Today’s post comes from Will Oades, Discovery Program Educator
at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
Eating in the backcountry should be no different than eating at home!
Well-planned and prepared backcountry meals can taste amazing, satisfy your hunger, and foster conversations about your long day of hiking or paddling.
Tasty outdoor meals are a simple comfort fix that can exponentially enhance your backcountry experience.
There are many meal options available, however, there are three important things to consider when developing your meal plan: caloric content, size/weight, and taste.
Continue reading Master Chef: Ontario Parks backcountry edition
Written by Discovery Program Project Coordinator Jessica Stillman.
Teachers, did you know you can help your students be more engaged and enthusiastic in all areas of their learning by taking them outside?
Studies show that students who experience nature as part of the educational process score higher on tests in reading, writing, and math and have demonstrated better listening skills.
Not that you need any more reasons to get outside, but here are four more reasons to take your class outside for Take Me Outside Day:
Continue reading It’s Take Me Outside Day!
Do you secretly wish you could produce photos that would take people’s breath away? There’s no better time than now to pursue your dream!
We chatted with Thunder Bay photographer Barry Wojciechowski and our own Discovery Program/Marketing Specialist Barb Rees who shared these five tips for capturing award-winning nature photographs.
Continue reading Nature photography 101
Ontario Parks is fortunate to be able to both protect and showcase an abundance of natural vistas across the province.
While some locations are relatively easy to access, others will challenge you before rewarding you with their amazing views.
Here are seven iconic vistas to discover and explore this season.
Continue reading 7 iconic vistas of northwestern Ontario
Did you know that Kakabeka Falls is Ontario’s second tallest waterfall?
Camp, hike, bike, and swim to your heart’s content next to a natural wonder.
The 40 m falls are the crown jewel of the appropriately named Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, a hub of family fun in northern Ontario.
And this year, we’re thrilled to announce improvements to the viewing platforms and boardwalks! Read on to learn how we’ve upgraded your access to these unparalleled views of the falls, and the historic Kaministiquia River and gorge below.
With the park’s convenient location just 30 minutes outside of Thunder Bay, Kakabeka Falls is the perfect basecamp from which to discover one of Ontario’s most dynamic and interesting northern cities.
Here’s why you need to check it out:
Continue reading How to use Kakabeka Falls as a basecamp to explore Thunder Bay
Nature looks completely different under a glittering blanket of snow. Why not strap on some snowshoes and experience Ontario Parks in a whole new way this winter?
Check out some winter parks with top-notch snowshoeing opportunities:
Continue reading Where to snowshoe in Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from Peter Gallagher, coordinator of the annual Sleeping Giant Loppet.
Looking to ski your winter blues away?
The annual Sleeping Giant Loppet is a mass participation cross-country skiing festival on the spectacular trail system of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
The Loppet is a longstanding winter tradition for many northwestern Ontario families. Mark your calendars: the 44th edition of the event is on Saturday, March 4, 2023!
Continue reading Fun for all at the Sleeping Giant Loppet
With its breathtaking, snow-covered landscapes and kilometres of ski trails for all skill levels, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park stands out in northwestern Ontario as a snowy paradise.
Here are four awesome reasons to visit this winter wonderland, only an hour east of Thunder Bay:
Continue reading Winter adventures at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
The best part of winter?
Mother Nature debuts her annual colour palette, with shades of blue, grey, green, and white painted across the province.
This month’s FREE digital download comes from Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
Throughout 2022, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic for you to use as wallpaper for your favourite devices. We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones, and Facebook covers.
Continue reading December’s digital download
Today’s post comes from Ontario Parks’ Northwest Zone.
Did you know that bats play important roles in our ecosystems and are unique in being the only type of mammals that can truly fly?
All bats in Ontario are nocturnal predators that feed primarily on insects like moths and mosquitoes. There are eight different bat species across Ontario, including three species at risk: Little Brown Myotis, Northern Myotis, Eastern Small-footed Myotis, and Tri-colored Bat.
Continue reading Batmobiles in the northwest!