My journey to becoming a Discovery Guide at Rainbow Falls

In our “Behind the Scenes” series, Discovery Program staff across the province share a “backstage” glimpse of their favourite programs and projects. Today’s post comes from Caroline Freitag, a Discovery Guide at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park.

When I was a very young child, I was fascinated by leaves and rocks. On walks around my neighbourhood I would collect the biggest, coolest leaf I could find and bring it home to show whichever family member hadn’t been with me when I’d found it.

My preferred method of showing affection to people was to give them a “very cool rock”- usually a piece of gravel I’d found on the side of the road. My one neighbour loves to tell the story of the shy girl who left her piles of pebbles by the garden gate!

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Hot spots to have a cup of tea in Ontario Parks’ northwest

Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, a tea lover and Marketing Specialist with Ontario Parks.

This blog is dedicated to all of those who love tea and nature.

Whether it’s a cool summer evening, or a chilly winter day, it’s always a good time for tea time. There’s something about having a cup of tea that ignites a sense of stillness and calmness. It reminds you to take a step back, and really take in a moment.

Ontario’s northwest provincial parks provide some stellar backdrops for the most perfect outdoor tea parties. Make a cup of tea, and read on to discover six tea hot spots!

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Reserve your Canada Day campsite early!

Does the cold weather have you dreaming of sunny days on the beach and warm nights by the campfire?

Thanks to our five-month advance booking window, you can lock down your July campsite early!

Here’s a list of 10 parks sure to chase away the midwinter blues:

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 30 – September 1

Looking for a last minute camping trip before the kids head off to school? If so, why not leave a little earlier and head north?

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 noon on August 28, 2019):

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Ruffing it at Ontario Parks: a dog’s perspective on camping

This post is brought to you from our guest blogger Sitka the Border Collie, with help from her human Laura Myers, a Learning and Education Leader with Ontario Parks.

Hello! My name is Sitka and I’m a dog.

My humans love to camp! From the moment they brought me home when I was eight weeks old, they said, “I can’t wait for all the camping adventures we will go on, little one.”

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Campsite vacancy highlights: Aug 2-5

We know the struggle. We know what you have been waiting for. We are happy to say that the long weekend is almost here!

Our southern parks are looking pretty full for the long weekend, but we have some beautiful sites available at our northern parks!

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 noon on July 31, 2019):

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Listening to nature’s music

Today’s post comes from Kyra Santin, a Natural Heritage Education and Marketing Student from our Northwest Zone. 

George Santayana — poet, philosopher and naturalist — said, “The Earth has music for those who listen.”

The earth holds a lot of beauty within it. If we open our eyes and ears, and listen to the world that surrounds us, we can truly appreciate the music the earth is making.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: July 19-21

The time to strengthen and rediscover our connection to nature is now! Get outside and reconnect at one of these feature campsites.

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 noon on July 18, 2019):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 28 – July 1

Keen to get out of town for the Canada Day long weekend?

If you’re looking for a beautiful campsite, go north! We’ve got some beautiful campsites available, including many with electricity!

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 10:30 am on June 27, 2019):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 14-16

It’s a beautiful weekend to go camping! Get outside and enjoy the weather at one of these featured campsites.

We’re featuring several rustic cabins in this week’s preview, AND a cottage in Temagami!

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 11:00 am on June 13, 2019):

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