Today’s post comes from Patricia Pyrka (and her son Finnan) who recently visited Arrowhead Provincial Park.
When you love the outdoors and have a child in a wheelchair, things tend to get a bit more complicated.
So complicated that for the first seven years of my son’s life, we never went on hikes. Winter outings were completely off my radar – try to get big and small thin wheels through snow!
At some point, I had had enough. I decided I did want to take my son out into nature. I wanted him to experience places he had never been to before, and share with him what I loved so much: quiet nature, deep forests, mountaintops, rough terrain trails, and changing weather conditions.
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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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Ontario Parks has some pretty cool events every year and Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s legendary maple syrup festival is right up there on the cool-o-meter.
Yes, folks: fresh Ontario maple syrup will be flowing over pancakes, bacon and more as visitors get set to celebrate one of Top 100 Festivals in Ontario.
Fresh air, maple taffy, and loads of fun await visitors of all ages!
Continue reading 6 reasons to visit the Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival this March
Every March, cross-country skiers of all abilities descend on Quetico Provincial Park and the nearby town of Atikokan for the Cross Quetico Tour.
Normally known for its world-class wilderness canoeing opportunities, Quetico’s interconnected waterways become a winter venue for a ski adventure like no other.
Continue reading The Cross Quetico Tour: a true winter adventure
Today’s post comes from Brianne Brothers, a Zone Ecologist in Ontario’s Southwest Zone.
Ah, snow. A substance that truly embodies what it means to be Canadian.
While many of us struggle with the idea enjoying something that inflicts hard physical labour and white-knuckled driving, it truly is clean, fresh and beautiful.
In that light, please grab a cup of coffee and a cozy window seat, and let’s explore the science of snow.
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Today’s post comes from Christine Terwissen, a biologist intern from our Southeast zone.
Lynx can be thought of as the “king” of winter animals. Their thick fur allows them to remain active all winter.
Continue reading Winter royalty: the Canadian lynx
The health benefits of hiking are head-to-toe. A walk in the woods can help alleviate mental fatigue, and improve creative thinking. Hiking is also great for cardiovascular health and muscle tone.
But is hiking an option in the winter?
Absolutely. We’ve collected a list of five parks with stellar options for winter rambles:
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At the first sign of frost, we often pack away our rods and reels, letting our fishing drive drift into daydreams until spring.
But what if we could reel in the dream catch during the sunniest and briskest days of the year?
With licence-free Family Fishing Weekend around the corner, we’re sharing our top tips about the season’s hottest — or should we say — coldest pastime — ice fishing!
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Ever feel like you’ve wandered into the heart of a fairy tale?
From snow-topped mountains to sparkling ice crystals, Ontario’s natural world is the perfect setting for romance.
And this list of our favourite spots is sure to make your heart flutter…
Continue reading 6 romantic spots in Ontario Parks
In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares her favourite campfire chili recipes.
Chili is perfect winter camping fare.
Cook it low ’n slow in a cast iron Dutch oven set over smoldering embers, or on a gas barbecue over indirect heat with the lid down. Or — if you’re on a serviced site — in a slow cooker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Today’s recipes use everyday pantry ingredients that are easily sourced and, for the most part, require no refrigeration.
Continue reading Some like it hot: cooking the perfect winter chili