Paddling the Restoule backcountry

There’s something special about paddling in the backcountry in the fall, particularly in secluded Restoule Provincial Park (65 km southwest of North Bay).

The water is smooth and reflective. The sky’s a deep, dark blue. The days are sunny, cool and crisp, and the trees, well, they’re a stunning display of red, orange and yellow.

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The many colours of fall

The countdown to fall has begun; children are returning to school, sweaters and long pants are reappearing and birds and butterflies are beginning their migratory journeys.  Some of us experience a kind of grieving at this time of year; we mourn for the long hot days of summer.  But others celebrate fall – a time of glorious colour, quiet parks and few bugs.

Only a few regions of the world offer the kind of spectacular, showy fall colours that Ontario is famous for. The climate and deciduous trees of Northeastern North America provide the perfect storm for transforming our lush green foliage into the brilliant reds, yellows and oranges.

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Pet-friendly Ontario Parks

While all Ontario Parks are pet-friendly, some offer more than others when it comes to camping with a canine traveling companion. Twelve Ontario Parks offer designated pet exercise areas and beaches. Seventeen more have one or the other. Below is a sample of pet-friendly parks in different parts of Ontario with designated pet-friendly beaches, exercise areas, or both.  For a complete list of all parks with pet exercise areas and/ or beaches PLUS a dog owner’s list of do’s and don’ts, visit our Dogs and Pets in Ontario Parks post.

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Thanks for the memories! Part 4

Our family has been coming to Presqu’ile for 20 years. Every year for the past 19 years, we’ve taken a picture of our 4 children at the lighthouse steps. When we look at them, we remember all the years and memories we have here. We love all of the trails, deer, and other animals here. We consider this our second home. Presqu’ile is an amazing place.
Ron, Nancy, Russell, Mallory. Adrienne & Warren Ferwerda
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