November’s digital download

Sneaking out of your tent in the middle of the night to stare up at the stars… is there anything better?

There’s no substitution for witnessing a starry sky firsthand, but this month’s FREE digital download is a good start!

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered “how did it all begin?” Check out our series about the astronomical origins of the universe.

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October’s digital download

October in parks is unbe-leaf-able!

Are you keeping an eye on our Fall Colour Report to catch the ideal spots for leaf peeping?

This month’s FREE digital download comes from Driftwood Provincial Park.

There’s plenty of opportunities for camping later in fall. Don’t miss out on these great parks:

Throughout 2021, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic for you to use as wallpaper for your favourite devices. We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones, and Facebook covers.

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September’s digital download

Watch the autumn leaves dance as you dip your paddle in the water, reach the lookout on your favourite trail, or just relax on your campsite.

Don’t put the tent away just yet… a fall camping trip is the perfect way to cap off the season!

This month’s FREE digital download comes from Mikisew Provincial Park.

Throughout 2021, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic for you to use as wallpaper for your favourite devices. We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones, and Facebook covers.

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August’s digital download

Being lulled to sleep by the call of a loon or the waves lapping at the shore…does it get any better than this?

Did you know that spending time outdoors is proven to help with sleep problems? Pair that with the 100% natural sleep sounds, you’ve got a night of sweet dreams ahead!

This month’s FREE digital download comes from Algonquin Provincial Park.

Throughout 2021, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic for you to use as wallpaper for your favourite devices. We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones and Facebook covers.

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July’s digital download

We tried to catch some fog, but just mist!

This month’s FREE digital download comes from Rushing River Provincial Park.

Throughout 2021, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic for you to use as wallpaper for your favourite devices. We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones and Facebook covers.

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June’s digital download

Driftwood is so much more than lumber washed ashore.

Countless little creatures make driftwood their home, and shorebirds rely on driftwood for nesting, feeding, and shelter.

Throughout 2021, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic for you to use as wallpaper for your favourite devices. We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones and Facebook covers.

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Are you an ethical wildlife photographer?

You’ve recently unwrapped the latest iphone or a shiny new digital camera, perhaps an SLR with some fancy lenses.

Now you have itchy shutter fingers. You’re ready to point our camera at something spectacular and capture a beautiful memory forever. But where to go?

Not to brag, but Ontario Parks are beautiful, iconic places. Covering nearly 10% of the province and protecting some of Ontario’s most rare and scenic habitats, our parks are home to a variety of wildlife, from fascinating insects to enormous moose.

Basically, they’re a photographer’s dreamscape.

We’re animal lovers too. We know how exhilarating wildlife encounters can be. We understand how badly you want that perfect photo.

But before you hit the road, ask yourself: is taking the perfect photograph worth risking an animal’s life or an ecosystem’s health?

If your answer is “no,” check out our list of seven common photography infractions to ensure you’re keeping our parks safe and healthy.

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May’s digital download

With the arrival of spring comes the familiar call of our provincial bird.

The sights and sounds of these iconic birds capture the hearts of all Ontarians.

Learn more about the Common Loon.

Throughout 2021, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic for you to use as wallpaper for your favourite devices. We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones and Facebook covers.

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April’s digital download

We’re all familiar with the White Trillium — also referred to as Wake Robin or Large-leaved Trillium — as Ontario’s provincial flower.

But have you seen a Red Trillium?

You can find these jewel-toned beauties in the understory of rich deciduous or mixed forests.

Throughout 2021, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic for you to use as wallpaper for your favourite devices. We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones and Facebook covers.

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The “Nature Snoopers”: a legacy in photos

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.

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