Last summer while other people my age worked in customer service or were out on placement, I chose a job with the beautiful Sandbanks Provincial Park as a maintenance student.
Hi, my name is Hunter, I am a post-secondary student studying photojournalism and am into the second year of my program. This past summer was my second season working at Sandbanks. While I might seem like an odd fit compared to many of my co-workers whose backgrounds or area of study relate to natural sciences or the outdoors, working at Ontario Parks has been one of the greatest summer jobs, full of adventures and lots of learning.
Continue reading A Sandbanks summer: the life of a maintenance student at Ontario Parks
Just because snowflakes are flying doesn’t mean you have to wait ’til spring to explore our parks again!
These southeastern parks provide plenty of wonderful close-to-home winter activities.
Continue reading Winter fun in southeastern Ontario
Provincial parks are home to some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in Ontario.
They protect unique plant and wildlife species, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the province!
Thanks to the proceeds from our 2021 online holiday store, our staff are hard at work on ecological integrity projects that help these species, like finding Pitch Pine at Charleston Lake Provincial Park.
Continue reading Your purchase helps parks: plotting Charleston Lake’s Pitch Pines
Camping doesn’t always have to involve driving a far distance to pitch a tent.
RVing allows you to experience the beauty of Ontario’s fall colours with more of the comforts of home.
In southeastern Ontario, there are many great RVing opportunities nearby. You can find your adventure by RV at several different parks close to city centres and along major travel routes.
Continue reading Fall RVing in southeastern Ontario
Gardens are not something you typically think of when it comes to Ontario Parks, considering we preserve many of Ontario’s natural landscapes. But there’s one type of garden we’re happy to build in our parks: pollinator gardens!
This summer, two southeastern parks worked hard to build and establish new pollinator gardens. Why? Because planting native plants supports biodiversity and helps our pollinators, some of which have populations in dramatic decline.
Continue reading For the pollinators! Two new pollinator gardens you can visit and learn about this year
Ferris Provincial Park is a hidden gem in southeastern Ontario, only two hours east of Toronto.
It’s best-known for its pedestrian suspension bridge overlooking a panoramic view of the Trent River Gorge and Ranney Falls.
Continue reading How to use Ferris as a basecamp to explore Northumberland County
In today’s post, Protected Areas Intern Katelyn Vardy highlights a few of the projects that staff have completed to improve and maintain the ecological integrity in southeastern parks.
When you’re standing in a favourite nature spot or within a park, it’s easy to embrace the beauty and calmness that surrounds you.
While campers and day trippers enjoy all that parks have to offer, behind the scenes are teams of staff working incredibly hard. Their work helps to protect these areas so that they can be enjoyed for years to come.
Here’s a look at some of the projects that we have completed to support the ecological integrity of southeastern parks.
Continue reading Ecological integrity in southeastern parks
Parks in southeastern Ontario are favourites for many, offering a variety of landscapes, bodies of water, and fun activities.
But they can be very busy, especially on weekends with campers and day-trippers alike.
Had a hard time snagging a weekend site at your favourite park? Consider a midweek camping trip!
Avoid the weekend crowds and book a relaxing trip to one of these gems:
Continue reading 4 southeast parks for your midweek getaway
Today’s post comes from the Wandering Wagars, an adventure-loving family travelling the globe.
A great attraction can transport you into another world.
But the staff at Murphys Point Provincial Park took things in a different direction, and ended up taking us back in time.
Continue reading Step back in time at the Silver Queen Mine open house
Family with young kids? This is the park for you!
We have large private campsites, activities to keep the wee ones entertained for hours, and large towns are just a short drive away.
Continue reading 5 reasons to stay at Emily Provincial Park