Experience Tidewater Provincial Park

Whether you’re canoeing down the Moose River or taking the Polar Bear Express from Cochrane, Tidewater Provincial Park offers the outdoor enthusiast a unique experience. Situated between Moosonee and Moose Factory, Tidewater Provincial Park provides a last stop to people who are canoeing down the Missinaibi or Abitibi Rivers.  Individuals canoeing down the Moose River generally stay overnight at Tidewater and take the train out the following day.

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Pick your backcountry adventure

Choosing a park that offers the opportunities you are searching for can be the hardest part of the planning process.

Do you want to canoe or hike? Maybe a little of both? Are you looking to go out for two nights or two weeks? Do you want a challenging terrain or do you prefer a flat trail? Are you able to carry your canoe or kayak for 1400 m or do you prefer shorter portages?  The list of questions goes on.

We thought we would do some of the research for you.  Here are six different provincial parks that have great backcountry opportunities for beginners to advanced campers.

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Do your kids suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder?

Have we got the cure for that!

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, rocked the parenting world with his notion that outdoor play is becoming extinct and we as parents are to blame.

His theory is that children nowadays are so overprotected and sedentary they have developed what he calls Nature Deficit Disorder, a condition that renders children devoid of outdoor play, disconnected from nature and completely unaware that their very future – and ours as a species – is at risk.

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Enjoy the Lakes in Ontario Parks!

Be BOATsmart!® This Summer!

Another open-water season has arrived (well, almost!) and we hope you’re as excited as we are to get back out on the water! The sun is shining, the ice is officially on its way out, and Ontario Parks are starting to open up for the 2015 visiting season!

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Your first interior trip

These expert tips will help you stay safe and have fun

All of us need a little solitude now and then. So why not consider heading to the backcountry this summer for a little communing with nature extraordinaire. You might just emerge a changed person, never to camp with the madding crowds again.

No matter how long your trip, by trying something new and embracing your inner explorer, you too can join the legions of long distance backpackers, canoeists and backcountry campers who venture into the backcountry every year.

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Would you like fries with that campsite?

If you are visiting one of many Ontario Parks this summer, there is a very good chance you will receive some added value or discounted opportunities with your overnight campsite permit this year.    Ontario Parks is proud to partner with several companies that will offer sample products and discounts to visitors.   Beyond samples and/or discounts, partners also financially invest into other important projects and programs like:   Science and research initiatives, PARKsmart Lifejacket lending program and Ontario Parks Partners student bursary program.    Here are some of our partners, and product offers that you may see when you visit an Ontario Park this summer.

Left: A husband and wife in a gate house. Right: A gate staff talking to a visitor entering the park in a car.

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