Exploring remote forests, searching for rare species. Trekking through fields in hot, heavy gear to eradicate invasive ones. Using technology to monitor the ecosystems in parks and conservation reserves, and communicating conservation science to Ontario’s decision-makers.
Working as a biologist for Ontario Parks is sometimes action-packed and always rewarding.
Are you dreaming of spending your days working to protect and enhance ecological integrity in protected areas?
Well, here are five top tips from Ontario Parks ecologists to help make your dream a reality:
Continue reading So you want to be an Ontario Parks ecologist
This blog comes from David Legros, a Natural Heritage Education Specialist at Algonquin Provincial Park, and lover of backcountry camping.
There you are, standing on the rocky shore of a lake. A windswept pine sits behind you, and a wild landscape before you. Welcome to backcountry camping!
Continue reading Backcountry routes without portages at Algonquin
Spring will be here before you know it. Get one last winter adventure in this March!
Stay warm in one of our roofed accommodations. We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages, and yurts available all month, especially for midweek visitors!
Accommodations featured below were available as of 11:00 am, February 18, 2020.
Continue reading March vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)
If you’re a summer camping enthusiast, now may be the time to put your skills to the test in a different season. Winter in our parks is a beautiful time. It’s quiet and still. The air is clean. And everything is covered in fresh snow.
Here are some tips for a safe, fun winter camping experience…
Continue reading Winter camping 101
This blog comes from Laura Penner, a Natural Heritage Education Leader at Rondeau Provincial Park.
Happy Family Day! On this day we reflect upon and celebrate the unique bonds we make with the special people in our lives.
As a naturalist and a mother of three, I find great joy in catching rare glimpses of wildlife taking care of their young. This looks so different from species to species. It could be a female oriole meticulously weaving grasses into an intricate basket-shaped nest, or a Map Turtle digging test nests all over a campsite until she finds the perfect soil composition.
Each species has its own unique way to raise its young that best deals with the challenges in its environment. Let’s take a look at a few interesting ways wildlife care for their young.
Continue reading Wildlife parenting strategies
Love variety? Pinery Provincial Park might be your ideal winter vacation spot.
Here are six reasons we think you’ll fall in love with this southwestern gem’s snowy season:
Continue reading Winter adventures at Pinery Provincial Park
In our “Behind the Scenes” series, Discovery Program staff across the province share a “backstage” glimpse of their favourite programs and projects. Today’s post comes from Caroline Freitag, a Discovery Guide at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park.
When I was a very young child, I was fascinated by leaves and rocks. On walks around my neighbourhood I would collect the biggest, coolest leaf I could find and bring it home to show whichever family member hadn’t been with me when I’d found it.
My preferred method of showing affection to people was to give them a “very cool rock”- usually a piece of gravel I’d found on the side of the road. My one neighbour loves to tell the story of the shy girl who left her piles of pebbles by the garden gate!
Continue reading My journey to becoming a Discovery Guide at Rainbow Falls
Today’s post comes from Christine Terwissen, a biologist intern from our Southeast zone.
Lynx can be thought of as the “king” of winter animals. Their thick fur allows them to remain active all winter.
Continue reading Winter royalty: the Canadian Lynx
This post comes from Jill Legault, a Park Information Specialist at Quetico Provincial Park.
It’s the time of year to celebrate love.
Some love stories have their roots in nature, like Jess and Kay Valley. Here’s the story of how Quetico Provincial Park brought these two lovebirds together for a long, happy life spent in nature.
Ever feel like you’ve wandered into the heart of a fairy tale?
From snow-topped mountains to sparkling ice crystals, Ontario’s natural world is the perfect setting for romance.
And this list of our favourite spots is sure to make your heart flutter…
Continue reading 6 romantic spots in Ontario Parks