Sandbanks superhero wins Ecological Integrity Award

We’re proud to announce the winner of this year’s Ontario Parks Ecological Integrity Award: Yvette Bree, our Natural Heritage Education Coordinator at Sandbanks Provincial Park!

Yvette has given decades of dedicated, passionate service, protecting the ecological integrity of one of our busiest parks.
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Are Ontario’s provincial parks free in 2017?

If you ordered the FREE 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass, we wish you a wonderful time exploring Canada’s national parks.

BUT before you hit the road, make sure you know the difference between national and provincial parks in Ontario…

…because only national parks (Parks Canada) are offering free day-use in 2017.

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March’s digital download

This month’s post is dedicated to all the wanderers. The folk with itchy feet. The ones who are driven to explore.

Throughout 2017, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic. Each month will feature a different park, season, activity or natural resource.

We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones and Facebook covers.

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Checking off new winter experiences at Silent Lake

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

I think any angler will agree that it’s nearly impossible to sleep while experiencing the anticipation of an upcoming fishing trip. This was definitely the case for me and my friend Lori, who joined me on a recent adventure to Silent Lake Provincial Park.

This trip was especially exciting as Lori was chasing her first lake trout and we would be exploring a new body of water. We were also looking forward to staying in a yurt, something neither of us had experienced.

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If Ontario Parks gave out the Oscars…

Today’s post was written by seasonal student Heather Van Den Diepstraten from Rondeau Provincial Park.

Nature sure has a lot of colourful characters and powerful performances.

This awards season, I would like to take the time to acknowledge the stars of our natural environments in their tireless efforts to put on their best act for the sake of survival.

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March Break 2017

During the winter months, many of us get less “Vitamin N” than usual.

Yet contact with nature has been found to lower blood pressure, strengthen immune system, help prevent disease, and reduce stress levels.

Outdoor time is thought to have important contributions to children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and educational development. Likewise, as exposure to nature rises, children’s stress levels decrease and their self-worth increases.

Keen to spend time in nature with your family this March Break?

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March vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

March temperatures can be tough to predict, which is what makes this the perfect month to stay in a cabin or yurt! Whether you’re celebrating an early spring or clinging desperately to the last shreds of winter, whether it rains, snows or shines, you’ll have a cozy homebase for your outdoor adventures.

Our yurts and cabins are very busy over March Break, but after March 19, almost every park has great availability! March is also your last chance to visit parks like Silent Lake and Windy Lake before they re-open for spring.

Accommodations featured below were available as of 12:00 pm, February 23, 2017.

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The Cross Quetico Tour: a true winter adventure

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.

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