When paddling a river or toasting marshmallows, it can be easy to forget the rich cultural history of Ontario’s provincial parks.
We’ve got all kinds of storytelling going on in our parks this August, especially in the evenings. Care to stop by for a yarn?
Continue reading Spirit walks and storytellers
Summer has officially begun!
Taking your RV on a road-trip this St. Jean Baptiste Day weekend? A lot of parks still have lots of campsites available — including some great waterfront spots to provide the perfect spot for the first swim of the summer.
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 23):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 24-26
Did you know you can book a group campsite online? Twelve parks in southwestern Ontario are participating in a pilot project aimed at making group camping easier.
You can reserve group sites at these 12 parks through our central call centre service or online as easily as you would a regular car camping site.
Continue reading Group camping reservations now online
Give your kids a sensory treat on March Break. Getting outside and exploring the natural world is a chance for kids to balance virtual with real.
According to research, that’s a good thing for a child’s overall health, development, creativity and joy.
Join one of our special events or create your own exciting park adventure.
Below are five March Break ideas to get you started:
Continue reading Get outdoors for March Break 2016
Does the cold weather have you dreaming of sunny days on the beach and warm nights by the campfire?
Thanks to our five-month booking window, you can lock down your July campsite in February!
Need a recommendation? These five parks are local family favourites:
Continue reading Have you booked your summer camping trip yet?
Ontario Parks host the BEST winter events!
We’re starting the season with a December Victorian Christmas celebration at Oakville’s Bronte Creek Provincial Park, and wrapping up winter with a late March Candlelight Ski and Tea at northwestern Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park.
And there’s lots going on in between.
We’ve highlighted a sample of what’s planned. For a complete listing, visit our Calendar of Events.
Continue reading Winter events at Ontario Parks
You’ve checked our Fall Colour Report, and you’re ready for an autumn adventure.
Here are our top seven tips for finding your fall colour fix:
Continue reading 7 leaf-peeping tips for fall fanatics
I am sure many of you like Maple Syrup and most of us even use it on a daily basis, but how many of you know what goes behind in extracting the syrup from a sugar maple tree? Do you know the history of it? Well, that’s what you will learn if you make a short day trip to Bronte Creek Provincial park this March.
Continue reading A sweet day at Bronte Creek
Here’s what’s on during March Break and on March weekends at Ontario Parks in 2015.
Check the Ontario Parks Ski Report for the latest snow conditions. http://www.ontarioparks.com/skireport
For more information on March Break events check here: www.ontarioparks.com/events
At The Pinery, the Visitor Centre will be open and Natural Heritage Education programs offered daily during March Break and on March weekends. On March 21 from 10:30 – 12:00, a special workshop for parents and grandparents will give new strategies for exploring the natural world with children. Hands-on kids activities will also be available. More park event information including the return of the Tundra swans is on the Friends of Pinery website www.pinerypark.on.ca/
Continue reading March Break 2015 at Ontario Parks
February is a popular month to visit Ontario Parks. Five provincial parks plan Family Day events and affordable Valentine getaways in roofed accommodation at many parks are also a big draw. Valentine’s Day and Family Day are on the same holiday weekend this year, February 13-16. While holiday weekend accommodation is already booked, mid-week dates are still available. A total of twenty-six parks across Ontario are open this winter. Eight have roofed accommodation for rent. Nineteen have groomed ski trails and snowshoeing and several offer skating, tobogganing and tubing. The Ontario Parks Ski Report has the latest trail conditions. This Park Blog snowshoe post includes parks with designated trails. For more on Family Day events and Valentine getaways, please see below.
Continue reading Family Day & Valentine getaways at Ontario Parks