Nestled into the Niagara Escarpment, Pretty River Valley Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Biosphere. The park is home to a multitude of species, ecosystems, and sensitive habitats, all of which Ontario Parks is trying to protect.
Your actions as a visitor can help us keep this unique park a haven for the many organisms that call it home, as well as a beautiful place for generations of park users to visit.
Continue reading What to know before visiting Pretty River Valley Provincial Park
Getting outdoors and spending time in nature can have such a positive impact on our physical and mental health and well-being, and this has become even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are making it easier for Ontarians to enjoy the outdoors by providing free weekday daily vehicle permits from May 1 to September 2, for all provincial parks Mondays through Thursdays.
Continue reading Enjoy the day at a provincial park…for free
We can definitely recommend “losing yourself” in our provincial parks by delighting in the sights and sounds of nature, and living in the moment.
We do not, however, recommend getting actually lost.
Park visitors get lost more often than you’d think. It can be a scary, stressful, and dangerous situation. It can also result in complicated and expensive search-and-rescue operations.
While we know no one sets out to get lost, there are steps you can take to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Continue reading How to avoid getting lost
Today’s post comes from Quetico Superintendent Trevor Gibb.
Quetico Provincial Park is primarily known for its world class backcountry canoeing opportunities.
However, once the lakes freeze and snow blankets the forest, the park transforms into a wilderness winter wonderland.
Continue reading 10 ways to enjoy winter at Quetico
New Year’s Day is coming up fast — have you picked out a park for your First Day Hike?
This 10-park list rounds up some top options for your first foray into 2021:
Continue reading First Day Hike destinations
Not ready to say goodbye to Frontenac’s 100+ km trail network? This winter, trade your hiking boots for a pair of snowshoes or skis!
Nature-lovers come from around the globe to explore Frontenac Provincial Park‘s trails. Perched on the southern arm of the Canadian Shield, this park features granite outcrops, vast wetlands, scenic lakes and mixed forests.
Continue reading Make tracks to Frontenac this winter!
This winter, outdoor activities and staying close to home are both great ideas to keep you happy and healthy! It’s the perfect time to try something new – like snowshoeing!
For any winter activity, planning ahead and a bit of research can go a long way to make sure you day is safe and fun!
Luckily, the outdoor experts at SAIL have shared their best snowshoeing advice to help guarantee a great experience.
Continue reading A beginner’s guide to snowshoeing
Nature? We’re here for it and so are our friends at Coleman Canada. Read on to find out how they’re helping us encourage Ontarians to spend more time outside!
It’s easy to feel a bit low at this time of year. It seems to get dark outside immediately after lunch, the sun is elusive, and our bodies are still adapting to cooler temperatures.
There’s a part of our brain that really wants to hibernate.
But we’re going to fight that urge, and you should too! Here’s why: our brains need nature! Continue reading This is your brain on nature!
Trail guide and cellphone and water in bottles,
Flashlight just in case your hike is a dawdle,
High energy snacks secured with drawstrings,
These are a few of our essential things… (can’t you just hear Maria von Trapp’s voice?)
A walk through a pine tree forest in crunchy snow can be dreamy, however your snowy paradise can go south quickly if you’re missing important items.
Being prepared with a few essentials in your bag will help keep you safe on your adventure. Here are six items that should always be in your day pack on a winter hike:
Continue reading 6 essential items to pack for your winter hike
Are you ready to start a new tradition for the new year?
We’re partnering with SAIL and Coleman Canada to give you the secret to starting 2021 on the right foot.
Continue reading Hit the trails for a First Day Hike