Master Chef: Ontario Parks backcountry edition

Today’s post comes from Will Oades, Discovery Program Educator at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Eating in the backcountry should be no different than eating at home! Well-planned and prepared backcountry meals can taste amazing, satisfy your hunger, and foster conversations about your long day of hiking or paddling. Tasty outdoor meals are a simple comfort … Continue reading Master Chef: Ontario Parks backcountry edition

7 desserts for your next backcountry trip

Today’s post comes from Jill Sorensen, Quetico Provincial Park’s biggest sweet tooth. Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while on your backcountry camping trip? Here are some of my favourite trail treats to make your day extra special. Even if there’s no occasion, food is such an important part of any trip and a total morale … Continue reading 7 desserts for your next backcountry trip

Backcountry basics: know your limits

You’ve heard about this fantastic new adventure through a friend, route guide, or Instagram. It looks kind of tough, and you’re pretty new to the whole backcountry thing. Still, you don’t want to miss out, so you decide to go for it. But as you start planning, there’s a little voice wondering if this is … Continue reading Backcountry basics: know your limits

Backcountry basics: storing and disposing of food

We don’t know about you, but when we pack food for our backcountry trip, we plan on eating it. That plan can go downhill quickly when raccoons, squirrels, and bears dip into your trail mix, or rain soaks through your pack, ruining your soft sausage buns. You want to see a grumpy bear? A weekend … Continue reading Backcountry basics: storing and disposing of food

Backcountry basics: drinking water

Whitney Arnott is a hiking and canoeing enthusiast that likes to spend days at a time in the backcountry when she’s not working at Ontario Parks branch office. Here are her tips for safe drinking water when you’re in the wilderness. When it comes to drinking water in the backcountry, you may think it will … Continue reading Backcountry basics: drinking water

The Canadian Heritage Rivers System’s Bloodvein River — a backcountry dream

This post was written by Northwestern Ontario Parks Planning Intern Kestrel Wraggett.  We know that Ontario Parks protect some of the most unique and precious natural systems in the province, but did you know we help protect a nationally recognized network of significant waterways called the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS)?

5 things I learned on my first hike-in backcountry trip

In today’s post, Ontario Parks’ Assistant Program Coordinator Megan Birrell recounts her first hike-in backcountry adventure.  Last year, I tried backcountry camping by canoe for the first time. This summer, my camping crew and I decided to take it up a notch and try hike-in camping. We selected Bon Echo Provincial Park’s Abes and Essens Trail … Continue reading 5 things I learned on my first hike-in backcountry trip

Introductory backcountry camping tips from The Trip Shed

There’s a lot that goes into planning a backcountry camping trip. You have to map out your route, organize your supplies, and practice your camping skills to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip. But unfortunately, if you’ve only ever camped in a campground, planning your first trip can seem daunting. Where do you … Continue reading Introductory backcountry camping tips from The Trip Shed