Spring is a great time to score your perfect campsite. Across Ontario, most parks still have a good selection of sites available for the weekend, for tent and RV campers alike!
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, June 9):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 10-12
Here’s our weekly report of available campsites for a quick weekend getaway!
Continue reading You could be camping (August 28-30)
Because of the 5 month booking window at Ontario Parks, to reserve a specific (and popular) campsite for the August Civic long weekend, reserve now. Over 40% of reservations made by the end of March are for the most popular parks. Park staff suggests these provincial parks as alternatives to Ontario’s busiest five.
Continue reading Ontario Parks to visit in 2015
Witches in the woods, skeletons in closets and shivers on the shale. Camper Halloween is back at twelve Ontario Parks this October. Park staff and the Friends of Ontario Parks are putting the final touches on their spooky night hikes, owl prowls, wolf howls, and more. Many activities are cleverly linked to park and species ecology. Halloween events have become so popular that campers are encouraged to book their campsites now, if they plan to participate. Below is a sample of this year’s events. You’ll find more on Ontario Parks’ Calendar of Events. Food plays a major role on any camping trip. This Park blog post highlights classic campsite recipes, new family favourites for fall and links to a post on how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey outdoors: BBQ turkey for thanksgiving? Why Not?
Continue reading Halloween is back at Ontario Parks (2014)
Wildlife, beautiful Carolinian forest, sandy beaches and great fishing, what else could you ask for… how about a chili cook-off?
Wheatley Provincial Park is home to an annual chili cook-off, taking place September 13, 2014. Do you have a winning chili recipe you want to show off? Or do you just love chili? Then this is the event for you. There are usually 16-20 different samples competing for the bragging rights of the best chili recipe.
Continue reading Chill out at Wheatley with some chili
Why not enjoy a deliciously lazy afternoon fanning yourself beneath a leafy sassafras tree, sipping lemonade and reading your favourite book? Or take a relaxing stroll among the tulip trees or red oaks, with their luxurious canopies whispering from above?
Inhale the beauty, exhale the stress.
Continue reading Discovering the beauty of Ontario’s southern belle: the Carolinian Forest
Here are some of the cool events happening this August at Ontario Parks.
For a complete listing, visit our Calendar of Events
Wasaga Under Siege at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
This is the year to visit! Many extra-special activities have been planned for this 200th Anniversary of the Sinking of the HMS Nancy. Enemy forces are planning to attack Wasaga Beach! Our Peaceful shores have not seen this many cannons, muskets and bayonets since the HMS Nancy sank in the Nottawasaga River in 1814. Join us on the battlefields, or at the encampment on the Nancy Island Historic Site where hundreds of re-enactors attack and avenge the demise of the HMS Nancy. A weekend full of events for the entire family. www.wasagaundersiege1812.com
Continue reading August 2014 at Ontario Parks
Guest blogger: David Bree
Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader
Presqu’ile Provincial Park
Migration is a miracle of nature that has fascinated humans since… well since forever. Where do these creatures come from? Where do they go? How do they know when to leave? Many of those questions have been answered over the years but there are still many mysteries to uncover. September is the height of fall migration, and with great weather, smaller crowds, and many parks still open it’s a great time to do some migrating of your own and go out to witness this phenomenon. Continue reading Witness the phenomenon of fall migration in Ontario Parks
Environment Canada predicts warm temperatures for Ontario this fall. That’s good news for beach lovers. Beach crowds are gone and the lake views are something else. Distances between Ontario Parks in southwestern Ontario along lakes Huron and Erie are short. Continue reading Beach Lovers And Fall Colours