The Artist in Residence Program at Quetico Provincial Park provided two weeks of rest, peace, inspiration, and creativity at the artist’s studio on French Lake. In today’s post, Jennifer Caie shares her experience as Quetico’s Artist in Residence in June and July of 2019.
Arriving at the studio, I was exhausted and worn out by the stresses of life.
After unloading my art supplies from the car, I just sat down in an overwhelming calmness.
The scene was peaceful.
Continue reading Honouring Quetico: my experience as an Artist in Residence
Fall is the perfect time to paddle.
As the temperatures cool there are no bugs and the lakes become less crowded. Plus you can catch some of our beautiful fall colours!
But fall weather can be fickle. Hitting the lake too late, failing to respect weather conditions, or paddling beyond your skill level isn’t just risky — it’s downright dangerous.
We chatted with Paul Smith, Superintendent of Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, to get some top do’s and don’ts for fall paddling safety:
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You put your canoe or kayak into the lake. The water is smooth and reflective. The sky’s a deep, dark blue, and the clouds are brilliant white. The day is sunny, cool and crisp, and the trees that cover the hills around you…well, they’re a stunning display of red, orange, and yellow.
There’s something special about paddling in Ontario’s provincial parks in the fall, particularly secluded Restoule Provincial Park.
Continue reading Fall paddling at Restoule
Esker Lakes Provincial Park surrounds a chain of sparkling lakes set in an ancient glacial landscape, carpeted in boreal forest.
A quiet, family-oriented park, Esker Lakes sits just east of the historic mining town of Kirkland Lake in northeastern Ontario.
Here are five reasons Esker Lakes will delight family campers and nature-lovers alike:
Continue reading 5 reasons to visit Esker Lakes Provincial Park
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Experience the magic of fall at a park that has it all: Restoule Provincial Park!
From tranquil paddling routes to scenic trails for hikers or mountain bikers, there is something for everyone! And this quiet park does not hold back on the vibrant fall colours!
Continue reading The ultimate fall adventure destination: paddle, bike and hike at Restoule Provincial Park
Who needs a gym membership when you have the outdoors?
Outdoor exercise has a stronger effect on blood pressure and mood than indoor exercise. Stress is relieved within minutes of exposure to nature as measured by muscle tension, blood pressure, and brain activity.
To put it simply, time spent outside is good for you! Let’s take a look at a few fun outdoor activities that can improve your health.
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Just when we thought nothing could top the “good for you” news about chocolate…
…research shows that paddling is good not only for our physical health, but for our mental health as well!
Here are some of the benefits that will have you reaching for your paddle:
Continue reading 8 ways paddling can improve your health
This post comes from Park Information Specialist Jill Legault of Quetico Provincial Park.
“Portaging is like hitting yourself on the head with a hammer: it feels so good when you stop.” — Bill Mason
Did you know Quetico Provincial Park’s solitary wilderness experience and pristine nature is available without portaging?
Continue reading Quetico’s backcountry routes without portages
Today’s post comes from Sarah McMichael, Ontario Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy People Coordinator.
Backcountry camping is known for being a way to experience beautiful, serene landscapes. But a backcountry trip also provides an opportunity to challenge yourself physically and mentally.
The combination of paddling, portaging, and hiking through the backcountry is a great all-over workout. Plus, you will experience a ton of health benefits simply by being outdoors.
Hit the backcountry for a killer total-body workout this summer. Let’s do this!
Continue reading Health benefits of backcountry camping
The deep green boreal forest of Kettle Lakes Provincial Park contains 22 beautiful little lakes. Of these lakes, 20 are called actually “kettle lakes” by geographers.
So what is a “kettle lake?”
To answer that question, we first must look at how kettles are formed.
Continue reading Kettle Lakes: a land shaped by icebergs