When’s the last time you really appreciated your surroundings?
This summer has flown by. It’s been difficult to make time to get outside and experience the rejuvenating effects of nature.
Luckily, Healthy Parks Healthy People’s 30×30 Challenge happens every August! It’s a month-long opportunity for you to get outside into nature for 30 minutes for 30 days in a row.
Continue reading Nature is calling – are you listening?
Is the forecast looking a little rainy for your upcoming camping trip?
Don’t let it bring you down! Some of the best memories happen on the rainiest days.
All you need are a few tips and tricks to ensure you’re prepared for inclement weather. Keep these tips in mind even if the forecast calls for sunny skies!
Continue reading How to successfully camp in the rain
Nothing beats hitting the trails on a beautiful summer day.
It’s important to be prepared for anything, especially if you’re new to hiking at Ontario Parks or any other wilderness trail.
We teamed up with our friends at Taste of Nature to create these key tips to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable trip:
Continue reading 4 tips for a safe hike
Who needs a gym membership when you have the outdoors?
Outdoor exercise has a stronger effect on blood pressure and mood than indoor exercise. Stress is relieved within minutes of exposure to nature as measured by muscle tension, blood pressure, and brain activity.
To put it simply, time spent outside is good for you! Let’s take a look at a few fun outdoor activities that can improve your health.
Continue reading Five outdoor activities to improve your health
Park-lovers are natural explorers, and we love our visitors’ passion for adventure.
Sometimes, we see our visitors create their own shortcuts by cutting through sensitive habitat. This is otherwise known as creating a social trail.
Social trails can have a wide range of damaging effects on protected areas, and we’d like to ask our visitors to always stay on designated trails.
Continue reading Why social trails are damaging to provincial parks
Black Bears live across Ontario in forested areas where they can find enough food, shelter, and denning sites. Our provincial parks are their home, and over 90% of our parks are in bear country.
A safe bear sighting during one of your adventures with Ontario Parks can be a lasting memory. Educating yourself about bears before your visit is important and the mark of a responsible park visitor.
We want to share space with bears, keeping our human visitors and all our wildlife residents safe.
If you’re planning a visit, here are some important safety tips about Black Bears:
Continue reading How to be a Bear Wise visitor
June is Senior’s Month, and we’re recognizing the importance of nature for our older adult population.
Getting outdoors is important for people of all ages and walks of life.
Continue reading The healing power of nature for seniors
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
So you’re heading into one of our parks for the day, and looking to reduce your ecological footprint?
Here’s how to have a day of fun outside with a low-waste twist.
Continue reading How to have a low-waste day trip
We don’t want to discourage kids from finding magic in nature. But we’re also kind of like the Lorax; we need to speak for the trees (and all the other critters that live in provincial parks).
Continue reading The trouble with stick forts