Today’s post comes from Ryan Hawkins, owner of Canuck Powersports.
My wife and I are avid campers and have always loved the outdoors. When we first started staying in provincial parks we were tent camping out of the back of our car. As we got older, we opted to progress to a pop-up camper trailer and now enjoy the full comfort of “glamping.”
As a motorcycle enthusiast, I began looking into how I could combine my love for two wheels with my passion for camping.
Continue reading Have wheels, will travel
Today’s post comes from Barb Rees, Natural Heritage Education/Marketing Specialist with Ontario Parks.
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to paddle and camp for a minimum of three consecutive nights in each of Quetico, Wabakimi and Woodland Caribou Provincial Parks by October 15, 2019.
Why? Read on. We list the top ten reasons why you can’t miss out on the Northwest Wilderness Quest.
Continue reading Top 10 reasons to paddle the Northwest Wilderness Quest
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?
Continue reading Low-impact backcountry camping
Looking for a fun way to camp with a bunch of people? Consider group campsites!
We’re happy to announce that group campsites can now be reserved online and via our call centre for an additional 25 provincial parks.
Continue reading More group sites available to book online
We’ve been celebrating the 125th anniversary of Ontario Parks all year, but did you know one of our signature programs celebrated a smaller anniversary and success?
Learn to Camp is only eight years old, but this season was a big one, marking our 20,000th milestone. That’s right: since the program began, we’ve introduced more than 20,000 people to the joys of camping!
Continue reading Learn to Camp, 2018
Keen for some fall camping? In today’s post, Lauren Jackson, a Natural Heritage Education team member, announces the extension of Hardwood Hill Campground’s season.
Due to the high demand for more fall campsites and the interest in fall colours, we are thrilled to announce that Bon Echo Provincial Park‘s Hardwood Hill Campground will now be open until October 8, 2018.
Continue reading Bon Echo’s Hardwood Hill open for autumn
This blog post comes from Senior Marketing Specialist Anne Craig.
It’s the summer of 1963. Lester B. Pearson has just been elected the Prime Minister of Canada, and “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore is topping the CHUM chart.
Ontario is enjoying a year of economic growth, riding on the tails of a booming manufacturing sector. One of the most popular summer vacations is camping at a provincial park.
But campers were a lot different in 1963 than they are today. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between what campers were like in 1963, and today.
Continue reading Then and now: Ontario Parks visitors
Today’s post comes from Rachel DeGreef, Project and Communications Assistant with Ontario Parks.
We can all agree that the smell of a campfire and fresh pine can bring us back to our fondest camping memories.
Science tells us that olfactory senses are the strongest memories we have. John Leadston, Project Manager at Arrowhead Provincial Park, shares that “the smell of that canvas [tent] takes me back to a place I would return to in a heartbeat.”
Continue reading Sparking memories with tent nostalgia
Picture this: you’re on your way back to your campsite after an awesome day of exploration. You’ve kayaked all through the park’s network of lakes. You’ve conquered the lookout trail.
But now the sun’s starting to sink. The wind’s picked up and it’s getting chilly. You feel the first drop of rain.
It’s a full drizzle by time you reach your campsite. You’re tired and hungry.
But do you know how to start a campfire in windy, wet weather?
Continue reading How to start your campfire when the weather won’t cooperate
Good news, campers! Our parks are implementing new ways to deter bears and other wild critters from making off with your dinner.
Read about which parks offer bear-resistant storage containers and how you can use them during your trips.
Continue reading Stop bears from snacking on your food