What goes into closing a park for the winter?

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:

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December vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Imagine spending the holiday season surrounded by snow and the sound of silence.

Get away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy some quality time in nature with our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages, and yurts available all month, including many weekend openings.

Accommodations featured below are available as of noon, November 15, 2018.

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February’s digital download

It’s a winter wonderland out there!

Throughout 2018, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic. Each month will feature a photo from our 2018 OP125 anniversary calendar! This month features snowshoeing at Windy Lake Provincial Park.

We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones and Facebook covers.

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A winter birding challenge

Today’s post is from Justin Peter, who was a Natural Heritage Education Specialist at Algonquin Provincial Park from 2006 through 2013. Now a professional travel planner, Justin is a keen local and worldwide explorer, and looks for birds everywhere he ventures.

It’s tempting to say that winter’s not the best time to look at birds in our Ontario Parks. Many species have migrated south. We’re hesitant to venture into the chilly weather.

But the quieter (and leafless) atmosphere of our parks during winter provides an excellent and unique challenge for our sense of environmental awareness.

Up for the challenge? Here’s a selection of birds (and bird signs) you can look for this winter:

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January’s digital download

Happy New Year, parks-lovers!

Throughout 2018, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic. Each month will feature a photo from our 2018 OP125 anniversary calendar! This month features the icy caves of Lake Superior Provincial Park.

We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones and Facebook covers.

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Our best-kept winter secret: the MacGregor Point ice trail

If you haven’t explored a snow-covered MacGregor Point Provincial Park, you don’t know what you’re missing! Good roads and a scenic drive gets you to the park, nestled against the shores of Lake Huron in Port Elgin.

The ice skating trail is the premier winter attraction (and best-kept secret!), but MacGregor Point also offers skiing, snowshoeing, camping and other winter fun!

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January vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Start 2018 off right with a cozy winter staycation!

Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this January in one of our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages and yurts available all month, especially for midweek visitors!

Accommodations featured below were available as of 12:00 pm, December 15, 2017.

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December’s digital download

Our gift to you this December is this beautiful image of a Canada Jay.

You never know what you’ll see in pristine winter forests.  Birds are often easier to spot because of the leafless trees and serene quiet.

All you need is a set of binoculars, a pair of snowshoes, and some warm clothing.

Happy birding!

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