Today’s blog comes from Quetico Provincial Park Canoe Route Technician Gavin Morito-Karn.
In 2019, I spent my summer paddling across a large chunk of the vastness of one of Canada’s waterways.
Brigitte Champaigne-Klassen (also a past member of Quetico’s staff) and I travelled from Cochrane, Alberta (just west of Calgary) to Nym Lake on the border of Quetico, approximately a 4,500 km journey.
The majority of those days were spent on unfamiliar waters that cut through prairie fields and man-made lakes.
Continue reading There and back again: a Quetico tale
You’ve just paddled your heart out to get to your campsite. You put on your flannel and grab your axe to prepare your campfire.
Something about being in the wilderness that brings out our inner woodsperson.
We know the feeling.
However, for the preservation of your toes, please read this before you swing that axe!
Continue reading Say “no” to axe-idents
Ontario Parks staff tackle a huge array of tasks and challenges.
Our days are diverse. You might find us researching rare species, applying First Aid to injured guests, maintaining safe and healthy water systems, building a boardwalk, or welcoming families to a busy campground.
We’re stewards of our province’s most treasured natural resources. We’re educators, instilling a love of nature in new generations of Ontarians.
Internationally, World Ranger Day celebrates their wonderful work protecting our parks, and commemorates park rangers killed or injured in the line of duty in park organizations with high-risk activities.
We’re proud to keep our parks safe and welcoming to visitors, while protecting our amazing natural world.
Take a look at just a few of our everyday heroes:
Continue reading Happy World Ranger Day
Today’s post comes from Alex Campbell, a summer student at Wabakimi Provincial Park
Wabakimi Provincial Park — a two and a half-hour drive north of Thunder Bay — spans an area larger than Prince Edward Island.
This extensive wilderness area encompasses over 1,500 km worth of prime canoe routes, with portages varying in length from 20 to 1,800 m. Each portage is maintained by a small group of extremely hard-working people: Wabakimi’s canoe rangers.
Continue reading 20 years of Wabakimi canoe rangers
Today’s post comes from Roger LaFontaine, Outdoor Recreation Specialist at Ontario Parks.
With the warm weather, our minds wander from day-to-day drudgery like the terrible commute, the clicking of keyboards, the abstract shapes, and disjointed words of a presentation.
Suddenly, you’re dreaming about pine trees, a campfire, and great people you don’t get to spend enough time with.
Glazed-over eyes slowly make their way to the window, and you begin to plan your escape.
Continue reading The battle of paddlers: eliminating “Portage Rage”
The Missinaibi River is one of the longest and most famous canoe routes in the Hudson Bay watershed – 500 km of whitewater river, from the Arctic watershed divide down to James Bay.
This summer, our Northeastern Resource Stewardship Crew traveled 185 km of that river working to maintain Missinaibi Provincial Park‘s backcountry.
Check out this video of their travels:
Continue reading Maintaining the Missinaibi
Welcome to our “5 Questions” series! We chat with park staff around the province to give you an inside look at what it’s like to work at Ontario Parks.
Jason Lorbetskie has worked as a backcountry ranger in Algonquin Provincial Park for over 17 years. He is currently a Group Leader for Operations South, where his job duties include supervising other rangers, maintaining trails and campsites, and assisting with all facets of the backcountry program.
Continue reading 5 questions with a backcountry ranger