Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, Past Senior Park Interpreter of Neys Provincial Park.
Driftwood – it makes a great bench to watch the sunset, a balancing beam to play on, or that perfect element to your photograph.
There’s something about driftwood that gives beaches that rugged beauty factor. Walking on a beach, listening to the waves and the birds, and looking at the different pieces of driftwood can be wondrous and relaxing.
Has a piece of driftwood ever caught your eye and made you wonder where it originally came from? How it got that far up the beach? The size of the wave that put it there? What species of tree or how old it is?
Each piece of driftwood has its own journey and its own story. But its story isn’t over when it washes up on the beach.
Continue reading Why driftwood matters
This blog post comes from Emma Webb, Head Gate Attendant at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.
Driftwood is my favourite provincial park. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Samuel de Champlain, but there’s something magical about Driftwood. It’s where I started my parks career.
Although it may be smaller, the park has a lot of heart, and even more charm.
Continue reading Discover fall camping at Driftwood Provincial Park
Today’s blog post comes from Sara Moore, a Discovery student at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.
Have you ever wondered what makes a sunset so special?
What gives them their beautiful colours?
Continue reading The science and symbolism behind sunsets
October in parks is unbe-leaf-able!
Are you keeping an eye on our Fall Colour Report to catch the ideal spots for leaf peeping?
This month’s FREE digital download comes from Driftwood Provincial Park.
There’s plenty of opportunities for camping later in fall. Don’t miss out on these great parks:
Throughout 2021, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic for you to use as wallpaper for your favourite devices. We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones, and Facebook covers.
Continue reading October’s digital download
For a while, park staff have been wondering: why do some of our guests who come to visit natural environments feel compelled to leave their mark on that beach, waterfall, or lookout after they’ve left?
At MacGregor Point Provincial Park, we’ve noticed some changes being made to our shorelines by well-meaning sun-seekers who visit our beach for a short time, but leave behind structures made of driftwood.
Staff in our park and others have disassembled several driftwood forts upon discovering them on our beaches, which can be a dangerous task.
Let’s talk about why we’d prefer our visitors to leave driftwood where it lies, and some fun things you can do at the beach instead of building forts.
Continue reading Driftwood: shaping shorelines and completing communities
Spending time in nature is good for our mind and body. We sleep better and think more clearly. Stress and anxiety slip away.
Research shows being outside can lower blood pressure, strengthen our immune system, and helps us relax. With over 330 provincial parks, there is much to do and see in Ontario Parks.
To celebrate how great nature makes us feel, we’re partnering with SAIL to offer free day-use on Friday, July 16 to celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day!
Continue reading Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2021
Driftwood is so much more than lumber washed ashore.
Countless little creatures make driftwood their home, and shorebirds rely on driftwood for nesting, feeding, and shelter.
Throughout 2021, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic for you to use as wallpaper for your favourite devices. We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones and Facebook covers.
Continue reading June’s digital download
Does the cold weather have you dreaming of sunny days on the beach and warm nights by the campfire?
Thanks to our five-month advance booking window, you can lock down your July campsite early!
Here’s a list of 10 parks sure to chase away the midwinter blues:
Continue reading Reserve your Canada Day campsite early!
We’ve got plenty of campsite vacancies in southern Ontario, with two cabins still available up north.
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 on September 12, 2019):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: September 13-15
It’s the last weekend of July and we say get ready to cast a line. Many of the parks featured this week have excellent fishing just off the shore or get adventurous and try your luck out on the water.
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 on July 25, 2019):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: July 26-28