Ecological integrity in southeastern parks

In today’s post, Protected Areas Intern Katelyn Vardy highlights a few of the projects that staff have completed to improve and maintain the ecological integrity in southeastern parks.

When you’re standing in a favourite nature spot or within a park, it’s easy to embrace the beauty and calmness that surrounds you.

While campers and day trippers enjoy all that parks have to offer, behind the scenes are teams of staff working incredibly hard. Their work helps to protect these areas so that they can be enjoyed for years to come.

Here’s a look at some of the projects that we have completed to support the ecological integrity of southeastern parks.

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Get your daily vehicle permit in advance for select provincial parks!

Last year, more than 80% of visitors told us they liked being able to reserve their daily vehicle permit in advance.

That’s why we’re offering this service at even more of our busier day-use parks in 2022.

This year, you will be able to get your daily vehicle permit in advance at 33 provincial parks.

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Shell-ebrate Ontario’s turtles with our new merchandise line

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.

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Your Ontario Parks gift guide

Does the thought of holiday shopping for the nature-lover in your life have you quaking in your snow boots?

Fear not! Pick up some of your favourite Ontario Parks merchandise (and new releases) from the comfort of home with our holiday pop-up store.

But don’t wait: the holiday pop-up store is only open until December 31 and stock is limited.

We’ve created a gift guide to check all your friends and family off your list:

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How to make a purchase on the holiday pop-up store

Hey park-lovers! Did you know we are offering online merchandise sales this holiday season?

The holiday pop-up store is an opportunity to pick up some of your favourite Ontario Parks merchandise online.

But don’t delay – the holiday pop-up store is a limited-time offer and we will not be restocking items! The pop-up store closes on December 31, 2021.

Here’s everything you need to know about making a purchase:

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Honouring Quetico: my experience as an artist-in-residence

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Quetico Provincial Park provided two weeks of rest, peace, inspiration, and creativity at the artist’s studio on French Lake. In today’s post, Jennifer Caie shares her experience as Quetico’s artist-in-residence in June and July of 2019.

Arriving at the studio, I was exhausted and worn out by the stresses of life.

After unloading my art supplies from the car, I just sat down in an overwhelming calmness.

The scene was peaceful.

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