When we hear the words “fall colours,” our minds often jump to Algonquin. Trouble is, Algonquin’s gotten so popular that autumn brings long line-ups, crowded trails, and traffic-snarling “leaf jams.”
So where can we go to see awe-inspiring fall colours, hike to breathtaking lookouts, and avoid the crowds?
Restoule Provincial Park.
Continue reading Restoule: a fall colours paradise
Today’s post comes to us from Discovery Program Specialist Dave Sproule.
Around the middle of August, Ontario’s landscape starts to change colour. A bit of gold here, swaths of white there, and even a touch of purple in places. No, it’s not fall yet, although the odd maple tree may think so. It’s actually the “second flowering of summer,” and it lasts well into the autumn.
While many of the flowering plants in the landscape have quit for the season, the asters and goldenrods are just getting going.
Continue reading It’s aster season!
If you’ve been looking on our reservation system lately, you’ll have realized this already – our southern provincial parks are SUPER busy this year!
This summer, the solution to finding your serene camping trip might be to head north.
There, you’ll find not only more space to camp in peace, but also opportunities to explore landscapes unlike anything in southern Ontario.
And as always, we’re counting on you to continue being responsible and follow all public health advice.
Learn more about what that means on our COVID-19 page.
Continue reading Why you should go north to camp this summer
Paddling into the wilderness, fishing from a canoe and then going back to camp to enjoy a backcountry fish fry is a special experience.
If you’re up for a trip like this, check out our recommendations for the best backcountry fishing destinations in our northern parks. Continue reading Top 6 parks for canoe fishing in northern Ontario
Surrounded by shining waters and cloaked in towering pines, Finlayson Point Provincial Park lies just south of the Village of Temagami.
Sharing a shoreline with the Lake Temagami Skyline Preserve, a protected ring of pine forest that surrounds the lake, Finlayson Point provides visitors with access to Temagami — a treasured part of Ontario that many travellers see only a glimpse of as they head north or south along the highway.
Continue reading Destination Temagami
Today’s post comes from Rebecca Rogge, a travelling resource steward for the Northeast Zone.
I first started working for the Northeast Zone Resource Steward Program back in 2011. It seems like a lifetime ago.
At the time, it was a relatively new job in Ontario Parks. The program had only been around for a few years, and few of us existed.
Several parks were created in 1999, the majority of which were “non-operating” provincial parks. They generally do not have facilities or dedicated staff. Many protect recreational waterways and nature reserves protect rare flora, fauna and geological landscapes.
This is where we, the resource stewards, spend most of our time. In these wonderfully beautiful and diverse places.
Continue reading The life of a resource steward
Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer, Ashley Rae, of SheLovesToFish.com.
Located just north of Parry Sound in Point au Baril, Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park is nestled on the picturesque shores of Georgian Bay.
A large bay on Lake Huron, Georgian Bay is well known for its granite backdrops, but also for the great fishing opportunities found here. Sturgeon Bay is the perfect place to hang your hat while exploring these scenic waters.
Continue reading Exploring fishing opportunities at Sturgeon Bay
Summer is here, and now’s the perfect time for a last minute family road trip!
During the busy summer months, the solution to finding your serene camping trip is heading north. Here are a few near north parks we suggest visiting with your little ones.
Continue reading Family friendly parks in the near north
Wakami Lake Provincial Park sits very near the “height of land.” That is, the place where water either flows to the Great Lakes and eventually out to the Atlantic Ocean, or north to Hudson Bay and the arctic watershed.
It’s also a place where the southern forests of Sugar Maple and Yellow Birch give way to the trees of the boreal forest. Poplar, White Birch, Jack Pine, Balsam Fir and Black Spruce begin to dominate here.
Bald Eagles and Osprey are commonly seen fishing the productive waters of the lake. Wakami Lake is one of the best Walleye lakes in the northeast. Wildlife is abundant, and so is the quiet.
Continue reading The height of land: Wakami Lake Provincial Park