You’ve seen the Instagram snaps and magazine covers. You dream of the view from white quartzite mountain ridges, of gazing across the landscape that inspired the Group of Seven.
Pump the brakes a moment, though. Did you see that word “mountain”?
It’s not a metaphor.
The Crack is an extremely challenging hike in the LaCloche Mountain range at Killarney, a wilderness class park.
Proper preparation is paramount to getting up and down safely. Otherwise, hikers face a very real danger of getting lost, dehydrated, and/or seriously injured.
If you’re planning to hike The Crack, please fully review this post as part of your planning process for hiking this iconic trail:
Continue reading How to plan a day hike on Killarney’s “The Crack” Trail
In today’s post, Discovery Leader Rachelle Law answers a common question: “How do I get to the top of Sleeping Giant?”
Hiking up the Sleeping Giant and some of the tallest cliffs in Ontario can be quite the challenge, but the experience and the views are the ultimate reward.
One of the most commonly asked questions at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is: “How do I get to the top of the Giant?”
Most are surprised to hear the three different hiking trails that go up the Sleeping Giant are long and rated difficult. But it’s no reason to be discouraged, as navigating to the Giant is also possible, in part, by bike!
Continue reading Bike and hike the Giant
When we hear the words “fall colours,” our minds often jump to Algonquin. Trouble is, Algonquin’s gotten so popular that autumn brings long line-ups, crowded trails, and traffic-snarling “leaf jams.”
So where can we go to see awe-inspiring fall colours, hike to breathtaking lookouts, and avoid the crowds?
Restoule Provincial Park.
Continue reading Restoule: a fall colours paradise
In today’s post, Ontario Parks’ Assistant Program Coordinator Megan Birrell recounts her first hike-in backcountry adventure.
Last year, I tried backcountry camping by canoe for the first time. This summer, my camping crew and I decided to take it up a notch and try hike-in camping.
We selected Bon Echo Provincial Park’s Abes and Essens Trail as our hike-in destination and the planning began.
Continue reading 5 things I learned on my first hike-in backcountry trip
Nothing beats hitting the trails on a beautiful summer day.
It’s important to be prepared for anything, especially if you’re new to hiking at Ontario Parks or any other wilderness trail.
We teamed up with our friends at Taste of Nature to create these key tips to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable trip:
Continue reading 4 tips for a safe hike
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!
Today’s blog comes from Emma Dennis, an assistant Discovery Program leader at Killarney Provincial Park.
I am a lover of the outdoors and an avid hiker, so it’s only natural that I own two dogs that share that same passions. As Killarney residents, we are lucky enough to have Killarney Provincial Park as our backyard.
Whether we are hitting the Granite Ridge Trail on a Sunday morning for a quick hike to start our day, or spending the afternoon adventuring to the top of “The Crack,” we live our best lives when we are hiking the trails.
Continue reading Keeping dogs on-leash protects our parks’ ecological integrity
In our “Behind the Scenes” series, Discovery Program staff across the province share a “backstage” glimpse of their favourite programs and projects. Today’s post comes from David Bree, Discovery Program Lead at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Trails and parks go together like (fill in your favourite pairing here: “like peas and carrots,” as Forrest Gump would say). Trails are arguably the most used recreational facility in our park system.
But trails don’t just happen; first a concept must be born.
Continue reading Discovery and trails go together like peanut butter and jelly
Spending more time in video meetings than in natural spaces lately? Bring a piece of Ontario Parks to your next call.
This month’s FREE digital download is available for your virtual background needs.
Continue reading June’s digital download
Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, a tea lover and Marketing Specialist with Ontario Parks.
This blog is dedicated to all of those who love tea and nature.
Whether it’s a cool summer evening, or a chilly winter day, it’s always a good time for tea time. There’s something about having a cup of tea that ignites a sense of stillness and calmness. It reminds you to take a step back, and really take in a moment.
Ontario’s northwest provincial parks provide some stellar backdrops for the most perfect outdoor tea parties. Make a cup of tea, and read on to discover six tea hot spots!
Continue reading Hot spots to have a cup of tea in Ontario Parks’ northwest