A winter wander along a frozen Lake Superior

Today’s post comes from Bob Elliott, Superintendent of the winter wonderland that is Lake Superior Provincial Park.

Every so often, the winters around Lake Superior are cold enough to freeze the waters of Gitchee Gumee, providing a magical opportunity to walk on the ice of the world’s largest freshwater lake.

The winter of 2017/2018 has been cold enough to provide that magic.

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Ice fishing safety all season long

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

Brr! Winter weather has hit Ontario hard.

As the ice freezes up across the province, anglers are beginning to venture out onto the hard water for some ice fishing action.

Ice fishing is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors during our long, cold winters. Trust me, when you’re outside hooking fish, winter passes by in a flash!

Thankfully with the wide range of equipment available today, ice fishing doesn’t have to be a chilling experience. In order to enjoy a safe and comfortable season from start to finish, make sure you are prepared by checking out the list below.

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How to dress for your winter adventure

What you wear can make all the difference between having an amazing winter adventure or a disappointing – even dangerous — one.

Winter camping enthusiasts say it’s all in proper layering: you burn up energy and get warmer as the day goes on, so being able to shed a layer or two is critical to staying dry, and that’s the key to being comfortable and safe.

We chatted with MEC to cobble together our top 8 rules for safe, comfortable winter-wear:

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Spring flooding at Ontario Parks

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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Which parks are free for Canada150?

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.

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How do provincial parks prepare for forest fires?

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…

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Be PARKsmart this summer

In the heat of summer, a popular past time is… well, anything involving water.  This summer while out on the water, Ontario Parks would like you to remember safety first!

Did you know the PARKsmart Lifejacket Lending Program is available in more than 67 provincial parks?  To ensure the safety of your family, lifejackets may be borrowed for a small refundable deposit.  This program is made possible by the support of these generous sponsors:  Mountain Equipment Co-op, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), BOATsmart, The Canadian Red Cross and The Waterkeeper Swim Guide.

 

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Why fire is sometimes a good thing

Wildfires cause a lot of destruction each summer – there are dramatic videos and pictures in the news every year.  So why did Ontario Parks purposely light a park on fire this May?

In some parts of Ontario, fires used to be a common, natural part of the landscape.  Some ecosystems and species need fire in order to survive and are now disappearing from the province.  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and many non-government organizations (like Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative and Tallgrass Ontario) are dedicated to understanding the role of fire in Ontario, and to using fire to restore unique communities of plants and animals.

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