The cat and the Mudbug: a guide to using iNaturalist

Cellphones have changed our lives in many ways. It seems like there’s an app available to cater to our every need, from baking to banking and all things in between.

In Ontario Parks, we generally encourage green time over screen time, however there’s one app we believe every visitor should have on their phone.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 8 – June 10

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

There are a bunch of rustic cabins in this week’s preview, AND a cottage in Temagami!

Scout out your ideal campsiteon our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of 1:00 pm on June 7, 2018):

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March vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

March is your last chance for a winter adventure!

Now’s the time to experience the beauty of winter in Ontario Parks. We’re pretty full for March Break, however we have lots of other availability throughout the month.

Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this March 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, February 15, 2018.

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Checking off new winter experiences at Silent Lake

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

I think any angler will agree that it’s nearly impossible to sleep while experiencing the anticipation of an upcoming fishing trip. This was definitely the case for me and my friend Lori, who joined me on a recent adventure to Silent Lake Provincial Park.

This trip was especially exciting as Lori was chasing her first lake trout and we would be exploring a new body of water. We were also looking forward to staying in a yurt, something neither of us had experienced.

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February vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Hey lovers!

Why not celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a romantic getaway at a provincial park?

Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this February 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, January 16, 2018.

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January vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Start 2018 off right with a cozy winter staycation!

Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks 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 15, 2017.

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December vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

What could be better than celebrating the holiday season surrounded by the beauty of nature?

Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this December in one of our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages and yurts available all month, including several weekend openings!

Accommodations featured below were available as of noon, November 10, 2017.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 9-11

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

You’ll find lots electrical campsites in this week’s preview, and even a few cabins.

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 3:00 pm on June 8, 2017):

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New cabins at Silent Lake

Today’s post comes from Mackenzie Green, an Operations Technician at Silent Lake Provincial Park. We’re delighted to announce the opening of 10 new cabins, which will be available on our reservation system as of June 2, 2017.

The jack-of-all trades. The problem-solver. These monikers are often used to describe the hard-working staff of Ontario Parks!

The broad scope of tasks that Ontario Parks employees undertake has resulted in a large work-force of creative problem solvers. Our remote work locations often require us to be independent, allowing us to acquire and demonstrate a wide variety of skills. As individuals, each of us brings unique experiences and skill-sets to our parks, and when a problem presents itself, we revel in the opportunity to put our special skills to work!

Recently, at Silent Lake Provincial Park, one of these unique challenges presented itself, and park staff were more than happy to rise to the occasion!

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