Campsite vacancy highlights: May 24-26

There are some fantastic sites still available in Ontario Parks this weekend. Whether you like to tent, bring your trailer, or stay in a cabin, it’s a perfect time to sneak in some R&R before the summer goes into full swing.

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 23):

Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: May 24-26

Campsite vacancy highlights: May 17-20

It’s not too late to book a campsite for the Victoria Day long weekend!

While many parks are filling up, lots of campgrounds still have a good selection of sites 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 16):

Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: May 17-20

Try a regular dose of camping for good health

Time to reach for our sleeping bags and tents?

Research shows that camping in nature is good for our mental and physical well-being.

What better reason to head out with family and friends into the great outdoors and sleep under the stars?

Check out the brain and body benefits of camping:

Continue reading Try a regular dose of camping for good health

Finding myself at Ontario Parks

Today’s post comes from Candace Sampson of Life in Pleasantville. Last summer, we invited Candace to document her adventures in four provincial parks. If you’re new to RVing and thinking of giving it a shot this year, this post is for you.

When first planning a trip with Ontario Parks to learn more about our beautiful provincial parks, I was married with a motorhome and had someone to drive it.

By the time the trip rolled around a few months later, I was down one husband, one motorhome, and one driver (the first and last being the same person). My life had basically become a country song, and I really wasn’t loving the tune.

Continue reading Finding myself at Ontario Parks

5 backcountry gems of Southeastern Ontario

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

Backcountry for beginners: the best destinations

When executed safely, your first backcountry trip forges lifelong memories, opening an immersive getaway into nature.

But the leap from car camping to backcountry requires preparation and learning. New paddlers and hikers can find themselves in serious trouble if they overestimate their skills or choose a too-challenging route.

Here are some recommended trips for backcountry beginners:

Continue reading Backcountry for beginners: the best destinations

6 romantic spots in Ontario Parks

Ever feel like you’ve wandered into the heart of a fairy tale?

From snow-topped mountains to sparkling ice crystals, Ontario’s natural world is the perfect setting for romance.

And this list of our favourite spots is sure to make your heart flutter…

Continue reading 6 romantic spots in Ontario Parks

More group sites available to book online

Looking for a fun way to camp with a bunch of people? Consider group campsites!

We’re happy to announce that group campsites can now be reserved online and via our call centre for an additional 25 provincial parks.

Continue reading More group sites available to book online

The Murphys Point moth craze

This post comes to us from Mark Read, an interpretive naturalist at Murphys Point Provincial Park.

Most people have a love/hate relationship with moths. But believe it or not, moths are the latest craze to hit Murphys Point Provincial Park!

With moths that range in size from as big as your hand to smaller than a grain of rice, staff at the park have been documenting this understudied group for the last few years.

As a result, the park list has grown from 56 known species in 2015 to a whopping 673! That’s 617 more species identified in the park in just three years!

Continue reading The Murphys Point moth craze