Can’t get into your favourite campsite? Or are you ready to try a new park this summer?
If you love Sandbanks Provincial Park – and what’s not to love about its long, sandy beaches, warm water and walking trails along the dunes? – you might consider Presqu’ile. The park offers more than 300 camping sites in a variety of settings, 2.5 kilometers of beach, lots of trails and paths including a boardwalk that takes you into a large protected marsh, and the second oldest operating lighthouse in Ontario.
It’s that time of year again when we say goodbye to another beautiful Canadian winter and greet the oncoming summer! For both backcountry campers and those considering their first camping experience, this means it’s time to start planning and organizing equipment for the trip.
Did you know Ontario Parks is now taking campsite reservations for summer 2015? The provincial park agency has a 5 month advance booking window. This means that anyone planning to camp in late June, for example, can book their campsite now.
During the busy five month advance reservation period, Ontario Parks processes about 102,000 reservations (3o% of its total reservations for the year). The peak weeks for booking five months in advance are mid-January to March 31. Pinery, Algonquin, Sandbanks, Killbear and Bon Echo Provincial Parks are the busiest. Ontario Parks suggests trying a new park in 2015 and offers some excellent alternatives to its busiest five. Check this Ontario Parks blog for new parks to try, online tools to help you choose a park and much more.
Imagine a couple newly in love ditching their trip down south to sleep in a yurt in northern Ontario and snowshoe the week away while communing with nature.
That is exactly what one young couple did a few years ago after deciding to winter camp at Windy Lake, north of Sudbury. With the wood stove to keep them warm at the chalet and a whole lot of wanderlust to help them snowshoe through the park, the couple had a blast. And why not?
As the short cold days and long starry nights of winter set in, many feel the ‘blues’. However, there are some individuals who are highly affected by the change in season, who are truly ‘SAD’ with Seasonal Affective Disorder. However, a visit to your favourite park can be part of the solution to SAD.