Top 15 blog posts of 2015

Top 15 blog posts of 2015

Our Parks Blog features the best our provincial parks have to offer. Our top posts include:

  • fishing destinations
  • romantic getaways
  • park history
  • dramatic staff rescues
  • wildlife trivia
  • campsite showcases

…and much, much more!

These are our 15 most popular posts from 2015:

15. You could be camping


This summer, we started sharing weekly “You could be camping” posts, featuring campsites available for a last-minute weekend getaways. Can you guess which of these three sites was most popular?

14. September salmon fishing on Lake Superior

salmon fishing

Nothing beats a warm September afternoon spent reeling in pan-ready salmon. Parks along Lake Superior offer some top-shelf fishing spots.

13. December day-tripping: The 12 days of Parksmas

December daytripping

Looking for some winterific activities? We spent the first two weeks of December mapping out our some of our favourite snowy destinations and activities.

12. Peregrine falcon chick rescued at Bon Echo Provincial Park

 Peregrine falcon rescue

Peregrine falcon plunged 150 ft into Mazinaw Lake before being rescued. But did she make it back to her family? We shared the full story.

11. Ten cool facts about dragonflies

Green Darner dragonfly

If you’ve ever watched a dragonfly speed over the water, you know how captivating they are! This “top 10” list shares some of the coolest facts about this 250-million-year-old species.

10. The Gales of November: Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald 40 years later

The Gales of November: Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald 40 years later

Forty years ago, the huge freighter Edmund Fitzgerald was wrecked on Lake Superior. Read the story and discover top storm-watching spots along the Shipwreck Trail.

9. Nature photography 101

Nature photography 101

Do you secretly wish you could produce photos that would take people’s breath away? We chatted with Thunder Bay photographer Barry Wojciechowski who shared these five tips for capturing award-winning nature shots.

8. Bon Echo unveils exploration tents

exploration tent interior

If you’re not ready to take the plunge into full tent camping, “glamping” might be the perfect option. Bon Echo’s new exploration tents make a cozy “home away from home.”

7. Soundscapes from across Ontario


Put on some headphones, sit quietly, and simply listen to these natural soundscapes. You’ll hear birds, amphibians, even wolves from parks across the province. Challenge yourself to identify the different species or just relax to the natural ambiance.

6. Winter camping or ice fishing anyone? North, south parks have it all

Windy Lake yurt

Imagine a couple newly in love ditching their trip down south to sleep in a yurt in northern Ontario, snowshoeing the week away while communing with nature. With the wood stove to keep them warm at the chalet and a whole lot of wanderlust to help them snowshoe through the park, the couple had a blast.

5. Have a howling good Halloween

Halloween at Ontario Parks

Did you visit the ghosts of campers past this October? This Halloween events post ensorcelled a lot of parks readers.

4. Students for hire at Ontario Parks

summer students maintaining the parks

Students really are the lifeblood of the Ontario Parks summer season. Find out what it’s like to spend a summer working in the park.

By the way students, applications for the 2016 season open January 4.

3. Romantic winter adventures worth travelling for

Romantic winter getaways

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.

2. Tips for checking Arrowhead off your bucket list

Arrowhead Winter skating

From the skate trail to the tubing hill to the cross-country ski trails, Arrowhead was winter’s hottest destination last year.

…and our most popular post of 2015 was…

1. Explore fall’s colours at these 6 undiscovered gems

Arrowhead fall waterfall

What a wonderful warm fall this year! This post revealed our how leaf-peepers could beat the crowds while exploring Ontario’s beautiful fall colours.