Today’s post was written by Brooke Michell, a Park Biologist at Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park.
“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need.” – Edward Abbey
Some of our most treasured moments occur off the beaten path. In the backcountry of Ontario Parks, the avid hiker, canoe tripper, angler, and outdoors person seeks solitude. Although anyone who has backcountry camped knows it’s not always a walk in the park.
Physical limits are often pushed while portaging through rugged terrain, and paddling across windswept water bodies. At this expense, why is backcountry camping one of our most beloved past times?
Continue reading Low-impact backcountry camping
Did you know that you can reserve your campsite or roofed accommodation up to five months in advance of your arrival date?
You can book online (and even see a sneak preview of your campsite) or by calling the Ontario Parks reservation line, 1-888-ONT-PARK (Canada & USA).
Check out these five tips for a smooth reservation experience:
Continue reading 5 tips for reserving an Ontario Parks campsite
If you’re a summer camping enthusiast, now may be the time to put your skills to the test in a different season. Winter in our parks is a beautiful time. It’s quiet and still. The air is clean. And everything is covered in fresh snow.
Here are some tips for a safe, fun winter camping experience…
Continue reading Winter camping 101
We are in the heydays of beautiful, hot summer weather! Take advantage of it by booking one of these great sites for your weekend getaway.
Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of 12:00 pm on July 27, 2017):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: July 28-30
Six more parks have jumped on board and will be distributing FREE sample cans of Bush’s Beans to campers!
Parks that will be distributing samples in August, 2017 are:
Continue reading The beans are back!
Worried about how restful it is sleeping outside?
Studies show sleeping away from artificial light and waking up with natural sunlight can reset your circadian rhythm which will help you feel refreshed after a better night’s sleep.
But to get a good night’s sleep, it’s important to stay warm, dry and comfortable.
Here are some tips for comfy sleeping while car camping:
Continue reading How to get a good night’s sleep while camping
In today’s post, Senior Marketing Specialist Sheila Wiebe shares advice on how to completely power down (pain-free!) on your next camping adventure.
Seasoned backcountry country campers: this article is not intended for you (though you might find it funny). We’re talking to front-country and car campers in this one.
When researching this topic, I realized there are lots of articles about alternative power sources when camping on a non-electrical site.
But did you know that you can actually camp/ live comfortably without electrical power?!
Continue reading How to survive an unplugged camping trip
This long weekend, we’ve only got first-come-first-served campsites left in Southern Ontario.
But there are some BEAUTIFUL sites still free up north, including a lakeside cabin!
Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon, Sept. 1):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: Sept. 2-5 (long weekend edition!)
Spring is a great time to score your perfect campsite. Across Ontario, most parks still have a good selection of sites available for the weekend, for tent and RV campers alike!
Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon, June 9):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 10-12
To many, camping brings visions of sunshine, the leaves trembling as the trees slowly sway in the wind, sand and waves gently crashing around your toes as you enjoy your days on the beach. Your face is flush with your first dose of spring sunshine and your ears are filled with the beautiful songs of migrating birds.
Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
Here are our top ten reasons to try spring camping this season: