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:
Continue reading Fall paddling safety
We all know how important it is to wear a PFD when heading out on the water, but do we all know how to choose the right size?
We chatted with our friends at Stearns to get the inside scoop on how to select a properly fitting PFD for you and your family.
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Welcome to our “Considerate Camper” series. These are posts with tips and reminders on how to keep our provincial parks clean and healthy. Already know how it’s done? Please share these posts along for less-experienced campers 🙂
We’re taking a leaf out of the Lorax’s book and speaking for the trees today!
When maintaining our campgrounds, we often notice marks in our trees. Many are from axes and nails, and plenty of trees have names, shapes and initials carved across their bark.
Did you know these holes and gouges risk the tree’s health and may result in its destruction?
Continue reading Considerate Camper: Keep our trees healthy
The federal Cannabis Act as well as Ontario’s Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 and the Cannabis Control Act, 2017 regulate the possession and use of recreational cannabis in Ontario, including in provincial parks.
Here is some helpful information about cannabis use at Ontario Parks:
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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!
Today’s post comes from Jill Legault, Information Specialist at Quetico Provincial Park.
Summertime means puppy playtime!
Dogs love the opportunity to be outside as much as you do. A little planning means every family member is happy and safe in the backcountry.
Continue reading Backcountry canoeing with your dog
The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) has launched a signature AdventureSmart Trip Plan app to aid outdoor recreationalists to “Get informed and go outdoors!”
Continue reading Outdoor trip planning? There’s an app for that!
**NOTE: this post was last updated on June 18, 2019, and will not be updated again in 2019. Please refer to our alerts page for further flooding updates.
Due to this spring’s high water levels, many provincial parks are experiencing flooding, which may delay their opening, or close their trails and campgrounds. We’re maintaining an up-to-date list of parks affected by flooding in this post.
Our staff are working hard to help our parks dry out and re-open for visitors. Take a look at what we’re contending with this spring:
Continue reading Spring flooding at Ontario Parks
The warm weather is here and it’s time to get out on the water!
To make sure you have a fun – and safe — experience, we chatted with Ron Arnold, a Conservation Officer with the Southern Marine Enforcement Unit, and BOATsmart!‘s Lindsey Jeremiah, who shared 7 tips for safe boating:
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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