Get a jump on June: summer camping in southwestern Ontario

It may be the middle of winter, but we’re daydreaming of summer in southwestern Ontario! How about you?

Get a jump start on planning your vacation. Book a campsite at one of these hidden gems today!

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The best parts of a northern summer, according to a southern naturalist

Today’s post comes from Connor Ferguson, an Assistant Discovery Leader at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.

Every summer, you’ll find me in the parks of northern Ontario, sharing my love of nature with visitors from around the world as an Ontario Parks naturalist.

When the operating season is done, and the visitors have returned home, I go back to where I’m from: the far south of the province. I like to think that moving between these regions gives me a special appreciation for my time in the north.

Here are some of the reasons why I love spending my summers in Ontario’s north.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 9-11

Time in nature has been proven to lead to better sleep, improved productivity, and lower stress. What better reasons to go camping?

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 noon on August 8, 2019):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: Aug 2-5

We know the struggle. We know what you have been waiting for. We are happy to say that the long weekend is almost here!

Our southern parks are looking pretty full for the long weekend, but we have some beautiful sites available at our northern parks!

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 noon on July 31, 2019):

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June’s digital download

Just look at this spring-blooming pink Prairie Smoke. Why not decorate your device with this June gem?

This cheery flower turns rare alvar habitat into a sea of fluffy pink! This month’s FREE digital download was snapped at Balsam Lake Provincial Park

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Have you booked your summer camping trip yet?

Does the cold weather have you dreaming of sunny days on the beach and warm nights by the campfire?

Thanks to our five-month booking window, you can lock down your July campsite in February!

Need a recommendation? These five parks are local family favourites:

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Book your Ontario Parks summer campsite now

Did you know Ontario Parks is now taking campsite reservations for summer 2015?  The provincial park agency has a 5 month advance booking window. This means that anyone planning to camp in late June, for example, can book their campsite now.

During the busy five month advance reservation period, Ontario Parks processes about 102,000 reservations (3o% of its total reservations for the year).  The peak weeks for booking five months in advance are mid-January to March 31. Pinery, Algonquin, Sandbanks, Killbear and Bon Echo Provincial Parks are the busiest. Ontario Parks suggests trying a new park in 2015 and offers some excellent alternatives to its busiest five. Check this Ontario Parks blog for new parks to try, online tools to help you choose a park and much more.

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