Celebrating the summer solstice at Killbear

Aanii kinaweya! Hello everyone!

Christine King n’dizhinikaaz, Wasauksing n’doonjibaa. My name is Christine King and I am from Wasauksing First Nation. I am a park naturalist at Killbear and have already learned so much in my first month in being at the park.

What a beautiful day we had here at Killbear Provincial Park for National Aboriginal Day (or as it is now known: National Indigenous Peoples Day) on June 21, 2017!

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See the stars at Killarney’s observatory

This post comes from Alyssa Deurwaarder, an assistant natural heritage education leader at Killarney Provincial Park. 

Did you know Killarney is the only provincial park with an observatory?

The park offers a variety of astronomy programs throughout the summer, and this year, for the first time, the observatory will be available for park visitors to use.

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Keep your child’s asthma under control this summer

Summer’s here, bringing with it camping getaways, family hikes, and playing outdoors all day long. But if your child suffers from asthma, keeping it under control during the summer months is necessary to ensure they have a safe and active break from school.

Planning ahead and taking precautions helps to reduce their risks. Beware of summer asthma triggers such as pets, food allergens, campfire smoke, air pollution, mould in the forest, and dust and mould in tent or trailer. Remember that air quality on vacation not be as easy to monitor as it can be at home.

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Eyes on the skies — July, 2017

Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This space (<– see what we did there?) will cover a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks.

July has finally arrived. Summer is the perfect time to escape the noise, air and light pollution of the larger urban areas and head to the peace and serenity of a provincial park.

July also hosts a number of beautiful constellations, full of interesting stories to tell.

Here are our astronomical highlights for July, 2017:

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Campfire Breakfast Oats with Baked Apple

This summer, we joined forces with the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance and Butternut Productions to create some “tasty” new videos with some Feast On chefs (Feast On recognizes businesses committed to sourcing Ontario grown/made food and drink).

Breakfast will never be the same again.

We woke up early for our Presqu’ile Provincial Park breakfast date with Lisa and Cassandra of Earth+City. And was it ever worth it!

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Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2017: events

The countdown is on: enjoy FREE day-use at all Ontario Parks on July 21, 2017.

Parks across the province have a variety of events and activities planned to help you reconnect with nature. Explore a new park, participate in a family adventure, or simply take a moment to enjoy the view.

Check out our four spotlight events, or scroll down to see park events from across the province:

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Campsite vacancy highlights: July 7-9

It’s a beautiful weekend to go camping! Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather at one of these featured campsites.

Don’t forget your fishing gear — it’s Family Fishing Week!

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 12:00 pm on July 6, 2017):

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Piping Plovers

Today’s post comes from Assistant Ecologist and Piping Plover specialist Ian Fife.

If you’ve visited some of our popular Great Lakes beaches, you may have noticed restricted areas for a tiny bird no larger than a sparrow.

What’s so important about these birds, and why do we fence off parts of our beaches to protect them?

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Carden Alvar Provincial Park and Important Bird & Biodiversity Area

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

This month, we’ll be talking about the Carden Alvar, a terrific example of harmony between Ontario Parks and the Important Bird & Biodiversity Area program.

Carden Alvar is a very special story, weaving together its rare habitat and species, and the stewardship efforts put forth to protect them.

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Calling all citizen scientists: come to the Killarney Butterfly Count

For the 19th year in a row, Killarney Provincial Park is hosting its Annual Butterfly Count.

And if you’re heading to Killarney on July 8, 2017, we’d like your help!

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