Wear it on your sleeve, sew it on your pack or snuggle up with it on your camp blanket. You can take Ontario Parks with you wherever you go with our new sew on patches! Each of these beautifully embroidered patches will have 1893 on them to celebrate the establishment date of our first park- Algonquin. Continue reading A Nod to the Past
Canadian Geographic Magazine has named Wasaga Beach and Sandbanks Provincial Park as two of the Top 25 Beaches to visit this summer! Continue reading Wasaga Beach and Sandbanks Named Two Of Canada’s Best
The two Piping Plover chicks that recently hatched in Wasaga Beach are in great health thanks to the efforts of park staff and the volunteers who are working around the clock monitoring these rare migratory birds. Continue reading Piping Plover Update
A loon’s mournful cry piercing the stillness of the night conjures up images of mist shrouded shorelines surrounded by deep primeval forests.
Luckily, loons are not so secretive that they don’t reveal their beauty to us. The Common Loon is a resident of many cottage country lakes, keeping a safe but visible and audible distance from human activity. For many of us, the loon provides that magical first connection to nature, making it a fitting subject for artist and naturalist Robert Bateman. Continue reading The Call of the Loon: The Mood of Ontario’s Wilderness
Park staff at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park are looking for volunteers to assist with protecting recently hatched Piping Plover chicks.
Piping Plovers are one of Canada’s rarest birds and are under immediate threat of extinction. They have been listed as an endangered species and are protected under Ontario’s new Endangered Species Act. Continue reading Piping Plovers Need Your Help!
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has been a dedicated partner with Ontario Parks for almost ten years and for the 2008 season they have extended their hand in helping to save lives. This year, Ontario Parks is proud to announce that MEC is partnering with us in our Life Jacket Lending Program. Continue reading Ontario Parks Helps to Save Lives with Mountain Equipment Co-op
Out of the corner of your eye, a blurred streak catches your attention. You turn to look, but all you see are a few feathers gently floating to the ground. You may have just witnessed a peregrine falcon strike!
The peregrine falcon is known for its ability to silently hunt other birds on the wing, stooping to pluck them out of the sky at up to 300 kilometres per hour….a truly incredible natural phenomenon! And a natural subject for one of Robert Bateman’s four beautiful paintings created for Ontario Parks. Continue reading The Peregrine Falcon: Predator and Survivor
Earlier this month Ontario Parks and Canadian Tire were joined by special guests, Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield, and Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman to celebrate the Robert Bateman Paints Ontario Parks program. Continue reading Ontario Parks Welcomes Canadian Artist Robert Bateman
The story of Nancy Island and the British Schooner Nancy is one of Ontario’s best little known secrets.
The Schooner Nancy was a fur trading vessel that was pressured to serve during the War of 1812. On August 14, 1814 the Nancy was on the Nottawasaga River when it became under American attack. Continue reading Nancy Island Celebrates 80 Years!
It is not surprising that Robert Bateman chose the woodland caribou as a subject to paint for Ontario Parks. This secretive dweller of the boreal forest is truly a creature of the north. Anyone who sees one of these magnificent creatures in the wild should consider themselves very lucky. Continue reading The Woodland Caribou- A Symbol of Ontario’s North