A look back on Ontario Parks’ outhouses

In celebration of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary, we took a look back on one of Ontario Parks’ most important pieces of infrastructure – outhouses! We called on Ontario Parks Architect Matthew Harvey to provide some insight on outhouses…the good, the bad, and the stinky!

In the course of my 25 year architectural career with Ontario Parks, I occasionally get asked what I do for a living. I proudly reply “Why, I design outhouses!”

If that person doesn’t excuse themselves, turn on their heel and beat a hasty retreat, then we might get down to a discussion that goes something like this:

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More group sites available to book online

Looking for a fun way to camp with a bunch of people? Consider group campsites!

We’re happy to announce that group campsites can now be reserved online and via our call centre for an additional 25 provincial parks.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: September 28-30

This weekend is calling for perfect fall sweater-weather! Why not get outside with your wool socks, and snuggle up around a fire in a provincial park?

We have waterfront and electrical sites available, as well as a number of cabins (available as of 12:00 pm on September 27, 2018).

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Campsite vacancy highlights: September 7-9

The forecast is looking good for this weekend, so why not spend it outside?

We’ve got a slew of waterfront campsites available, PLUS some parks even have unbooked cabins (available as of 12:00 pm on September 6, 2018).

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The dazzling tigers at Charleston Lake

Today’s post comes to us from Chris Robinson, Natural Heritage Education Leader at Charleston Lake Provincial Park.

This is a vibrant, colourful time of year at Charleston Lake Provincial Park, with lasting sunshine and seemingly endless days. June and July are also when butterfly watching is at its best!

Some of the park’s most showy butterflies are the tiger swallowtails, known for their large size, distinctive colours and streamer-like “tails” on their hindwings.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 1 – June 3

It might be feeling like summer, but June is just beginning and we’ve still got cabins and yurts available for this weekend (including yurts side by side in Algonquin)!

You’ll also find lots of electrical campsites in this week’s preview.

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 on May 31, 2018):

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B&Bs make terrific homebases for exploring provincial parks

Crave the warm welcome, soft bed, and hearty meals of a bed & breakfast on your travels? Eager to explore Ontario’s breathtaking natural landscapes?

Why not do both?

Book a stay in a cozy bed & breakfast, and use it as a homebase for daily excursions into parks.

We chatted with the Federation of Ontario Bed & Breakfast Accommodation to uncover nine of the best B&B/provincial park combos across Ontario.

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5 backcountry gems of Southeastern Ontario

Ontario’s wilderness is a lot closer than you think.

Did you know you can leave downtown Toronto and be paddling out to your campsite in less than 3 hours?

These five southeastern parks are perfect for finding backcountry solitude close to home:

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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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