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!
Keep the beauty of nature in winter right before your very “ice.”
Interested in some more unusual wintry water formations? Check out these examples of wacky winter water!
Continue reading March’s digital download
What did one tree say to the other on a snowy winter’s day?
“My feet are cold…”
Okay, they may not get cold feet, but what do trees do in the winter?
Continue reading What do trees do in winter?
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
When most of us picture winter ice, we conjure up mental images of skating rinks and icicles. But did you know there’s a lot of variety in wintry water formations?
From frozen falls to ice volcanoes, winter water is quite a sight to behold:
Continue reading Frozen falls and other wacky winter water
Are you hibernating this winter?
This year, you don’t have to go far to get some fresh crisp air.
Nature is right in your own backyard or local provincial park. Participate in some fun winter activities like making snowmen and snow angels, or looking at winter wildlife tracks!
Continue reading February’s digital download
Many Ontario Parks have well-maintained trails for winter use.
Knowing the proper etiquette and rules for use helps to keep them safe for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers alike.
We’re asking everyone to do their part to minimize the risk to yourself and others by following all public health advice, including physical distancing, and only engaging in outdoor activities close to where you live. Please do not travel outside of your area.
Continue reading 5 tips for sharing the winter trails
If you’re reading this, you’re likely a not-very-furry mammal with a core body temperature around 37ºC.
Your body works very hard to maintain this temperature. If it drops even a few degrees, moving, thinking, and other basic tasks become difficult. You will need to warm up quickly, or you may find yourself in a dangerous situation.
To prevent cold-related emergencies, it’s important to plan your winter adventures with care.
Here’s what you need to know to stay safe in cold weather:
Continue reading Your winter preparedness guide
Pop quiz: do beavers hibernate? In today’s post, Discovery Specialist Dave Sproule answers common questions about beavers.
Continue reading The beaver in winter
Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This “space” will cover a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks.
The cold, crisp days of the New Year often reward us with fantastically beautiful nights, rich with bright stars and interesting sights.
Of the 17 brightest stars seen from Ontario, nine are visible during winter nights, and many interesting objects await the observer who is prepared to brave the cold.
Here are our astronomical highlights for January:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies – January