5 reasons to explore Ontario Parks in an RV

Today’s post comes from Catherine Sugrue, a writer for Canadian leading lifestyle blog DoTheDaniel.com. Catherine is one of six content creators we invited to document and share their Ontario Parks RV experience in a custom-wrapped RV as part of this year’s OP125 celebrations.

Did you know that Ontario Parks turned 125 this year?

Recognized all over the world for stunning scenic landscapes and outdoor recreation opportunities, Ontario Parks hosts millions of people every year from all over the globe.

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A look back on Ontario Parks’ outhouses

In celebration of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary, we took a look back on one of Ontario Parks’ most important pieces of infrastructure – outhouses! We called on Ontario Parks Architect Matthew Harvey to provide some insight on outhouses…the good, the bad, and the stinky!

In the course of my 25 year architectural career with Ontario Parks, I occasionally get asked what I do for a living. I proudly reply “Why, I design outhouses!”

If that person doesn’t excuse themselves, turn on their heel and beat a hasty retreat, then we might get down to a discussion that goes something like this:

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Neys’ relics from the past

Today’s post comes from Katherine Muzyliwsky, a Natural Heritage Education Student at Neys Provincial Park.

Before Neys became a provincial park, it was known as Neys Camp 100. Instead of happy campers on vacation, the park held German prisoners of war during World War II.

After operating as a prisoner of war camp from 1941-1946, the buildings were dismantled in 1953. Since then, artifacts have showed up from discoveries in the park and from generous donations.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 31-September 3

Is there any better way to spend the last weekend of the summer than outside on a beach or in the forest?

Wrap up your summer by booking one of the available campsites for the long weekend (available as of 12:00 pm on August 29, 2018):

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Sketching Superior: the Group of Seven in Neys Provincial Park

Today’s post is from Maureen Forrester, Neys Provincial Park’s Natural Heritage Education Leader.

The Group of Seven is a famous group of Canadian artists who formed with the mission to paint the truly rugged landscape of Canada; something they did not feel could be achieved with the popular European artistic style of the time.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 17-19

Summer is winding down, but there’s still time to enjoy the beautiful weather!

Squeeze the most out of summer by camping this weekend at one of the following campsites (available as of 12:00 pm on August 16, 2018).

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Listening to nature’s music

Today’s post comes from Kyra Santin, a Natural Heritage Education and Marketing Student from our Northwest Zone. 

George Santayana — poet, philosopher and naturalist — said, “The Earth has music for those who listen.”

The earth holds a lot of beauty within it. If we open our eyes and ears, and listen to the world that surrounds us, we can truly appreciate the music the earth is making.

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Top 8 historical experiences in Ontario Parks

The landscapes of our provincial parks are like a vault of stories waiting to be opened.

This post showcases the top eight historical experiences across the province that shed light on the unique history of the land.

Discover the mosaic of Ontario’s rich cultural history while visiting our parks!

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 3-6

Get the most out of this upcoming August long weekend by spending it outdoors.

For those of you taking part in Ontario Parks’ 30×30 Challenge, regular camping trips will help you get your nature time in this month. Forest bathe, go for a paddle (many of our parks rent watercraft), or just hang on the beach.

Southern Ontario’s pretty full, but if you’re willing to head north, we’ve got tent sites, RV/trailer sites AND electrical sites that are currently open. Check out our featured campsites below (available as of 12:00 pm on August 1, 2018):

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