Today’s post is a polite rant from Quetico Provincial Park’s Librarian Jill Sorensen.
We seem to constantly hear about expedition-style trips. Grunt narratives where people have broken speed records, paddled the longest distances, or have been “the first” to complete a route. The blisters. The sleep deprivation. The endurance.
And that is fine. I have no problem with kilometre tracking or race attempts. But if you insist on measuring all of your trips, may I suggest that you count something else? Something that instead connects you to the landscape, or a piece of cultural history.
A little less pace. A little more place.
Here are some suggestions of other things to count:
Continue reading The measure of a canoe trip
Just when we thought nothing could top the “good for you” news about chocolate…
…research shows that paddling is good not only for our physical health, but for our mental health as well!
Here are some of the benefits that will have you reaching for your paddle:
Continue reading 8 ways paddling can improve your health
Birdwatching is a time-honoured tradition that many people enjoy today, offering the opportunity to switch off from the modern world and get back to nature.
Whether you’re simply investing in a bird feeder for your backyard or going for a walk in your local park, birding is beneficial to both your mind and body.
It is renowned for being a meditative exercise where you are fully present in the moment.
Continue reading Birding with benefits: therapeutic benefits of bird watching
Staying active in the winter isn’t always easy. For some of us, it’s tempting to stay in, cuddle up, and spend the long winter months binging Netflix and unhealthy snacks.
Cross-country skiing boasts a wide array of benefits for your physical and mental health. Here’s why you should strap on some skis and spend your winter gliding through frozen forests and snow-covered trails:
Continue reading Health benefits of cross-country skiing
During the snowy season, parks can feel like our own personal winter wonderlands. Meandering through snow-covered trails and frozen forests can make an awesome day in the outdoors.
Here’s how to have a fun and safe time on your frosty foray:
Continue reading How to have a safe winter hike
New Year’s Day is coming up fast — have you picked out a park for your First Day Hike on January 1, 2022?
This 8-park list rounds up some hot spots for your first foray into 2022:
Continue reading First Day Hike destinations
Every winter, as the temperatures drop, so does the amount of time we spend outside. This is especially true for children — playtime can become limited to the indoors.
It may be tempting to hide inside until the weather warms up, but outdoor play is essential for your children’s well-being all year long.
Here are some of the top reasons why you should get your kids outside and active this winter:
Continue reading Why it’s important for children to play outside in winter
This winter, outdoor activities are a great option to keep you happy and healthy. It’s the perfect time to try something new – like snowshoeing!
For any winter activity, planning ahead and a bit of research can go a long way to make sure your day is safe and fun!
So what does a beginner snowshoer need to know?
Continue reading A beginner’s guide to snowshoeing
Are you ready to start a new tradition for the new year?
We’re partnering with SAIL to give you the secret to starting 2022 on the right foot.
Continue reading Hit the trails for a First Day Hike
Brrr! Temperatures are dropping, and winter’s icy grip is almost upon us.
We bet you’re feeling just about ready to tuck into a nice, long winter’s hibernation. Not so fast! Outdoor activity is important for our mental and physical health all year long. Getting outside is good for you even when the weather is not ideal.
Ontario Parks has 31 parks open in the winter. Each park offers plenty of ways for you to get active in the chilly months.
Here are some great ways to stay healthy, and enjoy winter!
Continue reading 5 ways to stay active in the cold