This is a story about garbage. It wasn’t a quick journey. It took a plane ride, some paddling in a canoe, portaging, more paddling, another plane ride, and a drive on the highway. This garbage was left in Algonquin Provincial Park’s remote backcountry, something that, unfortunately, happens far too often.
Most people think of provincial parks as beautiful spots to be one with nature. We see them as clean, protected places that are safe for wildlife. However, not everyone treats them that way.
Port Burwell Provincial Park is a favourite spot for families, dog-lovers, and beach-goers. With 2.5 km of sandy beach, a dog friendly beach and exercise area, and plenty of recreation facilities, this park has become a popular weekend destination. Unfortunately, Port Burwell’s increasing popularity has meant that our park can get extremely busy, and often … Continue reading How to plan your day trip to Port Burwell
Ontario Parks beaches are prime summer destinations, particularly on weekends with beautiful weather. Our beaches welcome tens of thousands of visitors every year, and we’re proud to be part of so many happy memories. However, especially now — when physical distancing and responsible park use are so critical — we’re asking for your help! Here … Continue reading Beach basics
So you’re heading into one of our parks for the day, and looking to reduce your ecological footprint? Here’s how to have a day of fun outside with a low-waste twist.
In today’s post, our Algonquin Zone Marketing Specialist Andrea Coulter shares how a summer of cleaning washrooms turned her into a public washroom etiquette crusader. After more than 15 years with Ontario Parks, I still remember my first position most vividly (you never forget cleaning poop off the beach…). I was eighteen years old, and … Continue reading What it’s like to be a washroom cleaner at Ontario Parks
If you’re new to Ontario Parks, you might be a little nervous about the animals that call our parks home. Many of us live in cities or suburbs, with little interaction with wildlife, so we don’t know how to react or behave. We want your parks experience to be fun and safe, both for you … Continue reading What types of wildlife might I see at Ontario Parks?
Pretty River Valley Provincial Park is nestled into the Niagara Escarpment, and is an important part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The park is home to a multitude of species, ecosystems, and sensitive habitats, all of which Ontario Parks is trying to protect. Your actions as a visitor can help us keep this unique … Continue reading What to know before visiting Pretty River Valley Provincial Park
We are so happy to welcome visitors to Ontario Parks… …on the other hand, we are not so delighted to see what accompanies them. We know many of you have also noticed this and have expressed your concerns. We appreciate and encourage park-lovers who are committed to protecting our environment for the future.
Today’s post comes from David Bree, our Senior Natural Heritage Education Leader at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, and passionate protector of Ontario’s shorebirds. I don’t know Jason. But I do know he turned six sometime in the last two months and he had a wonderful party with cake, presents and balloons, surrounded by friends and family. I hope … Continue reading The trouble with balloons