At Ontario Parks, we’re constantly on the lookout for ways to promote both the health and wellbeing of our visitors and the parks we protect.
The importance of spending time in nature is well documented in scientific research, and we embody our efforts to promote spending more time in nature through our Healthy Parks Healthy People movement.
Provincial parks are great places to get your nature fix – but have you ever thought about incorporating time in nature into the way you get to your favourite park?
Continue reading Visiting parks on two wheels
You’ve heard about this fantastic new adventure through a friend, route guide, or Instagram. It looks kind of tough, and you’re pretty new to the whole backcountry thing.
Still, you don’t want to miss out, so you decide to go for it.
But as you start planning, there’s a little voice wondering if this is really the best idea.
Listen to that voice.
Continue reading Backcountry basics: know your limits
We can definitely recommend “losing yourself” in our provincial parks by delighting in the sights and sounds of nature, and living in the moment.
We do not, however, recommend getting actually lost.
Park visitors get lost more often than you’d think. It can be a scary, stressful, and dangerous situation. It can also result in complicated and expensive search-and-rescue operations.
While we know no one sets out to get lost, there are steps you can take to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Continue reading How to avoid getting lost
Frontenac is a four-season backcountry park with great opportunities for interior camping, hiking, paddling, and winter activities!
Nestled within the Frontenac Arch, Frontenac has a unique landscape not typically found in Southern Ontario. You’ll discover a diverse range of habitats, plants, and animals. With upland forests, rocky ridges, and tranquil lakes, camping is only accessible to paddlers, backpackers, and snowshoers.
Planning a trip to Frontenac? Here’s what you need to know to have a fun and frustration-free visit:
Continue reading How to plan a trip to Frontenac
Bon Echo Provincial Park has long been a favorite destination for day-trippers, and this year is no exception!
On nice sunny days our park can get very busy.
Planning a day-trip to Bon Echo? Check out our top tips for a fun and frustration-free visit:
Continue reading How to plan your day-trip to Bon Echo
Watching winter slip away is a magical thing. Snow is melting, temperatures are warming, and some of our fair-weather bird friends are returning.
However, Ontario is a huge province, and the arrival of spring looks very different depending on where you are.
Spring comes slowly in many provincial parks.
Every year people are surprised to learn that while urban areas may be in bloom, many provincial parks, such as Algonquin, are still covered in snow and ice.
This can lead to some unwelcome surprises and unsafe situations for visitors who are expecting warm weather and spring-like conditions.
Continue reading Has spring sprung? Depends where you are!
Today’s post comes from Jordan Welch and Bianca Goncz, Discovery staff at Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Are you looking for a challenging, multi-day hike with spectacular views?
The Coastal Trail has it all!
Hike to rocky bluffs, traverse lush forests, and experience the power of Lake Superior.
This linear trail traces 65 km of Lake Superior’s rugged northeastern shore, offering an unparalleled chance to experience the wilderness and beauty amidst the largest of the Great Lakes.
Continue reading Backpacker’s guide to the Coastal Trail in Lake Superior Provincial Park