A changing landscape: how nature influences the way our parks look

When campers return to their favorite campsites this year, they may be greeted with a different scene than they remember.

That favorite tree that used to shade your campsite and provide a relaxing location to sit and read a book? Now gone, replaced by a stump with small plants growing around the base.

The loss of trees from storm damage, fire or other catastrophes provides an opportunity for a remarkable ecological process to ensue – forest succession.

With change comes opportunity…

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Have you booked your summer camping trip yet?

Does the cold weather have you dreaming of sunny days on the beach and warm nights by the campfire?

Thanks to our five-month booking window, you can lock down your July campsite in February!

Need a recommendation? These five parks are local family favourites:

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Land your first catch

You’re Learn to Fish never too old or too young to land your first catch!

The Learn to Fish program invites participants to discover a fun outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy! This free two-hour program combines a practical teaching session with hands-on fishing, supported by experienced instructors. Participants learn about fish identification, safety tips and equipment use. All equipment – rods, reels, lures, lifejackets and even a one-day fishing licence – is provided. Everything you need to land your first catch!A group of people fishing while one is holding his sons rod as he caught a sunfish.

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Let’s go camping…

Wow! Warmth, sun, summer is finally here. With some great weather reports for this weekend, it’s not too late to book a getaway at Ontario Parks. Listed below are some provincial parks that have vacancies for this weekend. Why not book off a couple of days into next week, and make it a long weekend for you and your family.

Parks with good campsite vacancies this weekend: Bronte Creek, Earl Rowe, Selkirk, Wheatley, Mara, McRae, Sibbald Point, Bonnechere, Fitzroy, Sharbot Lake, Voyageur, Chutes, Fairbank, Restoule, Windy Lake, Pancake Bay, Blue Lake, Rainbow Falls, Quetico.

Wherever you live, we’re Nearby and Natural at Ontario Parks