Our visitors enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches and waterfronts in Ontario – from the barrier dune formations of Sandbanks to the Caribbean blue waters of Pancake Bay.
While swimming, boating and other water activities are a centrepiece of any Ontario Parks adventure, there are also risks associated with these activities.
We want our campers and day-trippers to stay safe when they hit the waves.
And that starts with a PFD (personal flotation device)!
Continue reading Our free PFD Lending Program
Six more parks have jumped on board and will be distributing FREE sample cans of Bush’s Beans to campers!
Parks that will be distributing samples in August, 2017 are:
Continue reading The beans are back!
Crave the warm welcome, soft bed, and hearty meals of a bed & breakfast on your travels? Eager to explore Ontario’s breathtaking natural landscapes?
Why not do both?
Book a stay in a cozy bed & breakfast, and use it as a homebase for daily excursions into parks.
We chatted with the Federation of Ontario Bed & Breakfast Accommodation to uncover nine of the best B&B/provincial park combos across Ontario.
Continue reading B&Bs make terrific homebases for exploring provincial parks
Worried about how restful it is sleeping outside?
Studies show sleeping away from artificial light and waking up with natural sunlight can reset your circadian rhythm which will help you feel refreshed after a better night’s sleep.
But to get a good night’s sleep, it’s important to stay warm, dry and comfortable.
Here are some tips for comfy sleeping while car camping:
Continue reading How to get a good night’s sleep while camping
Nothing beats the rich, smoky flavour of campfire cooking. Grills are simple to use and allow you to cook a variety of food at once, including faves like steak, burgers, and corn on the cob.
But too often we hear tales of campfire woe, from the classic charred veggies/cold meat conundrum to the tear-inducing “my steak fell into the fire” tragedy.
Fear not, would-be grillmasters: these 5 tips will have you whipping up the perfect fire-grilled meal in no time.
Continue reading 5 tips for perfectly grilled campfire grub
The research is clear; spending time in nature improves our physical, mental and social well-being. This holiday season, why not give your loved ones the gift of better health and happiness?
We put our heads together with Coleman Canada to come up with a list of gifts that make it more enticing than ever to get outside!
Continue reading Gift ideas for people who get outside
This week, the Canadian Parks Council unveiled an exciting new project: the Nature Playbook!
Just as the plays in a coach’s playbook spark movement and bring the team together, the Nature Playbook is designed to inspire action — bringing Canadians into the nature game!
Continue reading Introducing the Nature Playbook
Last weekend, Lake St. Peter Provincial Park welcomed one of its smallest ever visitors.
Meet Taryn. She arrived at Scarlett’s house just in time to tag along on their summer camping trip.
At first, Scarlett wasn’t sure Taryn could come camping. After all, most toys aren’t ready for the great outdoors. But as she unwrapped Taryn’s gear, she realized her new friend was well-equipped for their adventures.
Continue reading Taryn and Scarlett go camping
You’ve got some great camping adventures planned this August.
But you REFUSE to eat hotdogs and marshmallows for dinner even one. more. time.
Class up your camping snacks and beverages with these innovative, portable tools:
Continue reading 4 ways to level up your camp kitchen
Ontario’s provincial parks all offer FREE day-use on July 21, 2017, and our parks have all sorts of events planned, from treasure hunts to zumba to campfire singalongs!
And all that fun is sure to make you hungry.
Whether a romantic tête–à–tête by the river or a family reunion on the beach, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day is a picnic-perfect event.
Continue reading 5 must-have items for your picnic basket