Today’s blog was written by Dave Ward, park superintendent for Ontario Parks’ Temagami Cluster.
The year is 2007. I had just completed my first year of college and had no idea what direction I wanted to go with my career.
I happened to know someone who worked for Ontario Parks as an interpreter in the Discovery program. It sounded like a fantastic job so I applied online for a student park ranger position.
After a thorough interview process, I was successful in getting a Discovery position at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.
Little did I know at the time that my short summer experience with Ontario Parks would slowly turn into a career.
Continue reading Communication is key: from student to park superintendent
We all know Ontario’s provincial parks aim to protect our natural landscapes and species.
But did you know that each individual park is protected for its own (often very specific) reasons?
Our parks work together as a network of biodiversity and protection.
Whether an immense wilderness or a small urban nature reserve, every park plays a critical role in the protection of our biodiversity, including representative ecosystems, species, and cultural heritage.
Continue reading Forever protected
Ontario Parks has some pretty cool events every year and Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s legendary Maple Syrup Festival is right up there on the cool-o-meter.
Yes, folks: fresh Ontario maple syrup will be flowing over pancakes, bacon, and more as visitors get set to celebrate an annual spring tradition.
Fresh air, maple taffy, and loads of fun await visitors of all ages!
Here are 6 reasons to pull on your long johns and get sappy this March:
Continue reading 6 reasons to visit the Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival this March
This blog comes from Laura Penner, a Discovery Program Group Leader at Rondeau Provincial Park.
As a naturalist and a mother of three, I find great joy in catching rare glimpses of wildlife taking care of their young.
This looks so different from species to species. It could be a female oriole meticulously weaving grasses into an intricate basket-shaped nest, or a Map Turtle digging test nests all over a campsite until she finds the perfect soil composition.
Each species has its own unique way to raise its young that best deals with the challenges in its environment. Let’s take a look at a few interesting ways wildlife care for their young.
Continue reading Wildlife parenting strategies
Remember to always check the Snow Report before you go to ensure conditions are favourable for snowshoeing.
Nature looks completely different under a glittering blanket of snow. Why not strap on some snowshoes and experience Ontario Parks in a whole new way this winter?
Check out some winter parks with top-notch snowshoeing opportunities:
Continue reading Where to snowshoe in Ontario Parks
Today’s blog was written by Almeera Ahmed, School Outreach Coordinator with the Discovery program.
Born and raised in the urban landscape of Brampton, Ontario, my childhood was far from the serene wilderness that would later define my career path.
Growing up, my encounters with wildlife were confined to the captivating narratives of wildlife documentaries.
However, this exposure was enough to ignite a flame of curiosity and passion for the natural world, propelling me towards a career in the environmental field.
Continue reading A journey from the heart of Pinery to school outreach coordinator
Staying active in the winter isn’t always easy. For some of us, it’s tempting to stay in, cuddle up, and spend the long winter months binging Netflix under a warm blanket.
Cross-country skiing boasts a wide array of benefits for your physical and mental health. Here’s why you should strap on some skis and spend your winter gliding through frozen forests and snow-covered trails:
Continue reading Health benefits of cross-country skiing
Spring will be here before you know it. Get one last winter adventure in this March!
Stay warm 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 February 15, 2024.
Continue reading March vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)
Our virtual school programs bring different aspects of Ontario’s natural and cultural heritage into your classroom through stories of the people and landscapes our provincial parks aim to protect.
Each program engages your students through storytelling, activities, discussion, and personal experiences.
Continue reading How to book a virtual school program
Today’s post comes from Layna Lubimiv, Head Park Naturalist at MacGregor Point Provincial Park.
Did you know MacGregor Point was one of the first provincial parks to offer winter camping?
What started as a seasonal extension of a few roofed accommodations has evolved into a great destination for any winter lover.
Learn more about how we arrived here (and why you need to visit):
Continue reading Camp at MacGregor Point Provincial Park this winter!