Ontario Parks on the Great Lakes are for storm watching. November is when the fiercest storms often occur. One of the worst was the Great Storm of 1913. The massive November gale lasted three days, sank 19 ships, stranded 19 more and killed 244 mariners. More recently Hurricane Sandy packed a punch when it hit a cold front over the Great Lakes in October 2012. Lake Huron winds were clocked at 119 kilometres an hour (74 miles per hour) and waves grew to seven metres (23 feet) high. Ontario Parks are known for their storm watching vistas on the Great Lakes. These four parks located on the Great Lakes even have cozy roofed accommodation for stormy nights:
Riding the waves in Ontario Parks
Four of the five Great Lakes border Ontario, one of Canada’s best places for kiteboarders, windsurfers and yes, even surfers. Popular “rider” places include many Ontario Parks especially in the fall when winds get stronger, the waves are bigger and the parks are a lot quieter. Here are a few favourites. Be sure to check with park authorities on where you can safely ride and remember, vehicle permits are required.
1. Book a Prince Edward County adventure
Maple Rest Heritage House is a four-bedroom Victorian farmhouse. Jacques Cottage has a beautiful view of Lake Ontario. You can book either for a fall getaway to Prince Edward County this fall through Sandbanks Provincial Park.
Check out these tips from staff on how to explore a less busy side of Algonquin in the fall.
All kinds of sporting events are held at Ontario Parks every year. Trail runs, road races, triathlons, cycling events, cross-country ski events, and even a hiker’s challenge. At least one of the running events is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
Check the Ontario Parks’ calendar of events for listings. New events are added all the time. Friends volunteer organizations plan many of the sporting events and often have event information on their websites.
Built in the 1870s, Maple Rest is nestled within the dunes beach area of Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County. It is available for reservation throughout the year and perfect for your next getaway. Here are some of the features we think you will enjoy:
1. Victorian Charm
Maple Rest is a unique Victorian home with lots of charm. The home has been completely restored and furnished with antiques and reproductions to create a unique experience for guests. You will feel transported to a different time and place-but with the convenience of many modern luxuries still available!
Migration is a miracle of nature that has fascinated humans since… well since forever. Where do these creatures come from? Where do they go? How do they know when to leave? Many of those questions have been answered over the years but there are still many mysteries to uncover. September is the height of fall migration, and with great weather, smaller crowds, and many parks still open it’s a great time to do some migrating of your own and go out to witness this phenomenon. Continue reading Witness the phenomenon of fall migration in Ontario Parks
In the off-season, park staff work hard to improve the visitor experience at Ontario Parks. Here’s a sample of new infrastructure that has been added to parks for 2012: Continue reading New at Ontario Parks in 2012
“Love and Courtship” is the Valentine theme for Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s first-ever “Adults Only” hike. The hike takes place in the Oakville-area park on February 11 from 7-8:30pm. Continue reading Will you be mine, Valentine?
The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of camping. It simply marks the beginning of the next spectacular season in Ontario Parks. The attraction of freshly fallen snow is just around the corner and the rental of a cozy yurt for a winter weekend of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, is the perfect way to connect with family and friends. Continue reading Winter Camping Opportunities