Research shows that camping in nature is good for our mental and physical well-being. What better reason to head out with family and friends into the great outdoors and sleep under the stars?
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 noon on July 11, 2019):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: July 12-14
Nothing beats a cool dip on a hot summer day so we asked park staff where they think the best swimming is in Ontario: Continue reading Where to swim at Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, Senior Park Interpreter of Neys Provincial Park.
Driftwood – it makes a great bench to watch the sunset, a balancing beam to play on, or that perfect element to your photograph.
There’s something about driftwood that gives beaches that rugged beauty factor. Walking on a beach, listening to the waves and the birds, and looking at the different pieces of driftwood can be wondrous and relaxing.
Has a piece of driftwood ever caught your eye and made you wonder where it originally came from? How it got that far up the beach? The size of the wave that put it there? What species of tree or how old it is?
Each piece of driftwood has its own journey and its own story. But its story isn’t over when it washes up on the beach.
Continue reading Why driftwood matters
Are you a sunset-chaser?
It shouldn’t surprise you that some of the best views of brilliant colours are in our own provincial parks.
Continue reading Top 10 spots to watch the sunset
June is a spectacular time to visit Ontario Parks! Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather at one of this week’s featured sites.
For those of you who want a more relaxed getaway, you’ll find lots of cabins in this week’s preview. Treat yourself to full days outdoors, followed by easy, restful nights.
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 noon on June 6, 2019):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 7–9
Whether you’re conquering a rocky scramble or taking a leisurely stroll across a boardwalk, we’ve got the perfect trail for you.
How many of these must-see trails from around the province have you explored?
Continue reading 14 must-see Ontario trails
There are some fantastic sites still available in Ontario Parks this weekend. Whether you like to tent, bring your trailer, or stay in a cabin, it’s a perfect time to sneak in some R&R before the summer goes into full swing.
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 noon, May 23):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: May 24-26
Today’s post comes from Katherine Muzyliwsky, a Natural Heritage Education Student at Neys Provincial Park.
Before Neys became a provincial park, it was known as Neys Camp 100. Instead of happy campers on vacation, the park held German prisoners of war during World War II.
After operating as a prisoner of war camp from 1941-1946, the buildings were dismantled in 1953. Since then, artifacts have showed up from discoveries in the park and from generous donations.
Continue reading Neys’ relics from the past
Today’s post comes from Barb Rees, Discovery Program/Marketing Specialist with Ontario Parks’ Northwest Zone.
Ontario Parks is fortunate to be able to both protect and showcase an abundance of natural vistas across the province.
While some locations are relatively easy to access, others will challenge you before rewarding you with their amazing views.
Here are seven of northwest Ontario Parks’ top iconic vistas to discover and explore this season.
Continue reading 7 iconic vistas of northwestern Ontario
Driving up to your favourite park, seeing that park entrance sign can feel like coming home. Today, we’re taking a look at some Ontario Parks entrance signs and how they have evolved through the ages!
Continue reading Then and Now: park entrance signs