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

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