“Through these interesting and enjoyable experiences which are both educational and recreational, interpretation contributes to the inspirational value of the outdoors and fosters an understanding, an appreciation, and an intelligent use of our parklands.”
– Alan Helmsley, Department of Lands & Forests, 1960
Ontario Parks’ nature programs are designed to help people discover and connect with the natural and cultural history of the park during their visit.
Continue reading A brief history of nature education in provincial parks
This blog post comes from Senior Marketing Specialist Anne Craig.
It’s the summer of 1963. Lester B. Pearson has just been elected the Prime Minister of Canada, and “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore is topping the CHUM chart.
Ontario is enjoying a year of economic growth, riding on the tails of a booming manufacturing sector. One of the most popular summer vacations is camping at a provincial park.
But campers were a lot different in 1963 than they are today. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between what campers were like in 1963, and today.
Continue reading Then and now: Ontario Parks visitors
Today’s post is brought to you by the natural heritage education staff at Lake Superior Provincial Park.
This past July, Lake Superior Provincial Park held a bioblitz in an effort to identify as many species as possible within the park boundaries. That is 160,810 ha of park land and water, abundant with life!
Our mission: to get to know our park, and teach park visitors how to be citizen scientists!
Continue reading A summer bioblitz at Lake Superior
Thanks to Laura McClintock of Presqu’ile Provincial Park and Sabrina MacDowell of Voyageur Provincial Park for crafting today’s post.
Ever wonder how your favourite park got its name?
Continue reading What’s in a name? A historical look at two southeastern park names
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!
Continue reading Top 8 historical experiences in Ontario Parks
In celebration of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary, and with two practice runs for local schools already under their belt, the staff at Murphys Point Provincial Park are keen to invite members of the public to join them for their 2nd Annual Bioblitz on Saturday August 18.
Continue reading Bioblitz at Murphys Point is fast approaching!
This post comes to us from Lesley Ng, Natural Heritage Education Leader at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
Recently, park staff removed three outhouses from Marie Louise Lake Campground, leaving a blank footprint.
With funds available for Ontario Parks 125th anniversary stewardship initiatives, Sleeping Giant submitted a proposal to plant a few more trees this season.
Continue reading Tree-mendous times at the Giant
Today’s post comes from Rachel DeGreef, Project and Communications Assistant with Ontario Parks.
We can all agree that the smell of a campfire and fresh pine can bring us back to our fondest camping memories.
Science tells us that olfactory senses are the strongest memories we have. John Leadston, Project Manager at Arrowhead Provincial Park, shares that “the smell of that canvas [tent] takes me back to a place I would return to in a heartbeat.”
Continue reading Sparking memories with tent nostalgia
This post was written by Warren Verina, Assistant Superintendent at Algonquin Provincial Park.
Stop and rewind 125 years (give or take a few months).
Imagine you are asked to gather rations and supplies, leave the bustling city of Toronto, and head north to the wilderness to what is now known as Algonquin Provincial Park.
Continue reading “Superinten-tions:” insights from superintendents past and present