National Aboriginal Day invites us to learn more about Indigenous history, perspectives and culture, and help us build stronger relationships rooted in mutual respect and understanding.
We’re taking the opportunity to spotlight some of the wonderful partnerships and events shared with us by Indigenous leaders and communities across Ontario:
Continue reading Greetings, Boozhoo, Aaniin, Sekoh, Wachay, Ullakut!
Today’s post comes from Mackenzie Green, an Operations Technician at Silent Lake Provincial Park. We’re delighted to announce the opening of 10 new cabins, which will be available on our reservation system as of June 2, 2017.
The jack-of-all trades. The problem-solver. These monikers are often used to describe the hard-working staff of Ontario Parks!
The broad scope of tasks that Ontario Parks employees undertake has resulted in a large work-force of creative problem solvers. Our remote work locations often require us to be independent, allowing us to acquire and demonstrate a wide variety of skills. As individuals, each of us brings unique experiences and skill-sets to our parks, and when a problem presents itself, we revel in the opportunity to put our special skills to work!
Recently, at Silent Lake Provincial Park, one of these unique challenges presented itself, and park staff were more than happy to rise to the occasion!
Continue reading New cabins at Silent Lake
Looking for a new park to explore with your family? How about a park that offers great swimming, paddling, and hiking and will have your kids picking books from a tree?
Bonnechere Provincial Park — located in Killaloe, ON (just 2 hours from Ottawa) — is one of the Ottawa Valley’s hidden gems.
Here are some of the reasons your family will love this park:
Continue reading 7 reasons your family will fall in love with Bonnechere Provincial Park!
Recently, Bon Echo Provincial Park took advantage of the bending and dampening properties of trees in order to save a number of them from removal during a construction project. Park Superintendent Clark Richards shares the story.
The challenge? Transporting a prefabricated cabin on a transport truck and trailer to the park.
The cabin had to be navigated through the narrow, single lane campground roads, eventually to be placed on an existing campsite.
Continue reading Tree bending at Bon Echo
Today’s post comes from Cathy Entwhistle, the Natural Heritage Education Leader and Volunteer Coordinator at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
Reading the title, you might think this blog is about the many languages featured in Ontario.
While Ontario Parks is visited by dozens of different language speakers each year and we do our best to communicate with everyone, the staff we call “interpreters” might only speak one language (or at least, one human language).
In Ontario Parks, an interpreter’s job is actually to interpret Ontario’s nature and history for our many park visitors.
Continue reading Interpreting Ontario: introducing Ontario Parks’ interpreters
We’re proud to announce the winner of this year’s Ontario Parks Ecological Integrity Award: Yvette Bree, our Natural Heritage Education Coordinator at Sandbanks Provincial Park!
Yvette has given decades of dedicated, passionate service, protecting the ecological integrity of one of our busiest parks.
Continue reading Sandbanks superhero wins Ecological Integrity Award
In Canada we are very lucky to have a diverse system of national, provincial and local parks.
For Canada150, Parks Canada has offered free day-use admission to national parks. Unfortunately, provincial parks are not part of the Parks Canada initiative and visitors will still be required to pay for admission and services.
Continue reading Which parks are free for Canada150?
Guess what endangered animal will be mingling with visitors at Quetico Provincial Park this summer. Need a hint?
They wouldn’t say “neigh” to a selfie.
Continue reading Lac Lacroix ponies at Quetico
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
In today’s post, Alistair MacKenzie, Naturalist Heritage Education Supervisor at Pinery Provincial Park, recounts a dramatic encounter with an eastern screech owl.
We desperately needed to confirm breeding evidence for eastern screech owls in our survey squares for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas back in 2005.
It was our last chance given that the atlas was wrapping up the collection period and I was frustrated since I confidently knew that screech owls did indeed breed in the park, but sadly we just hadn’t managed to be in the right place at the right time to confirm it.
Continue reading Owl-induced whiplash