B&Bs make terrific homebases for exploring provincial parks

Crave the warm welcome, soft bed, and hearty meals of a bed & breakfast on your travels? Eager to explore Ontario’s breathtaking natural landscapes?

Why not do both?

Book a stay in a cozy bed & breakfast, and use it as a homebase for daily excursions into parks.

We chatted with the Federation of Ontario Bed & Breakfast Accommodation to uncover nine of the best B&B/provincial park combos across Ontario.

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Ontario’s trilliums and where to enjoy them

Ontario Parks is recognizing iconic Canadian species this year to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. 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. One of our visitors’ favourite sights is Ontario’s provincial flower, the White Trillium, as their blooms blanket the forest floor.

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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March vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

March temperatures can be tough to predict, which is what makes this the perfect month to stay in a cabin or yurt! Whether you’re celebrating an early spring or clinging desperately to the last shreds of winter, whether it rains, snows or shines, you’ll have a cozy homebase for your outdoor adventures.

Our yurts and cabins are very busy over March Break, but after March 19, almost every park has great availability! March is also your last chance to visit parks like Silent Lake and Windy Lake before they re-open for spring.

Accommodations featured below were available as of 12:00 pm, February 23, 2017.

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Frozen falls and other wacky winter water

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:

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February vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year and we have the PERFECT gift idea:

A romantic midweek getaway!

Snuggle up to your sweetheart in one of our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages and yurts available, even on February 14!

Accommodations featured below were available as of 10:00 am, January 24, 2017.

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January vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Start 2017 off right with a cozy winter staycation!

Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this January 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 3:30 pm, December 21, 2016.

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December vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Ever celebrated the holidays surrounded by nature?

Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this December in one of our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages and yurts available all month, including several weekend openings!

Accommodations featured below were available as of noon, November 16, 2016.

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November vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Imagine spending a crisp autumn night under the stars in a heated yurt. Or how about watching a thunderstorm roll in across Lake Ontario from your waterfront cottage?

Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this November in one of our roofed accommodations!

Accommodations featured below were available as of noon, November 1, 2016.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: September 9-11

September is the perfect month for camping! Bugs are gone, temperatures are still summer-y, and the crowds have cleared.

Planning a weekend getaway?

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 noon, Sept. 8):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 10-12

Spring is a great time to score your perfect campsite. Across Ontario, most parks still have a good selection of sites available for the weekend, for tent and RV campers alike!

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 noon, June 9):

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