Black Bears live across Ontario in forested areas where they can find enough food, shelter, and denning sites. Our provincial parks are their home, and over 90% of our parks are in bear country.
A safe bear sighting during one of your adventures with Ontario Parks can be a lasting memory. Educating yourself about bears before your visit is important and the mark of a responsible park visitor.
We want to share space with bears, keeping our human visitors and all our wildlife residents safe.
If you’re planning a visit, here are some important safety tips about Black Bears:
Continue reading How to be a Bear Wise visitor
So you’re heading into one of our parks for the day, and looking to reduce your ecological footprint?
Here’s how to have a day of fun outside with a low-waste twist.
Continue reading How to have a low-waste day trip
Today’s post comes from Marketing and Communications summer student Mitch Jackson. His campfire talents include cooking stuffed peppers, grilling barbecue chicken, and always managing to forget to pack a lighter.
For many campers, a fire is a must. Gathering ’round the flames, sharing stories with friends and family, making s’mores, and burning marshmallows are all part of the quintessential camping experience.
While you may have the perfect campfire recipes, or the perfect campfire building technique, you should also be aware of how to keep your campfire perfectly safe.
Continue reading Campfire safety: If you love Ontario Parks, don’t burn them!
Do ticks and Lyme disease make you wary of going outdoors?
Make sure you know how to protect yourself, pets, and your loved ones when you head out on an adventure.
The most effective way to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is to prevent tick bites.
Continue reading How to protect yourself from ticks
The warm weather is here, and many Ontarians are getting out on the water.
To make sure you have a fun – and safe — experience, make sure you review these seven tips for safe boating:
Continue reading 7 tips for safe boating
While swimming, boating and other water activities are a centrepiece of many Ontario Parks adventures, there are also risks associated with these activities.
We want our visitors to stay safe when they hit the waves.
And that starts with a PFD (personal flotation device)!
Continue reading Our free PARKsmart PFD Lending Program
In today’s post comes from Discovery Leader Matt Cunliffe at MacGregor Point Provincial Park.
When the big day comes, if you’re like me, all you want to do is get to your site: tent set, chairs out, feet up.
I’ve worked for Ontario Parks since 2006, afnd last year had the opportunity to run a gate house.
This gave me an increased respect for the amazing work our gate staff perform and valuable perspective on just how busy the park can be during check-in time for a long weekend…or any weekend for that matter.
And after a season of answering questions and helping campers, here are a few considerations for this year:
Continue reading 7 things to remember when arriving at the park gatehouse for day use
Five months ago, you woke up early, sat down at your computer to book a campsite at your favourite park.
The big day’s finally here, and you load your gear, family, and pets into the trailer. You drive to the park, get to your site and….
…your heart drops.
Your RV is too big for your campsite.
What’s worse, it’s a busy summer weekend, and the park is completely full! You have no choice, but to turn around and head back home.
Continue reading Find a site that fits your needs using filters
Ontario is home to more than 250,000 lakes, thousands of kilometres of streams and rivers, and more than 150 species of fish.
There are endless fishing opportunities at Ontario Parks, and dropping a line is a great way to connect with and learn about nature.
From Lake Trout to Brook Trout, Walleye to Northern Pike, we’ve got some of the best recreational fishing opportunities in the world!
But before you head out to hook a big one, let’s talk about some of the dos and don’ts of using live bait in Ontario Parks:
Continue reading The dos and don’ts of using live bait in provincial parks
Dust off the camper, RVers!
It’s time to get ready for another season of road tripping to provincial parks.
With help from our friends at Wayfarer, we’ve put together an essential checklist to prep your RV for the coming season:
Continue reading Get your RV ready for summer with this checklist