June is a spectacular time to visit Ontario Parks! Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather at one of this week’s featured sites.
For those of you who want a more relaxed getaway, you’ll find lots of cabins in this week’s preview. Treat yourself to full days outdoors, followed by easy, restful nights.
Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon on June 6, 2019):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 7–9
Today’s post comes from Erica Seely, a Discovery Guide at Sandbanks Provincial Park.
Landscapes change drastically with the seasons and spring is a great time to visit Sandbanks’ pannes — as long as you don’t mind getting your feet wet!
Continue reading Water, water everywhere
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
Today’s post comes from Park Naturalist Lesley Ng of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
Did you know there are blooming beauties which are adapted for the arctic tundra or alpine environments? In short, they like it cold!
And we don’t need traverse tundra or climb mountains to see them. We just need to take a spring hike along Lake Superior’s shoreline.
Continue reading Chilling out by the lake: arctic-alpine disjunct plants along Lake Superior
Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This space (<– see what we did there?) will cover a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks.
While spring “technically” begins in March, most of us living in cold climates tend to celebrate May as the true start to the season.
The lakes open to allow the first paddle strokes, and the songs of migratory birds can be heard throughout the land. Staying up through twilight lets you see the splendors of the evening sky whilst being serenaded by the lovely sound of Spring Peepers and Chorus Frogs.
Here are our astronomical highlights for May, 2019:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies — May
Spring has sprung at Ontario Parks!
The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the days of snow and sleet are (hopefully!) behind us. As the snow melts, enjoy the sensory delights of spring in our provincial parks as we see and hear signs of warm weather to come.
You know it’s spring in Ontario Parks when…
Continue reading 10 signs of spring at Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education and Marketing Specialist Dave Sproule.
Migrating birds are already arriving along the edges of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and many southern parks have birding events and festivals.
But for most of the migrants, these parks are just a rest stop after crossing those big stretches of water. Their destination may be much further north: the boreal forest.
Continue reading The boreal forest: Ontario’s songbird nursery
Today’s post comes from Assistant Zone Ecologist Pilar Manorome.
Spring is probably my favourite season as it brings new life to our parks in the form of migrating birds and emerging spring ephemerals, giving our forests’ their long awaited pops of vibrant colours and contrast. One of our visitors’ favourite sights is Ontario’s provincial flower, the White Trillium, as its blooms blanket the forest floor.
Most people know of the White Trillium — also referred to as Wake Robin or Large-leaved Trillium — as Ontario’s provincial flower. This is the flower featured on many of our provincial documents, from health cards to driver’s licenses.
Here are the top five fun facts about this iconic Ontario species:
Continue reading Ontario’s trilliums and where to enjoy them
The songbirds are returning and bringing spring with them!
Catch a bird-banding demonstration, take in a nature photography workshop, or sign on for a bird-themed hike with our park naturalists.
If you love songbirds, you won’t want to miss the Ontario Parks spring birding festivals:
Continue reading Spring birding festivals
Today’s post comes from MacGregor Point Provincial Park, courtesy of Natural Heritage Education Leader Matt Cunliffe.
Longer days give back extra hours of outdoor play and provide the perfect opportunity to explore our trails with the kids.
So don some comfy clothes and head to your favourite park (Bonus: spring involves far less work for getting the young ones ready for a hike!).
Continue reading 5 kid friendly signs of spring