So you’re no stranger to camping, but want a new adventure? Or maybe you’ve invested some money in winter camping gear?
Congratulations! Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park offers the perfect opportunity for those looking to get into winter camping.
Just a couple hours outside of the GTA, and three hours west of Ottawa, any weekend warrior looking for a new adventure will hear this park calling their name.
Here’s everything you need to know to make your foray into winter camping at Kawartha Highlands memorable, safe, and successful:
Continue reading 6 tips for winter camping at Kawartha Highlands
Today’s post comes from Quetico Superintendent Trevor Gibb.
Quetico Provincial Park is primarily known for its world class backcountry canoeing opportunities.
However, once the lakes freeze and snow blankets the forest, the park transforms into a wilderness winter wonderland.
Continue reading 10 ways to enjoy winter at Quetico
You’ve heard about this fantastic new adventure through a friend, route guide, or Instagram. It looks kind of tough, and you’re pretty new to the whole backcountry thing.
Still, you don’t want to miss out, so you decide to go for it.
But as you start planning, there’s a little voice wondering if this is really the best idea.
Listen to that voice.
Continue reading Backcountry basics: know your limits
Today’s post comes from Jill Legault, Information Specialist at Quetico Provincial Park.
Summertime means puppy playtime!
Dogs love the opportunity to be outside as much as you do. A little planning means every family member is happy and safe in the backcountry.
Continue reading Backcountry canoeing with your dog
Today’s post comes from Kristiana Wilson, Assistant Park Superintendent at Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.
2021 was quite the fire season in Ontario.
Last year alone, approximately 55% of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park burned due to natural forest fires.
The park is no stranger to forest fires — fire is key for regeneration in the boreal forest.
Still, when most people think of picturesque park landscapes, they typically don’t think of park areas that have been burned.
We’re here to change any preconceived ideas you have about travelling through large burns and share some tips to make your next post forest fire park paddling trip a little easier!
Continue reading Paddling Woodland Caribou Provincial Park after a forest fire
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
We don’t know about you, but when we pack food for our backcountry trip, we plan on eating it.
That plan can go downhill quickly when raccoons, squirrels, and bears dip into your trail mix, or rain soaks through your pack, ruining your soft sausage buns.
You want to see a grumpy bear? A weekend away without food will turn us into one in no time!
Instead, learn how to store food and dispose of scraps so you don’t end up with soggy food or, worse, unexpected dinner guests.
Continue reading Backcountry basics: storing and disposing of food
Whitney Arnott is a hiking and canoeing enthusiast that likes to spend days at a time in the backcountry when she’s not working at Ontario Parks branch office.
Here are her tips for safe drinking water when you’re in the wilderness.
When it comes to drinking water in the backcountry, you may think it will be simple. There’s lots of water all around you, right?
While that is true, it’s not as simple as turning on a tap at home or dipping your bottle below the water’s surface to fill it.
Untreated water found in lakes, rivers, ponds, etc. isn’t safe to drink. It can contain waterborne parasites and diseases like Giardiasis (also known as beaver fever) or E. coli, which can make you sick.
Continue reading Backcountry basics: drinking water
Today’s post is a polite rant from Quetico Provincial Park’s Librarian Jill Sorensen.
We seem to constantly hear about expedition-style trips. Grunt narratives where people have broken speed records, paddled the longest distances, or have been “the first” to complete a route. The blisters. The sleep deprivation. The endurance.
And that is fine. I have no problem with kilometre tracking or race attempts. But if you insist on measuring all of your trips, may I suggest that you count something else? Something that instead connects you to the landscape, or a piece of cultural history.
A little less pace. A little more place.
Here are some suggestions of other things to count:
Continue reading The measure of a canoe trip
Are you new to parks, or maybe a park veteran looking to brush up on your knowledge?
We’ve assembled a handy guide to all the terms you’ll need to know and understand before you visit the park…
Continue reading An Ontario Parks glossary