The air is crisp and clean. The evergreens are covered with snow. If you’re lucky – and observant – you might spot a cardinal, a finch, a waxwing or a blue jay as you glide along the ice.
And when the sun goes down, you can huddle around a big bonfire with a cup of hot chocolate and warm up before relacing your skates and heading back out to skate under the stars.
It’s simply magical.
This winter, plan a skating trip to these four provincial parks:
Continue reading Where to skate in Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from Alistair MacKenzie, Natural Heritage Education Supervisor at Pinery Provincial Park.
As we begin a brand new year, many of us make personal resolutions to try to better ourselves, or to help our families and communities.
I’ll be making several personal resolutions (darn sour-cream-glazed dougnuts!), but in addition, I am choosing 2019 as the year to make some resolutions for parks and protected areas.
As I work and play in Ontario Parks’ many incredible landscapes, most of my efforts will take effect there, but I am not planning on limiting my efforts…I’ll include any green spaces I can find!
I’m just one person, so I would encourage you to help. You may want to create a different list for yourself, but our parks can certainly use the help, so please consider giving back to our protected areas.
Continue reading A nature-lover’s New Year’s resolutions
Did you know 19 of our parks have cross-country trails, about half of them groomed?
Cross-country skiing is a great way for families to get outdoors and enjoy the winter together! It’s less expensive and safer than alpine skiing, it helps keep kids fit, and it’s a skill they’ll have their entire life.
Here are our top seven tips for getting kids hooked on cross-country skiing:
Continue reading How to get your kids to love cross-country skiing
Start 2019 off right with a cozy winter staycation!
Stay warm and cozy this January in one of our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages and yurts available all month, especially for midweek visitors!
Accommodations featured below were available as of 12:00 pm, December 14, 2018.
Continue reading January vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)
Brrr! Temperatures are dropping, and winter’s icy grip is almost upon us.
We bet you’re feeling just about ready to tuck into a nice, long winter’s hibernation. Not so fast! Outdoor activity is important for our mental and physical health all year long. Getting outside is good for you even when the weather is not ideal.
Ontario Parks has 26 parks open in the winter. Each park offers plenty of ways for you to get active in the chilly months.
Here are some great ways to stay healthy, and enjoy winter!
Continue reading 5 ways to stay active in the cold
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
Imagine spending the holiday season surrounded by snow and the sound of silence.
Get away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy some quality time in nature with our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages, and yurts available all month, including many weekend openings.
Accommodations featured below are available as of noon, November 15, 2018.
Continue reading December vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)
Many of our parks hibernate through the winter, but for others, the fun’s just getting started!
From Victorian farmhouses to dryland dogsledding, we’ve got some exciting events this November and December!
Continue reading November/December events at Ontario Parks
In today’s post, Alistair MacKenzie, Naturalist Heritage Education Supervisor at Pinery Provincial Park, recounts a dramatic encounter with an Eastern Screech Owl.
We desperately needed to confirm breeding evidence for Eastern Screech Owls in our survey squares for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas back in 2005.
It was our last chance given that the atlas was wrapping up the collection period and I was frustrated since I confidently knew that screech owls did indeed breed in the park, but sadly we just hadn’t managed to be in the right place at the right time to confirm it.
Continue reading Owl-induced whiplash
Imagine spending a crisp autumn night under the stars in a heated yurt. Or why not watch a thunderstorm roll in across Lake Ontario from your waterfront cottage?
Get warm and cozy in a provincial park this November in one of our roofed accommodations!
Accommodations featured below are available as of noon, October 15, 2018.
Continue reading November vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)