We called on Ontario Parks Architect Matthew Harvey to provide some insight on outhouses…the good, the bad, and the stinky!
In the course of my 25 year architectural career with Ontario Parks, I occasionally get asked what I do for a living. I proudly reply “Why, I design outhouses!”
If that person doesn’t excuse themselves, turn on their heel and beat a hasty retreat, then we might get down to a discussion that goes something like this:
Continue reading A look back on Ontario Parks’ outhouses
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
RVing is an integral part of the Ontario Parks camping experience, and there’s no better time to plan a province-wide tour than now!
We’re teaming up with The Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show and Sale for an RVing Q&A live on Facebook on February 28 at 7:30. Tune in to learn everything you need to know to plan your own RV adventure!
For now, let’s take a look at some of the basics of RVing at Ontario Parks.
Continue reading Planning your RV adventure at Ontario Parks
Ontario’s provincial parks hold a special place in the hearts of our donors.
Recently, they stepped up in a big way for Killarney Provincial Park.
Continue reading Ontario Parks thanks Killarney donors with a guided hike
This year marks 75 years of interactive Discovery Programs at Ontario Parks.
To celebrate, parks across the province are planning a special day of guided hikes and Discovery Drop-ins on August 10!
Continue reading Celebrate 75 years of Discovery with a guided hike
Garlic Mustard may sound like a gourmet condiment, but it’s actually an invasive species in North America, introduced from Europe over 100 years ago.
It is a major enemy in the ongoing battle to maintain biodiversity in Arrowhead Provincial Park and many other provincial parks. It’s considered one of Ontario’s greatest forest intruders.
Continue reading Arrowhead staff say, “Hold the mustard!”
As our 125th anniversary year comes to a close, we would like to say a huge thank you for an amazing year.
Now etched into our history, here’s a few of the highlights from this exciting year.
Continue reading Here’s to another 125 years
Today’s post comes from Ontario Parks 125th Anniversary Coordinator Laura Myers.
Over the course of 2018, Ontario Parks’ 125th Anniversary has inspired us to reflect on our past and to imagine our future. We thought it would be fun to think about what Ontario Parks jobs may be required as we move forward into our next 125 years!
Continue reading 9 future jobs of Ontario Parks
Each year, the Friends leave a lasting imprint on the park, and this year was no different. Their passion for parks is unmatched, and make our parks better for all who visit.
Here are some of the amazing 2018 project accomplishments from the southeastern Friends:
Continue reading Southeastern Friends: this year’s accomplishments
Today’s story comes from Alistair MacKenzie, Natural Heritage Education and Resource Management Supervisor at Pinery Provincial Park.
I started out my career saving lives. It was a hard job. Working conditions were awful. I was constantly being asked to bend and twist to what someone else needed me to do. I was dragged through the mud and poked with sticks, even burned with hot embers.
Despite these hardships, I loved aspects of the work, but eventually I just couldn’t keep up, and they pulled me back to base to run me through some tests. Sadly, I failed, and they unceremoniously stripped me of my field approvals and cast me aside.
I thought it was all over, until they boxed me up and shipped me to Pinery Provincial Park.
Continue reading Rolling out the red carpet at Pinery