Bog. Swamp. Fen. Marsh. Muck, mud and mire…
It sounds terrible, doesn’t it? When movie directors want to make things hard for their characters, they sometimes pick a wetland to chuck them into – think Humphrey Bogart in the classic movie “African Queen”, where he struggles day after day to pull his boat through an impenetrable swamp.
Wetlands get a bad rap, but they are hugely important to all of us.
Without them, things would be a lot more difficult on old Planet Earth. Like big sponges, they store water from snows and rains, and then let it out when things get dry. They provide rich habitats for plants and animals to live in, and they create “biodiversity”: the variety of life.
Continue reading Happy World Wetlands Day!
We’re expecting beautiful temperatures this weekend — why not go camping?
We’ve got waterfront and electrical campsites available, PLUS some parks still have vacant roofed accommodations (available as of 12:00 pm on September 13, 2018):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: September 14-16
The forecast is looking good for this weekend, so why not spend it outside?
We’ve got a slew of waterfront campsites available, PLUS some parks even have unbooked cabins (available as of 12:00 pm on September 6, 2018).
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: September 7-9
The air gets nippy, the leaves start to change, and keen anglers start packing up their gear for a northern escape.
Itching for some fall fishing in northeastern Ontario? Add these seven parks to your list:
Continue reading Fall fishing in northeastern Ontario
Wakami Lake Provincial Park sits very near the “height of land.” That is, the place where water either flows to the Great Lakes and eventually out to the Atlantic Ocean, or north to Hudson Bay and the arctic watershed.
It’s also a place where the southern forests of Sugar Maple and Yellow Birch give way to the trees of the boreal forest. Poplar, White Birch, Jack Pine, Balsam Fir and Black Spruce begin to dominate here.
Bald Eagles and Osprey are commonly seen fishing the productive waters of the lake. Wakami Lake is one of the best Walleye lakes in the northeast. Wildlife is abundant. And so is the quiet…
Continue reading The height of land: Wakami Lake Provincial Park
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):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: August 3-6
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.
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 29 – July 2
As part of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary celebrations, we’re very excited to announce a concert tour featuring our very own Wakami Wailers!
The Wakami Wailers are long-time camper favourites, but many fans don’t realize the band first met when working at Wakami Lake Provincial Park in 1981.
Continue reading Welcoming home the Wakami Wailers
We are in the heydays of beautiful, hot summer weather! Take advantage of it by booking one of these great sites for your weekend getaway.
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 12:00 pm on July 27, 2017):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: July 28-30
September is the perfect month for camping! Bugs are gone, temperatures are still summer-y, and the crowds have cleared.
Planning a weekend getaway?
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, Sept. 8):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: September 9-11