Gearing up to celebrate our 125th anniversary has us digging through archives in search of vintage photos and documents. Over the course of the year, we’ll be sharing our discoveries in our OP125 blog series.
This month, we’re taking a look back on a collection of Ontario Parks vehicle permits dating back to 1957. Purchased and displayed on the front dash of a vehicle, these permits would give people unlimited daily vehicle entry to all Ontario provincial parks.
Continue reading Then and Now: vehicle permits
We’ve got something for everyone this season!
Here’s a sneak peek of what you might find in our Park Stores this summer.
Continue reading What’s new on Ontario Parks’ shelves in 2016?
Noticed the dainty purple flower adorning the 2016 summer pass for Ontario Parks?
It may surprise you to learn that when Ontario Parks staff discovers that flower in a park, they often rip it out by the roots.
That’s because spotted knapweed is…
Continue reading Our 2016 parks pass is more than just a pretty flower
T’is the season so we asked Ontario Parks staff and three corporate partners; Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Coleman and Bushnell for gift ideas. Park staff suggested 2012 trip ideas in Ontario Parks while our corporate sponsors suggested cool new gear ideas. Here are our favourites. Continue reading Trips and gear for adventure-lovers
Looking for gift ideas for outdoor- lovers? Ontario Parks’ staff and corporate partners, Coleman, Bushnell and MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) have provided us with some suggestions based on the types of people who visit Ontario Parks. Typically, they are young family campers, adventure travelers, first-time visitors and mature travelers. Continue reading Gift ideas for outdoor-lovers
From nostalgic patches to A Lasting Gift program, Ontario Parks has unusual holiday gifts this year. The parks’ online store is where you’ll find most gift items. Continue reading Unusual gifts from Ontario Parks
When you visit Ontario Parks this season, you may notice something a little bit greener. No, it’s not the scenery, we are going green with our new re-usable bag! Continue reading Please Re-Use This Bag. May the Forest Be With You!
Wear it on your sleeve, sew it on your pack or snuggle up with it on your camp blanket. You can take Ontario Parks with you wherever you go with our new sew on patches! Each of these beautifully embroidered patches will have 1893 on them to celebrate the establishment date of our first park- Algonquin. Continue reading A Nod to the Past
For over thirty years, Ontario Parks has been surveying its visitors asking their thoughts and opinions about their most recent park experience. This is valuable information; it helps us to continually improve parks and to plan for the future. Continue reading Tell us What you Think!
Paper or plastic?
You may have been asked that question when the clerk at your local supermarket is about to bag your groceries.
At Ontario Parks, we’re switching to BioBags. They’re made from corn starch and synthetic polymers, are as sturdy as plastic bags, but are friendlier to the environment.
While consumers are becoming more conscious of the environment, about 80 plastic bags are still being used every second in Ontario. That’s about 7 million plastic bags per day or 4 bags per person every week. Did you know it takes about 1000 years for a plastic bag to decompose?
Ontario Parks BioBags are 100% biodegradable and compostable. They can be reused, recycled, burned and composted. They break down in 10 to 45 days, depending how they’re composted. And they’re a small way you can help reduce greenhouse gases.
So, if you need something to carry away your Ontario Parks purchases and you’ve forgotten to bring your reusable cloth shopping bag, our BioBags are available.
Please remember to be earth friendly ~ only take a bag if you need one.