In celebration of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary, we took a look back on one of Ontario Parks’ most important pieces of infrastructure – outhouses! We called on Ontario Parks Architect Matthew Harvey to provide some insight on outhouses…the good, the bad, and the stinky!
In the course of my 25 year architectural career with Ontario Parks, I occasionally get asked what I do for a living. I proudly reply “Why, I design outhouses!”
If that person doesn’t excuse themselves, turn on their heel and beat a hasty retreat, then we might get down to a discussion that goes something like this:
Continue reading A look back on Ontario Parks’ outhouses
Today’s post was written by Doug Gilmore, a recently retired superintendent of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. The post commemorates the designation of Pimachiowin Aki as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A journey can be defined as “the act of travelling from one place to another.” With every accomplishment there is often a journey, and the inscription of Pimachiowin Aki (Pi-MATCH-o-win Ah-KAY) as an UNESCO World Heritage Site was no exception.
Journeys also often include twists and turns and, most importantly, learning as you travel.
Continue reading Pimachiowin Aki: a journey
Today’s post comes from Steven Groulx, a GIS Database Technician in Algonquin Provincial Park.
Since this year is the 125th anniversary of Ontario Parks, and today is GIS day, we thought we’d take a look back at how far GIS has come over these 125 years, and how it’s used today.
Continue reading Then and now: mapping and GIS
Today’s post comes from Katherine Muzyliwsky, a Natural Heritage Education Student at Neys Provincial Park.
Before Neys became a provincial park, it was known as Neys Camp 100. Instead of happy campers on vacation, the park held German prisoners of war during World War II.
After operating as a prisoner of war camp from 1941-1946, the buildings were dismantled in 1953. Since then, artifacts have showed up from discoveries in the park and from generous donations.
Continue reading Neys’ relics from the past
Today’s post supplied by Natural Heritage Education Specialist Dave Sproule.
Forty-three years ago, the huge freighter Edmund Fitzgerald was wrecked on Lake Superior.
This is the story.
Continue reading The Gales of November: remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald
Today’s post was written by Jill Legault, Quetico Provincial Park‘s history buff and information specialist.
The ability to fly to otherwise inaccessible locations in Quetico Provincial Park revolutionized park operations in the 1930s.
Suddenly, winter supplies could be flown in to ranger cabins, poacher’s tracks could be seen from the air, forest fire management drastically improved, and American tourism increased.
Continue reading Bush planes in Quetico Provincial Park
Today’s post comes from our Natural Heritage Education Specialist (and history buff), Dave Sproule.
Thousands of boats, ships and canoes have been claimed by Lake Superior over the centuries. The Edmund Fitzgerald is simply the most famous and one of the most recent.
Continue reading Shipwrecks of Lake Superior
Today’s post comes from Park Naturalist Christine King of Wasauksing First Nation, as she departs Killbear Provincial Park for the year.
Nishinaabeg do not have a word for “goodbye.” We say, “baa-maa-pii, gi-gaa-waa-baa-min miin-waa,” which means “until later, see you again.”
Continue reading It is never goodbye
Boo! The scariest night of the year is almost upon us.
As we celebrate Halloween with costumes, trick-or-treating, and plenty of scares, let’s take a look at the history behind this spooky day. Continue reading The spooky celestial history of Halloween
Today’s post was contributed by Ryan Rea, a natural heritage educator at Algonquin Provincial Park.
One look at a map of Algonquin and you can’t help but be fascinated by all of the names of the some 2,000 lakes.
Continue reading What’s in a name? A historical look at lake names in Algonquin