There is a fascinating book called, “Mysterious Islands: Forgotten Tales of the Great Lakes”. It mentions thousands of wrecks that lie at the bottom of the lakes which have been sailed since the 17th century. Many Ontario Parks are near these huge ship graveyards and in one park visitors can actually visit a wreck dating back to the War of 1812.
Riding the waves in Ontario Parks
Four of the five Great Lakes border Ontario, one of Canada’s best places for kiteboarders, windsurfers and yes, even surfers. Popular “rider” places include many Ontario Parks especially in the fall when winds get stronger, the waves are bigger and the parks are a lot quieter. Here are a few favourites. Be sure to check with park authorities on where you can safely ride and remember, vehicle permits are required.
If you are looking for an enchanting way to ride out the rest of the summer or early fall, why not tour the coast of Lake Superior and finish your journey at Thunder Bay and Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park? The coastline boasts several different parks that follow Lake Superior north and west. When you reach the lakehead (Thunder Bay, Ontario’s western end of the lake), travel inland to Kakabeka Falls, home to the second largest waterfall in Ontario.
Here are some of the cool events happening this August at Ontario Parks.
For a complete listing, visit our Calendar of Events
Wasaga Under Siege at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
This is the year to visit! Many extra-special activities have been planned for this 200th Anniversary of the Sinking of the HMS Nancy. Enemy forces are planning to attack Wasaga Beach! Our Peaceful shores have not seen this many cannons, muskets and bayonets since the HMS Nancy sank in the Nottawasaga River in 1814. Join us on the battlefields, or at the encampment on the Nancy Island Historic Site where hundreds of re-enactors attack and avenge the demise of the HMS Nancy. A weekend full of events for the entire family. www.wasagaundersiege1812.com
In the fall of 1921, artist Lawren Harris first travelled the north shore of Lake Superior. Moved by the rugged beauty of the landscape, he continued to return for many years, later accompanied by other members of the Group of Seven. These camping trips to the Superior’s north shore were a creative well-spring and inspired a large number of pieces including Harris’ 1924 work, Pic Island.
Today, travellers can explore the Algoma and Superior North Shore landscape preserved in paint by Lawren Harris while driving the scenic Lake Superior Circle Tour along the TransCanada – Highway 17. Whether you’re a painter, photographer or poet, let these landscapes inspire you to new creative heights.
On Saturday, August 11, 2012, with the sun shining brightly and the Lake Superior waves gently rolling along the shoreline, Neys Provincial Park (near Marathon, ON) honoured a national historic event with the unveiling of a plaque. Continue reading Neys Celebrates its History!
In the off-season, park staff work hard to improve the visitor experience at Ontario Parks. Here’s a sample of new infrastructure that has been added to parks for 2012: Continue reading New at Ontario Parks in 2012