IBAs of Ontario Parks: the Frontenac Forests IBA

Welcome to the September installment of “IBAs in provincial parks,” brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada.

Break out the champagne! We don’t often add new IBAs to the Canadian family of sites, so when we do, it’s a special occasion.

The all-new Frontenac Forests Important Bird and Biodiversity Area encompasses Frontenac Provincial Park and Queens University Biological Station (QUBS), and is designated for one of the most beautiful warblers around – the Cerulean Warbler.

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Restoule: a fall colours paradise

When we hear the words “fall colours,” our minds often jump to Algonquin. Trouble is, Algonquin’s gotten so popular that autumn brings long line-ups, crowded trails, and traffic-snarling “leaf jams.”

So where can we go to see awe-inspiring fall colours, hike to breathtaking lookouts, and avoid the crowds?

Restoule Provincial Park.

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Up close and personal: macro photography tips

Macro photography exposes you to a whole new world.

Macro photography zooms in extremely close to its subject, making it appear bigger than it actually is. You may never notice the beauty and strangeness of a creature until you examine it up close.

Focusing your attention on new photographic subjects also lets you experience your favourite park in a brand-new way.

Instead of walking the same trail down to the same lake, you start noticing new details. You may discover a weird and magical collection of fungi on a rotting log beside the trail, or that jewel-like damselflies like to sun themselves on the cattails by the lake shore.

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Up for a hiking challenge?

For many hikers, fall is peak season for the big challenges. Bugs have fled, temperatures are lower and the autumn leaves are on full display.

If you’re after an exciting new trail this fall, we’ve got three bucket list trips to recommend.

Ready to test your mettle?

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“Look for the leaf” this fall with Ontario Wood

Thousands of visitors will soon be flocking to parks for a panoramic view of our magnificent fall colours – bulbous, rounded streaks of red, yellow and orange flashing across the horizon.

On the way to your favourite lookout through the maples, birch and poplars, look up and look around. Take a moment to breathe in the beauty of these living things called trees, and feel the visceral connection we have to these guardians of our planet’s future.

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September’s digital download

Did you recognize this gem?

That’s right — it’s Lake St. Peter Provincial Park!

A favourite with RVers, the park sits on a large lake, boasting lots of waterfront campsites. Explore it by boat, stretch out on the beach, or rent a canoe or kayak. Plus — as you can see — the shoreline lends itself to some outstanding sunsets!

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Fall fishing at Sauble Falls Provincial Park

This post comes from Kevin Deacon, passionate angler and Head Gate/Park Warden at Sauble Falls Provincial Park. 

Fishing is a great experience for anyone, whether you’re looking for a new adventure or you’ve been casting a line for years.

As the summer weather cools down, fall fishing season heats up. Sauble Falls Provincial Park is the perfect place to wet your line and possibly land the big one.

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Mississagi: a hiker’s paradise

If you have been to Mississagi Provincial Park, you’ll know that it’s one of Ontario’s best-kept secrets. The scenery is spectacular, thanks to the geology of the area, which forms a series of hills, ridges and cliffs, and valleys with sparkling blue lakes.

Covering the hills and surrounding the lakes are the forests of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region. Sugar maples, red maples and yellow birch make up most of the trees in the forest, but white pine and black spruce find places along the rocky ridges and lake shores. These forests light up in the fall with red, yellow, gold and orange.

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Fall colours at Algonquin Provincial Park

cars at Algonquin

Algonquin fall colours are breathtaking to behold.

But take a look at this photo; clearly, our secret’s out.

At peak times during the fall season, the line-ups on Highway 60 can stretch over 3 km!

So if you’d like to enjoy the wonder of Algonquin’s autumn, or you’re looking for some solitude, read on.

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