As part of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary celebrations, we’re very excited to announce a concert tour featuring our very own Wakami Wailers!
The Wakami Wailers are long-time camper favourites, but many fans don’t realize the band first met when working at Wakami Lake Provincial Park in 1981.
Continue reading Welcoming home the Wakami Wailers
Ready to try your hand at crosscut sawing or visit an authentic 20th-century blacksmith?
July 21-22, 2018 is the 28th anniversary of Marten River Provincial Park‘s Lumberjack Days!
Continue reading Celebrate Lumberjack Days at “The Winter Camp”
Killarney Provincial Park is home to the sparkling white La Cloche Mountains, verdant green forests and brilliant blue lakes. Visitors come to hike, paddle and camp in these beautiful surroundings.
Killarney is also a hotspot for “citizen science.” The park invites visitors to help them count things like butterflies, winter birds and that iconic northern bird with its haunting call, the Common Loon.
Continue reading Making a weekend of the Killarney Spring Loon Count
Calling all citizen scientists!
Grab your paddle and join us for the 22nd Annual Loon Counts at Killarney Provincial Park.
This summer’s OP125 celebrations include the creation of a 2018 time capsule!
And what better place to “bury” a time capsule than Ontario’s oldest provincial park?
Continue reading Help us celebrate our OP125 time capsule at Algonquin
As a part of our 125th anniversary, Ontario Parks is excited to announce a province-wide, 30-park concert tour featuring singer-songwriter David Archibald!
David will be performing five brand new songs this summer that he has written in celebration of the anniversary!
Continue reading David Archibald’s “The Happiest Camper in Ontario” concert tour
Today’s post comes from Martha Martens, a Natural Heritage Education leader from Killbear Provincial Park.
I’ll admit: when I first heard the word “bioblitz,” I was confused. What does this strange word mean?
It might be helpful to break the word down in order to understand: “bio” means “life” and “blitz” means a “sudden, energetic, and concerted effort, typically on a specific task.”
So a bioblitz is a brief period of time, usually 24 hours, that experts and amateurs come together to specifically record all nature sightings in a given area. All the records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity of that location at that point in time.
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Banner photo: Dan Ventrudo, via The Chronicle-Journal.
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park hosted a hugely successful cross-country ski festival on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
The 41st annual Sleeping Giant Loppet attracted close to 800 skiers. They were supported by 200 volunteers, and another 100 friends and family cheering them on.
Continue reading At the finish line!
During March, spectacular events are taking place at Ontario Parks. One of them takes flight at Presqu’ile Provincial Park’s on March 17-18, 2018.
It’s the 42nd anniversary of Waterfowl Weekend, hosted by park staff and Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park volunteers.
Make plans to witness one of the best waterfowl migrations in the world!
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This blog comes from Cathy Entwhistle, a Senior Park Interpreter at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
It’s that time of year again, when the sweet sounds of spring fill Bronte Creek Provincial Park: the twittering of returning songbirds, the laughter of visitors strolling through the woods, and the plink! plink! plink! of sugar maple sap dripping into a maple bucket.
A visit to the Maple Syrup Festival walks you through the full history and process of making Canada’s favourite sweet syrup. With a few simple steps and tools, you can bring that history home with you.
Here’s how to make your own delicious maple syrup:
Continue reading How to tap a maple tree