10 things (we bet you didn’t know) about Ontario Parks

Ontario Parks is nature’s classroom. You can Learn to Camp> or choose from a wide range of other learning activities organized by park staff or by Friends of Ontario Parks in 2013: 

Take a kayaking lesson

Get your kayak basics in a 1/2 day “getting started” kayak course.

Create your own stone or wood carving

Join a master carver and create your own carving to take home.

Train to be a future naturalist
The Future Naturalist Program is perfect for any youth considering a possible career as an Ontario Parks interpreter.

Learn to use a topographical map and compass

Would-be backcountry trippers can learn wilderness navigation using a map and compass in a one-day workshop designed to give the theoretical and practical skills needed to read and interpret topographical maps.

Paddle the Barron Canyon

The Barron Canyon in Algonquin Provincial Park attracts thousands of visitors every year but few get to see the canyon from a canoe. The Barron Canyon Paddle is planned for July 20.

Help Ontario species-at-risk

Many Ontario reptiles and other species are at risk and desperately need help and understanding. Join Natural Heritage Education staff at many Ontario Parks and learn the daily challenges animals face through discussion, hands-on learning and discovery walks.

Shoot the Lake Superior shoreline

With cameras in hand, a professional photographer will lead students on a trail along the shore of Lake Superior.

Map the night sky

Learn to star gaze at one of many stargazing programs.  Stargazing events are listed on the Ontario Parks’ Calendar of Events.

Build a dry stone wall

A two-day, hands- on, workshop will teach you how to build and repair dry stone walls. Registration includes lunch and camping.

Become a citizen scientist 

Take part in one of the oldest citizen science surveys in the world and join Killarney Provincial Park staff and volunteers for the park’s annual Christmas Bird Count.