Campsite vacancy highlights: August 31-September 3

Is there any better way to spend the last weekend of the summer than outside on a beach or in the forest?

Wrap up your summer by booking one of the available campsites for the long weekend (available as of 12:00 pm on August 29, 2018):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 17-19

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).

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Top 8 historical experiences in Ontario Parks

The landscapes of our provincial parks are like a vault of stories waiting to be opened.

This post showcases the top eight historical experiences across the province that shed light on the unique history of the land.

Discover the mosaic of Ontario’s rich cultural history while visiting our parks!

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 3-6

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):

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Then and now: vintage parks postcards

2018 marks Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary and we’ve been digging through our archives in search of some of the coolest vintage photographs, documents, and artifacts. Throughout the year we are sharing our discoveries in a series of OP125 blog posts!

This post showcases a collection of vintage postcards featuring a few of our beautiful parks in northwestern Ontario!

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Campsite vacancy highlights: July 13-15

It’s looking like a sunny weekend ahead and you can still get campsites in several Ontario Parks. Listen to the World Cup final while relaxing by a lake on one of our featured campsites (available as of 12:00 pm on July 12, 2018).

Don’t see something that suits you? Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool — including pictures of most campsites!

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From prisoner of war camp to provincial park

Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, a Marketing Specialist with Ontario Parks.

Approximately 70 years ago, Neys Provincial Park’s campground looked very different than it does today.

During World War II, the area now known as Neys Provincial Park was referred to as Neys Camp 100.

Instead of campers, it mainly held high-ranking German prisoners of war (POW). The camp operated from 1941 to 1946.

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What’s in a weir?

Neys Provincial Park recently removed an obsolete weir as part of its work to restore and maintain ecological integrity. Superintendent Allison Dennis has the story…

The term “weir” piqued my curiosity following my first review of the Neys Provincial Park Management Plan.

Turns out that a weir is a barrier constructed across the width of a river or stream which raises the water level on the upstream side to a specified height. Unlike a dam, which redirects excess water using spillways, a weir allows excess water to flow over the top of the structure and continue downstream.

So what does this have to do with a provincial park?

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