IBAs of Ontario Parks: the Frontenac Forests IBA

Welcome to the September installment of “IBAs in provincial parks,” brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada.

Break out the champagne! We don’t often add new IBAs to the Canadian family of sites, so when we do, it’s a special occasion.

The all-new Frontenac Forests Important Bird and Biodiversity Area encompasses Frontenac Provincial Park and Queens University Biological Station (QUBS), and is designated for one of the most beautiful warblers around – the Cerulean Warbler.

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Restoule: a fall colours paradise

When we hear the words “fall colours,” our minds often jump to Algonquin. Trouble is, Algonquin’s gotten so popular that autumn brings long line-ups, crowded trails, and traffic-snarling “leaf jams.”

So where can we go to see awe-inspiring fall colours, hike to breathtaking lookouts, and avoid the crowds?

Restoule Provincial Park.

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“Look for the leaf” this fall with Ontario Wood

Thousands of visitors will soon be flocking to parks for a panoramic view of our magnificent fall colours – bulbous, rounded streaks of red, yellow and orange flashing across the horizon.

On the way to your favourite lookout through the maples, birch and poplars, look up and look around. Take a moment to breathe in the beauty of these living things called trees, and feel the visceral connection we have to these guardians of our planet’s future.

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Fall fishing at Sauble Falls Provincial Park

This post comes from Kevin Deacon, passionate angler and Head Gate/Park Warden at Sauble Falls Provincial Park. 

Fishing is a great experience for anyone, whether you’re looking for a new adventure or you’ve been casting a line for years.

As the summer weather cools down, fall fishing season heats up. Sauble Falls Provincial Park is the perfect place to wet your line and possibly land the big one.

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Fall colours at Algonquin Provincial Park

cars at Algonquin

Algonquin fall colours are breathtaking to behold.

But take a look at this photo; clearly, our secret’s out.

At peak times during the fall season, the line-ups on Highway 60 can stretch over 3 km!

So if you’d like to enjoy the wonder of Algonquin’s autumn, or you’re looking for some solitude, read on.

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Fall RVing in southeastern Ontario

Camping doesn’t always have to involve driving a far distance to pitch a tent.

RVing allows you to experience the beauty of Ontario’s fall colours with more of the comforts of home.

In southeastern Ontario, there are many great RVing opportunities nearby. You can find your adventure by RV at several different parks close to city centres and along major travel routes.

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The Milky Way Galaxy

On a clear dark summer or winter night, you can see a cloudy band of light traversing the sky.

This light is known as the Milky Way.

The Milky Way actually has nothing to do with dairy. Instead, it’s the term for the light of hundreds of millions of stars that are so far away we cannot see them as individual points of light. Instead, we see their combined glow as a fuzzy, glowing band of light.

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Eyes on the skies — September, 2017

Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This will cover a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks.

Many people consider September to be the finest month of the year to enjoy Ontario’s outdoors.

The bugs have all but left and the daytime temperatures are cooler, making the weather ideal for strenuous activities such as hiking or canoeing. To top it off, the leaves begin their beautiful transition through the colours of fall.

With the much shorter days, the nighttime skies are full of celestial splendors that we hope you will enjoy discovering in this edition of Eyes on the Skies.

Here are our astronomical highlights for September 2017:

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