What is it about White Pine? No other tree species in Ontario seems to inspire as much reverence and passion.
The history of White Pine is deeply intertwined with the history of people in Ontario. It has been an important species for Indigenous people for millennia, played a huge role in establishing Ontario’s cities, and has faced some tough challenges, including one that led to one of our province’s most amazing ecological restoration stories.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves — let’s start at the beginning!
Continue reading The amazing journey of Ontario’s provincial tree
Today’s post was written by Brooke Michell, a Park Biologist at Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park.
“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need.” – Edward Abbey
Some of our most treasured moments occur off the beaten path. In the backcountry of Ontario Parks, the avid hiker, canoe tripper, angler, and outdoors person seeks solitude. Although anyone who has backcountry camped knows it’s not always a walk in the park.
Physical limits are often pushed while portaging through rugged terrain, and paddling across windswept water bodies. At this expense, why is backcountry camping one of our most beloved past times?
Continue reading Low-impact backcountry camping
Ontario’s wilderness is a lot closer than you think.
Did you know you can leave downtown Toronto and be paddling out to your campsite in less than 3 hours?
These five southeastern parks are perfect for finding backcountry solitude close to home:
Continue reading 5 backcountry gems of Southeastern Ontario
Today’s post was written by photographer Rob Stimpson, a long-time lover of Killarney Provincial Park’s wild spaces. All photographs below are copyright to robstimpson.com.
Killarney has been part of my life for years. It was one of the first canoe trips after moving from Montreal to Toronto in the late ’80s. The images I shot on those trips (long before becoming a professional photographer) may be amateurish in composition and lighting, but still hold strong memories of a place that I have returned to time and time again.
Continue reading Killarney is my muse
Our parks are wearing the green this St. Patrick’s Day and you don’t have to be Irish to appreciate it!
“You do need to be observant, though,” says Algonquin Provincial Park biologist Alison Lake. “But it will be well worth the effort.”
Taking St. Patrick’s Day stroll? Here are 7 shades of green you might spot in our parks:
Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day “green”ery
Spring temperatures can be tough to predict, which is what makes April a great month to stay in a cabin or yurt! Whether it rains, snows or shines, you’ll have a cozy homebase for your outdoor adventures.
Don’t see your favourite park? Reminder that many parks, such as Arrowhead, Silent Lake and Windy Lake, close after March Break to prepare for the spring camping season.
Accommodations featured below were available as of 12:00 pm, March 15, 2018.
Continue reading April vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)
Ever wondered about or wanted to pursue scientific research in a provincial park? Today’s post from Northwest Zone Ecologist Intern Lindsey Boyd and Northwest Senior Assistant Zone Ecologist Evan McCaul should answer your questions.
Spread throughout Ontario, our 340 provincial parks protect 8.27 million hectares of land and 1.3 million hectares of lakes and rivers. From mosses to moose, protected areas provide endless research topics and opportunities.
Scientifically speaking, provincial parks are an excellent place to conduct research. Parks can be used as a reference site to measure natural conditions within a broader landscape study, or provide an excellent place to study climate effects on species and systems in a place with fewer human pressures like roads or high levels of noise, light, and air pollution.
Continue reading The importance of research in Ontario Parks
Ontario Parks currently manages 340 parks. In doing so, we protect 1.3 million ha of lakes and rivers, while providing habitat for over 140 different species at risk. At the same time, we provide recreational opportunities by operating more than 20,000 car campsites, 170 roofed accommodations, and 8,000 backcountry campsites.
Continue reading We’re looking for park wardens!
During March, spectacular events are taking place at Ontario Parks. One of them takes flight at Presqu’ile Provincial Park’s on March 17-18, 2018.
It’s the 42nd anniversary of Waterfowl Weekend, hosted by park staff and Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park volunteers.
Make plans to witness one of the best waterfowl migrations in the world!
Continue reading Presqu’ile’s Waterfowl Weekend
Looking for a summer job with growth potential?
Why not apply to Ontario Parks?
It’s how Director Bruce Bateman got his start.
Continue reading From summer student to director