This post comes to us from Lesley Ng, Natural Heritage Education Leader at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
Recently, park staff removed three outhouses from Marie Louise Lake Campground, leaving a blank footprint.
With funds available for Ontario Parks 125th anniversary stewardship initiatives, Sleeping Giant submitted a proposal to plant a few more trees this season.
Continue reading Tree-mendous times at the Giant
Is there anything more peaceful than lying on your back on a warm summer night, gazing up at the stars, and seeing a meteor fly past you?
You can see this phenomenon for yourself this summer during the Perseid Meteor Shower on the nights of August 12-13.
Continue reading Summer meteor showers
Today’s post comes from Evan McCaul, Ecologist with Ontario Parks’ Northwest Zone.
While conducting an ecological inventory of Brightsand River Provincial Park, Ontario Parks staff witnessed and recorded a large scale emergence of dragonflies, including a Dragonhunter, the largest clubtail dragonfly in North America!
Continue reading Emergence of the Dragonhunter
Today’s post comes from Rachel DeGreef, Project and Communications Assistant with Ontario Parks.
We can all agree that the smell of a campfire and fresh pine can bring us back to our fondest camping memories.
Science tells us that olfactory senses are the strongest memories we have. John Leadston, Project Manager at Arrowhead Provincial Park, shares that “the smell of that canvas [tent] takes me back to a place I would return to in a heartbeat.”
Continue reading Sparking memories with tent nostalgia
This post was written by Warren Verina, Assistant Superintendent at Algonquin Provincial Park.
Stop and rewind 125 years (give or take a few months).
Imagine you are asked to gather rations and supplies, leave the bustling city of Toronto, and head north to the wilderness to what is now known as Algonquin Provincial Park.
Continue reading “Superinten-tions:” insights from superintendents past and present
Summer is without a doubt the best time to get outside and play. There’s so much to do like hiking, cycling, or paddling.
It is also the perfect time to take charge of our brain health. We often hear that being active is great for our heart and muscles, but let’s not forget what it can do for our brain. Exercise helps protect our brain cells and encourages the growth of new ones by boosting levels of growth factors called neurotrophins.
Continue reading How to keep your brain healthy this summer
Today’s post comes from our friends at the Invasive Species Centre.
Fishing can be enjoyed in every season, and this means that we can keep the health of our lakes and waterways top-of-mind year-round.
In Ontario, the Fishing Regulations control live bait to prevent the spread of infectious fish diseases (like viral hemorrhagic septicemia), unwanted fish species, and invasive species.
Let’s buff up on our bait facts to help protect our lakes and become invasive species fighters. Your training begins now.
Continue reading Responsible anglers are nature’s superheroes
Get the most out of this upcoming August long weekend by spending it outdoors.
For those of you taking part in Ontario Parks’ 30×30 Challenge, regular camping trips will help you get your nature time in this month. Forest bathe, go for a paddle (many of our parks rent watercraft), or just hang on the beach.
Southern Ontario’s pretty full, but if you’re willing to head north, we’ve got tent sites, RV/trailer sites AND electrical sites that are currently open. Check out our featured campsites below (available as of 12:00 pm on August 1, 2018):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: August 3-6
A wind-swept pine silhouetted in the foreground of a magical view. Can you see yourself stretching out on the shore and looking up at this scene?
This month’s FREE digital download is of the breathtaking night sky at Killbear Provincial Park.
Continue reading August’s digital download
Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This space (<– see what we did there?) will cover a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks.
August is here at last with its fine weather, fewer mosquitos, and longer nights. All of the constellations and objects from July are still visible, but there are a few exciting new things to see this month.
Here are our astronomical highlights for August 2018:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies — August