Fall is the perfect time to paddle.
As the temperatures cool there are no bugs and the lakes become less crowded. Plus you can catch some of our beautiful fall colours!
But fall weather can be fickle. Hitting the lake too late, failing to respect weather conditions, or paddling beyond your skill level isn’t just risky — it’s downright dangerous.
We chatted with Paul Smith, Superintendent of Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, to get some top do’s and don’ts for fall paddling safety:
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Today’s post comes from Marketing and Communications summer student Mitch Jackson. His campfire talents include cooking stuffed peppers, grilling barbecue chicken, and always managing to forget to pack a lighter.
For many campers, a fire is a must. Gathering ’round the flames, sharing stories with friends and family, making s’mores, and burning marshmallows are all part of the quintessential camping experience.
While you may have the perfect campfire recipes, or the perfect campfire building technique, you should also be aware of how to keep your campfire perfectly safe.
Continue reading Campfire safety: If you love Ontario Parks, don’t burn them!
Due to this spring’s high water levels, many provincial parks experienced flooding that delayed their opening or closed their trails and campgrounds.
Our staff have been working hard to help our parks dry out and re-open for visitors. Take a look at what our teams had to contend with this spring:
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Our visitors enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches and waterfronts in Ontario – from the barrier dune formations of Sandbanks to the Caribbean blue waters of Pancake Bay.
While swimming, boating and other water activities are a centrepiece of any Ontario Parks adventure, there are also risks associated with these activities.
We want our campers and day-trippers to stay safe when they hit the waves.
And that starts with a PFD (personal flotation device)!
Continue reading Our free PFD Lending Program
Do ticks and Lyme disease make you wary of going outdoors this summer?
Make sure you know how to protect yourself and your loved ones when you head out on adventure this summer:
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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?
You’ve recently unwrapped the latest iphone or a shiny new digital camera, perhaps an SLR with some fancy lenses.
Now you have itchy shutter fingers. You’re ready to point our camera at something spectacular and capture a beautiful memory forever. But where to go?
Not to brag, but Ontario Parks are beautiful, iconic places. Covering nearly 10% of the province and protecting some of Ontario’s most rare and scenic habitats, our parks are home to a variety of wildlife, from fascinating insects to enormous moose.
Basically, they’re a photographer’s dreamscape.
We’re animal lovers too. We know how exhilarating wildlife encounters can be. We understand how badly you want that perfect photo.
But before you hit the road, ask yourself: is taking the perfect photograph worth risking an animal’s life or an ecosystem’s health?
If your answer is “no,” check out our list of 7 common photography infractions to ensure you’re keeping our parks safe and healthy.
Continue reading Are you an ethical wildlife photographer?
Not all who wander are lost, but if you’re heading out to the backcountry, you might want to try few of these apps.
They’ll point you in the right direction and make sure you get there and back again safely.
Continue reading 7 apps for hardcore hikers
Ever wondered how wildfires are handled in parks? Assistant Superintendent Anne Young recounts a recent training exercise completed in her park.
It’s 9:30 am. Thick smoke hangs in the air.
The MNRF Fire Base in Dryden has contacted Aaron Provincial Park to advise that there is a wildfire east of the park. The fire has an east wind; they are predicting it may impact the park by early evening.
The simulation has begun…
Continue reading How do provincial parks prepare for forest fires?
Today’s post comes from Meg Bethune, an assistant naturalist at Killbear Provincial Park.
Campfires are an essential part of any camping trip. Whether you’re toasting marshmallows and spider weenies, or just chatting with friends, the memories made in the flickering glow of the fire are ones we hold dear to our hearts.
So what happens when a fire ban hinders one of our favourite camping traditions?
Continue reading So there’s a fire ban. Now what?