Today’s post comes from Sarah McMichael, Ontario Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy People Coordinator.
Backcountry camping is known for being a way to experience beautiful, serene landscapes. But a backcountry trip also provides an opportunity to challenge yourself physically and mentally.
The combination of paddling, portaging, and hiking through the backcountry is a great all-over workout. Plus, you will experience a ton of health benefits simply by being outdoors.
Hit the backcountry for a killer total-body workout this summer. Let’s do this!
Continue reading Health benefits of backcountry camping
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:
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The research is clear: spending time in nature improves our physical, mental and social well-being.
Yes. Even when it’s cold outside.
Ready for a healthier 2019? We chatted with parks planner Will Kershaw to find out how he stays fit and healthy during the winter months. These are his top tips:
Continue reading Healthy resolutions for a new year
The New Year is a time to take stock of where we are and where we are headed. Most of us have made resolutions to change behaviours in order to start anew in 2019: quitting smoking, eating healthier, or exercising more.
Do you consider parks and protected areas when thinking of New Year’s Resolutions?
Continue reading Resolutions for healthier parks
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
Ontario Parks is giving away some great prizes to First Day Hike participants.
We have a $500 SAIL gift card and three 2020-2021 seasonal day-use permits to give away!
Below are the official rules for the #FirstDayHike Promotion.
Continue reading Win big on your #FirstDayHike, courtesy of SAIL
As the cold weather hits, opportunities to view a stunning array of fall colours are popping up around the province.
Ontario Parks is committed to making our parks as accessible as possible for visitors. If you’re planning a trip, we’ve rounded up a list of parks with accessibility features that are perfect for viewing the beauty of fall.
Continue reading Accessible locations to view fall colours
This blog comes from Lily Carlson, a travel blogger and social media influencer at Lily’s Lens on Life.
“Spending time in nature has a way of nurturing the soul”
– Katrina Mayer
Ever since I was a little girl, the great outdoors has been tied to so many incredible memories, including hiking with friends, swimming in the lake with my cousins, fishing with my grandparents. Heck, I even worked at summer camps for nine years throughout high school and university. So, naturally (pun intended), the 30×30 Challenge sounded right up my alley!
Continue reading My experience completing the 30×30 Challenge
This post comes from Kaitlyn-Lee Mun, one of our wonderful summer students at Killbear Provincial Park.
“I’m going to Killbear for the summer.”
This was the response I was usually met with when telling my family and friends where I was going for the summer.
Continue reading The transformative power of nature at Killbear
Summer is without a doubt the best time to get outside and play. There’s so much to do like hiking, cycling, or paddling.
It is also the perfect time to take charge of our brain health. We often hear that being active is great for our heart and muscles, but let’s not forget what it can do for our brain. Exercise helps protect our brain cells and encourages the growth of new ones by boosting levels of growth factors called neurotrophins.
Continue reading How to keep your brain healthy this summer