Itching for ice out? We certainly are.
But spring weather can be fickle. Hitting the lake too early, failing to respect weather conditions or paddling beyond your skill level isn’t just risky — it’s downright dangerous.
We chatted with Paul Smith, Superintendent of Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, to get some top do’s and don’ts for spring paddling safety:
Continue reading Spring paddling safety
In today’s post, Scott Gardner, Associate Editor of Outdoor Canada, shares his love for and experience with kayak fishing. All photos below are copyright to Scott Gardner.
On a cloudless summer afternoon, I paddled around a point on Six Mile Lake, eased my boat through a jumble of boulders, and slipped into a long shallow bay. No more than 18 inches deep and blanketed in lily pads, it was perfect largemouth bass habitat.
Even better, the propeller-killing rock barrier made it unlikely that any serious fishing boats ever tried this spot. As my kayak ghosted silently to the edge of the weeds, I cast my lure deep into the lily field. I twitched it twice across the surface, and with a heart-stopping splash, it was ambushed by a football-sized largemouth bass.
Continue reading Why kayaks are an awesome way to fish Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from keen paddler and photographer Grant Sutherland.
Any excuse to get back to Killarney Provincial Park is a good excuse. So when my wife Heather and I took an interest in stand-up paddleboarding, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to try something new.
Backcountry tripping with paddleboards? Sounds like a great adventure!
Continue reading SUP tripping in Killarney
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
What can you do at Quetico Provincial Park that you can’t do anywhere else? We ask Quetico park superintendent Trevor Gibb.
“That’s easy,” he answers. “You can cross an international border in your canoe to camp in a backcountry wilderness park.”
Continue reading Only at Quetico
Today’s post comes from Bob Elliott, Superintendent of Lake Superior Provincial Park.
A few staff from Lake Superior Provincial Park went for a paddle across Mijinemungshing Lake (Mijin for short) and through the Mirimoki Wetlands to Mirimoki Lake.
Continue reading A day on the water…
Wooden canoes and paddles are closely linked to Ontarians’ collective sense of history. For centuries, rivers and lakes were the railways of their time: traversing our waterways by canoe was how Indigenous people and early European settlers explored this vast country.
Ontario is known as the “canoe capital” of the world for good reason. Our endless lake and river routes run from the far north of the province to the U.S. border.
Continue reading Wooden canoe- and paddle-making in Ontario
Did you tune in to Algonquin Provincial Park‘s #IceOutFlight 2016 last week?
Our teammates at Algonquin took to the air, and live-tweeted ice-out conditions at the park.
Here’s a bird’s-eye view of several popular Algonquin lakes, trails and landmarks:
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Archie Belaney — the man many know as “Grey Owl” — dreamed of living in the wilds of Canada. Here’s how the now-famous author, public speaker and early Canadian environmentalist described the North Country:
“It is a land of shadows and hidden trails, lost rivers and unknown lakes, a region of soft-footed creatures going their noiseless ways over the carpet of moss, and there is silence, intense, absolute and all-embracing.”
The following film retraces conservationist Grey Owl’s path through the northeastern Ontario’s legendary Temagami region – n’Daki Menan Aboriginal community.
Experience the old growth forest and beauty that captured Grey Owl’s heart:
Continue reading Welcome to Grey Owl country
Backcountry-lover Scott Elliott, a Partnership Development Specialist from our main office, shares the story of his nine-day wilderness adventure.
Many parks are easily accessible; you just pack your tent and sleeping bag, hop in the car and roll into your weekend campground.
But some parks require planning, motivation, and a refined skill-set.
Missinaibi Provincial Park is one of those parks.
Continue reading Are you ready for the Missinaibi River?