When campers return to their favorite campsites this year, they may be greeted with a different scene than they remember.
That favorite tree that used to shade your campsite and provide a relaxing location to sit and read a book? Now gone, replaced by a stump with small plants growing around the base.
The loss of trees from storm damage, fire or other catastrophes provides an opportunity for a remarkable ecological process to ensue – forest succession.
With change comes opportunity…
Continue reading A changing landscape: how nature influences the way our parks look
Did you tune in to Algonquin Provincial Park‘s #IceOutFlight 2016 last week?
Our teammates at Algonquin took to the air, and live-tweeted ice-out conditions at the park.
Here’s a bird’s-eye view of several popular Algonquin lakes, trails and landmarks:
Continue reading Algonquin’s 2016 ice out flight
In today’s post, Brad Steinberg, our Natural Heritage Education & Learning Coordinator, shares the story of how he (kinda) proposed to a Blanding’s turtle.
It was September 30, the last day of trout season in Algonquin Provincial Park. I was trudging out a portage with a canoe over my head when I saw it: a big, beautiful Blanding’s turtle, perched right on the edge of the old roadway.
Continue reading The turtle who swam off with my wedding ring
This past December, Rondeau Provincial Park‘s enforcement staff took part in a very special community event. Park Superintendent Brad Connor shares the story.
When a good friend and colleague of mine invited the Rondeau enforcement staff participate in the 2015 Shop With A Cop Event, I confess I had no clue what he was talking about.
Continue reading Rondeau staff gave Santa a helping hand over the holidays
Our Parks Blog features the best our provincial parks have to offer. Our top posts include:
- fishing destinations
- romantic getaways
- park history
- dramatic staff rescues
- wildlife trivia
- campsite showcases
…and much, much more!
These are our 15 most popular posts from 2015:
Continue reading Top 15 blog posts of 2015
EECOM’s Canadian Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education and Communication recognize individuals and organizations who have collectively influenced hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens, and helped implement one of EECOM’s key goals – to advance environmental learning, ensuring Canadians are environmentally literate, engaging in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy future.
Continue reading Learn to Camp wins an EECOM Award of Excellence!
We’re proud of our entire Ontario Parks team, but every summer, we hear stories of staff who’ve gone above and beyond.
This year, four members of our Lake Superior Provincial Park team pulled together to rescue an injured hiker, who wrote us this letter of thanks:
Continue reading Hiker rescue at Lake Superior Provincial Park
Today’s post comes from our 2015 Learn to Camp coordinator Katie Roberts.
Continue reading Ode to you, my Learn to Camp campers and crew