Can’t get into your favourite campsite? Or are you ready to try a new park this summer?
If you love Sandbanks Provincial Park – and what’s not to love about its long, sandy beaches, warm water and walking trails along the dunes? – you might consider Presqu’ile. The park offers more than 300 camping sites in a variety of settings, 2.5 kilometers of beach, lots of trails and paths including a boardwalk that takes you into a large protected marsh, and the second oldest operating lighthouse in Ontario.
Continue reading Switch it up this summer
Every year, more than a million people visit Ontario Parks to witness the splendor of the fall colours. After all, there are 8.2 million ha of provincial parks that set the horizon on fire, with their ever-turning reds, greens, oranges and yellows.
But is there anything else to see other than the leaves? Absolutely! With 1800 km of trails across the province, you just have to know where to look and what to look for.
Fall hiking is one of the best ways to appreciate the splendors of autumn that continue long after the leaves have fallen.
Continue reading Fall hiking: more than just red leaves
Guest Blogger: Evan Holt, Traversing
I heard about the Frontenac Challenge a few years ago… which is to hike the provincial park’s 11 loops and 160km of trails between September 1 and October 31. With the park’s All-Season Camping Challenge (camp at least one night in each month of the year for 12 consecutive months) and the Junior Hiking Challenge (Youth up to 12 years of age can take part in a mini Frontenac Challenge where they only need to complete six of the main loops in the park), Frontenac offers some great incentives to take in the sights and smells of the outdoors.
Continue reading Frontenac challenge: challenge accepted
Guest Blogger: Derrick Spafford, http://healthandadventure.com/
Trail running has grown tremendously in popularity over the past few years. Many runners are taking to the trails to enjoy benefits similar to hiking, such as being in nature, fresh air, solitude and amazing views. Trail running typically allows you to travel lighter and faster than hiking which makes it an attractive activity for some.
Ontario’s Provincial Parks feature some of the best trails to run on in the country, and Frontenac Provincial Park is a trail running paradise with over 100 kilometers of backcountry running bliss.
Continue reading Trail running at Frontenac Provincial Park
If you and your family are looking to experience something incredibly cool this summer, head down under to the Mica Mine at Murphys Point Provincial Park in Perth.
Continue reading 10 cool things about the Mica Mine at Murphys Point
Ontario is blessed with spectacular wildflowers and spring is the time to see them in Ontario Parks. Especially before leaf-out.
Continue reading Spring wildflowers are all the rage
Want a fun way to bond with your kids, get some decent exercise and enjoy Mother Nature? Take a hike at Ontario Parks. Here are five parks with hiking trails that are easy day trips from Ontario’s major urban centres:
If you are looking for a new trail to trek this summer, the Lonesome Bog Trail at Esker Lakes Provincial Park might be just the ticket! As the trail sweeps around Sausage Lake and travels across different landscapes, it introduces visitors to multiple ecosystems while also providing a glimpse into the park’s history.
Continue reading Hitting the Trail at Esker Lakes
The idea behind orienteering is to use a map and compass to navigate from point to point in the least amount of time. If you’re a newbie and the whole map and compass thing is a little intimidating, try digital orienteering. Continue reading Learn Digital Orienteering at Ontario Parks
Need a flashlight? Looking for easy campsite recipes or a trail to hike? How about a new outdoor game for kids? Camping apps have exploded over the last two years. Continue reading There’s an app for that!