Today’s post comes from Assistant Zone Ecologist Pilar Manorome.
Spring is probably my favourite season as it brings new life to our parks in the form of migrating birds and emerging spring ephemerals, giving our forests their long-awaited pops of vibrant colours and contrast.
Most people know of the White Trillium — also referred to as Wake Robin or Large-leaved Trillium — as Ontario’s provincial flower. This is the flower featured on many of our provincial documents, from health cards to driver’s licenses.
Here are the top five fun facts about this iconic Ontario species:
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When most of us picture winter ice, we conjure up mental images of skating rinks and icicles. But did you know there’s a lot of variety in wintry water formations?
From frozen falls to ice volcanoes, winter water is quite a sight to behold:
Continue reading Frozen falls and other wacky winter water
Planning a visit to Arrowhead Provincial Park?
We’re asking everyone to do their part to minimize the risk to yourself and others by following all public health advice and only engaging in outdoor activities close to where you live.
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We’ve assembled a list of frequently asked questions and top tips for planning your Arrowhead adventure:
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It’s probably no surprise that hiking is good for your health, but it might surprise you that the benefits reach from head to toe!
We teamed up with our friends at SAIL to showcase both the mind and body benefits of hiking:
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Spring will be here before you know it. Get one last winter adventure in this March!
Stay warm in one of our roofed accommodations. We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages, and yurts available all month, especially for midweek visitors!
Accommodations featured below were available as of 11:00 am, February 18, 2020.
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Staying active in the winter isn’t always easy. For some of us, it’s tempting to stay in, cuddle up, and spend the long winter months binging Netflix and unhealthy snacks.
Cross-country skiing boasts a wide array of benefits for your physical and mental health. Here’s why you should strap on some skis and spend your winter gliding through frozen forests and snow-covered trails:
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Family Day is the perfect opportunity to get your loved ones outdoors for a winter adventure.
Here are some exciting happenings at Ontario Parks this Family Day Weekend:
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A cozy cabin in the woods blanketed with snow. A forested trail leading to your very own frosty adventure. Gliding through the woods by skate or ski.
Sound like something out of a fairy tale? It’s not; it’s winter at Ontario Parks!
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The air is crisp and clean. The evergreens are covered with snow. If you’re lucky – and observant – you might spot a cardinal, a finch, a waxwing or a blue jay as you glide along the ice.
And when the sun goes down, you can huddle around a big bonfire with a cup of hot chocolate and warm up before relacing your skates and heading back out to skate under the stars.
It’s simply magical.
This winter, plan a skating trip to these four provincial parks:
Continue reading Where to skate in Ontario Parks
Did you know 18 of our parks have cross-country trails, about half of them groomed?
Cross-country skiing is a great way for families to get outdoors and enjoy the winter together! It’s less expensive and safer than alpine skiing, it helps keep kids fit, and it’s a skill they’ll have their entire life.
Here are our top seven tips for getting kids hooked on cross-country skiing:
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