At Ontario Parks, we’re constantly on the lookout for ways to promote both the health and wellbeing of our visitors and the parks we protect.
The importance of spending time in nature is well documented in scientific research, and we embody our efforts to promote spending more time in nature through our Healthy Parks Healthy People movement.
Provincial parks are great places to get your nature fix – but have you ever thought about incorporating time in nature into the way you get to your favourite park?
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We know that spending time in nature is good for us.
Sometimes, we just need a little push to get outside and feel the effects!
That’s why on July 21, we are offering a variety of activities in parks across the province in celebration of Healthy Parks Healthy People Day.
All parks that normally charge a day-use fee will be offering free entry so you can enjoy the benefits of being in nature.
Continue reading Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2023
Forks of the Credit Provincial Park is a beautiful park west of Toronto. It offers excellent hiking, picnicking, and fishing opportunities, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.
But the secret is out on this hiking destination located close to home! Forks of the Credit can experience large crowds of visitors, especially on summer weekends.
As the park’s popularity has grown, so has our need for visitors to put extra thought into being respectful. Visitors should plan ahead to avoid large crowds, potential fines, or being turned away at the park gate.
Continue reading How to plan your day trip to Forks of the Credit
Did you buy something from our online holiday store last year? In today’s post, Monica Fromberger, an ecologist at Darlington Provincial Park, talks about some of the vital protection work your purchase helped fund!
Darlington is hard at work this fall with some ecological integrity projects to preserve habitats for different species throughout the park.
Continue reading Your purchase helps parks: Preserving Darlington’s habitat
In today’s post, Piping Plover Biologist Monica Fromberger shares the hot gossip surrounding this season’s plover population.
We had TWO Piping Plover nests in southeastern Ontario this year!
One at Darlington Provincial Park and the other at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Continue reading 2022 Piping Plover season recap
Looking for an easy escape into nature? Darlington Provincial Park is the perfect spot.
It’s great for winter day-use with hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities galore, only 45 minutes east of Toronto.
Here are five reasons you need to check Darlington out this winter:
Continue reading Winter adventures at Darlington Provincial Park
Living in Toronto can make nature feel a million miles away. This is especially true in the winter, when the closeness of the buildings, the busy streets, and the slush limit the best that winter has to offer – tranquility, wide-open spaces blanketed in snow, and room to play.
In truth, however, the natural world is never too far away. Several provincial parks are open all winter and offer easy day visits for city-dwellers.
Here are some of the top parks near Toronto you need to check out this winter:
Continue reading The best winter day trips (if you live in Toronto)
In today’s post, Zone Ecologist Corina Brdar shares the exciting restoration story that’s been unfolding at Darlington Provincial Park.
There’s nothing like seeing an idea turn into reality, is there?
Especially when the idea is an enormous one, and it takes tons of cooperation from all kinds of players.
Continue reading Darlington’s daring wetland restoration
“I need a vacation from my vacation!”
Get one last camping trip in to celebrate summer winding down. There’s plenty of options throughout the province, including two trailer-equipped sites!
Scout out your ideal campsite on our reservation service (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon on September 9, 2021):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: September 10-12
Today’s blog comes from Piping Plover Biologist Monica Fromberger from Ontario Parks’ southeast zone.
Every year, Darlington Provincial Park runs a Piping Plover conservation program to help these special endangered shorebirds.
This year, the park’s plover lovers have done it again!
Lovebirds Blue and Miss Howard have successfully hatched, fledged, and raised all four of their chicks to migrate for the second year in a row.
Continue reading The Piping Plover power couple of Darlington