Today’s blog post comes from Corina Brdar. When Corina’s not working at Ontario Parks, she is actively involved in the growing nature journaling and mindfulness community.
A different way to be mindful in nature is through nature journaling. Using writing and sketching as tools can be a calming way to look more deeply and experience nature more fully.
Like our previous mindfulness exercises, this too is a judgment-free practice. You’re not creating a piece of art. You’re using a notebook to help you pay attention and truly observe.
Continue reading Experience more of nature by journaling
In today’s post, Assistant Discovery Program Leader Emma Dennis invites us to reflect on Killarney Provincial Park’s landscapes, past and present.
When I was young, we used to play a game where we would stand or sit in one spot, and use our imaginations to create an idea of what might have happened there years before us.
At that age, our ideas were that perhaps dinosaurs roamed in that same area or the princess kissed the frog in that same place hundreds of years ago (and they lived happily ever after!).
Today, I find myself playing a similar game as I explore Killarney Provincial Park.
However, my record of historical events is slightly more accurate.
Continue reading Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven
This blog post comes from Laura Myers, a Learning and Education Leader with the Ontario Parks Discovery Program.
Provincial parks are powerful places filled with inspiring elements. They have inspired artists for countless generations and continue to draw artists from near and far.
Continue reading Finding inspiration through nature
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 2, 3, 6, 9, and 10, 2019. 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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Today’s post comes from Jess Matthews, a Chief Park Naturalist at Rondeau Provincial Park.
A change was needed at the Rondeau Visitor Centre and we wanted it to be big.
We worked with three different local Indigenous communities over five years to generate something amazing.
Continue reading “Gathering” at Rondeau
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.
Continue reading Sketching Superior: the Group of Seven in Neys Provincial Park
Ontario Parks is pleased to announce a new summer concert series with singer and songwriter Zach Oliver. The 19-show tour will kick off on July 19, this year’s Healthy Parks Healthy People Day celebration, and continue until the end of August.
We invite you to spend time outdoors and take in a great musical performance this summer!
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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.
Continue reading Inspired by Quetico
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.
Continue reading Here’s to another 125 years
Finding artistic inspiration in Ontario Parks is nothing new.
Artists have been drawn to provincial parks from the very earliest years of the park system.