Art and nature go together like columbine flowers and hummingbird tongues.
Indigenous artists express their relationship to land through art; Canada’s Group of Seven found inspiration in several Ontario Parks; parks offer residency programs, and our park visitors find many artistic ways to capture their memories. We love it when visitors share their artistic creations with us.
However, a new trend is starting to cause problems province-wide: the painted rock.
Continue reading Can we bring painted rocks to the park?
You did it!
You booked your first camping trip…now what?
We’ve partnered with our friends at Off! to help you prepare for your maiden voyage into the great outdoors. Here are five tips for camping newbies:
Continue reading 5 things to know before your first camping trip
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).
Why does booking for 2021 feel so busy?
So far in 2021, we’ve seen almost 100% increase in reservations (bookings made between January 1 and February 5) over the same time last year!
Continue reading 5 tips for reserving an Ontario Parks campsite
All good things must come to an end, including the heat of summer.
You’ve learned to set up and take down your equipment this year, but do you know how to properly store it over the winter (without producing any mildew, funky smells, or damage)?
In case you need a quick refresher (pun intended), we’ve partnered with our friends at Coleman to create a checklist to help make sure your gear is ready and waiting for your first spring adventure.
Continue reading 4 tips to prep your camping gear for the off-season
The ability to take your “home away from home” all over the province has never been more appealing.
The assurance that your living space is safe for your family, combined with the freedom to travel where and when you want, has proved to be an ideal way for Ontarians to enjoy the great outdoors while maintaining physical distancing.
With help from our friends at the Canadian RV Association (CRVA), we’ve created a list of hot tips to guide you through finding your perfect RV:
Continue reading 4 tips for choosing the perfect RV
We’ve partnered with our friends at Off! to help you tackle bug season and beyond like a pro. Today’s post was written by Emma Fuller, a Discovery guide at Bon Echo Provincial Park.
A lot is left to chance when you’re planning a summer camping trip. You can’t always ensure sunny weather, quiet car rides, or calm paddling waters.
However, one thing is certain if you’re heading into the outdoors, you’re definitely going to encounter the pesky buzz of Ontario’s biting insects!
Continue reading Camping comfortably with bugs
In today’s post, Discovery Lead Tim Tully asks us a very important question.
What do parks mean to you?
Chances are this is a question that has recently taken on more importance.
Continue reading Ontario Parks: a natural place of healing
Today’s post comes from Learning and Education Leader Laura Myers.
Daydreaming about camping?
Here are 12 ways to make it feel like you’re camping, all from the comfort of home!
Continue reading 12 ways to camp from the comfort of home
Long lines, crying kids, and “meh” photo ops can cramp your camping style.
Find space, serenity and more by dodging the weekend crowds:
Continue reading 5 reasons you should take a weekday vacation
The deep green boreal forest of Kettle Lakes Provincial Park contains 22 beautiful little lakes. Of these lakes, 20 are called actually “kettle lakes” by geographers.
So what is a “kettle lake?”
To answer that question, we first must look at how kettles are formed.
Continue reading Kettle Lakes: a land shaped by icebergs