Southeastern Friends: this year’s accomplishments

Each year, the Friends leave a lasting imprint on the park, and this year was no different. Their passion for parks is unmatched, and make our parks better for all who visit.

Here are some of the amazing 2018 project accomplishments from the southeastern Friends:

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I spy with my little eye…

Today’s post comes to us from Heather Stern, a naturalist at Bon Echo Provincial Park

Some of the oldest rock in the world.

Something that is carved.

Something made of wood.

These are only a few examples of the many things you can see from the Visitor Centre at Bon Echo Provincial Park, thanks to Rod MacKenzie with Hi-Spy Viewing Machines.

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Our Ontario Parks RV family vacation

Today’s post comes from Mary, the mom behind the Flying Couponer. Mary and her family were the first of six content creators invited to document and share their Ontario Parks RV experience in a custom wrapped RV as part of this year’s OP125 celebrations. 

If you’re looking for a fun way to explore Ontario Parks, travelling in an RV is a great way to go. In my opinion, it is the best way to experience everything that provincial parks have to offer.

It is like taking your house with you while stopping anywhere you want at any time. It is an absolutely unique way to go around and discover Ontario. With so many parks and campgrounds to choose from, Ontario will amaze you, again and again.

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7 tips for cool-weather adventuring

For many, autumn is the ideal season for outdoor fun. But as the temperatures start to drop, we want to make sure our hikers and campers stay safe while exploring our parks.

We chatted with our friends at SAIL to gather some top tips for staying warm and dry during your fall forays.

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Invasive Species Fighters: keep our lakes great

Today’s post comes from our friends at the Invasive Species Centre.

Our Great Lakes are Great with a capital “G,” and we want to keep them that way.

Ontario Parks offer pristine outdoor experiences with nearly two dozen provincial parks situated on the Great Lakes.

Did you know that Asian carps are not established in the Great Lakes, but threaten almost all aspects of our cherished lakes? Learn more about these fishes and what you can do to keep them out.

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The Lake Superior Water Trail: the greatest of trails

Today’s post comes from Joanie McGuffin (paddler, author, and executive director of the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy (LSWC)), and Holly Drew (LSWC Marketing and Communications Coordinator).

For thousands of years, people paddled birchbark canoes along the shores of Lake Superior to get from place to place. Travelling and trading, hunting and fishing; these were the activities of the historic Lake Superior Water Trail, now being celebrated as part of The Great Trail by Trans Canada Trail.

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Be an invasive species fighter! Clean, drain, dry your boat

Today’s post comes from our friends at the Invasive Species Centre.

Ontario is home to wonderful lakes, rivers and streams. Unfortunately, some of these waterways are home to aquatic invasive species such as Zebra or Quagga Mussels.

These species can be spread from one waterbody to another through watercraft that have not been properly cleaned, drained and dried between uses.

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How to keep your brain healthy this summer

Summer is without a doubt the best time to get outside and play. There’s so much to do like hiking, cycling, or paddling.

It is also the perfect time to take charge of our brain health. We often hear that being active is great for our heart and muscles, but let’s not forget what it can do for our brain. Exercise helps protect our brain cells and encourages the growth of new ones by boosting levels of growth factors called neurotrophins.

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