You’ve heard about this fantastic new adventure through a friend, route guide, or Instagram. It looks kind of tough, and you’re pretty new to the whole backcountry thing.
Still, you don’t want to miss out, so you decide to go for it.
But as you start planning, there’s a little voice wondering if this is really the best idea.
Listen to that voice.
Continue reading Backcountry basics: know your limits
We all have fond childhood memories of a crackling campfire. It can be the highlight of a camping trip!
Let’s keep those memories positive by making sure even the littlest members of the family know the ins and outs of fire safety.
Parents: if you and your family are enjoying a campfire during your trip, make sure you follow these safety tips.
Continue reading Campfire safety for the whole family
Do ticks and Lyme disease make you wary of going outdoors?
Make sure you know how to protect yourself, pets and your loved ones when you head out on an adventure.
The most effective way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites.
Continue reading How to protect yourself from ticks
Did you know park roads are just as official as the roads in your neighbourhood?
It’s true. The Highway Traffic Act is enforced by wardens in our parks. If you speed, forget your seatbelt, or commit other infractions, your actions could result in a fine, a license suspension, or worse: a tragedy.
Here are four critical road rules to remember when visiting parks:
Continue reading The rules of the road in provincial parks
Excessive noise. Transporting firewood. Have you ever wondered why certain rules exist?
Thought, research, and science go into the laws and policies that cover provincial parks and conservation reserves. And it helps to understand the rationale.
Today, we’re sharing the logic behind a few of the rules our visitors ask us about most frequently:
Continue reading Why is that a rule?
We don’t want to discourage kids from finding magic in nature. But we’re also kind of like the Lorax; we need to speak for the trees (and all the other critters that live in provincial parks).
Continue reading The trouble with stick forts
We can definitely recommend “losing yourself” in our provincial parks by delighting in the sights and sounds of nature, and living in the moment.
We do not, however, recommend getting actually lost.
Park visitors get lost more often than you’d think. It can be a scary, stressful, and dangerous situation. It can also result in complicated and expensive search-and-rescue operations.
While we know no one sets out to get lost, there are steps you can take to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Continue reading How to avoid getting lost
Watching winter slip away is a magical thing. Snow is melting, temperatures are warming, and some of our fair-weather bird friends are returning.
However, Ontario is a huge province, and the arrival of spring looks very different depending on where you are.
Spring comes slowly in many provincial parks.
Every year people are surprised to learn that while urban areas may be in bloom, many provincial parks, such as Algonquin, are still covered in snow and ice.
This can lead to some unwelcome surprises and unsafe situations for visitors who are expecting warm weather and spring-like conditions.
Continue reading Has spring sprung? Depends where you are!
Many Ontario Parks have well-maintained trails for winter use.
Knowing the proper etiquette and rules for use helps to keep them safe for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers alike.
Continue reading 5 tips for sharing the winter trails
Calling all anglers!
Fishing season doesn’t end when the lake freezes over. Our parks are home to some world-class ice fishing opportunities.
Here are some prime spots to drop a line this winter:
Continue reading Five spots to ice fish in Ontario Parks