Today’s post comes from Assistant Zone Ecologist Pilar Manorome.
Spring is probably my favourite season as it brings new life to our parks in the form of migrating birds and emerging spring ephemerals, giving our forests’ their long awaited pops of vibrant colours and contrast. One of our visitors’ favourite sights is Ontario’s provincial flower, the White Trillium, as their blooms blanket the forest floor.
Most people know of the White Trillium — also referred to as Wake Robin or Large-leaved Trillium — as Ontario’s provincial flower. This is the flower featured on many of our provincial documents, from health cards to driver’s licenses.
Here are the top five fun facts about this iconic Ontario species:
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This blog comes from Cathy Entwhistle, a Senior Park Interpreter at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
It’s that time of year again, when the sweet sounds of spring fill Bronte Creek Provincial Park: the twittering of returning songbirds, the laughter of visitors strolling through the woods, and the plink! plink! plink! of sugar maple sap dripping into a maple bucket.
A visit to the Maple Syrup Festival walks you through the full history and process of making Canada’s favourite sweet syrup. With a few simple steps and tools, you can bring that history home with you.
Here’s how to make your own delicious maple syrup:
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During the long winter months, many of us get less “Vitamin N” than usual.
Yet contact with nature has been found to lower blood pressure, strengthen immune system, help prevent disease, and reduce stress levels.
Outdoor time is thought to have important contributions to children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and educational development. Likewise, as exposure to nature rises, children’s stress levels decrease and their self-worth increases.
Keen to spend time in nature with your family this March Break? Here’s a list of fun happenings across the province.
Continue reading March Break 2018
Ontario Parks has some pretty cool events every year and Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s legendary maple syrup festival is right up there on the cool-o-meter.
Yes, folks: fresh Ontario maple syrup will be flowing over pancakes, bacon and more as visitors get set to celebrate one of Top 100 Festivals in Ontario.
Fresh air, maple taffy, and loads of fun await visitors of all ages!
Continue reading 6 reasons to visit the Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival this March
Did you know you can book a group campsite online? Twelve parks in southwestern Ontario are participating in a pilot project aimed at making group camping easier.
You can reserve group sites at these 12 parks through our central call centre service or online as easily as you would a regular car camping site.
Continue reading Group camping reservations now online
As part of the Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary, we’re asking Ontarians to help us fund five legacy projects across the province.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s project is…
…the construction of the first cricket ground in the provincial park system!
Continue reading Support Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Family Day is the perfect opportunity to get your loved ones outdoors for a winter adventure.
Here are some exciting happenings at Ontario Parks this Family Day weekend:
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Expect some serious howling this December 31 — the howling hikes return for their 17th year!
This Bronte Creek Provincial Park tradition is a particular favourite for park staff as it combines winter fun, night hiking, howling, and enthusiastic families.
Continue reading Howling hikes ring in the new year
Many of our parks hibernate through the winter, but for others, the fun’s just getting started!
From Victorian farmhouses to dryland dogsledding, we’ve got some exciting events this November and December!
Continue reading November/December events at Ontario Parks
This seasonal recap is brought to you by our amazing team of Learn to Camp leaders!
As Learn to Camp leaders, we introduce thousands of Ontarians to camping every year.
We may be slightly biased, but we’re pretty sure this is one of the best jobs at Ontario Parks!
Continue reading Learn to Camp 2017 recap