Do you dream of skimmers, tip-ups, pop-ups and giant pike or walleye? Do you measure the days of winter by the increasing thickness of ice on your favourite lakes? Or are you just excited to try out your new ice fishing rod for the first time?
Imagine setting your line in with little to no one else around, in middle of nature! Ontario Parks are able to offer you amazing and seemingly endless ice fishing opportunities. No matter where you decided to take your auger, it is important to check you have all your fishing and safety equipment, you have let others know where you are and you dress in layers to keep warm. Another imperative step is making sure you know your local fishing regulations! As parks are specially protected areas, so are the fish.
Following these regulations, and understanding why they exist, is an important part of maxing out your time on the ice, while ensuring you are helping maintain a sustainable ice fishing practice.
Imagine a couple newly in love ditching their trip down south to sleep in a yurt in northern Ontario and snowshoe the week away while communing with nature.
That is exactly what one young couple did a few years ago after deciding to winter camp at Windy Lake, north of Sudbury. With the wood stove to keep them warm at the chalet and a whole lot of wanderlust to help them snowshoe through the park, the couple had a blast. And why not?
What price is your health? Joining a fitness club? Jogging along city sidewalks? Or perhaps something with vastly more benefits, like packing up your gear and spending time with nature?
For visitors to Caliper Lake, near Lake of the Woods in northwestern Ontario, the journey, or pilgrimage for some, is worth its weight in gold. For as experts tell us nowadays, nature is the new aspirin.
Visitors come from as far south as Minnesota, as west as Manitoba and as north as Sioux Lookout to enjoy the spectacular sunsets, the northern lights, mouth-watering fish fries of Pike, Bass and Walleye or exceptional birding and wildlife viewing.
After enduring one of the worst winters on record, Ontarians and visitors alike deserve a break this spring and what could be better than finally casting a line on one of our 400,000 lakes, rivers and streams.
Love fishing? Some of Ontario’s best is found in provincial parks in Northern Ontario. Here are four. An Ontario fishing licence is required to fish in Ontario (an exception is the annual July Family Fishing Week). Ontario Parks also encourages catch and release. Continue reading Big Fish at Northern Ontario Parks
In September 2012, Mississagi Provincial Park was among the 10 parks that the province announced would be changing from an operating to non-operating designation. Since that announcement, Ontario Parks has been working with municipal governments to operate three of those parks (Fushimi Lake, René Brunelle and Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Parks) on a two-year pilot. Ontario Parks is pleased to announce that we are now also working with the City of Elliot Lake to operate Mississagi on a one-year pilot project for the 2013 season.
Mississagi Provincial Park offers rugged wilderness with rocky hills, northern pine and maple forests, and pristine lakes. Visitors can explore the spectacular landscape on the park`s world-class trail network with over 40 km of trails that visit some of the best lookouts in the province. The park`s lakes provide incredible trout fishing opportunities as well as an excellent network for canoeists to paddle. For campers, the park offers not only a car campground of 60 sites but also 7 backcountry campsites. Explore Mississagi Provincial Park this summer!
The park opens on June 14 and will close on September 2. Reservations can be made online or by phone at 1-888-668-7275 (ONT-PARK).
With over 250,000 lakes and countless rivers and creeks, Ontario is one of the world’s best places to fish. Ontario Parks’ staff across the province have lots to say about bass fishing. Continue reading Gone fishing at Ontario Parks
With bass fishing season just around the corner, we put out a call to Ontario Parks’ staff to give us their opinions on where the best bass fishing is to be found. Here is what they had to say: Continue reading You can bet your bass!
Ontario Parks and OFAH have once again partnered together for a Tackleshare program. This program is designed to give everyone, young and old, the opportunity to get outside and enjoy fishing with family and friends. Continue reading Ontario Parks Tackleshare
Do you remember that first fish you caught? For many people, it was in an Ontario Park….just read what Robert Pye has to say:
“I have fond memories of fishing in Ontario Parks with my dad. I caught my first walleye at Marten River Provincial Park and my first bass at Bass Lake Provincial Park. Continue reading It’s Time to go Fishing!