This installment of our 2017 blog series IBAs in provincial parks — brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada —focuses on the spring migrations at two of our southwestern parks.
On my recent trip to Rondeau Provincial Park / IBA for the Wings of Spring festival and the Port Franks Forested Dunes IBA (close to Pinery Provincial Park), one thing was clear…
…tundra swans make a big impression.
Continue reading IBAs of Ontario Parks: tundra swans and spring songbirds
Spring temperatures can be tough to predict, which is what makes April a great month to stay in a cabin or yurt! Whether it rains, snows or shines, you’ll have a cozy homebase for your outdoor adventures.
Don’t see your favourite park? Reminder that many parks, such as Arrowhead, Silent Lake and Windy Lake, close after March Break to prepare for the spring camping season.
Accommodations featured below were available as of 12:00 pm, March 15, 2018.
Continue reading April vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)
Imagine you’re standing in Pinery Provincial Park.
You close your eyes and take in the peace of nature all around you. All of the sudden, a loud yodel interrupts the quiet! That unbelievable sound is actually thousands of birds yodeling en masse as they fly over the park in search of their next feeding ground.
This unforgettable experience is courtesy of the Tundra Swan.
Continue reading Tundra Swans at Pinery
During the long winter months, many of us get less “Vitamin N” than usual.
Yet contact with nature has been found to lower blood pressure, strengthen immune system, help prevent disease, and reduce stress levels.
Outdoor time is thought to have important contributions to children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and educational development. Likewise, as exposure to nature rises, children’s stress levels decrease and their self-worth increases.
Keen to spend time in nature with your family this March Break? Here’s a list of fun happenings across the province.
Continue reading March Break 2018
March is your last chance for a winter adventure!
Now’s the time to experience the beauty of winter in Ontario Parks. We’re pretty full for March Break, however we have lots of other availability throughout the month.
Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this March in one of our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages and yurts available all month, especially for midweek visitors!
Accommodations featured below were available as of 12:00 pm, February 15, 2018.
Continue reading March vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)
Family Day is the perfect opportunity to get your loved ones outdoors for a winter adventure.
Here are some exciting happenings at Ontario Parks this Family Day weekend:
Continue reading Family Day 2018
The air is crisp and clean. The evergreens are covered with snow. If you’re lucky – and observant – you might spot a cardinal, a finch, a waxwing or a blue jay as you glide along the ice.
And when the sun goes down, you can huddle around a big bonfire with a cup of hot chocolate and warm up before relacing your skates and heading back out to skate under the stars.
It’s simply magical.
This winter, plan a skating trip to these four provincial parks:
Continue reading Where to skate in Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from Alistair MacKenzie, Natural Heritage Education Supervisor at Pinery Provincial Park.
As we begin a brand new year, many of us make personal resolutions to try to better ourselves, or to help our families and communities.
I’ll be making several personal resolutions (darn sour-cream-glazed dougnuts!), but in addition, I am choosing 2018 as the year to make some resolutions for parks and protected areas.
As I work and play in Ontario Parks’ many incredible landscapes, most of my efforts will take effect there, but I am not planning on limiting my efforts…I’ll include any green spaces I can find!
I’m just one person, so I would encourage you to help. You may want to create a different list for yourself, but our parks can certainly use the help, so please consider giving back to our protected areas.
Continue reading A nature-lover’s New Year’s resolutions
Did you know 19 of our parks have cross-country trails, about half of them groomed?
Cross-country skiing is a great way for families to get outdoors and enjoy the winter together! It’s less expensive and safer than alpine skiing, it helps keep kids fit, and it’s a skill they’ll have their entire life.
Here are our top seven tips for getting kids hooked on cross-country skiing:
Continue reading How to get your kids to love cross-country skiing
Many of our parks hibernate through the winter, but for others, the fun’s just getting started!
From Victorian farmhouses to dryland dogsledding, we’ve got some exciting events this November and December!
Continue reading November/December events at Ontario Parks