Summer campers love Ontario Parks but many have never experienced their favourite park in winter. Ontario Parks aims to change that. Nineteen provincial parks are open this winter season with cross-country trails to ski. Thirteen have groomed or track-set trails. And eight of the nineteen have comfortable roofed accommodation for rent. Designated snowshoe trails are in many parks. Some have skating and tubing too. Three parks will host ski loppets. Another will host an annual snowshoe race and at least five plan to celebrate February’s Family Day weekend with special events. Below are tips to help visitors plan their own exotic park adventure this winter:
This Thanksgiving, why not take the work out of your Thanksgiving dinner and head to your favourite park for a weekend away and a BBQ turkey with all the fixings? After all, you can recycle just about everything you need to cook a turkey dinner on the BBQ so cleanup is a breeze! (Cue collective “Yes!” from mothers everywhere).
Move over Martha Stewart, this is Thanksgiving Canadian style!
Imagine how delicious a BBQ turkey would taste, seasoned with fresh herbs and hot off the grill; dotted with cranberry sauce, prepared gravy, fresh fall vegetables and a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert! Add a nice hot cup of coffee, maybe a S’more or two and you’re ready for a relaxing campfire under the stars.
Built in the 1870s, Maple Rest is nestled within the dunes beach area of Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County. It is available for reservation throughout the year and perfect for your next getaway. Here are some of the features we think you will enjoy:
1. Victorian Charm
Maple Rest is a unique Victorian home with lots of charm. The home has been completely restored and furnished with antiques and reproductions to create a unique experience for guests. You will feel transported to a different time and place-but with the convenience of many modern luxuries still available!
Kids love to hang with their friends on March Break so why not take them to Ontario Parks where they can burn off a bit of energy outdoors and have a good time. A little pre-planning in the comfort of your home can make for an extraordinary day or overnight park adventure. Park staff suggest involving your kids in the planning as much as possible. This helps build excitement for your excursion. Continue reading Cool March Break ideas at Ontario Parks
Still looking for something to do during the months of July and August? Why not check out a roofed accommodation at Ontario Parks. There are still vacancies available at Bonnechere Provincial Park for their rustic cabins and yurts at Windy Lake and Charleston Lake Provincial Parks. Continue reading Ontario Parks offers great roofed accommodations for summer camping!
If you’re thinking of booking a yurt this fall you can try one of Ontario Parks’ new learning vacations. Maybe you’ll get really adventurous and combine a yurt stay with a winter workshop. Yurts are surprisingly comfortable which is good news for boomers who used to camp, but in the last couple of years have chosen the creature comforts that nearby housekeeping resorts offer. Continue reading Yurts And Mini Learning Vacations