Low-impact backcountry camping

Today’s post was written by Brooke Michell, a Park Biologist at Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park.

“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need.” – Edward Abbey

Some of our most treasured moments occur off the beaten path. In the backcountry of Ontario Parks, the avid hiker, canoe tripper, angler, and outdoors person seeks solitude. Although anyone who has backcountry camped knows it’s not always a walk in the park.

Physical limits are often pushed while portaging through rugged terrain, and paddling across windswept water bodies. At this expense, why is backcountry camping one of our most beloved past times?

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Group camping reservations now online

Did you know you can book a group campsite online? Twelve parks in southwestern Ontario are participating in a pilot project aimed at making group camping easier.

You can reserve group sites at these 12 parks through our central call centre service or online as easily as you would a regular car camping site.

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5 tips for reserving an Ontario Parks campsite

Did you know that you can reserve your campsite or roofed accommodation up to five months in advance of your arrival date?

You can book online (and even see a sneak preview of your campsite) or by calling the Ontario Parks reservation line, 1-888-ONT-PARK (Canada & USA).

Check out these five tips for a smooth reservation experience:
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Reserve your Canada Day campsite early!

Does the cold weather have you dreaming of sunny days on the beach and warm nights by the campfire?

Thanks to our five-month advance booking window, you can lock down your July campsite early!

Here’s a list of 10 parks sure to chase away the midwinter blues:

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The Sharma family learns to camp

In today’s post, Ankita Sharma shares her family’s camping experience with the Learn to Camp program.

Last summer, I convinced my Indian family of five to go camping at Emily Provincial Park.

The Sharmas have never been camping before, but suddenly here we are, standing at our campsite.

My father looks at me and asks, “Where have you brought us?”

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Learn to Camp 2017 recap

This seasonal recap is brought to you by our amazing team of Learn to Camp leaders!

As Learn to Camp leaders, we introduce thousands of Ontarians to camping every year.

We may be slightly biased, but we’re pretty sure this is one of the best jobs at Ontario Parks!

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Seasonal campsites at Ontario Parks

It’s that time of year again!

Our Seasonal Camping Program gives you the opportunity to reserve a campsite on a monthly/seasonal basis at select provincial parks.

Some campers spend most of the summer living in the park, while others leave their trailers and come up every weekend.

Seasonal camping applications open September 1, 2017 and must be submitted by September 29, 2017.

Why not reserve your campsite for the whole summer?

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Considerate Camper: Keep our trees healthy

Welcome to our “Considerate Camper” series. These are posts with tips and reminders on how to keep our provincial parks clean and healthy. Already know how it’s done? Please share these posts along for less-experienced campers 🙂

We’re taking a leaf out of the Lorax’s book and speaking for the trees today!

When maintaining our campgrounds, we often notice marks in our trees. Many are from axes and nails, and plenty of trees have names, shapes and initials carved across their bark.

Did you know these holes and gouges risk the tree’s health and may result in its destruction?

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Campfire safety: If you love Ontario Parks, don’t burn them!

Today’s post comes from Marketing and Communications summer student Mitch Jackson. His campfire talents include cooking stuffed peppers, grilling barbecue chicken, and always managing to forget to pack a lighter. 

For many campers, a fire is a must. Gathering ’round the flames, sharing stories with friends and family, making s’mores, and burning marshmallows are all part of the quintessential camping experience.

While you may have the perfect campfire recipes, or the perfect campfire building technique, you should also be aware of how to keep your campfire perfectly safe.

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