Finding our place in the wild

Today’s post comes from Heather Greenwood Davis, a travel writer and new camper. 

We forgot the kettle. For real campers, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Real campers would know how to build a fire; real campers would’ve thought to bring a pot.

But I’m not a real camper and I am a coffee lover, so this could’ve been a problem.

Luckily, I know enough about my strengths and weaknesses to have arranged to spend this camping experience in one of the roofed accommodations at Bonnechere Provincial Park. The perfect step between tent camping and a cottage stay, our log cabin offers the warmth and security of a roof and four walls, but only a few of the modern conveniences we’re used to.

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Howling with the wolves at Bonnechere Provincial Park

Today’s post comes to us from MacKenzie Schmidt, Discovery Program Coordinator for our Algonquin Zone.

For centuries, wolves have captured our imagination and wonder. Tolstoy wrote about them, biologists have studied them in earnest, and campers staying at Ontario Parks have had the opportunity to howl to them during public wolf howls since the 1960s.

In fact, the very first public wolf howl at Algonquin Provincial Park (1963) represents some of our earliest educational programming that is paramount to Ontario Parks’ mission today.

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Barrier-free Bonnechere

Highlights of a trip to Bonnechere Provincial Park often include visiting the beach and taking a dip in the sparkling waters of Round Lake.

Until recently, enjoying these and other activities in the park could be challenging for those using a wheelchair or walker.

This past year, as part of Ontario Parks’ commitment to making our parks as accessible as possible, Bonnechere staff surveyed the park and after identifying potential barriers, put together a plan to remove them.     Continue reading Barrier-free Bonnechere

Campsite vacancy highlights: June 22 – June 24

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):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 15 – June 17

June is a spectacular time to visit Ontario Parks! Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather at one of this week’s featured sites.

For those of you who want a more relaxed getaway, you’ll find lots of cabins in this week’s preview. Treat yourself to full days outdoors followed by easy, restful nights with many of the comforts of home.

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 11:00 am on June 14, 2018):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 8 – June 10

It’s looking like a beautiful weekend to go camping! Get outside and enjoy the weather at one of these featured campsites.

There are a bunch of rustic cabins in this week’s preview, AND a cottage in Temagami!

Scout out your ideal campsiteon our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of 1:00 pm on June 7, 2018):

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14 must-see Ontario trails

Happy Trails Week!

Whether you’re conquering a rocky scramble or taking a leisurely stroll across a boardwalk, we’ve got the perfect trail for you.

How many of these must-see trails from around the province have you explored?

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7 reasons your family will fall in love with Bonnechere Provincial Park!

Looking for a new park to explore with your family? How about a park that offers great swimming, paddling, and hiking and will have your kids picking books from a tree?

Bonnechere Provincial Park — located in Killaloe, ON (just 2 hours from Ottawa) — is one of the Ottawa Valley’s hidden gems.

Here are some of the reasons your family will love this park:

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Campsite vacancy highlights: October 6-9

With beautiful weather and stunning fall colours on the way, there couldn’t be a better weekend to enjoy fall in a provincial park.

Celebrate the long weekend from one of our campsites! We have waterfront and electrical sites available, plus an awesome lakeside cabin.

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 October 5, 2017):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 30 – July 3

Many of our parks are already bursting at the seams for the busy Canada Day long weekend, BUT we’ve got the inside scoop for where you can still find a campsite (or even a cabin!).

Pro tip: Southern Ontario’s already fairly full, but if you’re willing to drive a little further, our northern parks have some beautiful sites available!

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 29, 2017):

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