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
Today’s post comes to us from Heather Stern, a naturalist at Bon Echo Provincial Park.
Some of the oldest rock in the world.
Something that is carved.
Something made of wood.
These are only a few examples of the many things you can see from the Visitor Centre at Bon Echo Provincial Park, thanks to Rod MacKenzie with Hi-Spy Viewing Machines.
Continue reading I spy with my little eye…
By the pricking of our thumbs, something wicked this way comes…
We’ve got tons of haunted Halloween events coming up this month! And don’t forget to check out events page for late-breaking additions.
Will you be visiting the ghosts of campers past this October?
Continue reading Halloween 2018 at Ontario Parks
So who’s this guy “Marten” anyway?
Often called the southern gateway to Temagami, Marten River Provincial Park straddles the Marten River, which is part of an ancient network of waterways that stitch the landscape together.
And Marten River isn’t named for a fellow named Martin…its named for the Pine Marten (also called American Marten).
Continue reading Then and now: Marten River
Today’s post comes from Will Oades, Natural Heritage Educator at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Header photo: Jeff Robinson.
Have you ever applied for a job, shown up on the first day of work, and realized it was nothing like you thought it would be? That was the case among many of the men coming to work at the Silver Islet Mine.
Known as the world’s richest silver mine, Silver Islet’s mine shaft was beneath the icy waters of Lake Superior; a small yet significant piece of information that was missed by some of the miners before arriving. Though the majority of the miners stayed to do the job that they were hired for, some of them decided that travelling into the belly of the earth, underneath billions of litres of water was just a little too dangerous for their liking.
Continue reading The surprising, shocking, startling, astonishing story of Silver Islet
“Through these interesting and enjoyable experiences which are both educational and recreational, interpretation contributes to the inspirational value of the outdoors and fosters an understanding, an appreciation, and an intelligent use of our parklands.”
– Alan Helmsley, Department of Lands & Forests, 1960
Ontario Parks’ nature programs are designed to help people discover and connect with the natural and cultural history of the park during their visit.
Continue reading A brief history of nature education in provincial parks
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