Paddling the Restoule backcountry

There’s something special about paddling in the backcountry in the fall, particularly in secluded Restoule Provincial Park (65 km southwest of North Bay).

The water is smooth and reflective. The sky’s a deep, dark blue. The days are sunny, cool and crisp, and the trees, well, they’re a stunning display of red, orange and yellow.

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Enjoy the Lakes in Ontario Parks!

Be BOATsmart!® This Summer!

Another open-water season has arrived (well, almost!) and we hope you’re as excited as we are to get back out on the water! The sun is shining, the ice is officially on its way out, and Ontario Parks are starting to open up for the 2015 visiting season!

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Fall paddling

Are you dreaming of being surrounded by orange, yellow and red hues, endless landscapes and water as smooth as glass?  This means you are ready to plan your fall paddling trip!

Fall is a great time to get out in Ontario Parks; fall colours are amazing, blackfly season has subsided and the water is high this year.

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A different kind of canoe trip…

Jim and Sue Waddington are keen canoe trippers.  They have spent many a winter evening thinking about places to paddle, perusing maps and wondering when Spring will melt the white landscape and free their intended waterway from the icy grip of winter.  Of course, trip planning includes gear lists, menus and grocery lists, and maps.

View of lake and canoiests from The Crack in Killarney

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Ice-Out Canoeing: A spring tradition for adventurous paddlers

It’s a rite of passage for many die-hard paddlers and it’s only a couple of weeks away….an ice out canoe trip.  So what’s the attraction?   It’s a moment of celebration, a time for paddlers to break free of the winter blahs, the sweet spot before the annoyance of spring bugs.  As long as you’re well prepared, an ice-out paddle can be the ultimate early spring adventure. Continue reading Ice-Out Canoeing: A spring tradition for adventurous paddlers

Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive: lifejacket lending program keeps park visitors safe

Swimming, boating, fishing or just plain splashing around is part of the fun of visiting Ontario Parks and our PARKsmart Lifejacket Lending Program helps keep it that way.

Through the generous support of our sponsors, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), BOATsmart and The Canadian Red Cross and Swim Guide thousands of park visitors are exposed to water safety messaging and are able to borrow lifejackets every year and stay safe while enjoying our beautiful lakes, waterways, rivers and streams. Continue reading Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive: lifejacket lending program keeps park visitors safe

What are we doing this weekend?

Guest Blogger: Matt Olsen from Paddle In

 

“What are we doing this weekend?”  

 A question posed to me by my three year old daughter on a cold and blustery January afternoon.  It’s a simple enough question but at the time, for the life of me, I had no answer.  I don’t quite remember what I ended up answering her but I believe it was along the lines of, “we’ll see.”  That question stuck with me and I promised myself that for the rest of the year I’d have an answer for her.  So as 2013 progressed, it became a year full of preparing, learning and most importantly, a year full of camping under the stars in some of Ontario’s most beautiful provincial parks.

Out on the trails at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park (Photo Credit: Paddle In).

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Then and now – 50 years at Rideau River Provincial Park

 In 1957, it was announced that a new provincial park was to be established along the Rideau River.  The new park would feature a campground and a beach for swimming and would be established on land that had once been a forestry station.  This is Rideau River Provincial Park.
 

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5 Great Reasons to Visit Kawartha Highlands

Want a new Ontario Parks experience this summer? Consider the backcountry camping options at Kawartha Highlands! Whether you want to experience backcountry camping for the first time or you need a quick weekend getaway, there are a number of reasons why Kawartha Highlands is the ideal location for your camping trip this year. Continue reading 5 Great Reasons to Visit Kawartha Highlands