So who’s this guy “Marten” anyway? Often called the southern gateway to Temagami, Marten River Provincial Park straddles the Marten River, which is part of an ancient network of waterways that stitch the landscape together. And Marten River isn’t named for a fellow named Martin…its named for the Pine Marten (also called American Marten).
National Indigenous Peoples Day invites us to learn more about Indigenous history, perspectives and culture, and helps us build stronger relationships rooted in mutual respect and understanding. We’re taking the opportunity to spotlight some of the wonderful partnerships and events shared with us by Indigenous leaders and communities across Ontario:
Today’s post comes from Will Oades, Natural Heritage Educator at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Header photo: Jeff Robinson. Have you ever applied for a job, shown up on the first day of work, and realized it was nothing like you thought it would be? That was the case among many of the men coming to … Continue reading The surprising, shocking, startling, astonishing story of Silver Islet
Invasive species are among the greatest threats to the survival of Ontario’s native animal and plant life. They are also costly to manage, harmful to international trade, and a risk to human health. Become an Invasive Species Fighter, and help us stop their arrival and spread. Your training begins now…
Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education Supervisor Alistair MacKenzie and Bat Stewardship Technician Heather Sanders. Bats are the only mammal capable of true sustained flight, and with over 1,300 species and counting, they make up the second largest order of mammals.
Today’s post comes from Park Naturalist Roger LaFontaine, a classically trained biologist and amateur Sasquatch researcher. He has spent nearly two decades researching and documenting the occurrence of Sasquatch in Ontario. I have always had an interest in the creatures that others were not fond of: invertebrates under a log, salamanders in the soil, nocturnal creepy … Continue reading Beyond the light of the campfire
Today’s post comes from Roger LaFontaine, park naturalist, classically trained biologist and amateur lake monster researcher. He has spent nearly two decades researching and documenting the occurrence of mysterious creatures in Ontario. We think that we know our lakes and rivers well, but, in reality, we have barely scratched the surface. Unknown to us, the … Continue reading Lake monsters in Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from Anna Scuhr, a naturalist with Lake Superior Provincial Park. The arrival of snow and ice transforms the rugged landscape of Lake Superior Provincial Park into a stunningly beautiful, albeit unforgiving place to live. As temperatures drop, the park can accumulate up to six feet of snow in the interior. This makes … Continue reading The scavenger hunt for survival
Today’s post comes from naturalist Pilar Manorome from Rondeau Provincial Park. Are you afraid of spiders? Our eight-legged friends are the kind of “creepy crawlies” that many people like to pretend don’t exist. One of my goals as a naturalist is to break down those barriers with fun facts that can make those “less-appealing” creatures sound like … Continue reading 8 fun facts about spiders
Big plans for Thanksgiving weekend? Why not cook your turkey in a park, or dress up for one of our Halloween events? Fall is the perfect season for a quick weekend getaway, and we’ve got some great campsites available all across the province (available as of 12:00 pm on October 3, 2018).