Today’s post was written by seasonal student Heather Van Den Diepstraten from Rondeau Provincial Park.
It’s not just students and birds on the move this fall.
As the cold weather approaches, reptiles are trekking across Rondeau Provincial Park in search of hibernacula (places in which wildlife overwinter). Researchers for Wildlife Preservation Canada are busy tracking the movements of snakes, turtles, and skinks within the park as they find suitable habitat for their hibernation.
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Imagine ringing in the New Year in a winter wonderland. The light from your campfire reflects off the snow, and your friends and family ladle out cocoa from the pot bubbling over the flames.
This is a familiar scene for the seasonal RVers at MacGregor Point Provincial Park.
Whether you just need a place to store your RV for the winter, or you’re ready to experience winter in a whole new way, MacGregor Point’s winter RV program might be just what you need!
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Today’s post comes from Brianne Brothers, a Zone Ecologist in Ontario’s Southwest Zone.
Ah, snow. A substance that truly embodies what it means to be Canadian.
While many of us struggle with the idea enjoying something that inflicts hard physical labour and white-knuckled driving, it truly is clean, fresh and beautiful.
In that light, please grab a cup of coffee and a cozy window seat, and let’s explore the science of snow.
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Every March, cross-country skiers of all abilities descend on Quetico Provincial Park and the nearby town of Atikokan for the Cross Quetico Tour.
Normally known for its world-class wilderness canoeing opportunities, Quetico’s interconnected waterways become a winter venue for a ski adventure like no other.
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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:
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Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.
Over the weekend, I traveled from my home in the Ottawa area to visit Frontenac Provincial Park. Growing up in nearby Napanee, I had visited the park plenty of times in the past, but this would be my very first hike-in ice fishing expedition.
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At the first sign of frost, we often pack away our rods and reels, letting our fishing drive drift into daydreams until spring.
But what if we could reel in the dream catch during the sunniest and briskest days of the year?
With licence-free Family Fishing Weekend around the corner, we’re sharing our top tips about the season’s hottest — or should we say — coldest pastime — ice fishing!
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Pop quiz: do beavers hibernate? Today’s post — from Natural Heritage Education Specialist Dave Sproule — answers common questions about beavers.
If you’re near water, especially in our northern parks, you might see signs of one of the most important animals in the Ontario landscape, one that molds the landscape to its own needs.
But in the depths of winter, with much of Ontario frozen and white, what are these aquatic creatures up to?
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Today’s post comes from Quetico Provincial Park‘s Superintendent Trevor Gibb.
The smell of crisp clean pine and spruce trees. The sight of fresh moose, wolf, otter and hare tracks zigging and zagging across the path in front of you. The chirp of a chickadee. The crunch of the bright white snow and the gentle bite of the winter air on your cheeks.
This is cross-country skiing in a wilderness park. This is what winter is all about.
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If you love to cross-country ski, snowshoe, skate or simply explore the outdoors with your significant other, Ontario Parks has a romantic winter adventure for you.
Rent a cozy cabin, cottage or heated yurt at one of seven parks that offer winter accommodation. Pro tip? Book mid-week if you can. That’s when you’ll find the best availability.
Twenty-six provincial parks offer drop-dead gorgeous landscapes where you can reconnect with nature on a fun day trip or try an overnight park stay. Local ski clubs help keep hundreds of kilometres of park trails groomed or track set for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Try skating through the woods on a cool ice path at Arrowhead or MacGregor Point Provincial Parks.
And don’t fret: our roofed getaways have all the facilities you need to cook up a romantic candlelit dinner for two.
Holiday and New Year’s Eve events, ski loppets, snowshoe races, and other events are planned every winter.
Here is a sampling of winter adventures worth travelling for:
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