Today’s post comes from Patricia Pyrka (and her son Finnan) who recently visited Arrowhead Provincial Park.
When you love the outdoors and have a child in a wheelchair, things tend to get a bit more complicated.
So complicated that for the first seven years of my son’s life, we never went on hikes. Winter outings were completely off my radar – try to get big and small thin wheels through snow!
At some point, I had had enough. I decided I did want to take my son out into nature. I wanted him to experience places he had never been to before, and share with him what I loved so much: quiet nature, deep forests, mountaintops, rough terrain trails, and changing weather conditions.
Continue reading Accessible outdoors at Arrowhead
In honour of our 125th anniversary, we’re delighted to unveil our invitation to find yourself at Ontario Parks.
Continue reading Find yourself at Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from Dave Sproule, a Natural Heritage Education Specialist in our Northeast Zone.
Can you hear the water speak? The waters of the French River have many voices.
These voices travelled the river and lived along its shores. The French River has been a conduit for people, goods, and culture for thousands of years. The voices of the river are celebrated at the spectacular French River Visitor Centre.
Continue reading Voices of the river: exploring the French River Visitor Centre
2018 marks Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary!
Gearing up to celebrate 125 years of parks had us digging through our archives in search of vintage photos and documents. Over the course of the year, we’ll be sharing our discoveries in an OP125 blog series.
This month, we’re taking a look back at how our annual parks guides have evolved over the decades…
Continue reading Then & Now: parks guides over the decades
2017 was a remarkable year at John E. Pearce Provincial Park. Not only did the park celebrate its 60th anniversary, but it was also the grand opening of a multi-year wetland restoration project and Wetland “Storey” Trail.
Continue reading Wetland restoration wins big at John E. Pearce Provincial Park!
Looking for a summer job with growth potential?
Why not apply to Ontario Parks?
It’s how Director Bruce Bateman got his start.
Continue reading From summer student to director
Happy International Women’s Day!
In 2018, we have hundreds of wonderful female employees in Ontario Parks. But it wasn’t always this way.
Some hardworking women helped pave the way for opportunities for women in management positions. Here are the stories of two women who have the honour of being the “first” in their respective roles.
Continue reading Female firsts in Ontario Parks
As part of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary, we’re asking Ontarians to help us fund one of five legacy projects across the province.
Killarney Provincial Park’s legacy project is to upgrade the “The Crack” hiking trail. This is a short, day-use portion of the multi-day (80 km) La Cloche Silhouette Trail along Killarney’s white quartzite ridges.
Continue reading Support Killarney Provincial Park
The car ride to our favourite destination always seems to take forever. We always look for special landmarks along the way to let us know we’re getting close.
Some of these landmarks are special to you, but others are truly iconic. They let you know that you have “arrived”. For lovers of Algonquin Provincial Park, the birch bark map is that iconic landmark.
As part of the Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary, we’re asking Ontarians to help us fund five legacy projects across the province.
Algonquin’s legacy project is to refurbish and update the park’s iconic sign to provide a warm, familiar welcome to visitors for years to come.
Continue reading Support Algonquin Provincial Park!
This post comes from Jill Legault, a Park Information Specialist at Quetico Provincial Park.
It’s the time of year to celebrate love.
Some love stories have their roots in nature, like Jess and Kay Valley. Here’s the story of how Quetico Provincial Park brought these two lovebirds together for a long, happy life spent in nature.