Looking for a new place to run? Try Ontario Parks. Softer trail surfaces minimize the impact on runner joints and backs. Runners have over 1,800 kilometres of trails to choose from. Park landscapes are spectacular and many parks offer roofed accommodation. Derrick Spafford is a regular trail runner at Frontenac Provincial Park which has 160 kilometres of trails, one of the largest trail networks east of the Canadian Rockies. In this Park Blog, Spafford shares his trail running tips and three favourite Frontenac trails.
Are you dreaming of being surrounded by orange, yellow and red hues, endless landscapes and water as smooth as glass? This means you are ready to plan your fall paddling trip!
Fall is a great time to get out in Ontario Parks; fall colours are amazing, blackfly season has subsided and the water is high this year.
The countdown to fall has begun; children are returning to school, sweaters and long pants are reappearing and birds and butterflies are beginning their migratory journeys. Some of us experience a kind of grieving at this time of year; we mourn for the long hot days of summer. But others celebrate fall – a time of glorious colour, quiet parks and few bugs.
Only a few regions of the world offer the kind of spectacular, showy fall colours that Ontario is famous for. The climate and deciduous trees of Northeastern North America provide the perfect storm for transforming our lush green foliage into the brilliant reds, yellows and oranges.
Migration is a miracle of nature that has fascinated humans since… well since forever. Where do these creatures come from? Where do they go? How do they know when to leave? Many of those questions have been answered over the years but there are still many mysteries to uncover. September is the height of fall migration, and with great weather, smaller crowds, and many parks still open it’s a great time to do some migrating of your own and go out to witness this phenomenon. Continue reading Witness the phenomenon of fall migration in Ontario Parks
Ever wonder what kind of trees are in Ontario Parks? The Ontario Tree Atlas will tell you. Sixty-seven (67) native trees are listed along with an Ontario map which shows where the trees grow. Photos of all the trees plus descriptions on each are also included.
With the kids back in school, September is the perfect time to pack a picnic-for-two and spend a day at Ontario Parks. Here are ten parks with romantic picnic areas that are easy drives from Ontario urban centres. Need picnic recipe ideas? Check this Park Blog post, Park picnic recipes and tips. Continue reading Fall picnics are for lovers
Barry Wojciechowski is one of several professional photographers who delivers photo workshops in Ontario Parks as part of the Giant Digital Photography Workshops partnership. He provided the Parks Blog with these quick tips for taking great panoramic pictures Continue reading Fall colour photography tips
No bugs, temperatures that are just right and lots of trails to choose from. Ontario Parks offer the perfect fall hikes. Trails range in length and degree of difficulty and are available for any level of hiker. Best of all, they’ll lead you to some of Ontario’s best fall colour views. Continue reading Fall hikes in Ontario Parks
Environment Canada predicts warm temperatures for Ontario this fall. That’s good news for beach lovers. Beach crowds are gone and the lake views are something else. Distances between Ontario Parks in southwestern Ontario along lakes Huron and Erie are short. Continue reading Beach Lovers And Fall Colours