Ontario Parks is recognizing iconic Canadian species this year to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Next up, we join Natural Heritage Education Specialist Dave Sproule for a chat about the ecological and cultural significance of the beaver, which became Canada’s official symbol in 1975.
We all know beavers are industrious. They builds dams, canals and sturdy homes called lodges, which are warm in winter. They repair all those dams and collect enough food to survive long northern winters.
We know beavers are well-suited to the Canadian environment. Beavers are amphibious – more at home in the water than on land — with webbed hind feet, nostrils that can close, a third see-through eyelid that protects the eye when they’re underwater, and a big flat tail that acts as rudder while swimming.
The biggest reason to celebrate the beaver during Canada150, however, is that the beaver built Canada, shaping both its historical and ecological landscape.
Continue reading The beaver: architect of biodiversity
Today’s post comes from Dave Sproule, a Natural Heritage Education Specialist in our Northeast Zone.
Can you hear the water speak? The waters of the French River have many voices.
These voices travelled the river and lived along its shores. The French River has been a conduit for people, goods, and culture for thousands of years. The voices of the river are celebrated at the spectacular French River Visitor Centre.
Continue reading Voices of the river: exploring the French River Visitor Centre
Most of us live by our calendars to keep our schedules straight.
But did you know the calendar has astronomical origins?
While the constellations were, largely, created to help people remember significant star patterns, they have plenty of other uses. One of these is for the formation of the calendar.
Continue reading The astronomical origins of the calendar
On September 23 & 24, 2017, you’re invited to the annual Bronte Creek Harvest Festival.
Experience harvest season as it might have been over 100 years ago at Bronte Creek Provincial Park‘s historic Spruce Lane Farm!
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Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, a Marketing Specialist with Ontario Parks.
Approximately 71 years ago, Neys Provincial Park’s campground looked very different than it does today.
During World War II, the area now known as Neys Provincial Park was referred to as Neys Camp 100.
Instead of campers, it mainly held high-ranking German prisoners of war (POW). The camp operated from 1941 to 1946.
Continue reading From prisoner of war camp to provincial park
Experience the life of a voyageur at the height of the fur trade by paddling a voyageur canoe on the beautiful Mattawa River.
Our knowledgeable guides will help you discover part of our Canadian heritage.
Continue reading Paddle like it’s 1796 at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park!
When paddling a river or toasting marshmallows, it can be easy to forget the rich cultural history of Ontario’s provincial parks.
We’ve got all kinds of storytelling going on in our parks this August, especially in the evenings. Care to stop by for a yarn?
Continue reading Spirit walks and storytellers