Frontenac challenge: challenge accepted!

Today’s blog comes from Evan Holt, a Content Development Specialist for Ontario Parks. Evan has completed the Frontenac Challenge five times!

I first heard about the Frontenac Challenge a few years ago. As a seasoned camper, the challenge to hike Frontenac Provincial Park’s 11 loops and 160 km of trails between September 1 and October 31 intrigued me.

I hit the trails and quickly fell in love with this amazing park. Years later, I’ve completed the Frontenac Challenge five times, and learned a lot along the way.

In this blog, I will pass along some of my Frontenac wisdom, and help you get ready to complete the challenge this fall.

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Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2020

Spending time in nature is good for our mind and body. We sleep better and think more clearly. Stress and anxiety slip away.

Research shows being outside can lower blood pressure, strengthen our immune system, and helps us relax.

To celebrate how great nature makes us feel, Ontario Parks is offering free day-use on Friday July 17 to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day!

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March Break 2020

During the long winter months, many of us get less “Vitamin N” than usual. Yet contact with nature has been found to lower blood pressure, strengthen immune system, help prevent disease, and reduce stress levels.

Keen to spend time in nature with your family this March Break? Here’s a list of fun happenings across the province:

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Presqu’ile’s Waterfowl Weekend

During March, spectacular events are taking place at Ontario Parks. One of them takes flight at Presqu’ile Provincial Park’s on March 21-22, 2020.

It’s the 44th anniversary of Waterfowl Weekend, hosted by park staff and Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park volunteers.

Make plans to witness one of the best waterfowl migrations in the world!

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6 reasons to visit the Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival this March

Ontario Parks has some pretty cool events every year and Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s legendary Maple Syrup Festival is right up there on the cool-o-meter.

Yes, folks: fresh Ontario maple syrup will be flowing over pancakes, bacon and more as visitors get set to celebrate an annual spring tradition.

Fresh air, maple taffy, and loads of fun await visitors of all ages!

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6 romantic spots in Ontario Parks

Ever feel like you’ve wandered into the heart of a fairy tale?

From snow-topped mountains to sparkling ice crystals, Ontario’s natural world is the perfect setting for romance.

And this list of our favourite spots is sure to make your heart flutter…

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Cross Quetico Lakes Ski Tour: a Quetico tradition for skiers

Today’s post comes from Chris Stromberg, a backcountry operations specialist at Quetico Provincial Park.

Quetico Provincial Park is known globally among the canoeing enthusiasts for its connecting lakes and waterways, undeveloped landscape and road-less, non-mechanized travel.

In winter, Quetico becomes very quiet. The occasional ice fishers, snowshoers, or skiers will likely witness far more animal tracks than signs of humans.

In the late winter, however, Aitkokan’s local ski club, The Beaten Path Nordic Trails, hosts a unique event that creates a pattern of ski tracks across the frozen backcountry canoe routes of Quetico Provincial Park.

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