Happy 60th, Kakabeka Falls!

Today’s post comes from Steven Kearney, a park warden at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park.

Thirty kilometres west of Thunder Bay rises the impressive natural water formation known as Kakabeka Falls.

At 40 m high, it has affectionately been nicknamed the “Niagara of the North” because of its size and fame. The park also carries an extensive cultural history and displays great geological significance. Kakabeka Falls is a popular tourist destination along the Trans-Canada Highway, whether as a camping getaway, a quick day trip from Thunder Bay, or a rest stop along a greater journey.

This year, Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park celebrates its 60th anniversary and hosts a variety of events throughout the operating season.

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How Pancake Bay got its name

Today’s post comes from — you guessed it — Pancake Bay Provincial Park.

Where did the name Pancake Bay come from? The answer changes depending on who you ask.

Ask a local and they’ll tell you one story. Ask a Pancake Bay staff member and they’ll tell you another. Ask a child and they will tell you it’s because the beach is flat like a pancake 😉

But no matter whom you ask, the name is closely tied to the voyageurs.

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Celebrating the summer solstice at Killbear

Aanii kinaweya! Hello everyone!

Christine King n’dizhinikaaz, Wasauksing n’doonjibaa. My name is Christine King and I am from Wasauksing First Nation. I am a park naturalist at Killbear and have already learned so much in my first month in being at the park.

What a beautiful day we had here at Killbear Provincial Park for National Aboriginal Day (or as it is now known: National Indigenous Peoples Day) on June 21, 2017!

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Trees for tomorrow at Sandbanks

Nothing says Canada like a maple leaf. That’s why Sandbanks Provincial Park planted 150 Sugar Maples this spring.

And those maples are part of a bigger plan. Over the past ten years, this Picton-area park has planted a whopping 100,000 trees! This year alone, Sandbanks “grew” by 36,000 trees.

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Greetings, Boozhoo, Aaniin, Sekoh, Wachay, Ullakut!

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:

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New cabins at Silent Lake

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!

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7 reasons your family will fall in love with Bonnechere Provincial Park!

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:

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Tree bending at Bon Echo

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.

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Interpreting Ontario: introducing Ontario Parks’ interpreters

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.

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Sandbanks superhero wins Ecological Integrity Award

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.
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