Is there a better way to celebrate the birth of Canada than reveling in its natural beauty and tranquility during a weekend camping trip? We sure can’t think of anything that can top that.
Especially since the weather looks great this weekend AND it’s not too late to book a campsite! Also, many of our parks will be hosting Canada Day events.
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Today’s post comes from Rob Cunningham, Superintendent of Presqu’ile and Ferris Provincial Parks.
I started working at Killarney Provincial Park in 1988, and that was the start of my many wonderful experiences of angling in Ontario’s provincial parks. I’ve been blessed in my career to work at over 14 parks, and I have fished and visited over 40 of them.
And they’re among the most beautiful locations and wonderful angling experiences anywhere.
Continue reading Reflections on 28 seasons of fishing in Ontario Parks
If you live to fish and you’ve never cast your line into a lake in northern Ontario, these five spots in the backcountry you’ll want to add to your bucket list!
They come (in no particular order!) courtesy of Bob Elliott, superintendent of Lake Superior Provincial Park.
A lifelong, avid angler himself, Bob says these five parks provide unparalleled fishing, together with a true wilderness experience, which is why they attract people from all over Canada, the United States and beyond.
Continue reading 5 bucket list fishing destinations in northwestern Ontario
Give your kids a sensory treat on March Break. Getting outside and exploring the natural world is a chance for kids to balance virtual with real.
According to research, that’s a good thing for a child’s overall health, development, creativity and joy.
Join one of our special events or create your own exciting park adventure.
Below are five March Break ideas to get you started:
Continue reading Get outdoors for March Break 2016
Ontario Parks host the BEST winter events!
We’re starting the season with a December Victorian Christmas celebration at Oakville’s Bronte Creek Provincial Park, and wrapping up winter with a late March Candlelight Ski and Tea at northwestern Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park.
And there’s lots going on in between.
We’ve highlighted a sample of what’s planned. For a complete listing, visit our Calendar of Events.
Continue reading Winter events at Ontario Parks
For today’s post, we chatted with Trevor Gibb, Superintendent of Quetico Provincial Park (and longtime angling addict!).
You’ve spent the day on the water. It rained all morning, and you spent the afternoon paddling against that strange weather phenomenon, best described as the multi-directional headwind.
Time to make camp, kindle a fire, and relax listening to the crackling logs and sizzling frying pan.
For backcountry campers at Quetico Provincial Park, the tantalizing aroma wafting from that frying pan is the smell of fresh-caught fish.
Continue reading Backcountry fishing in Quetico
Choosing a park that offers the opportunities you are searching for can be the hardest part of the planning process.
Do you want to canoe or hike? Maybe a little of both? Are you looking to go out for two nights or two weeks? Do you want a challenging terrain or do you prefer a flat trail? Are you able to carry your canoe or kayak for 1400 m or do you prefer shorter portages? The list of questions goes on.
We thought we would do some of the research for you. Here are six different provincial parks that have great backcountry opportunities for beginners to advanced campers.
Continue reading Pick your backcountry adventure
Here’s what’s on during March Break and on March weekends at Ontario Parks in 2015.
Check the Ontario Parks Ski Report for the latest snow conditions. http://www.ontarioparks.com/skireport
For more information on March Break events check here: www.ontarioparks.com/events
At The Pinery, the Visitor Centre will be open and Natural Heritage Education programs offered daily during March Break and on March weekends. On March 21 from 10:30 – 12:00, a special workshop for parents and grandparents will give new strategies for exploring the natural world with children. Hands-on kids activities will also be available. More park event information including the return of the Tundra swans is on the Friends of Pinery website www.pinerypark.on.ca/
Continue reading March Break 2015 at Ontario Parks
Whether you ski for fun, race, or love a good workout, cross-country skiing is an opportunity to see Ontario Parks at their winter best. Ontario Parks’ have some of the best cross-country skiing in Canada. Local nordic ski clubs help us to maintain many park trail networks. In Arrowhead, Sleeping Giant, and Quetico Provincial Parks, there are also annual ski loppets you can join. These have become increasingly popular with cross-country skiers. These ‘loppet’ parks also have heated roofed accommodation in the form of cabins, cottages and yurts. While the roofed accommodations often book up quickly during loppets or on weekends, mid-week bookings are still pretty easy to get, even at the last minute. If you can’t find availability, try Resorts of Ontario, which has a range of member resorts located near Ontario Parks across the province. Family Day is also a big deal at select Ontario Parks every winter. For a look at Family Day 2015, check the Park Blog events post. A complete listing of winter events is on the Ontario Parks web site at http://www.ontarioparks.com/events.
Continue reading Ski an Ontario Parks loppet
Are you dreaming of being surrounded by orange, yellow and red hues, endless landscapes and water as smooth as glass? This means you are ready to plan your fall paddling trip!
Fall is a great time to get out in Ontario Parks; fall colours are amazing, blackfly season has subsided and the water is high this year.
Continue reading Fall paddling