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.
Continue reading The dazzling tigers at Charleston Lake
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):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 1 – June 3
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.
Continue reading B&Bs make terrific homebases for exploring provincial parks
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:
Continue reading 5 backcountry gems of Southeastern Ontario
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):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: October 6-9
Spending a week at Charleston Lake or Rideau River Provincial Parks this summer?
We chatted with our friends at the St. Lawrence Parks Commission to come up with four awesome day-trips to work into your travel plans!
Continue reading Day-tripping along the St. Lawrence
Humanity’s fascination with the celestial bodies dates back millennia.
And times haven’t changed.
Camper families love stargazing especially from mid-July to late August during the Perseid meteor shower. At peak time (August 9-13, 2016) — if the skies are clear — you can see up to 50-100 meteors an hour!
Star parties are held in our parks every summer, especially in Northern Ontario, where there’s less light pollution.
Continue reading Summer star parties 2016
From July 2-10 our parks will be celebrating Family Fishing Week with special events taking place in many of our parks. Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish without a license. There has never been a better time to introduce a friend to fishing or to take advantage of the incredible fishing opportunities offered by our parks.
Across Ontario, most parks still have a good selection of sites available for the weekend, for tent and RV campers alike!
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, July 7):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: July 8-10
Out of vacation days, but still craving a quality backcountry adventure?
These quick weekend getaways provide all the solitude of the Ontario backcountry, and the ability to be back in the office bright and early Monday morning.
Continue reading 5 quick backcountry getaways
Looking for a new place to run? Try Ontario Parks. Softer trail surfaces minimize the impact on runner joints and backs. Runners have over 1,800 kilometres of trails to choose from. Park landscapes are spectacular and many parks offer roofed accommodation. Derrick Spafford is a regular trail runner at Frontenac Provincial Park which has 160 kilometres of trails, one of the largest trail networks east of the Canadian Rockies. In this Park Blog, Spafford shares his trail running tips and three favourite Frontenac trails.
Continue reading Go for a run at Ontario Parks