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.
We’re asking everyone to do their part to minimize the risk to yourself and others by following all public health advice, including physical distancing, and only engaging in outdoor activities close to where you live. Please do not travel outside of your area.
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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.
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Trail guide and cellphone and water in bottles,
Flashlight just in case your hike is a dawdle,
High energy snacks secured with drawstrings,
These are a few of our essential things… (can’t you just hear Maria von Trapp’s voice?)
A walk through a pine tree forest in crunchy snow can be dreamy, however your snowy paradise can go south quickly if you’re missing important items.
Being prepared with a few essentials in your bag will help keep you safe on your adventure. Here are six items that should always be in your day pack on a winter hike:
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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!
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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
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
The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) has launched a signature AdventureSmart Trip Plan app to aid outdoor recreationalists to “Get informed and go outdoors!”
Continue reading Outdoor trip planning? There’s an app for that!
Racing around the campground with brand new friends. Building sandcastles on the beach. Roasting marshmallows over the campfire.
Some of our best childhood memories are made in parks.
Before you pack your little ones into the car for your next family vacation, here are five conversations to make sure your trip is as safe as it is fun!
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During the snowy season, parks can feel like our own personal winter wonderlands. Meandering through snow-covered trails and frozen forests can make an awesome day in the outdoors.
Here’s how to have a fun and safe time on your frosty foray:
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For many, autumn is the ideal season for outdoor fun. But as the temperatures start to drop, we want to make sure our hikers and campers stay safe while exploring our parks.
We gathered some top tips for staying warm and dry during your fall forays:
Continue reading 7 tips for cool-weather adventuring