While 31 provincial parks remain open for the winter, the rest hibernate until spring.
But closing a park isn’t as simple as just locking the gates. Our staff put a lot of elbow grease into prepping each park for the winter.
Here are just a few of the tasks we do each fall:
Continue reading What goes into closing a park for the winter?
Today’s post was written by seasonal student Heather Van Den Diepstraten from Rondeau Provincial Park.
It’s not just students and birds on the move this fall.
As the cold weather approaches, reptiles are trekking across Rondeau Provincial Park in search of hibernacula (places in which wildlife overwinter). Researchers for Wildlife Preservation Canada are busy tracking the movements of snakes, turtles, and skinks within the park as they find suitable habitat for their hibernation.
Continue reading Slithering into fall: hibernation for Ontario’s reptiles
Watching winter slip away is a magical thing. Snow is melting, temperatures are warming, and some of our fair-weather bird friends are returning.
However, Ontario is a huge province, and the arrival of spring looks very different depending on where you are.
Spring comes slowly in many provincial parks.
Every year people are surprised to learn that while urban areas may be in bloom, many provincial parks, such as Algonquin, are still covered in snow and ice.
This can lead to some unwelcome surprises and unsafe situations for visitors who are expecting warm weather and spring-like conditions.
Continue reading Has spring sprung? Depends where you are!
Keep the beauty of nature in winter right before your very “ice.”
Interested in some more unusual wintry water formations? Check out these examples of wacky winter water!
Continue reading March’s digital download
What did one tree say to the other on a snowy winter’s day?
“My feet are cold…”
Okay, they may not get cold feet, but what do trees do in the winter?
Continue reading What do trees do in winter?
Today’s post comes from Christine Terwissen, a biologist intern from our Southeast zone.
Lynx can be thought of as the “king” of winter animals. Their thick fur allows them to remain active all winter.
Continue reading Winter royalty: the Canadian Lynx
When most of us picture winter ice, we conjure up mental images of skating rinks and icicles. But did you know there’s a lot of variety in wintry water formations?
From frozen falls to ice volcanoes, winter water is quite a sight to behold:
Continue reading Frozen falls and other wacky winter water
Are you hibernating this winter?
This year, you don’t have to go far to get some fresh crisp air.
Nature is right in your own backyard or local provincial park. Participate in some fun winter activities like making snowmen and snow angels, or looking at winter wildlife tracks!
Continue reading February’s digital download
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.
Continue reading 5 tips for sharing the winter trails
If you’re reading this, you’re likely a not-very-furry mammal with a core body temperature around 37ºC.
Your body works very hard to maintain this temperature. If it drops even a few degrees, moving, thinking, and other basic tasks become difficult. You will need to warm up quickly, or you may find yourself in a dangerous situation.
To prevent cold-related emergencies, it’s important to plan your winter adventures with care.
Here’s what you need to know to stay safe in cold weather:
Continue reading Your winter preparedness guide