Today’s post comes from Evan McCaul and Steve Kingston, ecologists with Ontario Parks’ Northwest Zone.
Did you know that bats play important roles in our ecosystems and are unique in being the only type of mammals that can truly fly?
All bats in Ontario are nocturnal predators that feed primarily on insects like moths and mosquitoes. There are eight different bat species across Ontario, including three species at risk: the Little Brown Bat, the Northern Long-eared Bat and the Tri-coloured Bat.
Continue reading Batmobiles in the northwest!
In our “Behind the Scenes” series, Discovery Program staff across the province share a “backstage” glimpse of their favourite programs and projects. Today’s post comes from David Bree, Discovery Program Lead at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Trails and parks go together like (fill in your favourite pairing here: “like peas and carrots,” as Forrest Gump would say). Trails are arguably the most used recreational facility in our park system.
But trails don’t just happen; first a concept must be born.
Continue reading Discovery and trails go together like peanut butter and jelly
You might think that snakes are creatures of the night, slithering around in the dark, looking for prey and striking when they find it.
But you’d be wrong. Most of our snakes are active during the day, though the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, Milksnake and Ring-necked Snake do come out at night.
Continue reading 8 cool facts about snakes
Today’s post comes from Mitch Kostecki, Assistant Superintendent at White Lake Provincial Park.
If you have ever visited Neys Provincial Park, you know that it’s a gem found along the northern shore of Lake Superior.
Neys is known for its beautiful scenery along Superior’s rugged coastline, home to Lawren Harris’ famous painting “Pic Island,” and even has a history of being one of several POW camps located throughout northwestern Ontario during World War II.
What Neys isn’t quite as well known for? The excellent fishing opportunities found along that same rugged coastline.
Continue reading Studying Coaster Brook Trout at Neys Provincial Park
Gather friends and family around the picnic table this year and spend Thanksgiving out in nature surrounded by beautiful fall colours!
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 10:00 am. on October 9, 2019):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: October 11-14
Our new reservation system will roll out later this fall.
In order to transfer data from the old system to the new system, the reservation system must be taken offline for approximately one week.
There will be no reservations available online or via the call centre while the reservation service is temporarily shut down.
Continue reading *Service outage planned* — scheduled maintenance on reservation system
We’re pleased to announce that starting April 1, 2020, dogs will be welcome in select yurts and cabins across the Ontario Parks system!
Continue reading Dogs now welcome in select Ontario Parks cabins and yurts!
Today’s post comes from Sarah McMichael, Ontario Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy People Coordinator.
Do you ever find yourself feeling calmer, more relaxed, or more focused after spending time in nature? That’s because time outside has studied and proven benefits for your mental health.
Mental illness affects one in five Canadians in any given year. For Mental Health Week, let’s talk about what some Vitamin N (nature) can do for your mental health.
Continue reading Mental health benefits of the outdoors
Are you stumped trying to figure out what to be for Halloween this year?
To help you out, we pulled together some ideas to inspire the perfect park Halloween get-up!
Continue reading Costume ideas from Ontario Parks
Frogs and toads have an ancient history, with fossils dating back to the time of the dinosaurs.
Algonquin Provincial Park Naturalist David LeGros has been fascinated by these amphibians since he was a toddler and he shares some fun facts about them.
Continue reading Are you friends with frogs?