Ontario Parks Now Accepting Reservations!

The Ontario Parks’ new reservation service is now available for you to book your favourite campsite – online or by telephone!

Our phone number and web address have stayed the same. You continue to go to ontarioparks.com/reservations or 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) to make your campsite reservation. The call centre hours will remain the same: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Online reservations can still be made 24 hours/day, year round. The International telephone number is now: 1-519-826-5290.

Now is the time to explore camping possibilities in Ontario Parks. Check out our new reservation system to plan your next adventure!

Results are in – 13th Annual Christmas Bird Count in Killarney

In an earlier blog posting, we mentioned Killarney’s Christmas Bird Count. This year’s count recorded one of the highest number of species since our Killarney count began in 1998.
And it included a total of 32 species and 474 birds. Here’s a breakdown. Continue reading Results are in – 13th Annual Christmas Bird Count in Killarney

Ontario Parks Thanks Students

This past Friday, forty students were recognized by Ontario Parks Partners and Staff for their work in our provincial parks system.

The Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Awards was established in 2000 by several corporate partners who wanted to recognize students who excel in their jobs with Ontario Parks. Peers, the visiting public and/or the student’s supervisor may nominate a student for the bursary. Students must demonstrate high levels of customer service, employee initiative, leadership and dedication in their job.

The $500.00 educational bursary presented to each of these 40 students was donated from Ontario Parks’ Partners. These bursaries help the students with their post secondary education and to pursue their career goals. Many of these students choose to remain in the public service.

On behalf of Ontario Parks, Friends Associations and corporate Partners, we would like to congratulate these outstanding employees.

Winter Camping Opportunities

The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of camping. It simply marks the beginning of the next spectacular season in Ontario Parks. The attraction of freshly fallen snow is just around the corner and the rental of a cozy yurt for a winter weekend of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, is the perfect way to connect with family and friends. Continue reading Winter Camping Opportunities

New Reservation Service for Ontario Parks

On November 1, Ontario Parks obtained a new reservation service provider. This new reservation system will be implemented in early 2011. During the transition period (November 1 to early 2011) park users will not be able to make a reservation through our internet or call centre for any car camping or interior sites. All campsites will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis when you arrive at the park. Since the transition period is during our slow, winter months, we anticipate plenty of sites will be available for winter campers.

You will not be able to book reservations five months in advance during the transition period. The new reservation system will be running in early 2011 and reservations will be accepted for the 2011 season, both on the internet and at a call centre. The five month window will be put back in place at that time. The transitional first-come first-serve system for campsites will only be in place until the new reservation system goes live.

Park users will be sent an email in advance of the live date and a notice will be uploaded on the Ontario Parks’ website telling customers what date reservations will be accepted.

We appreciate your loyalty and patience as we put our new service in place. We welcome your feedback.

Fascinating stories at Ontario Parks

Human interest stories are brought to life every year through unique programming at Ontario Parks.

There are no ghosts but the spirit of lumbermen and settlers live on at Bonnechere Provincial Park. The park’s cultural history began thousands of years ago with First Nations travelers. By 1840, settlers began to arrive. Continue reading Fascinating stories at Ontario Parks