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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Bush planes in Quetico Provincial Park

Today’s post was written by Jill Legault, Quetico Provincial Park‘s history buff and information specialist.

The ability to fly to otherwise inaccessible locations in Quetico Provincial Park revolutionized park operations in the 1930s.

Suddenly, winter supplies could be flown in to ranger cabins, poacher’s tracks could be seen from the air, forest fire management drastically improved, and American tourism increased.

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A bonding family experience in the #OPescape RV

Today’s post comes to us from Paula Schuck (@inkscrblr), the writer behind Thrifty Mommas Tips, and our next #OPescape content creator to travel around Ontario’s provincial parks in our wrapped RV

A few weeks ago, I listened to a podcast about the brain and nature’s impact on health, and I learned that time spent in natural surroundings impacts immune function, weight, and blood pressure as well as attention deficit disorder.

The impact of even a three day break when spent outdoors enjoying nature lasts months and leaves you in better health mentally and physically.

After learning that, I was more eager than ever to leave on our first ever RV trip (in celebration of Ontario’s Parks 125th anniversary). I needed to see for myself if it was true. Would the experience change us?

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David Archibald’s Happiest Camper in Ontario Tour: a recap

For Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary celebrations, singer-songwriter David Archibald embarked on a 31-park concert tour!

Named after one of the five new songs that David Archibald wrote specifically for the anniversary, the concert tour was called The Happiest Camper in Ontario Tour.

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Nutritionist turned camper in the Ontario Parks RV

Today’s post comes from Jordana Hart, creator of I Hart Nutrition. Jordana 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.

If I am being honest, while I love nature and love being outdoors, I definitely don’t consider myself to be the camping type. So needless to say, this type of experience was definitely outside of my comfort zone, but one I just couldn’t turn down.

I think the idea of being on an RV is what really convinced me. I had never stepped foot into an RV before, and I’m all about new adventures.

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Then and now: cooking in an RV

This post was written by Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer.

For camping enthusiasts, there are lots of options of where to lay one’s head at the end of a day filled with adventurous hikes, exploratory canoeing, and refreshing swims. Your choice comes down to creature comfort must-haves.

Today’s recreational vehicles do not disappoint! With Ontario Parks celebrating its 125th anniversary, we thought it would be fun to look back on how camping (and cooking) in a travel trailer has changed over the years.

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Our Ontario Parks RV family vacation

Today’s post comes from Mary, the mom behind the Flying Couponer. Mary and her family were the first of six content creators invited to document and share their Ontario Parks RV experience in a custom wrapped RV as part of this year’s OP125 celebrations. 

If you’re looking for a fun way to explore Ontario Parks, travelling in an RV is a great way to go. In my opinion, it is the best way to experience everything that provincial parks have to offer.

It is like taking your house with you while stopping anywhere you want at any time. It is an absolutely unique way to go around and discover Ontario. With so many parks and campgrounds to choose from, Ontario will amaze you, again and again.

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