In today’s post, Ecologist Corina Brdar shares the “best part of [her] job.”
I’m an ecologist for Ontario Parks. When people ask me what exactly it is that I do, I have a hard time answering – my job is so diverse and interesting.
So I like to give the example of my favourite job duty: doing winter track surveys for deer.
Continue reading Winter track surveys
Today’s post comes from Bob Elliott, a past superintendent of the winter wonderland that is Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Every so often, the winters around Lake Superior are cold enough to freeze the waters of Gitchee Gumee, providing a magical opportunity to walk on the ice of the world’s largest freshwater lake (by surface area).
Continue reading A winter wander along a frozen Lake Superior
Park Information Specialist Jill Legault at Quetico Provincial Park recently took up skijoring. In today’s post, she shares her best advice for getting started with your pup.
If you love skiing and have a dog, skijoring can be a blast!
Before you “hike up,” here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about this fun winter activity:
Continue reading Learning to skijor: your questions answered
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.
Continue reading 5 tips for sharing the winter trails
Today’s post comes from Anna Scuhr, a naturalist with Lake Superior Provincial Park.
The arrival of snow and ice transforms the rugged landscape of Lake Superior Provincial Park into a stunningly beautiful, albeit unforgiving place to live.
As temperatures drop, the park can accumulate up to six feet of snow in the interior. The snow makes just about every aspect of an animal’s life more challenging.
Northern winters are a true test of an animal’s fitness. Let’s look at how they adapt to survive long, harsh winters.
Continue reading The scavenger hunt for survival
While camping may be closed for the snowy season, Presqu’ile Provincial Park is open for day use 365 days a year!
So why visit in the winter? Here are six great reasons:
Continue reading Winter adventures at Presqu’ile
Nature looks completely different under a glittering blanket of snow. Why not strap on some snowshoes and experience Ontario Parks in a whole new way this winter?
Check out our list of winter parks with top-notch snowshoeing opportunities:
Continue reading Where to snowshoe in Ontario Parks
In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares her favourite campfire chili recipes.
Chili is perfect winter camping fare.
Cook it low ’n slow in a cast iron Dutch oven set over smoldering embers, or on a gas barbecue over indirect heat with the lid down. Or — if you’re on a serviced site — in a slow cooker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Today’s recipes use everyday pantry ingredients that are easily sourced and, for the most part, require no refrigeration.
Continue reading Some like it hot: cooking the perfect winter chili
Snow on the trails no longer means that bike season is over; it means that winter fatbiking season has begun!
Fatbikes are mountain bikes with over-sized tires which allow the bikes to travel over snow with ease. One of the best things about fatbiking in the winter is that it’s a great way to get outside and be active all winter long and have a blast doing it!
Continue reading Fat biking at Algonquin
Today’s post comes from Ken Jones at @ken_jones.outdoors.
January can feel like the best month of the year to stay inside where it’s warm and dry. That said, it can also be one of the quietest, most beautiful and tranquil times to explore the outdoors.
This past weekend, my fiancée and I had the opportunity to camp at Algonquin Provincial Park in all of its winter-y glory.
Continue reading My winter hot tent trip to Algonquin Provincial Park