parks Way!
If you’re in or near eastern Ontario, one of the best places for star gazing is Charleston Lake Provincial Park near Brockville, Ontario. Amateur star gazers flock to this park’s unique Astronomy Field. Continue reading Learn to star gaze, tag butterflies and more