Today’s post comes to us from MacKenzie Schmidt, Discovery Program Coordinator for our Algonquin Zone.
For centuries, wolves have captured our imagination and wonder. Tolstoy wrote about them, biologists have studied them in earnest, and campers staying at Ontario Parks have had the opportunity to howl to them during public wolf howls since the 1960s.
In fact, the very first public wolf howl at Algonquin Provincial Park (1963) represents some of our earliest educational programming that is paramount to Ontario Parks’ mission today.
Continue reading Howling with the wolves at Bonnechere Provincial Park
August nightlife at Ontario Parks promises to be exciting!
Take in the Perseid Meteor Shower, which produces 50-100 meteors an hour at its peak. Meet “spirited” characters from Ontario’s past on a ghost walk. Solve a park mystery and maybe even hear wolves howl.
We’ve collected a few favourite evening events; which one speaks to you?
Continue reading Soak in the summer nightlife
For more than 50 years, we’ve called the wolves every Thursday in August.
Since the Algonquin Provincial Park Wolf Howls started in 1963, more than 150,000 visitors have spent summer evenings listening to the wolves’ haunting harmonies.
Continue reading Wolf Howls at Algonquin
In the summer of 1963, park naturalists in Algonquin Provincial Park came up with the idea for a new interpretive program: an evening of “wolf listening.” On August 15, 656 people in 164 cars showed up much to the shock and delight of park staff! As is often said, the rest is history. Since that very first Public Wolf Howl 50 years ago, approximately 160,000 visitors -an average of about 1,800 per event- have taken part in what is now listed as a Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experience. Continue reading Still howling after 50 years!
When the sun sets in Algonquin Provincial Park a host of creatures emerge to forage in the darkness. All you need to see these animals is a headlamp or flashlight and a sense of adventure. Continue reading The dark side of wildlife viewing
Parents interested in the outdoors and family camping have a short window of time before kids’ seasonal jobs and other interests can change family holiday time. Since this is a season of resolutions and the beginning of 2012 vacation planning, here’s a suggested list of 15 things to do with your kids before they turn 15! Continue reading 15 things to do with your kids before they’re 15
Imagine yourself standing along a major highway in Ontario, with 2000 other people, waiting to hear the sound of wolves. You could make this a reality by attending a wolf howl in Algonquin Provincial Park! Continue reading Shhhhhh…Can You Hear That?