Beaches can be an accessibility challenge for park visitors using walkers or wheelchairs. Because of the soft sand, wheels and legs of walkers can sink in, making them tough to maneuver.
As a part of our commitment to making parks as accessible as possible, more parks are offering beach accessibility measures to help visitors explore our shorelines.
Continue reading Beach accessibility at Ontario Parks
Nothing beats a cool dip on a hot summer day so we asked park staff where they think the best swimming is in Ontario: Continue reading Where to swim at Ontario Parks
Celebrate the first weekend of summer by spending it outside! Whether you spend the day on the beach, in the woods, or in the water, all of these sites could be a great place to come back to.
Looking like rain? No worries! There are plenty of roofed accommodations still available this weekend in Ontario Parks — even in southern Ontario.
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 12:00 pm on June 21, 2018):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 22 – June 24
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:
Continue reading Ontario’s trilliums and where to enjoy them
Today’s post comes from Hayley Tompkins and Sarah Johnson, biologists with Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Native Pollinator Initiative.
Calling all nature lovers! If you’re available June 24-25, 2017, we have a great program to help conserve pollinators that you can be a part of!
Continue reading Bumble Bee conservation volunteer opportunity at Pinery and Awenda
Can’t get into your favourite campsite? Or are you ready to try a new park this summer?
If you love Sandbanks Provincial Park – and what’s not to love about its long, sandy beaches, warm water and walking trails along the dunes? – you might consider Presqu’ile. The park offers more than 300 camping sites in a variety of settings, 2.5 kilometers of beach, lots of trails and paths including a boardwalk that takes you into a large protected marsh, and the second oldest operating lighthouse in Ontario.
Continue reading Switch it up this summer
Events to remember 400 years of French presence in Ontario
Think your kids are the only ones who yearn for adventure?
Check out the life story of Étienne Brûlé, the first French explorer to set foot in what is now Ontario four hundred years ago.
Continue reading Remembering French explorer Étienne Brûlé
The countdown to fall has begun; children are returning to school, sweaters and long pants are reappearing and birds and butterflies are beginning their migratory journeys. Some of us experience a kind of grieving at this time of year; we mourn for the long hot days of summer. But others celebrate fall – a time of glorious colour, quiet parks and few bugs.
Only a few regions of the world offer the kind of spectacular, showy fall colours that Ontario is famous for. The climate and deciduous trees of Northeastern North America provide the perfect storm for transforming our lush green foliage into the brilliant reds, yellows and oranges.
Continue reading The many colours of fall
While our provincial parks offer breathtaking views and spectacular scenery, the rugged terrain can make it difficult for people with disabilities to have an Ontario Parks experience. Continue reading Ontario Parks Breaking Down Barriers