5 reasons to explore Ontario Parks in an RV

Today’s post comes from Catherine Sugrue, a writer for Canadian leading lifestyle blog DoTheDaniel.com. Catherine 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.

Did you know that Ontario Parks turned 125 this year?

Recognized all over the world for stunning scenic landscapes and outdoor recreation opportunities, Ontario Parks hosts millions of people every year from all over the globe.

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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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Campsite vacancy highlights: September 21-23

Much of Ontario is approaching the weekend expecting that perfect fall weather with sunny skies and crisper temperatures.

Why not book a getaway and experience this gorgeous time to be outside? We’ve got waterfront and electrical campsites available all over Ontario (available as of 12:00 pm on September 20, 2018):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 24-26

We’re in the last weeks of summer. Make the most of it by heading out on an impromptu weekend camping getaway!

We’ve got some beautiful sites available, including electrical sites in southern Ontario, and a lakeside cabin nestled in the forest (available as of 12:00 pm on August 23, 2018).

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Listening to nature’s music

Today’s post comes from Kyra Santin, a Natural Heritage Education and Marketing Student from our Northwest Zone. 

George Santayana — poet, philosopher and naturalist — said, “The Earth has music for those who listen.”

The earth holds a lot of beauty within it. If we open our eyes and ears, and listen to the world that surrounds us, we can truly appreciate the music the earth is making.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 3-6

Get the most out of this upcoming August long weekend by spending it outdoors.

For those of you taking part in Ontario Parks’ 30×30 Challenge, regular camping trips will help you get your nature time in this month. Forest bathe, go for a paddle (many of our parks rent watercraft), or just hang on the beach.

Southern Ontario’s pretty full, but if you’re willing to head north, we’ve got tent sites, RV/trailer sites AND electrical sites that are currently open. Check out our featured campsites below (available as of 12:00 pm on August 1, 2018):

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Then and now: vintage parks postcards

2018 marks Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary and we’ve been digging through our archives in search of some of the coolest vintage photographs, documents, and artifacts. Throughout the year we are sharing our discoveries in a series of OP125 blog posts!

This post showcases a collection of vintage postcards featuring a few of our beautiful parks in northwestern Ontario!

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 29 – July 2

Keen to get out of town for the Canada Day long weekend?

This week’s vacancy highlights (available as of 12:00 pm on June 27, 2018) are primarily in northern Ontario, with one hidden gem in southern Ontario at the end of the post. 

Or scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites). Better hurry! Sites are being snapped up quickly.

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Nama-stay in nature at Ontario Parks

This July, yoga instructor Adelle Leonard is travelling across Canada spreading her love of outdoor yoga through free classes in parks.

Inspired by Healthy Parks Healthy People, this program aims to bring people outdoors with an opportunity to practice yoga in breathtaking natural environments.

Yoga outdoors boasts a large amount of benefits, as well as an opportunity to try something new and connect with a new community.

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Hot spots to have a cup of tea in Ontario Parks’ northwest

Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, a tea lover and Marketing Specialist with Ontario Parks.

This blog is dedicated to all of those who love tea and nature.

Whether it’s a cool summer evening, or a chilly winter day, it’s always a good time for tea time. There’s something about having a cup of tea that ignites a sense of stillness and calmness. It reminds you to take a step back, and really take in a moment.

Ontario’s northwest provincial parks provide some stellar backdrops for the most perfect outdoor tea parties. Make a cup of tea, and read on to discover six tea hot spots!

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