Waiting for Spring – why you can’t trust groundhogs

Spring canoeingWe all make mistakes. No one is right all the time. But what makes this particular error hard to swallow is that it has resulted in a delayed paddling season. The lesson might be to not plan an ice-out canoe trip on a prediction made by an albino groundhog, despite the fact that he gave us hope. Hope that has remained frozen in the lake as winter is only recently beginning to release its grip. Continue reading Waiting for Spring – why you can’t trust groundhogs

Day trips at Ontario Parks 

Looking for easy ways to escape the heat this summer? Head to Ontario Parks. Many provincial parks are an hour drive from urban areas. Think about purchasing a Summer Daily Vehicle Seasonal Pass for just $125.00, valid from April 1, 2015 until November 30, 2015 and enjoy a summer of family fun. Here are three day trip ideas to get you started: Continue reading Day trips at Ontario Parks 

Trip planning tips for Ontario Parks

Looking for adventure? Ontario Parks has you covered. 7,000 backcountry campsites only accessible by canoe or on foot are tucked away in 21 different provincial parks across Ontario. Backcountry campsites are basic- typically a pit privy, a few tent sites and a fire ring. The paddling and hiking are second to none. Trip planning is essential. Continue reading Trip planning tips for Ontario Parks

Reserve your site at Kawartha Highlands

Kawartha Highlands is one of Ontario’s newest provincial parks and offers exceptional backcountry canoeing opportunities in close proximity to some of the province’s largest communities. Pristine lakes, rocky ridges, mature forests, and beautiful scenery make for a memorable backcountry experience. Continue reading Reserve your site at Kawartha Highlands

15 things to do with your kids before they’re 15

Parents interested in the outdoors and family camping have a short window of time before kids’ seasonal jobs and other interests can change family holiday time. Since this is a season of resolutions and the beginning of 2012 vacation planning, here’s a suggested list of 15 things to do with your kids before they turn 15! Continue reading 15 things to do with your kids before they’re 15

Experience white water paddling in Ontario Parks

In our recent Paddler’s Paradise post, we talked about learn to paddle programs at Ontario Parks but what if you are looking for a bit of white water excitement? So we took our question to Dave Sproule who works for Ontario Parks in northeastern Ontario and here are some of his ideas. Continue reading Experience white water paddling in Ontario Parks

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park Now Accepting Reservations

Starting May 2, Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park will start accepting camping reservations for its 108 backcountry campsites. These sites are only accessible by canoe and most sites have three tent pads, fire ring, picnic table and a privy toilet. Continue reading Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park Now Accepting Reservations