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Canada Jays: the real early birds

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“The early bird gets the worm” usually makes us think of robins. But the real early bird isn’t Robin Red-Breast. It’s the Canada Jay, also known as the whiskeyjack or Gray Jay. Master of the “staycation” This northern bird is no fair-weather feathered friend, flying to the sunny south for the winter. Like the Blue … Continue reading Canada Jays: the real early birds

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Trails set for Sleeping Giant Loppet

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Today’s post comes from Peter Gallagher, coordinator of the annual Sleeping Giant Loppet. Ready, set, ski! The full 50 km loop at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is ready and machine-groomed for both classic and skate techniques. With the 41st annual Sleeping Giant Loppet scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2018, skiers will be preparing to race in … Continue reading Trails set for Sleeping Giant Loppet

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Arrowhead’s new Visitor Centre

Ontario Parks is thrilled to announce that Arrowhead Provincial Park’s brand-new Visitor Centre officially opened on December 14, 2018! For more than 45 years, Arrowhead has provided high-quality outdoor recreation opportunities in the Muskoka tourist area. Between 2000 and 2017, winter visitation has increased from 11,000 to more than 50,000, making it the busiest winter … Continue reading Arrowhead’s new Visitor Centre

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February vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Hey lovers! Why not celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a romantic getaway at a provincial park? Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this February in one of our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages and yurts available all month, especially for midweek visitors! Accommodations featured below were available as of 1:00 pm, … Continue reading February vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

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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. Rent a cozy cabin, cottage or heated yurt at one of seven parks that offer winter accommodation. Pro tip? Book mid-week if you can. That’s when you’ll find the best … Continue reading Romantic winter adventures worth travelling for

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Checking off new winter experiences at Silent Lake

ice fishing at Silent Lake

Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com. I think any angler will agree that it’s nearly impossible to sleep while experiencing the anticipation of an upcoming fishing trip. This was definitely the case for me and my friend Lori, who joined me on a recent adventure to Silent Lake Provincial … Continue reading Checking off new winter experiences at Silent Lake

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Featured constellation: Orion

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For thousands of years, humans have looked up at the stars. The stars helped them try to understand their purpose, and the role they play in our lives. To help memorize the different stars, patterns of connect-the-dot figures were created by many different cultures. Today, we recognize 88 official patterns or “constellations” of stars. Today … Continue reading Featured constellation: Orion

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Destination Temagami

An areal view of a lake land with scattered forested islands

Surrounded by shining waters and cloaked in towering pines, Finlayson Point Provincial Park lies just south of the Village of Temagami. Sharing a shoreline with the Lake Temagami Skyline Preserve, a protected ring of pine forest that surrounds the lake, Finlayson Point provides visitors with access to Temagami — a treasured part of Ontario that … Continue reading Destination Temagami

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Ice fishing safety all season long

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Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com. Brr! Winter weather has hit Ontario hard. As the ice freezes up across the province, anglers are beginning to venture out onto the hard water for some ice fishing action. Ice fishing is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors during … Continue reading Ice fishing safety all season long

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How to be a winter wildlife detective

How to be a winter wildlife detective

Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education Leader David Bree at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.  With the onset of winter, we often think of nature going into a slumber, but while she slows down there is still lots going on outside. In fact, winter provides a better opportunity to learn what the animals of our fields and … Continue reading How to be a winter wildlife detective

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The beaver in winter

skiers by beaver-chewed tree

Pop quiz: do beavers hibernate? Today’s post — from Natural Heritage Education Specialist Dave Sproule — answers common questions about beavers. If you’re near water, especially in our northern parks, you might see signs of one of the most important animals in the Ontario landscape, one that molds the landscape to its own needs. But … Continue reading The beaver in winter

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A Lake Trout to remember on Windy Lake

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Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com. There’s nothing I love more than venturing off on a road trip to somewhere new. This week’s adventure began at my home in Ottawa. Eric and I loaded up our truck and headed off to Windy Lake Provincial Park. This beautiful park … Continue reading A Lake Trout to remember on Windy Lake

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Tips from a trail manager: prepping for the perfect cross-country ski day

Tips from a trail manager: prepping for the perfect cross-country ski day

Ready for a day of cross country skiing? Preparing your skis properly can make a big difference in whether you have a fun outing – or a frustrating one. Peter Crooks, the trail manager for Kamview Nordic Ski Centre in Thunder Bay, has been cross-country skiing for nearly half a century. Here are his top … Continue reading Tips from a trail manager: prepping for the perfect cross-country ski day

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Eyes on the skies – January

Frontenac winter stars

Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This “space” will cover a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks. The cold, crisp days of the New Year often reward us with fantastically beautiful nights, rich with bright … Continue reading Eyes on the skies – January

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The astronomical origins of the calendar

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Most of us live by our calendars to keep our schedules straight. But did you know the calendar has astronomical origins? While the constellations were, largely, created to help people remember significant star patterns, they have plenty of other uses. One of these is for the formation of the calendar. Seeing stars Many cultures use … Continue reading The astronomical origins of the calendar

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