You’re ready for bed after a long day of hiking or paddling at your favourite park. In the hush of crickets and rippling leaves, you catch yourself in a moment of stillness.
You click off your flashlight and turn your gaze skyward where countless bright stars twinkle back at you.
How could anything be better?
At Ontario Parks, we’re always ready to celebrate the beauty of parks, from the misty mornings by the water to the starlit nights by the fire.
We believe this year’s holiday collection will capture the heart of any parks-lover on your list.
Continue reading Our holiday collection will leave you starry-eyed!
This fall, we’re kicking it old school!
Celebrate roads less travelled and long-cherished memories with the Ontario Parks vintage collection.
These iconic designs — inspired by vehicle permits from the ’50s and ’60s — capture the timeless beauty of the province’s natural spaces, thoughtfully designed and produced right here in Ontario.
Functional, durable, timeless. This vintage collection isn’t just about sweatshirts – it’s a celebration of Ontario’s protected natural spaces. Profits from every sale get reinvested into projects that protect our parks for the next generation.
Ready to embrace the nostalgia? Shop our limited-edition vintage collection:
Continue reading Feel the nostalgia with our limited-edition vintage collection
Located along the meandering Bonnechere River, Bonnechere Provincial Park is the perfect place to explore with your family.
Bonnechere — located in Killaloe, ON (just 2 hours from Ottawa) — is one of the Ottawa Valley’s hidden gems. It’s also a great spot from which to explore all the region has to offer.
Here’s how you can do that:
Continue reading How to use Bonnechere as a basecamp to explore the Ottawa Valley
Did you know that you can obtain your daily vehicle permit up to five days in advance at many provincial parks?
Check the list to see if your favourite park is one of them!
Continue reading Book your daily vehicle permit in advance!
Is there only one type of seasonal permit?
Do seasonal permits guarantee entrance?
Is there a way to test out a seasonal permit before buying?
Read on for six key facts about Ontario Parks’ seasonal permits:
Continue reading 6 things to know about your seasonal permit
What’s winter without snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and skating?
These essential experiences all have one thing in common: you need the right gear to participate!
Here’s where you can rent or borrow winter gear in 2024:
Continue reading Where to rent winter equipment at Ontario Parks
Did you buy something from our online holiday store last year? In today’s post, Ontario Parks staff talk about some of the vital protection work your purchase helped fund!
Ontario Parks — as part of a bigger provincial effort — has been working hard to assess and repair ecological integrity in many of our inland lake habitats, protecting different species throughout Killarney and other provincial parks.
Continue reading Your purchase helps parks: revitalizing Killarney’s aquatic ecosystems
Starting your holiday shopping?
Our 2022 holiday collection will have you feeling merry and bright in no time!
Continue reading Give the gift of 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.
Continue reading Ecological integrity in southeastern parks
Did you know you can get your daily vehicle permit in advance at select provincial parks?
Getting your permit in advance guarantees access to your park of choice, even on busy days like weekends and holidays.
Here’s everything you need to know to book your day pass:
Continue reading How to book your advance daily vehicle permit online