Today’s post comes from Katherine Muzyliwsky, a Natural Heritage Education Student at Neys Provincial Park.
Before Neys became a provincial park, it was known as Neys Camp 100. Instead of happy campers on vacation, the park held German prisoners of war during World War II.
After operating as a prisoner of war camp from 1941-1946, the buildings were dismantled in 1953. Since then, artifacts have showed up from discoveries in the park and from generous donations.
Continue reading Neys’ relics from the past
Today’s post comes from John Etches, marketing specialist and disc golf enthusiast.
When I received the call about the possibility of a new disc golf course in one of our parks, I shook my head in disbelief!
As an avid disc golfer, could this be a dream come true?
Continue reading A hole-in-one at Mikisew
In today’s post, Zone Ecologist Corina Brdar shares the exciting restoration story that’s been unfolding at Darlington Provincial Park.
There’s nothing like seeing an idea turn into reality, is there?
Especially when the idea is an enormous one, and it takes tons of cooperation from all kinds of players.
Continue reading Darlington’s daring wetland restoration
Back in 1970, Canada, like much of the world switched over to using the metric system.
Really, it makes so much more sense than the imperial system; 10 units per one larger unit, instead of divisions of 12?
It’s time we at Ontario Parks made the switch.
Continue reading Ontario Parks measures up
Driving up to your favourite park, seeing that park entrance sign can feel like coming home. Today, we’re taking a look at some Ontario Parks entrance signs and how they have evolved through the ages!
Continue reading Then and Now: park entrance signs
Today’s post comes from Megan and Cora, two of Halfway Lake Provincial Park‘s discovery guides.
As discovery guides, part of our job is inspiring, encouraging, and motivating visitor to explore and discover nature everywhere!
Continue reading Hiking through Halfway Lake, discovery-style
Our “Forever protected” series shares why each and every one belongs in Ontario Parks. In today’s post, Alistair MacKenzie tells us Pinery’s story.
Not until I began working for Ontario Parks did I realize that our great system of protected areas is based upon a model of representation. Each park is different and critical to the success of our protected areas system on the whole.
I am the Supervisor of Natural Heritage Education and Resource Management at Pinery Provincial Park, and I’d like to tell you why Pinery belongs in our provincial system.
Continue reading Forever protected: why Pinery belongs
Today’s post comes from Alistair MacKenzie, our Supervisor of Natural Heritage Education and Resource Management at Pinery Provincial Park.
In a province dominated by the rock of the Canadian Shield, sand is rare. If we combined all of Ontario’s coastal sand dunes together, they would only make up less than 0.5% of our province’s land.
We can thank a simple fact of nature for the creation of Pinery Provincial Park and its rare dunes: namely, that differences in temperature between the air over Lake Huron and the adjacent landmass create an on-shore breeze.
Continue reading Dynamic dunes at Pinery
We all know Ontario’s provincial parks aim to protect our natural landscapes and species.
But did you know that each individual park is protected for its own (often very specific) reasons?
Our parks work together as a network of biodiversity and protection. Whether an immense wilderness or a small urban nature reserve, every park plays a critical role in the protection of our biodiversity, including representative ecosystems, species, and cultural heritage.
Continue reading Forever protected
Today’s post comes from Jess Matthews, a Natural Heritage Education Specialist at Rondeau Provincial Park.
About a year ago, we looked at a well-loved, yet aging display in the Rondeau Visitor Centre.
Hundreds of visitors learned from it over the years, but it was becoming faded and worn — it was time for a change.
Continue reading “Gathering” at Rondeau