The past few months have been full of twists and turns.
Our staff are working hard to ensure our visitors are having a safe and enjoyable time at Ontario Parks.
Here are a few ways you can do your part to maintain a smooth experience at our parks for all:
Continue reading 5 ways to help our staff this year
Nothing beats hitting the trails on a beautiful summer day.
It’s important to be prepared for anything, especially if you’re new to hiking at Ontario Parks or any other wilderness trail.
We teamed up with our friends at SAIL to create these key tips to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable trip:
Continue reading 4 tips for a safe hike
You’re at the park. You’ve set up your site, and now you can spend the evening relaxing.
You had a long drive, and you are unwinding by talking to your friends and playing music. There’s no harm in that right?
In steps the park warden.
You may be surprised when a park warden stops by your site to ask you to quiet down a little, but their job is to make sure everyone is having a peaceful stay. Loud campers can irritate your neighbours and the wildlife in the park.
Here are five noisy habits to avoid on your next visit to the park.
Continue reading Keep it down: a quiet camper is a respectful one
Today’s post comes from Marketing and Communications summer student Mitch Jackson. His campfire talents include cooking stuffed peppers, grilling barbecue chicken, and always managing to forget to pack a lighter.
For many campers, a fire is a must. Gathering ’round the flames, sharing stories with friends and family, making s’mores, and burning marshmallows are all part of the quintessential camping experience.
While you may have the perfect campfire recipes, or the perfect campfire building technique, you should also be aware of how to keep your campfire perfectly safe.
Continue reading Campfire safety: If you love Ontario Parks, don’t burn them!
Today’s post comes from Sarah McMichael, Ontario Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy People Coordinator.
Backcountry camping is known for being a way to experience beautiful, serene landscapes. But a backcountry trip also provides an opportunity to challenge yourself physically and mentally.
The combination of paddling, portaging, and hiking through the backcountry is a great all-over workout. Plus, you will experience a ton of health benefits simply by being outdoors.
Hit the backcountry for a killer total-body workout this summer. Let’s do this!
Continue reading Health benefits of backcountry camping
Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.
Brr! Winter weather has hit Ontario hard.
As the ice freezes up across the province, anglers are beginning to venture out onto the hard water for some ice fishing action.
Ice fishing is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors during our long, cold winters. Trust me, when you’re outside hooking fish, winter passes by in a flash!
Thankfully with the wide range of equipment available today, ice fishing doesn’t have to be a chilling experience. In order to enjoy a safe and comfortable season from start to finish, make sure you are prepared by checking out the list below.
Continue reading Ice fishing safety all season long
Many Ontario Parks have well-maintained trails for winter use.
Knowing the proper etiquette and rules for use helps to keep them safe for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers alike.
Continue reading 5 tips for sharing the winter trails
When it comes to an outdoor excursion during the winter months, clothing can make or break your experience.
If you’re cold or wet it’s going to be much more difficult for you to enjoy your time in the outdoors. Making sure you’re properly outfitted for whatever weather comes your way is crucial.
Luckily, our friends over at SAIL have some great tips for staying warm and cozy on your foray into winter.
Continue reading How to dress for your winter adventure
Calling all anglers!
Fishing season doesn’t end when the lake freezes over. Our parks are home to some world-class ice fishing opportunities.
Here are some prime spots to drop a line this winter:
Continue reading Five spots to ice fish in Ontario Parks
Fall is the perfect time to paddle.
As the temperatures cool there are no bugs and the lakes become less crowded. Plus you can catch some of our beautiful fall colours!
But fall weather can be fickle. Hitting the lake too late, failing to respect weather conditions, or paddling beyond your skill level isn’t just risky — it’s downright dangerous.
We chatted with Paul Smith, Superintendent of Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, to get some top do’s and don’ts for fall paddling safety:
Continue reading Fall paddling safety