Campsite vacancy highlights: August 16-18

This August, Ontario Parks is challenging you to spend 30 minutes in nature each day for 30 days. You know what would make meeting that challenge really easy? Spending a whole weekend in nature!

Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon on August 15, 2019):

Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: August 16-18

The best parts of a northern summer, according to a southern naturalist

Today’s post comes from Connor Ferguson, an Assistant Discovery Leader at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.

Every summer, you’ll find me in the parks of northern Ontario, sharing my love of nature with visitors from around the world as an Ontario Parks naturalist.

When the operating season is done, and the visitors have returned home, I go back to where I’m from: the far south of the province. I like to think that moving between these regions gives me a special appreciation for my time in the north.

Here are some of the reasons why I love spending my summers in Ontario’s north.

Continue reading The best parts of a northern summer, according to a southern naturalist

Behind the Scenes: working with the Discovery Program at Samuel de Champlain

Today’s post comes from Heather Stern, a Discovery Leader at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.

So you think you want to work with the Ontario Parks Discovery Program…

Every spring, while interviewing potential Discovery Program staff, someone inevitably asks, “What can I expect to do in this role?”

This is always a great question, but it can be difficult to answer. Every day will likely look slightly different, and your responsibilities will vary depending on the season.

Continue reading Behind the Scenes: working with the Discovery Program at Samuel de Champlain

Spirit walks and storytellers

When paddling a river or toasting marshmallows, it can be easy to forget the rich cultural history of Ontario’s provincial parks.

We’ve got all kinds of storytelling going on in our parks this August,  especially in the evenings.

Continue reading Spirit walks and storytellers

Campsite vacancy highlights: July 5-7

It’s looking like a perfect weekend to have some fun in the sun! Relax on some beautiful waterfront sites or in a rustic cabin.

Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon on July 4, 2019):

Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: July 5-7

Campsite vacancy highlights: June 28 – July 1

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

If you’re looking for a beautiful campsite, go north! We’ve got some beautiful campsites available, including many with electricity!

Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of 10:30 am on June 27, 2019):

Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 28 – July 1

Where to camp when your fave park is already full

Did you know over 50% of reservations made by the end of March are for our five most popular parks (Bon Echo, Algonquin, Sandbanks, Killbear, Pinery)?

If you can’t get a campsite at one of these parks, we’ve got some suggestions we’re sure you’ll love…

Continue reading Where to camp when your fave park is already full

Paddle like it’s 1796 at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park!

Experience the life of a voyageur at the height of the fur trade by paddling a voyageur canoe on the beautiful Mattawa River.

Our knowledgeable guides will help you discover part of our Canadian heritage.

Continue reading Paddle like it’s 1796 at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park!

Find yourself here

Here’s to the moments that took our breath away…the moments we knew — at our core — that people were meant to be outside.

We hope you’ll continue to find yourself at Ontario Parks throughout your life, finding new moments of discovery, connection, and wonder.

Continue reading Find yourself here