Beach accessibility at Ontario Parks

Beaches can be an accessibility challenge for park visitors using walkers or wheelchairs. Because of the soft sand, wheels and legs of walkers can sink in, making them tough to maneuver.

As a part of our commitment to making parks as accessible as possible, more parks are offering beach accessibility measures to help visitors explore our shorelines.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 3-5

It’s the first weekend of June — let’s go camping!

Spring is a great time to score your perfect campsite. Across Ontario, most parks still have a good selection of sites available for the weekend, for tent and RV campers alike!

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, June 2):

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Group camping reservations now online

Did you know you can book a group campsite online? Twelve parks in southwestern Ontario are participating in a pilot project aimed at making group camping easier.

You can reserve group sites at these 12 parks through our central call centre service or online as easily as you would a regular car camping site.

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Ontario Parks to visit in 2015

Because of the 5 month booking window at Ontario Parks, to reserve a specific (and popular) campsite for the August Civic long weekend, reserve now. Over 40% of reservations made by the end of March are for the most popular parks. Park staff suggests these provincial parks as alternatives to Ontario’s busiest five.

 

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Birds of prey by the thousands

Birds of prey migrate by the thousands past Ontario Parks along the north shore of Lake Erie every fall.

Mornings are best to view this fall phenomenon – just after dawn until mid-morning and especially after a cold front has rolled through. That’s when park visitors gather on park beaches or in beach parking lots to watch the fall migration.  Some days, the birds pass by at tree-top level. Other days, they are high in the sky. On a good day and with a pair of binoculars, you’ll see birds everywhere.
Red-tailed hawk spotted in Port Burwell (Photo Credit: Cliff Dickinson)

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Witness the phenomenon of fall migration in Ontario Parks

Guest blogger: David Bree
Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader
Presqu’ile Provincial Park

 

 Migration is a miracle of nature that has fascinated humans since… well since forever.  Where do these creatures come from? Where do they go?  How do they know when to leave?  Many of those questions have been answered over the years but there are still many mysteries to uncover.  September is the height of fall migration, and with great weather, smaller crowds, and many parks still open it’s a great time to do some migrating of your own and go out to witness this phenomenon. Continue reading Witness the phenomenon of fall migration in Ontario Parks

Fall picnics are for lovers

With the kids back in school, September is the perfect time to pack a picnic-for-two and spend a day at Ontario Parks. Here are ten parks with romantic picnic areas that are easy drives from Ontario urban centres. Need picnic recipe ideas?  Check this Park Blog post, Park picnic recipes and tipsContinue reading Fall picnics are for lovers