IBAs of Ontario Parks: the Frontenac Forests IBA

Welcome to the September installment of “IBAs in provincial parks,” brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada.

Break out the champagne! We don’t often add new IBAs to the Canadian family of sites, so when we do, it’s a special occasion.

The all-new Frontenac Forests Important Bird and Biodiversity Area encompasses Frontenac Provincial Park and Queens University Biological Station (QUBS), and is designated for one of the most beautiful warblers around – the Cerulean Warbler.

Continue reading IBAs of Ontario Parks: the Frontenac Forests IBA

7 tips for cool-weather adventuring

For many, autumn is the ideal season for outdoor fun. But as the temperatures start to drop, we want to make sure our hikers and campers stay safe while exploring our parks.

We chatted with our friends at SAIL to gather some top tips for staying warm and dry during your fall forays.

Continue reading 7 tips for cool-weather adventuring

Bon Echo’s Hardwood Hill open for autumn

Keen for some fall camping? In today’s post, Lauren Jackson, a Natural Heritage Education team member, announces the extension of Hardwood Hill Campground’s season.

Due to the high demand for more fall campsites and the interest in fall colours, we are thrilled to announce that Bon Echo Provincial Park‘s Hardwood Hill Campground will now be open until October 8, 2018.

Continue reading Bon Echo’s Hardwood Hill open for autumn

Why you should try fall bass fishing

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

Fall is the absolute favourite season for many anglers.

It’s no wonder! Although I love summer, I quickly forget I’m missing the heat when fall bass action rolls around.

There are tons of reasons why now is a great time to get out on the water and chase Large-mouth and Small-mouth Bass. Below, I’ve included just a few reasons why you need to get in on some fall bass fishing action, like now!

Continue reading Why you should try fall bass fishing

Summer on hold

In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares two made-in-minutes warm dinner salads that are perfect fare for autumn around the campfire.

Can it really be September?

Here are two warm dinner salads to gently (and deliciously!) guide you into shorter days and cooler evenings around the campfire, keeping summer on hold for as long as you can.

Continue reading Summer on hold

“Look for the leaf” this fall with Ontario Wood

Thousands of visitors will soon be flocking to parks for a panoramic view of our magnificent fall colours – bulbous, rounded streaks of red, yellow and orange flashing across the horizon.

On the way to your favourite lookout through the maples, birch and poplars, look up and look around. Take a moment to breathe in the beauty of these living things called trees, and feel the visceral connection we have to these guardians of our planet’s future.

Continue reading “Look for the leaf” this fall with Ontario Wood

Campsite vacancy highlights: October 7-10

Big plans for Thanksgiving Weekend?

Why not cook your turkey in a park, or dress up for the many Halloween events?

Fall is the perfect season for a quick weekend getaway, and we’ve got some great campsites available all across the province. This is our last vacancy post of the 2016 season.

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, Oct. 6):

Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: October 7-10

Fall hiking: more than just red leaves

Every year, more than a million people visit Ontario Parks to witness the splendor of the fall colours. After all, there are 8.2 million ha of provincial parks that set the horizon on fire, with their ever-turning reds, greens, oranges and yellows.

But is there anything else to see other than the leaves? Absolutely! With 1800 km of trails across the province, you just have to know where to look and what to look for.

Fall hiking is one of the best ways to appreciate the splendors of autumn that continue long after the leaves have fallen.

Continue reading Fall hiking: more than just red leaves