The summer job that lasted seven years

Today’s blog was written by Adrian Petry, Public Historian and Visitor Services Coordinator for St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre. Adrian can occasionally be found volunteering at historical events at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, where he was a former senior Discovery staff member.

When I think back to my younger entering-the-workforce self, I recognize skills and abilities that would eventually get me to working in public history and interpretation in a traditional museum setting.

But how we got from 18-year-old Adrian to *clears throat* today’s Adrian is thanks in part to the careful polishing of those skills and abilities through seven seasons with Ontario Parks.

If you’re reading this and considering a summer (or seven summers) in our wonderful parks system, don’t just think to the next few months.

Think about where you’ll be in the next *clears throat again* years.

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August’s digital download

Can you believe summer’s half over?

If you haven’t had a chance to take a trip to the great outdoors, THIS IS YOUR SIGN!

We’ve got plenty of sites available for your camping trip! Want your pick of the sites? Take some time off work and book a midweek trip!

This month’s FREE digital download comes from the stunning Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park.

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March’s digital download

March is a month of big changes, as winter gives way to spring.

Squeeze in one last snowy adventure in this March and get outside!

This month’s FREE digital download comes from the stunning Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park.

Throughout 2023, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic for you to use as wallpaper for your favourite devices. We’ve specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones, and Facebook covers.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: September 17-19

We’re into the last few official days of summer. Make the most of it and head outdoors!

Plenty of electrical and RV-friendly sites are still available (including a waterfront site)!

Scout out your ideal campsite on our reservation service (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon on September 16, 2021):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: May 24-26

There are some fantastic sites still available in Ontario Parks this weekend. Whether you like to tent, bring your trailer, or stay in a cabin, it’s a perfect time to sneak in some R&R before the summer goes into full swing.

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 noon, May 23):

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Campsite vacancy highlights: May 17-20

It’s not too late to book a campsite for the Victoria Day long weekend!

While many parks are filling up, lots of campgrounds still have a good selection of sites available.

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 noon, May 16):

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The White Moose Forest

Everyone knows that Moose are brown, even if they’ve never seen one in person.

Big and brown. Even Bullwinkle, the famous cartoon Moose is brown.

Moose calves can be very light-coloured when they are very young — even a bright cinnamon colour, but they always turn brown as they get older. Always.

There is a place, however, where the Moose aren’t following the rules… west of Timmins there’s a place not shown on any map.

You could call it “The White Moose Forest”.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 24-26

We’re in the last weeks of summer. Make the most of it by heading out on an impromptu weekend camping getaway!

We’ve got some beautiful sites available, including electrical sites in southern Ontario, and a lakeside cabin nestled in the forest (available as of 12:00 pm on August 23, 2018).

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