The opening dates for some Ontario Parks will be delayed due to the late spring arrival. Many provincial parks are still impacted with wintry conditions and inaccessible snow covered roads. In addition numerous interior lakes still have ice on them and these lakes are expected to remain ice covered for a few more weeks. » Read more: Delayed Park Openings
Ontario Parks is nature’s classroom. You can Learn to Camp> or choose from a wide range of other learning activities organized by park staff or by Friends of Ontario Parks in 2013: » Read more: 10 things (we bet you didn’t know) about Ontario Parks
Want a new Ontario Parks experience this summer? Consider the backcountry camping options at Kawartha Highlands! Whether you want to experience backcountry camping for the first time or you need a quick weekend getaway, there are a number of reasons why Kawartha Highlands is the ideal location for your camping trip this year. » Read more: 5 Great Reasons to Visit Kawartha Highlands
As announced by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) in September 2012, Ontario Parks will change the designation of a number of provincial parks from operating to non-operating. In deciding which parks to re-designate, we looked at many factors including low visitation rates, low cost recovery, and the upcoming need for investment in capital upgrades to remain operational. » Read more: Operating Status Changed for Six Ontario Parks
The weather report looks promising for Ontario Parks’ locations this May long-weekend. So think about getting up off your couch and coming out for a visit; whether it’s for the day or for the whole weekend! We’ve got some great special events planned at our parks and there are lots of campsites left. Whatever you end up doing, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable start to the 2013 season. Happy camping from all of us at Ontario Parks.
In the fall of 2012, Killbear Provincial Park began cutting down thousands of American beech trees infected with beech bark disease. These trees were in danger of falling on campsites, park roads and trails. Beech bark disease can weaken tree trunks and cause them to snap unexpectedly. » Read more: Dramatic Changes at Killbear Provincial Park
Today’s blog article was written by Rob Stimpson. He is an internationally published, award-winning photographer best known for capturing the wilds of the Canadian outdoors. His outdoor photography workshops – many in Ontario Parks are very popular! http://robstimpson.com/ » Read more: Photographing Spring Wildflowers
We all make mistakes. No one is right all the time. But what makes this particular error hard to swallow is that it has resulted in a delayed paddling season. The lesson might be to not plan an ice-out canoe trip on a prediction made by an albino groundhog, despite the fact that he gave us hope. Hope that has remained frozen in the lake as winter is only recently beginning to release its grip. » Read more: Waiting for Spring – why you can’t trust groundhogs
Warm weather and rain, combined with melting snow, have produced localized flooding in Algonquin Provincial Park.
Streams and rivers are very dangerous and park visitors are urged to use extreme caution around these areas.
As a result of flooding and washouts a number of roads and trails are closed until further notice.
In the past, you have likely noticed a lot of enhancements to our reservation service. Well, over the winter we’ve worked on some further improvements and are ready to share them with you.
Here’s a sneak peak at what’s new for 2013: » Read more: New improvements to our Reservation Service