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Backcountry for beginners: the best destinations

When executed safely, your first backcountry trip forges lifelong memories, opening an immersive getaway into nature. But the leap from car camping to backcountry requires preparation and learning. New paddlers and hikers can find themselves in serious trouble if they overestimate their skills or choose a too-challenging route. Here are some recommended trips for backcountry … Continue reading Backcountry for beginners: the best destinations

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Pimachiowin Aki: a journey

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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 … Continue reading Pimachiowin Aki: a journey

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April vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Spring temperatures can be tough to predict, which is what makes April a great month to stay in a cabin or yurt! Whether it rains, snows or shines, you’ll have a cozy homebase for your outdoor adventures. Don’t see your favourite park? Reminder that many parks, such as Arrowhead, Silent Lake and Windy Lake, close after … Continue reading April vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

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5 life-changing paddling routes of Northeastern Ontario

paddler on lake in Northeastern Ontario

Whether you’re planning a scenic day trip or a rugged backcountry adventure, Northeastern Ontario is a paddler’s playground. Last year, Northeastern Ontario Tourism asked their readers to vote for their top paddling destinations… …and the votes are in! Join us in counting down the top 5 paddling destinations of Northeastern Ontario: 5. Spanish River Spanish … Continue reading 5 life-changing paddling routes of Northeastern Ontario

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St. Patrick’s Day “green”ery

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Our parks are wearing the green this St. Patrick’s Day and you don’t have to be Irish to appreciate it! “You do need to be observant, though,” says Algonquin Provincial Park biologist Alison Lake. “But it will be well worth the effort.” Taking St. Patrick’s Day stroll? Here are 7 shades of green you might spot in … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day “green”ery

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7 reasons to book a winter stay at Quetico’s Log Cabin

Quetico log cabin in winter

Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, a Learning and Education Leader with Ontario Parks’ Northwest Zone. Nestled under tall pines beside French Lake, Quetico’s Provincial Park’s Log Cabin provides a quintessentially Quetico experience with the comforts and convenience of home. Here are seven reasons the Log Cabin is the ultimate winter getaway: 1. It’s beyond … Continue reading 7 reasons to book a winter stay at Quetico’s Log Cabin

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5 reasons you should take a weekday vacation

Long lines, crying kids, and “meh” photo ops can cramp your camping style. Find space, serenity and more by dodging the weekend crowds: 1. Your own personal beach (sort-of) Have your fun in the sun without anyone else blocking your light! Staking out a good spot for your umbrella can be a struggle on a … Continue reading 5 reasons you should take a weekday vacation

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Health benefits of backcountry camping

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Today’s post comes from Sarah McMichael, Ontario Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy People Coordinator. Backcountry camping is known for being a way to experience beautiful, serene landscapes. But a backcountry trip also provides an opportunity to challenge yourself physically and mentally. The combination of paddling, portaging, and hiking through the backcountry is a great all-over workout. … Continue reading Health benefits of backcountry camping

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What do park staff DO all winter?

Colourful muskoka chairs on the Red Rock Lake dock, on a frosty and misty early winter morning; photo by Bob Elliott, Ontario Parks

In today’s post, Assistant Superintendent Josie Grenier and other southeast zone staff give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what our crews are up to during the winter months. There’s a false assumption out there that Ontario Parks goes into hibernation in the winter, just like bears, but we are by no means just a summer … Continue reading What do park staff DO all winter?

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My Ontario Parks career map

summer student and superintendent

Today’s post comes from Morgan Racz, an experienced summer student and winner of one of our 2018 student bursaries. This is my story of my dream career. Currently, I am a few steps down the road. I work for Ontario Parks at Port Burwell Provincial Park, as a provincial park ranger and the head maintenance … Continue reading My Ontario Parks career map

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Kettle Lakes: a land shaped by icebergs

The deep green boreal forest of Kettle Lakes Provincial Park contains 22 beautiful little lakes. Of these lakes, 20 are called actually “kettle lakes” by geographers. So what is a “kettle lake?” To answer that question, we first must look at how kettles are formed. An icy world During the last glaciation of North America, … Continue reading Kettle Lakes: a land shaped by icebergs

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7 reasons your family will fall in love with Bonnechere Provincial Park!

7 reasons your family will fall in love with Bonnechere Provincial Park!

Looking for a new park to explore with your family? How about a park that offers great swimming, paddling, and hiking and will have your kids picking books from a tree? Bonnechere Provincial Park — located in Killaloe, ON (just 2 hours from Ottawa) — is one of the Ottawa Valley’s hidden gems. Here are some … Continue reading 7 reasons your family will fall in love with Bonnechere Provincial Park!

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Keeping up with the Canada Jay

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Today’s blog post comes from bird researchers Alex Sutton and Koley Freeman, PhD candidates at the University of Guelph. In the world of Canada Jays, winter means one thing: it’s breeding season! Gray Jays are common in Algonquin Provincial Park. Continuing a 55 year-old tradition, a dedicated team of researchers is monitoring breeding pairs. This … Continue reading Keeping up with the Canada Jay

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Top 10 reasons to paddle the Northwest Wilderness Quest

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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 … Continue reading Top 10 reasons to paddle the Northwest Wilderness Quest

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Winter ticks and hairless moose

Each year, biologists in Algonquin Provincial Park hear this question from at least one park visitor: “Why did the moose I saw have bald patches?” In a bad year, there will be many inquiries. What causes the hair loss? This hair loss is caused by infestations of winter tick Dermacentor albipictus, which result in very itchy … Continue reading Winter ticks and hairless moose

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