The day the world turns pink

Join Ontario Parks in the celebration of the International Day of Pink

On April 8, OntarioParks.com will be turning pink in recognition of the International Day of Pink, which celebrates diversity and raises awareness to end homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny and all forms of bullying.

In addition to our support for the International Day of Pink, Ontario Parks is committed to creating welcoming spaces that are inclusive and free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

We will also be launching a dedicated webpage that includes a list of all provincial parks with positive space trained staff. For more information, please visit www.ontarioparks.com/positivespace .

Please join us in celebrating diversity and inclusion. What will you be wearing?

A sweet day at Bronte Creek

I am sure many of you like Maple Syrup and most of us even use it on a daily basis, but how many of you know what goes behind in extracting the syrup from a sugar maple tree? Do you know the history of it? Well, that’s what you will learn if you make a short day trip to Bronte Creek Provincial park this March.

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Memories are made of this…

The sun is shining, the gentle breeze is cutting the heat, and the soft waves are colliding against the shoreline behind you.  This is it, the perfect spot to start a new beginning, a perfect spot to get married.  Many people seek out the amazing backdrops of Ontario Parks to create unforgettable memories built upon laughter and smiles with family and friends while experiencing nature through camping, hiking, swimming, etc.  So, why not have that perfect backdrop for one of the most important days of your life?

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Chill out at Wheatley with some chili

Wildlife, beautiful Carolinian forest, sandy beaches and great fishing, what else could you ask for… how about a chili cook-off?

Wheatley Provincial Park is home to an annual chili cook-off, taking place September 13, 2014.  Do you have a winning chili recipe you want to show off?  Or do you just love chili?  Then this is the event for you.  There are usually 16-20 different samples competing for the bragging rights of the best chili recipe.

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Ontario biology student’s “sedimental journey” reveals good news for Sudbury’s lakes

Facilitating scientific research is one of the four objectives of Ontario’s Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act.  This advances our learning about protected areas and enhances Ontario Parks’ ability to maintain ecological integrity.  Much of this research is conducted by universities and graduate students.  In the last two years Ontario Parks has received over 300 applications to conduct research in parks.

A PhD biology student from Queen’s University has made an important discovery that could inspire the manufacturing industry worldwide to better understand the long-term environmental damage to lakes and other bodies of water, caused by emissions that cause acid rain.  The impacts of acid rain were first noticed early on at one of Ontario’s most famous provincial parks – Killarney.

 

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A Day in the Life of… A Senior Natural Heritage Education Leader

When asked to name his favourite Ontario Park, Tobi Kiesewalter wonders, “How do I answer that?” He is not only an Ontario Parks employee, but a true fan of what he calls, some of the best real estate in the world. It is no surprise that as the Senior Natural Heritage Education Leader at Murphys Point Provincial Park, Tobi’s job is to encourage a connection between the park and its visitors. Continue reading A Day in the Life of… A Senior Natural Heritage Education Leader

A Day in the Life of… A Park Store Leader

As any successful person in the retail business, Lori Horton knows what pleases her customers. “We scoop well over 12,000 ice cream cones,” she explains. As the Park Store Leader for Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Lori’s responsibilities go beyond the sweet treat in the summer. Lori makes sure that during every season, campers have a well maintained store to visit. Continue reading A Day in the Life of… A Park Store Leader