Why not cook Thanksgiving Dinner in the park this year?

Imagine turkey seasoned with fresh herbs, hot off the grill. Add a nice hot cup of coffee, maybe a s’more or two for dessert, and you’re ready for a relaxing Thanksgiving under the stars.

This year, why not head to your favourite park for a weekend away and hold your Thanksgiving dinner amid the fall colours?

Move over Martha Stewart, this is Thanksgiving…Canadian style!

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How to get a good night’s sleep while camping

Worried about how restful it is sleeping outside?

Studies show sleeping away from artificial light and waking up with natural sunlight can reset your circadian rhythm which will help you feel refreshed after a better night’s sleep.

But to get a good night’s sleep, it’s important to stay warm, dry and comfortable.

Here are some tips for comfy sleeping while car camping:

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Gift ideas for people who get outside

The research is clear; spending time in nature improves our physical, mental and social well-being. This holiday season, why not give your loved ones the gift of better health and happiness?

We put our heads together with Coleman Canada to come up with a list of gifts that make it more enticing than ever to get outside!

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5 must-have items for your picnic basket

Ontario’s provincial parks all offer FREE day-use on July 21, 2017, and our parks have all sorts of events planned, from treasure hunts to zumba to campfire singalongs!

And all that fun is sure to make you hungry.

Whether a romantic tête–à–tête by the river or a family reunion on the beach, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day is a picnic-perfect event.

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Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2016: events

The big day‘s almost here!

We’re opening our doors to everyone in Ontario; there will be no charge for day-use visitation during July 15, 2016!

Parks across the province have exciting events and activities planned. Explore a new park, sample our facilities and services, or just enjoy a fun event in a great setting!

The time to strengthen and rediscover our connection to nature is now!

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Are you travelling “light”?

Your family NEEDED a weekend getaway. You were a little late getting on the road, but you’re pretty sure you packed the essentials.

It’s pitch black by the time you pull into your campsite, but that’s okay. You rummage around in your trunk, until you find your favourite flashlight.

You press the button and…

Nothing happens.

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Trips and gear for adventure-lovers

T’is the season so we asked Ontario Parks staff and three corporate partners; Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Coleman and Bushnell for gift ideas. Park staff suggested 2012 trip ideas in Ontario Parks while our corporate sponsors suggested cool new gear ideas. Here are our favourites. Continue reading Trips and gear for adventure-lovers

Gift ideas for outdoor-lovers

Looking for gift ideas for outdoor- lovers? Ontario Parks’ staff and corporate partners, Coleman, Bushnell and MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) have provided us with some suggestions based on the types of people who visit Ontario Parks. Typically, they are young family campers, adventure travelers, first-time visitors and mature travelers. Continue reading Gift ideas for outdoor-lovers