Working at Pancake Bay Provincial Park

Today’s post comes from Kathleen Boston, a Discovery Leader at Pancake Bay Provincial Park. 

Three years ago, I applied to spend my summer working at Pancake Bay Provincial Park. It was one of the best decisions I ever made!

Thankfully I was chosen to work as a gate attendant for my first year. In my second year I moved to the maintenance department, and now, in my third year, I am part of the Discovery Program team.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 16-18

This August, Ontario Parks is challenging you to spend 30 minutes in nature each day for 30 days. You know what would make meeting that challenge really easy? Spending a whole weekend in nature!

Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon on August 15, 2019):

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The best parts of a northern summer, according to a southern naturalist

Today’s post comes from Connor Ferguson, an Assistant Discovery Leader at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.

Every summer, you’ll find me in the parks of northern Ontario, sharing my love of nature with visitors from around the world as an Ontario Parks naturalist.

When the operating season is done, and the visitors have returned home, I go back to where I’m from: the far south of the province. I like to think that moving between these regions gives me a special appreciation for my time in the north.

Here are some of the reasons why I love spending my summers in Ontario’s north.

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5 reasons why you should try our Learn to Fish program

Today’s post comes from Brianne Schneider, a Learn to Fish leader at Emily Provincial Park.

New to fishing? Want to freshen up your skills? The Learn to Fish program is for you!

This two-hour session begins on land but ends along the shores catching the big one or the small one. The best part about fishing is that the catch gets larger with time!

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Campsite vacancy highlights: Aug 2-5

We know the struggle. We know what you have been waiting for. We are happy to say that the long weekend is almost here!

Our southern parks are looking pretty full for the long weekend, but we have some beautiful sites available at our northern parks!

Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon on July 31, 2019):

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Trout fishing at Lake Superior Provincial Park

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

I’ve been fortunate to fish at many provincial parks over the years. After a recent trip to Lake Superior Provincial Park, this place quickly became one of my favourites yet.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: July 26-28

It’s the last weekend of July and we say get ready to cast a line. Many of the parks featured this week have excellent fishing just off the shore or get adventurous and try your luck out on the water.

Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon on July 25, 2019):

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Family friendly parks in the near north

Summer is here, and now’s the perfect time for a last minute family road trip!

During the busy summer months, the solution to finding your serene camping trip is heading north.  Here are a few near north parks we suggest visiting with your little ones.

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