Did you know 19 of our parks have cross-country trails, about half of them groomed?
Cross-country skiing is a great way for families to get outdoors and enjoy the winter together! It’s less expensive and safer than alpine skiing, it helps keep kids fit, and it’s a skill they’ll have their entire life.
Here are our top seven tips for getting kids hooked on cross-country skiing:
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Today’s post comes from Quetico Provincial Park‘s Superintendent, Trevor Gibb.
The smell of crisp clean pine and spruce trees. The sight of fresh moose, wolf, otter and hare tracks zigging and zagging across the path in front of you. The chirp of a chickadee. The crunch of the bright white snow and the gentle bite of the winter air on your cheeks.
This is cross-country skiing in a wilderness park. This is what winter is all about.
Continue reading Skiing Quetico’s frozen wilderness
Many Ontario Parks have well-maintained trails for winter use.
Knowing the proper etiquette and rules for use helps to keep them safe for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers alike.
Continue reading 5 tips for sharing the winter trails
Snow on the trails no longer means that bike season is over; it means that winter fatbiking season has begun!
Fatbikes are mountain bikes with over-sized tires which allow the bikes to travel over snow with ease. One of the best things about fatbiking in the winter is that it’s a great way to get outside and be active all winter long and have a blast doing it!
Continue reading Fat biking at Algonquin
One of our naturalists left his letter to Santa out on his desk, and we wanted to share a copy, in case anyone out there wants to lend Mr. Claus a hand this year.
I don’t really need a lot this year as I have the privilege of working in one of our great provincial parks: Presqu’ile. Perhaps you’ve visited or seen it as you fly over?
It is pretty easy to pick out from the air, sticking into Lake Ontario like it does. We get lots of birds landing here on migration to rest, which many people like to come and see. You’d be welcome to have a break here too.
Continue reading A naturalist’s letter to Santa Claus
The air is crisp and clean. The evergreens are covered with snow. If you’re lucky – and observant – you might spot a cardinal, a finch, a waxwing or a blue jay as you glide along the ice.
And when the sun goes down, you can huddle around a big bonfire with a cup of hot chocolate and warm up before relacing your skates and heading back out to skate under the stars.
It’s simply magical.
This winter, plan a skating trip to these four provincial parks:
Continue reading Where to skate in Ontario Parks
New Year’s Day is coming up fast — have you picked out a park for your First Day Hike?
This 10-park list rounds up some top options for your first foray into 2019:
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During the snowy season, parks can feel like our own personal winter wonderlands. Meandering through snow-covered trails and frozen forests can make an awesome day in the outdoors.
Nature lovers can celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike in our parks this January 1. Here are some ways to make sure you have a fun and safe time on your frosty foray!
Continue reading How to have a safe winter hike
Skating through the forest under the stars has become a bucket-list item for Ontarians.
But the secret’s out. On busy weekends, Arrowhead Provincial Park often hits capacity and has to turn away eager visitors.
Get the latest capacity updates here:
We’ve assembled a list of frequently asked questions and top tips for planning your Arrowhead adventure:
Continue reading Winter adventure in Arrowhead Provincial Park
Are you a regular victim of post-holiday slump?
We’ve got the secret to starting 2019 on the right foot.
Continue reading Hit the trails for a First Day Hike