“Working up north was the most empowering experience of my life.”
Nineteen-year-old Katie Baillie-David left the comforts of home last June to drive 10 hours north to the wilds of Nagagamisis Provincial Park, northwest of Timmins. Visitors come from all over the US and Canada to enjoy the remoteness of the park – the fishing, swimming, northern lights and the quiet, unspoiled landscape – and so did Katie.
What she came away with was a life-changing experience.
Continue reading Students: find your summer job at Ontario Parks!
The air gets nippy, the leaves start to change, and keen anglers start packing up their gear for a northern escape.
Itching for some fall fishing in northeastern Ontario? Add these seven parks to your list:
Continue reading Fall fishing in northeastern Ontario
Summer is winding down, but there’s still time to enjoy the beautiful weather!
Squeeze the most out of summer by camping this weekend at one of the following campsites (available as of 12:00 pm on August 16, 2018).
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: August 17-19
Get the most out of this upcoming August long weekend by spending it outdoors.
For those of you taking part in Ontario Parks’ 30×30 Challenge, regular camping trips will help you get your nature time in this month. Forest bathe, go for a paddle (many of our parks rent watercraft), or just hang on the beach.
Southern Ontario’s pretty full, but if you’re willing to head north, we’ve got tent sites, RV/trailer sites AND electrical sites that are currently open. Check out our featured campsites below (available as of 12:00 pm on August 1, 2018):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: August 3-6
To celebrate Healthy Parks Healthy People Day, all provincial parks are offering free day-use this Friday! If you choose to stay the night, here are some awesome campsites available all weekend (available as of 12:00 pm on July 19, 2018).
Or, scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!).
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: July 20-22
Keen to get out of town for the Canada Day long weekend?
This week’s vacancy highlights (available as of 12:00 pm on June 27, 2018) are primarily in northern Ontario, with one hidden gem in southern Ontario at the end of the post.
Or scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites). Better hurry! Sites are being snapped up quickly.
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 29 – July 2
Summer is winding down, but there is still time to enjoy the beautiful weather! Make the most of the last few weeks of summer vacation with these available campsites.
And don’t forget to take part in the 30×30 Challenge this month!
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 12:00 pm on August 17, 2017):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: August 18-20
Is there a better way to celebrate the birth of Canada than reveling in its natural beauty and tranquility during a weekend camping trip? We sure can’t think of anything that can top that.
Especially since the weather looks great this weekend AND it’s not too late to book a campsite! Also, many of our parks will be hosting Canada Day events.
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: July 1-3
Today’s post comes from Rob Cunningham, Superintendent of Presqu’ile and Ferris Provincial Parks.
I started working at Killarney Provincial Park in 1988, and that was the start of my many wonderful experiences of angling in Ontario’s provincial parks. I’ve been blessed in my career to work at over 14 parks, and I have fished and visited over 40 of them.
And they’re among the most beautiful locations and wonderful angling experiences anywhere.
Continue reading Reflections on 28 seasons of fishing in Ontario Parks
Have we got the cure for that!
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, rocked the parenting world with his notion that outdoor play is becoming extinct and we as parents are to blame.
His theory is that children nowadays are so overprotected and sedentary they have developed what he calls Nature Deficit Disorder, a condition that renders children devoid of outdoor play, disconnected from nature and completely unaware that their very future – and ours as a species – is at risk.
Continue reading Do your kids suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder?