The next time you visit Bon Echo Provincial Park in south central Ontario, north of Kaladar, take a good long look at the breathtaking beauty that surrounds you. Not only are the shining waters, rugged landscape and iconic Mazinaw Rock natural wonders in their own right, they also tell a little-known story about the origins of the Group of Seven. This is just one of the cool things about Bon Echo.
While most of us tend to associate the works of the world-famous group with Algonquin Provincial Park and more northerly Ontario climbs, artists such as Arthur Lismer visited Bon Echo to capture its beauty on canvas. And just to demonstrate the value of his work during that time period, Sotheby’s fetched a record $780,000 for Lismer’s painting, Bon Echo Rock in June 2010. The painting was sold to an Alberta collector who paid more than $1 million for the piece and several other Canadian historical items.
Continue reading Artists for hire: the rich history of the Group of Seven at Bon Echo
In the past, you have likely noticed a lot of enhancements to our reservation service. Well, over the winter we’ve worked on some further improvements and are ready to share them with you.
Here’s a sneak peak at what’s new for 2013: Continue reading New improvements to our Reservation Service
Looking to chill out in Ontario Parks’ backcountry? Here are six provincial parks that offer canoe and kayak rentals and hiking trails that access unique park landscapes. Algonquin and Killarney Provincial Parks are iconic and known around the world. Continue reading Chill out in Ontario Parks’ backcountry
In the off-season, park staff work hard to improve the visitor experience at Ontario Parks. Here’s a sample of new infrastructure that has been added to parks for 2012: Continue reading New at Ontario Parks in 2012
From nostalgic patches to A Lasting Gift program, Ontario Parks has unusual holiday gifts this year. The parks’ online store is where you’ll find most gift items. Continue reading Unusual gifts from Ontario Parks
Spring is here and Ontario Parks are opening! Ontario has 329 provincial parks to choose from that cover an area larger than the province of Nova Scotia. There are countless reasons to get out there and discover the best Ontario has to offer. Continue reading Five Reasons To Visit Ontario Parks This Spring
Spectacular fall colours, cool nights, and sunny days – with no mosquitoes or black flies – make autumn a great time of year to visit a provincial park. Continue reading Autumn Is Show Time In Southern Ontario Parks
My family has been going to Sandbanks since before I was born and I am now 28 and have continued the tradition every summer, but the most memorable summer was in 1996. I met the man of my dreams on the beach that hot, hot summer. Jason and I had both “grown up” in the park. Every summer since I was 13, I can remember a group of boys that always seemed to be sleeping on the beach, but they didn’t even notice me. Continue reading Thanks for the memories! Part 5