New to RVing in parks? You’re not alone!
With over 19,000 car camping sites at Ontario Parks, there’s new adventurers getting into the RV game every year.
With help from our friends at Wayfarer Insurance Group, we’ve compiled a few unwritten RV rules to know before your first road trip:
Continue reading Park etiquette for your first RV trip
Dust off the camper, RVers!
It’s time to get ready for another season of road tripping to provincial parks.
With help from our friends at Wayfarer, we’ve put together an essential checklist to prep your RV for the coming season:
Continue reading Get your RV ready for summer with this checklist
While swimming, boating and other water activities are a centrepiece of many Ontario Parks adventures, there are also risks associated with these activities.
We want our visitors to stay safe when they hit the waves.
And that starts with a PFD (personal flotation device)!
Continue reading Our free PFD Lending Program
Last spring, we asked you to help us protect Ontario’s eight turtles species, all of which are species at risk.
With just one year of the Turtle Protection Project under our belts, staff are already seeing amazing results.
This year, we’re excited to debut a new way to support turtle conservation in Ontario Parks: our Turtle Protection Project merchandise line.
Let’s take a look at how you can help Ontario’s turtles AND look good while doing it.
Continue reading Shell-ebrate Ontario’s turtles with our new merchandise line
Special thanks to Kandyd Szuba, a family friend of the Meissners, who helped donate the Meissner’s photo collection to Ontario Parks and contributed to this article.
Meet the “Nature Snoopers.”
To their friends, Erwin and Annie Meissner were the “Nature Snoopers.” Everywhere they went, they were “nature snooping” – down every back road and down every hiking trail, they would be on the lookout for new discoveries.
Continue reading The “Nature Snoopers”: a legacy in photos
This winter, outdoor activities are a great option 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 your day is safe and fun!
So what does a beginner snowshoer need to know?
Continue reading A beginner’s guide to snowshoeing
Calling all teachers…
Ontario is one huge place. Most of us spend the majority of our time in one small section of the province.
But there is a vast expanse waiting to be explored.
We’ve partnered with Canadian Geographic for something big. GIANT, you could say.
We’re excited to unfold the Ontario Parks Giant Floor Map, and explore it with students across the province.
Continue reading Canadian Geographic’s Ontario Parks Giant Floor Map: bringing parks to the classroom
When it comes to an outdoor excursion during the winter months, clothing can make or break your experience.
If you’re cold or wet it’s going to be much more difficult for you to enjoy your time in the outdoors. Making sure you’re properly outfitted for whatever weather comes your way is crucial.
Luckily, our friends over at SAIL have some great tips for staying warm and cozy on your foray into winter.
Continue reading How to dress for your winter adventure
Did you know only a small portion of Ontario Parks’ budget comes from provincial taxes? In fact, the vast majority of operational funding comes from day-use and camping fees, rentals, partnerships, and the support of our generous donors.
Our donors give for many reasons. Ontario’s provincial parks are places of treasured memories, family traditions, connections with nature, and cultural landmarks.
That’s why we reached out to some recent donors to find out their reasons for supporting Ontario Parks. Here’s what they told us:
Continue reading Why donate to Ontario Parks?
Fall is our favourite hiking season.
It’s not too hot. The bugs are gone. Solitude is easier to find.
But fall hiking has its own complications, especially when it comes to weather.
Before heading out, check out this handy fall hiking checklist:
Continue reading 4 top tips for fall hiking adventures