Switch it up this summer

Can’t get into your favourite campsite? Or are you ready to try a new park this summer?

If you love Sandbanks Provincial Park – and what’s not to love about its long, sandy beaches, warm water and walking trails along the dunes? – you might consider Presqu’ile. The park offers more than 300 camping sites in a variety of settings, 2.5 kilometers of beach, lots of trails and paths including a boardwalk that takes you into a large protected marsh, and the second oldest operating lighthouse in Ontario.

Lighthouse, a young boy dressed as a pirate with a natural heritage education staff member, a trailer having a fire at their campsite.

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The many colours of fall

The countdown to fall has begun; children are returning to school, sweaters and long pants are reappearing and birds and butterflies are beginning their migratory journeys.  Some of us experience a kind of grieving at this time of year; we mourn for the long hot days of summer.  But others celebrate fall – a time of glorious colour, quiet parks and few bugs.

Only a few regions of the world offer the kind of spectacular, showy fall colours that Ontario is famous for. The climate and deciduous trees of Northeastern North America provide the perfect storm for transforming our lush green foliage into the brilliant reds, yellows and oranges.

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Dramatic Changes at Killbear Provincial Park

Harold Point campground
Harold Point campground

In the fall of 2012, Killbear Provincial Park began cutting down thousands of American beech trees infected with beech bark disease.  These trees were in danger of falling on campsites, park roads and trails.  Beech bark disease can weaken tree trunks and cause them to snap unexpectedly. Continue reading Dramatic Changes at Killbear Provincial Park

Parkbus Introduces Express Bus Service to Algonquin and Killarney Parks

Tickets are now on sale for Parkbus, a new non-profit initiative introducing express bus service from Toronto to Algonquin Provincial Park on summer weekends, and to Killarney and Grundy Lake parks later in the season. Continue reading Parkbus Introduces Express Bus Service to Algonquin and Killarney Parks

51 Seasons of Excellent Customer Service at Killbear Provincial Park

Eddie Ramsey has worked on the maintenance crew at Killbear Provincial Park since the park opened in 1960. He was 17 years old at the time. He is now 68 years old and is still working as energetically as he ever has. Eddie is now the assistant maintenance foreman and has given no indication that he wants to retire. Continue reading 51 Seasons of Excellent Customer Service at Killbear Provincial Park

Exciting Events Happening at Killbear July 16-18

How about taking in a program or two during your visit at Killbear.

**Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult at all Interpretive Programs as well as at the Visitor Centre**

In case of rain, Kids Programs will be held in the Visitor Centre at 10:30 am. See any office for more details

Thursday July 16

Time Warp
Kids Program (ages 4-11)
10am at the day use beach

The Bear Facts
Welcome to Black Bear Country
8:30pm at the Amphitheatre

Friday July 17

Web of Life
Kids Program (ages 4-11)
10am in front of administration

What’s Growing On?
Guided Hike
2pm at the Lookout Point Trail

Saturday July 18

Friends of Killbear
Bike Rodeo
10am-2pm at the Amphitheatre

Ultimate Camping Adventure
Celebrate Parks Day!
8:30pm at the Amphitheatre

Thanks for the memories! Part 5

My family has been going to Sandbanks since before I was born and I am now 28 and have continued the tradition every summer, but the most memorable summer was in 1996. I met the man of my dreams on the beach that hot, hot summer. Jason and I had both “grown up” in the park. Every summer since I was 13, I can remember a group of boys that always seemed to be sleeping on the beach, but they didn’t even notice me. Continue reading Thanks for the memories! Part 5