Nature journaling — just try not to be inspired

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.

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“Gathering” at Rondeau

Today’s post comes from Jess Matthews, a Natural Heritage Education Specialist at Rondeau Provincial Park.

About a year ago, we looked at a well-loved, yet aging display in the Rondeau Visitor Centre.

Hundreds of visitors learned from it over the years, but it was becoming faded and worn — it was time for a change.

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Inspired by Quetico

Today’s post comes from one of Quetico Provincial Park’s 2017 Artists-in-Residence. Heather M. O’Connor is a freelance journalist and children’s author. She is currently working on a middle-grade novel and two picture books, inspired by her 2017 residency. 

I hear the first loon call the moment my foot touches the path.

It’s magical, the sound of the loon. One part greeting, one part grief. This GTA girl, far from home, is grateful for the welcome.

I hurry to the water’s edge, scanning the surface, but I’m too late. Its spell cast, the loon has vanished.

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Here’s to another 125 years

As our 125th anniversary year comes to a close, we would like to say a huge thank you for an amazing year.

Now etched into our history, here’s a few of the highlights from this exciting year.

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Christmas at Presqu’ile

Whether you’re perusing for holiday gifts, soaking in the arts, or simply in need of a hot drink after a November hike, it’s the perfect season to visit Presqu’ile Provincial Park!

Christmas at Presqu’ile unfolds November 3, 4, 7, 10 and 11, 2018. Presented by the Friends of Presqu’ile Park, this annual event features wares from more than 100 of Ontario’s artisans, artists and crafters.

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David Archibald’s Happiest Camper in Ontario Tour: a recap

For Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary celebrations, singer-songwriter David Archibald embarked on a 31-park concert tour!

Named after one of the five new songs that David Archibald wrote specifically for the anniversary, the concert tour was called The Happiest Camper in Ontario Tour.

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Billy’s bobbers

Thanks to Brad Steinberg, our Natural Heritage Education Coordinator, for today’s post, which includes instructions on how to make your own fishing bobber.

I never knew either of my grandfathers, both of them claimed by heart disease before I got to know them. I was, however, blessed with some great surrogates – family friends whose wisdom and support filled the space normally reserved for a grampa. Bill Bishop was one of them.

Bill possessed the wisdom and wit that seems unique to Newfoundlanders, often toasting a meal with a maritime saying that was mysterious in its slang and nearly impossible for an eight-year-old boy to decipher.

Bill and my family shared a deep love of Algonquin Provincial Park, especially the speckled trout that inhabit the murky depths of those cold, Canadian Shield lakes. And every spring, as the lake ice freckled and broke apart, he’d fish for those speckled trout using homemade bobbers made from old wine corks.

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Sketching Superior: the Group of Seven in Neys Provincial Park

Today’s post is from Maureen Forrester, Neys Provincial Park’s Natural Heritage Education Leader.

The Group of Seven is a famous group of Canadian artists who formed with the mission to paint the truly rugged landscape of Canada; something they did not feel could be achieved with the popular European artistic style of the time.

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Inspired by the land of the Sleeping Giant

Iconic. Inspiring. Idyllic.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, near Thunder Bay, is without a doubt a natural wonder of Ontario. When viewed across the landscape, this natural landform resembles that of a giant sleeping on its back.

Its beauty and allure has captivated artists for generations.

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