A canoe journey to each point of the compass

In today’s post, Conor Mihell captures the timelessness of Wabakimi Provincial Park.

The rumble of car tires on gravel slowly fading into the distance is the glorious sound of freedom after many long hours on the road. Silence descends, and suddenly my wife Kim and I are alone and faced with the task of loading 24 days worth of food and gear into our canoe and setting off on Little Caribou Lake, across the threshold of Wabakimi Provincial Park.

The isolation is at once daunting and exciting; there are few places where the feeling is more intense than in the hinterlands of northwestern Ontario.

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Then and now: vintage parks postcards

2018 marks Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary and we’ve been digging through our archives in search of some of the coolest vintage photographs, documents, and artifacts. Throughout the year we are sharing our discoveries in a series of OP125 blog posts!

This post showcases a collection of vintage postcards featuring a few of our beautiful parks in northwestern Ontario!

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Howling with the wolves at Bonnechere Provincial Park

Today’s post comes to us from MacKenzie Schmidt, Discovery Program Coordinator for our Algonquin Zone.

For centuries, wolves have captured our imagination and wonder. Tolstoy wrote about them, biologists have studied them in earnest, and campers staying at Ontario Parks have had the opportunity to howl to them during public wolf howls since the 1960s.

In fact, the very first public wolf howl at Algonquin Provincial Park (1963) represents some of our earliest educational programming that is paramount to Ontario Parks’ mission today.

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Health benefits of swimming

Whether you walk through the waves or jump off the dock, there’s no better way to cool off than going for a swim.

This summer, as you escape the sweltering heat in one of Ontario’s lakes, think about these head-to-toe benefits your body is receiving from that dip:

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Fishing memories await at Big Rideau Lake

Today’s post comes from year-round multi-species angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

For a year, I rented a home just 10 minutes from Murphys Point Provincial Park. Living so close to the park, I spent lots of time exploring Big Rideau Lake. I even did a bit of hiking on the park trails with my dog.

I love the multi-species fishing opportunities on the lake and have enjoyed some great days chasing Large-mouth, Small-mouth, Northern Pike, and Lake Trout.

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So there’s a fire ban. Now what?

Today’s post comes from Meg Bethune, an assistant naturalist at Killbear Provincial Park

Campfires are an essential part of any camping trip. Whether you’re toasting marshmallows and spider weenies, or just chatting with friends,  the memories made in the flickering glow of the fire are ones we hold dear to our hearts.

So what happens when a fire ban hinders one of our favourite camping traditions?

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Campsite vacancy highlights: July 13-15

It’s looking like a sunny weekend ahead and you can still get campsites in several Ontario Parks. Listen to the World Cup final while relaxing by a lake on one of our featured campsites (available as of 12:00 pm on July 12, 2018).

Don’t see something that suits you? Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool — including pictures of most campsites!

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