If you’re new to Ontario Parks, you might be a little nervous about the animals that call our parks home.
Many of us live in cities or suburbs, with little interaction with wildlife, so we don’t know how to react or behave. We want your parks experience to be fun and safe, both for you and for the wildlife that live here.
Today, let’s talk about:
- the types of critters you might encounter at Ontario Parks
- some simple tips to prevent negative wildlife interactions
Continue reading What types of wildlife might I see at Ontario Parks?
We are so happy to welcome visitors to Ontario Parks…
…on the other hand, we are not so delighted to see what accompanies them.
We know many of you have also noticed this and have expressed your concerns. We appreciate and encourage park-lovers who are committed to protecting our environment for the future.
Continue reading Everything you need to know about disposing of trash in provincial parks
This is a story about garbage.
It wasn’t a quick journey. It took a plane ride, some paddling in a canoe, portaging, more paddling, another plane ride, and a drive on the highway.
This garbage was left in Algonquin Provincial Park’s remote backcountry, something that, unfortunately, happens far too often.
Continue reading Planes, paddles and portages: a journey of garbage
Today’s post comes from our friends at the Invasive Species Centre.
The beauty of a hike does not need to be enjoyed alone; your dog can be a great companion as you adventure through your favourite park.
Do it well by planning before stepping foot, or paw, on the trail.
Continue reading Hiking the trails with your dog
We don’t want to discourage kids from finding magic in nature. But we’re also kind of like the Lorax; we need to speak for the trees (and all the other critters that live in provincial parks).
Continue reading The trouble with stick forts
Today’s post comes from Assistant Ecologist and Piping Plover specialist Ian Fife.
If you’ve visited some of our popular Great Lakes beaches, you may have noticed restricted areas for a tiny bird no larger than a sparrow.
What’s so important about these birds, and why do we fence off parts of our beaches to protect them?
Continue reading Piping Plovers
It’s officially spring, which means that birds are winging their way back to our parks — and birders won’t be far behind them!
As birding becomes more popular, and with the initiation of the third Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, we’re expecting that this will be a big year for the activity.
Whether this is your first season birding or your 91st, we know you want to act in a way that is respectful and protects our feathered park inhabitants.
If you and your binoculars are venturing into a park this season, read on for our top suggestions for ethical birding.
Continue reading We’re here for the birds: how to be an ethical birder
On February 23, 2021, Quetico Provincial Park was officially designated as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association!
The opportunity to look up into a beautiful starry sky has forever been a part of the Quetico Provincial Park camping experience.
Imagine yourself lying on your back gazing up into a wide-open sky filled with a million points of distant light (like the sky captured above by David Jackson!). You take a deep breath of clean air and stare upwards in wonder.
Continue reading Quetico: an International Dark Sky Park
Stars as seen in midnight’s gaze
Stars shining upon shoreline’s haze
Guiding us, teaching us with stories manifold
About ourselves, stars speak, from birth till old.
Their permanence ties us to days gone by
But to hide their secrets, they still do try
To gaze upon them brings dreams of futures bright
But to see them vanish, is to lose much delight.
At Ontario Parks, we’re committed to the protection and preservation of our province’s biodiversity. The night skies in their natural splendour are an important part of that protection.
Continue reading Do the skies need our protection?
Last spring, we asked you to help us protect Ontario’s eight turtles species, all of which are species at risk.
With just one year of the Turtle Protection Project under our belts, staff are already seeing amazing results.
This year, we’re excited to debut a new way to support turtle conservation in Ontario Parks: our Turtle Protection Project merchandise line.
Let’s take a look at how you can help Ontario’s turtles AND look good while doing it.
Continue reading Shell-ebrate Ontario’s turtles with our new merchandise line