This post was written by Northwestern Ontario Parks Planning Intern Kestrel Wraggett.
We know that Ontario Parks protect some of the most unique and precious natural systems in the province, but did you know we help protect a nationally recognized network of significant waterways called the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS).
Continue reading The Canadian Heritage Rivers System’s Bloodvein River — a backcountry dream
Today’s post was written by Doug Gilmore, a recently retired superintendent of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. The post commemorates the designation of Pimachiowin Aki as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A journey can be defined as “the act of travelling from one place to another.” With every accomplishment there is often a journey, and the inscription of Pimachiowin Aki (Pi-MATCH-o-win Ah-KAY) as an UNESCO World Heritage Site was no exception.
Journeys also often include twists and turns and, most importantly, learning as you travel.
Continue reading Pimachiowin Aki: a journey
Today’s post comes from Barb Rees, Natural Heritage Education/Marketing Specialist with Ontario Parks.
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to paddle and camp for a minimum of three consecutive nights in each of Quetico, Wabakimi and Woodland Caribou Provincial Parks by October 15, 2019.
Why? Read on. We list the top ten reasons why you can’t miss out on the Northwest Wilderness Quest.
Continue reading Top 10 reasons to paddle the Northwest Wilderness Quest
Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, a tea lover and Marketing Specialist with Ontario Parks.
This blog is dedicated to all of those who love tea and nature.
Whether it’s a cool summer evening, or a chilly winter day, it’s always a good time for tea time. There’s something about having a cup of tea that ignites a sense of stillness and calmness. It reminds you to take a step back, and really take in a moment.
Ontario’s northwest provincial parks provide some stellar backdrops for the most perfect outdoor tea parties. Make a cup of tea, and read on to discover six tea hot spots!
Continue reading Hot spots to have a cup of tea in Ontario Parks’ northwest
Today’s post comes from Kyra Santin, a Natural Heritage Education and Marketing Student from our Northwest Zone.
George Santayana — poet, philosopher and naturalist — said, “The Earth has music for those who listen.”
The earth holds a lot of beauty within it. If we open our eyes and ears, and listen to the world that surrounds us, we can truly appreciate the music the earth is making.
Continue reading Listening to nature’s music
Ever paddled through the hush of the boreal forest at dawn? Watched the sun rise over a network of Canadian Shield lakes?
Whether you prefer canoe, kayak or SUP, Sunset Country is a paddler’s paradise.
Continue reading Top 3 paddling destinations in Ontario’s Sunset Country
Do you dream of paddling the vast wilderness of Northwestern Ontario, gliding past moose, caribou and wolves? Can you hear the gentle sound of your paddle smoothly caressing endless lakes and rivers, drops of water slowly tumbling off the tip of your blade? Does the scent of pine and spruce forests invite fond memories of past backcountry canoe trips and inspire dreams of future adventures?
Just picture it. This is the Northwest Wilderness Quest.
Continue reading Are you ready for the Northwest Wilderness Quest?
We’re delighted to announce that eight of our backcountry (interior) parks now offer campers the freedom to purchase their permits online.
Here’s what you need to know about the new system:
Continue reading *NEW* Online permitting in 8 backcountry parks
If you live to fish and you’ve never cast your line into a lake in northern Ontario, these five spots in the backcountry you’ll want to add to your bucket list!
They come (in no particular order!) courtesy of Bob Elliott, superintendent of Lake Superior Provincial Park.
A lifelong, avid angler himself, Bob says these five parks provide unparalleled fishing, together with a true wilderness experience, which is why they attract people from all over Canada, the United States and beyond.
Continue reading 5 bucket list fishing destinations in northwestern Ontario
Choosing a park that offers the opportunities you are searching for can be the hardest part of the planning process.
Do you want to canoe or hike? Maybe a little of both? Are you looking to go out for two nights or two weeks? Do you want a challenging terrain or do you prefer a flat trail? Are you able to carry your canoe or kayak for 1400 m or do you prefer shorter portages? The list of questions goes on.
We thought we would do some of the research for you. Here are six different provincial parks that have great backcountry opportunities for beginners to advanced campers.
Continue reading Pick your backcountry adventure