By paddle and boot: citizen science in the backcountry       

This post was written by David LeGros, park naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park. Are you an explorer? Heading out into parks on a journey of discovery, anxious to see what is on the next lake, around the bend on the portage, or even what might turn up at your campsite? Me too. I love exploring … Continue reading By paddle and boot: citizen science in the backcountry       

Responsible anglers are nature’s superheroes

Today’s post comes from our friends at the Invasive Species Centre. Fishing can be enjoyed in every season, and this means that we can keep the health of our lakes and waterways top-of-mind year-round. In Ontario, the Fishing Regulations control live bait to prevent the spread of infectious fish diseases (like viral hemorrhagic septicemia), unwanted … Continue reading Responsible anglers are nature’s superheroes

Campsite vacancy highlights: June 29 – July 2

Keen to get out of town for the Canada Day long weekend? This week’s vacancy highlights (available as of 12:00 pm on June 27, 2018) are primarily in northern Ontario, with one hidden gem in southern Ontario at the end of the post.  Or scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most … Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 29 – July 2

The makings and teachings of the birchbark canoe

Chuck Commanda grew up part of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, an Algonquin First Nation. As a young boy, he helped his grandparents make birchbark canoes. Now, years later, Chuck enjoys sharing his knowledge and showcasing his skills to the public. Chuck recently attended the “Politics of the Canoe” workshop in Winnipeg, where he says much … Continue reading The makings and teachings of the birchbark canoe

Beyond the light of the campfire

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

Lake monsters in Ontario Parks

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

The amazing journey of Ontario’s provincial tree

What is it about White Pine? No other tree species in Ontario seems to inspire as much reverence and passion. The history of White Pine is deeply intertwined with the history of people in Ontario. It has been an important species for Indigenous people for millennia, played a huge role in establishing Ontario’s cities, and … Continue reading The amazing journey of Ontario’s provincial tree

Quetico’s 2017 science projects

When many people think about Quetico, they envision backcountry camping or paddling splendor. Today’s post from Brian Jackson, Park Biologist, highlights Quetico’s important scientific work. It’s been another busy year for science studies and monitoring in Quetico Provincial Park. The following highlights just a few of the projects carried out this past summer:

“Look for the leaf” this fall with Ontario Wood

Thousands of visitors will soon be flocking to parks for a panoramic view of our magnificent fall colours – bulbous, rounded streaks of red, yellow and orange flashing across the horizon. On the way to your favourite lookout through the maples, birch and poplars, look up and look around. Take a moment to breathe in … Continue reading “Look for the leaf” this fall with Ontario Wood