Looks like Ontario’s getting great weather for the Victoria Day long weekend, and it’s not too late to book a camping getaway!
In northern, central and southern Ontario, many parks still have a good selection of sites available, especially for tent campers. In the north, there are even a few roofed accommodations available!
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, May 19):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: May 20-23
Today’s post is a first-hand account from one of our stellar Learn to Camp families. Find out what it’s like to “get your feet wet” at Ontario Parks.
Continue reading The inside scoop on Learn to Camp
How do birds cope with our increasingly noisy world?
The world is a noisy place, and that can pose problems for animals that depend on hearing each other’s sounds to find out about food, predators, and mates. Many species of mammals, birds, fish, and frogs produce louder, longer, or higher-pitch calls in noisy places, to be heard above the noise. But those altered sounds may not be good enough – they may not travel as far or convey the same information as normal songs.
Continue reading Noise annoys
You’re never too old or too young to land your first catch!
The Learn to Fish program invites participants to discover a fun outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy! This free two-hour program combines a practical teaching session with hands-on fishing, supported by experienced instructors. Participants learn about fish identification, safety tips and equipment use. All equipment – rods, reels, lures, lifejackets and even a one-day fishing licence – is provided. Everything you need to land your first catch!
Continue reading Land your first catch
Guest blogger: David Bree
Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader
Presqu’ile Provincial Park
Migration is a miracle of nature that has fascinated humans since… well since forever. Where do these creatures come from? Where do they go? How do they know when to leave? Many of those questions have been answered over the years but there are still many mysteries to uncover. September is the height of fall migration, and with great weather, smaller crowds, and many parks still open it’s a great time to do some migrating of your own and go out to witness this phenomenon. Continue reading Witness the phenomenon of fall migration in Ontario Parks
With the kids back in school, September is the perfect time to pack a picnic-for-two and spend a day at Ontario Parks. Here are ten parks with romantic picnic areas that are easy drives from Ontario urban centres. Need picnic recipe ideas? Check this Park Blog post, Park picnic recipes and tips. Continue reading Fall picnics are for lovers
This summer has been fantastic for swimmers. And nothing beats a cool dip on a hot summer day so we asked park staff where they think the best swimming is in Ontario: Continue reading Where to swim at Ontario Parks
With bass fishing season just around the corner, we put out a call to Ontario Parks’ staff to give us their opinions on where the best bass fishing is to be found. Here is what they had to say: Continue reading You can bet your bass!
If you’re in or near eastern Ontario, one of the best places for star gazing is Charleston Lake Provincial Park near Brockville, Ontario. Amateur star gazers flock to this park’s unique Astronomy Field. Continue reading Learn to star gaze, tag butterflies and more
Ontario Parks is offering a new program aimed at new Canadians and others who have never camped before.
About 25 per cent of all Ontarians have never gone on an overnight camping trip; new Canadians are even less likely to have tried camping. About 74 per cent of new Canadians surveyed said that a hands-on course about camping would be helpful. Continue reading Ontario Parks Launches New Learn to Camp Program