If you’re new to Ontario Parks, you might be a little nervous about the animals that call our parks home.
Many of us live in cities or suburbs, with little interaction with wildlife, so we don’t know how to react or behave. We want your parks experience to be fun and safe, both for you and for the wildlife that live here.
Today, let’s talk about:
- the types of critters you might encounter at Ontario Parks
- some simple tips to prevent negative wildlife interactions
Continue reading What types of wildlife might I see at Ontario Parks?
The signs of spring always grab our attention.
We’re excited by the arrival of the familiar birds, butterflies, and fish that we see each summer. Perhaps it’s simply because we yearn for the end of winter. Or maybe it’s the feeling that a good friend has returned from a long vacation down south.
What we neglect to notice sometimes though, is the beauty of their departure.
Continue reading Spot the fall migrators
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.
Continue reading The cat and the Mudbug: a guide to using iNaturalist
If you’ve ever seen a Five-lined Skink, you know just how neat they are!
The Five-lined Skink, which looks a bit like a salamander, is the only lizard species native to Ontario. And while researchers continue to study skinks, we still don’t know very much about what they do on a day-to-day basis, particularly from September to May when they’re hibernating.
Here are five cool things we DO know about Five-lined Skinks, courtesy of Alistair MacKenzie, Resource Management Supervisor at Pinery Provincial Park.
Continue reading 5 cool facts about skinks
You’ve recently unwrapped the latest iphone or a shiny new digital camera, perhaps an SLR with some fancy lenses.
Now you have itchy shutter fingers. You’re ready to point our camera at something spectacular and capture a beautiful memory forever. But where to go?
Not to brag, but Ontario Parks are beautiful, iconic places. Covering nearly 10% of the province and protecting some of Ontario’s most rare and scenic habitats, our parks are home to a variety of wildlife, from fascinating insects to enormous moose.
Basically, they’re a photographer’s dreamscape.
We’re animal lovers too. We know how exhilarating wildlife encounters can be. We understand how badly you want that perfect photo.
But before you hit the road, ask yourself: is taking the perfect photograph worth risking an animal’s life or an ecosystem’s health?
If your answer is “no,” check out our list of seven common photography infractions to ensure you’re keeping our parks safe and healthy.
Continue reading Are you an ethical wildlife photographer?
Excessive noise. Transporting firewood. Have you ever wondered why certain rules exist?
Thought, research, and science go into the laws and policies that cover provincial parks and conservation reserves. And it helps to understand the rationale.
Today, we’re sharing the logic behind a few of the rules our visitors ask us about most frequently:
Continue reading Why is that a rule?
Spring has sprung at Ontario Parks!
The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the days of snow and sleet are (hopefully!) behind us. As the snow melts, enjoy the sensory delights of spring in our provincial parks as we see and hear signs of warm weather to come.
You know it’s spring in Ontario Parks when…
Continue reading 10 signs of spring at Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from Christine Terwissen, a biologist intern from our Southeast zone.
Lynx can be thought of as the “king” of winter animals. Their thick fur allows them to remain active all winter.
Continue reading Winter royalty: the Canadian Lynx
Today’s article was written by Connor Oke, Ontario Parks’ marketing intern.
Canadians know that among the many things that make our country awesome, two things stand out: our vast expanses of beautiful, untouched wilderness…
…and our passion for hockey.
So why not both at the same time?
As hockey season grinds on, we did some scouting of our own. Here are the critters and creatures we’ve selected for the Ontario Parks All-Star Hockey Team!
Continue reading Who makes the Ontario Parks all-star wildlife hockey team?
Today’s post comes from Anna Scuhr, a naturalist with Lake Superior Provincial Park.
The arrival of snow and ice transforms the rugged landscape of Lake Superior Provincial Park into a stunningly beautiful, albeit unforgiving place to live.
As temperatures drop, the park can accumulate up to six feet of snow in the interior. The snow makes just about every aspect of an animal’s life more challenging.
Northern winters are a true test of an animal’s fitness. Let’s look at how they adapt to survive long, harsh winters.
Continue reading The scavenger hunt for survival