Ollie and Oona’s new pad

Port Burwell Provincial Park is a hot spot for large raptors.

Two local Osprey (affectionately named Ollie and Oona) fish Big Otter Creek and the shores of Lake Erie, regularly bringing their “catch of the day” back to the park’s radio tower to settle in for some fine dining high above the park.

In February of 2019, local volunteer Cliff Dickinson approached the park about the feasibility of installing an Osprey nesting platform.

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Get a jump on June: summer camping in southwestern Ontario

It may be the middle of winter, but we’re daydreaming of summer in southwestern Ontario! How about you?

Get a jump start on planning your vacation. Book a campsite at one of these hidden gems today!

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Campsite vacancy highlights: October 4-6

Say WATT! We have electrical sites available across the province. No matter where you go, you’ll find a hook up waiting for you.

Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of 9:30 am. on October 3, 2019):

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Summer star parties 2019

Humanity’s fascination with the celestial bodies dates back millennia.

And times haven’t changed.

Star parties and night sky events are held in our parks every summer, especially in northern Ontario, where there’s less light pollution.
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Beach accessibility at Ontario Parks

Beaches can be an accessibility challenge for park visitors using walkers or wheelchairs. Because of the soft sand, wheels and legs of walkers can sink in, making them tough to maneuver.

As a part of our commitment to making parks as accessible as possible, more parks are offering beach accessibility measures to help visitors explore our shorelines.

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My Ontario Parks career map

Today’s post comes from Morgan Racz, an experienced summer student and winner of one of our 2018 student bursaries.

This is my story of my dream career.

Currently, I am a few steps down the road. I work for Ontario Parks at Port Burwell Provincial Park, as a provincial park ranger and the head maintenance student.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: October 5-8

Big plans for Thanksgiving weekend?

Why not cook your turkey in a park, or dress up for one of our Halloween events?

Fall is the perfect season for a quick weekend getaway, and we’ve got some great campsites available all across the province (available as of 12:00 pm on October 3, 2018). 

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Campsite vacancy highlights: September 21-23

Much of Ontario is approaching the weekend expecting that perfect fall weather with sunny skies and crisper temperatures.

Why not book a getaway and experience this gorgeous time to be outside? We’ve got waterfront and electrical campsites available all over Ontario (available as of 12:00 pm on September 20, 2018):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: September 7-9

The forecast is looking good for this weekend, so why not spend it outside?

We’ve got a slew of waterfront campsites available, PLUS some parks even have unbooked cabins (available as of 12:00 pm on September 6, 2018).

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Halloween 2018 at Ontario Parks

By the pricking of our thumbs, something wicked this way comes…

We’ve got tons of haunted Halloween events coming up this month! And don’t forget to check out events page for late-breaking additions.

Will you be visiting the ghosts of campers past this October?

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