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Woodland Caribou Provincial Park: current conditions

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Woodland Caribou Provincial Park‘s network of waterways carve the ancient and weathered Canadian Shield, providing endless route possibilities. The park’s informal motto is: “Where nature still rules.” Visiting us soon? This is your one-stop-shop for up-to-date info — water levels to backroad conditions — about the park. What’s new? This blog spot is new! The intent … Continue reading Woodland Caribou Provincial Park: current conditions

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The surprising, shocking, startling, astonishing story of Silver Islet

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Today’s post comes from Will Oades, Natural Heritage Educator at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Header photo: Jeff Robinson. Have you ever applied for a job, shown up on the first day of work, and realized it was nothing like you thought it would be? That was the case among many of the men coming to … Continue reading The surprising, shocking, startling, astonishing story of Silver Islet

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Paddle like it’s 1796 at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park!

Voyageur Canoe Tour Program at Samuel de ChamplainPP

Experience the life of a voyageur at the height of the fur trade by paddling a voyageur canoe on the beautiful Mattawa River. Our knowledgeable guides will help you discover part of our Canadian heritage. The history of the Mattawa River The Mattawa River has been an important travel route for thousands of years. Archaeological … Continue reading Paddle like it’s 1796 at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park!

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 14-16

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It’s a beautiful weekend to go camping! Get outside and enjoy the weather at one of these featured campsites. We’re featuring several rustic cabins in this week’s preview, AND a cottage in Temagami! Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of 11:00 am on June 13, … Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 14-16

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See the stars at Killarney’s (upgraded!) observatory

Killarney observatory

Did you know Killarney is one of only two provincial parks with an observatory? And the park observatory, which hosts a variety of astronomy programs throughout the summer, recently got an upgrade! In spring of 2018, the observatory in Killarney Provincial Park was upgraded to feature a new research-grade 16″ telescope capable of full computer … Continue reading See the stars at Killarney’s (upgraded!) observatory

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Southern Muskoka’s “living edge”

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“The living edge.” It sounds more like a Bond film than a trail name, until you follow it through the woods. The Living Edge Trail in Six Mile Lake Provincial Park is only a kilometre long, but it crosses such a variety of landscapes and habitats that it seems much longer. It also spans time, giving … Continue reading Southern Muskoka’s “living edge”

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8 ways paddling can improve your health

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Just when we thought nothing could top the “good for you” news about chocolate… …research shows that paddling is good not only for our physical health, but for our mental health as well! Here are some of the benefits that will have you reaching for your paddle: Benefits for your brain Lowers stress levels: Being … Continue reading 8 ways paddling can improve your health

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Marten River Hosts 21st Annual Lumberjack Days

Marten River Provincial Park is celebrating its 21st Annual Lumberjack Days on the weekend of July 16 in conjunction with Canada Parks Day. The park’s replica 19th-century Logging Camp is the setting for Lumberjack Days with its array of logging artifacts and period cookery, blacksmith’s shop, stable, bunkhouse, hay barn, and camp office. Singing, step-dancing, … Continue reading Marten River Hosts 21st Annual Lumberjack Days

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Celebrate Lumberjack Days at “The Winter Camp”

Lumberjack Days - crosscut sawing competition

Ready to try your hand at crosscut sawing or visit an authentic 20th-century blacksmith? July 20, 2019 is the 29th anniversary of Marten River Provincial Park‘s Lumberjack Days! Try your hand at being at lumberjack! A variety of contests for both adults and children will be held (with lots of prizes to be won!), including crosscut … Continue reading Celebrate Lumberjack Days at “The Winter Camp”

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Calling all citizen scientists: come to the Killarney Butterfly Count

Killarney Butterfly Count

For the 21st year in a row, Killarney Provincial Park is hosting its Annual Butterfly Count. And if you’re heading to Killarney on July 13, 2019, we’d like your help! Killarney’s Butterfly Count is part of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Count Program. The information collected by park staff and volunteers helps monitor butterfly populations. The … Continue reading Calling all citizen scientists: come to the Killarney Butterfly Count

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There’s no better time to go RVing at Ontario Parks

RVing has been an integral part of the Ontario Parks camping experience for years… …and there’s no better way to celebrate our parks’ legacy than with a province-wide tour this season! Keen to get on the road? Check out our favourite touring routes for yourself, and get back to the great outdoors! Algonquin – Ontario … Continue reading There’s no better time to go RVing at Ontario Parks

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Summer bass fishing at Sharbot Lake Provincial Park

Ashley Rae drives her boat with her dog Blitz

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com. A few years back I helped run a bass fishing tournament on Sharbot Lake. As an event organizer, I didn’t get a chance to fish there, but I saw some nice-sized bass being weighed-in (and released, of course). This summer I finally set … Continue reading Summer bass fishing at Sharbot Lake Provincial Park

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Campsite vacancy highlights: June 7–9

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June is a spectacular time to visit Ontario Parks! Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather at one of this week’s featured sites. For those of you who want a more relaxed getaway, you’ll find lots of cabins in this week’s preview. Treat yourself to full days outdoors, followed by easy, restful nights. Scout out … Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 7–9

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Forever protected: why Westmeath belongs

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Our “Forever protected” series shares why each and every one belongs in Ontario Parks. In today’s post, Biologist Lauren Trute tells us Westmeath’s story. Westmeath Provincial Park, located approximately 15 km from the City of Pembroke, is one of the most ecologically diverse provincial parks in Renfrew County. This 610 ha park sits on the … Continue reading Forever protected: why Westmeath belongs

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Hitting the trail at Esker Lakes

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This post is written by Dave Sproule, Natural Heritage Education Specialist with Ontario Parks. If you are looking for a new trail to explore this summer, the Lonesome Bog Trail at Esker Lakes Provincial Park might be just the ticket! This 1.5 km interpretive trail sweeps around Sausage Lake and travels through a variety of habitats, introducing … Continue reading Hitting the trail at Esker Lakes

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