Our “Forever protected” series shares why each and every one belongs in Ontario Parks. Our great system of protected areas is based upon a model of representation. In today’s post, Biologist Lauren Trute tells us Petawawa Terrace’s story.
For many families in the area, Petawawa Terrace Provincial Park is literally a park in their backyard.
Unlike many provincial parks in Ontario, Petawawa Terrace is not pristine wilderness. Locally known as the “fish hatchery park,” the 215 ha park is located in the heart of the Town of Petawawa.
This little parcel of protected land belongs in the Ontario Parks system because it gives us a glimpse into Ontario’s history, and represents provincially significant ecosystems and species.
Continue reading Forever protected: why Petawawa Terrace belongs
Today’s post comes from John Etches, marketing specialist and disc golf enthusiast.
When I received the call about the possibility of a new disc golf course in one of our parks, I shook my head in disbelief!
As an avid disc golfer, could this be a dream come true?
Continue reading A hole-in-one at Mikisew
Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education Supervisor Alistair MacKenzie and Bat Stewardship Technician Heather Sanders.
Bats are the only mammal capable of true sustained flight, and with over 1,300 species and counting, they make up the second largest order of mammals.
Continue reading Going batty at Ontario Parks
Want to enjoy nature with family and friends in southeast Ontario?
Our parks are the perfect places to reunite. We have accommodations and facilities that are great for low-key get-togethers with the people you love.
Continue reading Group campsites and shelter rentals in southeastern Ontario
Here at Ontario Parks, we believe that camping is something that everybody should be able to enjoy and take part in.
This is why we want to make our parks as accessible as possible by identifying potential barriers, and creating a plan to remove them.
Continue reading Barrier-free travel at Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from Olivia Pomajba, a summer student at Rondeau Provincial Park.
A turtle hatchling making its way to water reminds us of the perilous journey we all face in life.
The world must seem incredibly vast to these centimetre-long hatchlings, and they face many challenges.
Fishing season’s not here yet, but that’s no reason not to plan your dream getaway now.
If you’re planning a northern adventure in 2019, we’ve got a few fishing trips to add to your bucket list:
Continue reading 8 bucket list fishing trips in Northeastern Ontario
Salamanders are iconic and influential members of northern forest communities. As one of the most abundant vertebrates in eastern North American forests, salamanders are considered “keystone species” because of their disproportionate roles as predators and prey in regulating food webs, nutrient cycling, and contributing to ecosystem resilience-resistance.
In addition to fulfilling key ecological functions, amphibians are our modern-day “canaries in the coal mine,” serving as a measure of environmental health.
Continue reading The Spotted Salamander, harbinger of spring
This article was written (and illustrated!) by Courtney Lafleur, Senior Park Clerk at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
Time spent in nature can have a profound and lasting positive effect on our physical and mental health, and journaling has long been heralded for its own health benefits. Put them together and you’ve got nature journaling; an activity that inspires creativity, mindfulness and connectivity with nature.
In the simplest terms, nature journaling is about looking at the natural world around you and recording your thoughts and observations. You don’t need a lot to get started, just a piece of paper and something to write with.
Continue reading Nature journaling — just try not to be inspired
The songbirds are returning and bringing spring with them!
Catch a bird-banding demonstration, take in a nature photography workshop, or sign on for a bird-themed hike with our park naturalists.
If you love songbirds, you won’t want to miss the Ontario Parks spring birding festivals:
Continue reading Spring birding festivals