Today’s post was written by Brooke Michell, a Park Biologist at Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park.
“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need.” – Edward Abbey
Some of our most treasured moments occur off the beaten path. In the backcountry of Ontario Parks, the avid hiker, canoe tripper, angler, and outdoors person seeks solitude. Although anyone who has backcountry camped knows it’s not always a walk in the park.
Physical limits are often pushed while portaging through rugged terrain, and paddling across windswept water bodies. At this expense, why is backcountry camping one of our most beloved past times?
Continue reading Low-impact backcountry camping
Did you know that you can reserve your campsite or roofed accommodation up to five months in advance of your arrival date?
You can book online (and even see a sneak preview of your campsite) or by calling the Ontario Parks reservation line, 1-888-ONT-PARK (Canada & USA).
Check out these five tips for a smooth reservation experience:
Continue reading 5 tips for reserving an Ontario Parks campsite
If you’re a summer camping enthusiast, now may be the time to put your skills to the test in a different season. Winter in our parks is a beautiful time. It’s quiet and still. The air is clean. And everything is covered in fresh snow.
Here are some tips for a safe, fun winter camping experience…
Continue reading Winter camping 101
As our 125th anniversary year comes to a close, we would like to say a huge thank you for an amazing year.
Now etched into our history, here’s a few of the highlights from this exciting year.
Continue reading Here’s to another 125 years
Today’s post comes from Ontario Parks 125th Anniversary Coordinator Laura Myers.
Over the course of 2018, Ontario Parks’ 125th Anniversary has inspired us to reflect on our past and to imagine our future. We thought it would be fun to think about what Ontario Parks jobs may be required as we move forward into our next 125 years!
Continue reading 9 future jobs of Ontario Parks
This blog post comes from Senior Marketing Specialist Anne Craig.
It’s the summer of 1963. Lester B. Pearson has just been elected the Prime Minister of Canada, and “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore is topping the CHUM chart.
Ontario is enjoying a year of economic growth, riding on the tails of a booming manufacturing sector. One of the most popular summer vacations is camping at a provincial park.
But campers were a lot different in 1963 than they are today. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between what campers were like in 1963, and today.
Continue reading Then and now: Ontario Parks visitors
Written by Laurel Finney: Learning & Education Specialist, mother of two, avid camper, and long-time lover of children’s books.
Storybooks help children to discover themselves and relate to the world around them.
Whether you’re planning your next camping trip, snuggled up in the tent on your favourite campsite, or at home reliving your most recent adventure, these camping-themed children’s books will be new bedtime favourites.
Continue reading Books to prepare your kids for camping
We all have those friends or family members who are curious about camping, and maybe even eager to go on a trip, but have little to no camping experience. What do you do if they choose you as their camping guide?
Since camping with people you love is the worst, we’ve got you covered. If you follow these six tips, you’ll have even your closest pals saying, “NEVER AGAIN” to camping before the first day is through.
Continue reading 6 ways to deter eager campers
This summer, a number of Ontario Parks will be distributing sample cans of Bush’s Beans to campers! And this year, we’re going maple style.
Parks that will be distributing samples are:
Continue reading The beans are back!
This post is written by Dave Sproule, Natural Heritage Education Specialist with Ontario Parks.
If you are looking for a new trail to explore this summer, the Lonesome Bog Trail at Esker Lakes Provincial Park might be just the ticket! This 1.5 km interpretive trail sweeps around Sausage Lake and travels through a variety of habitats, introducing visitors to boreal forest ecosystems and ancient glacial landscapes.
Continue reading Hitting the trail at Esker Lakes