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    Bear Resistant Food Lockers

    Good news, campers! Our parks are implementing new ways to deter bears and other wild critters from making off with your dinner. Read about which parks offer bear-resistant storage containers and how you can use them during your trips. Frontenac Provincial Park Frontenac just installed food lockers at each of the 48 campsites, and campers have already mentioned … Continue reading Stop bears from snacking on your food

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    Helenbar Lake in fall

    If you have been to Mississagi Provincial Park, you’ll know that it’s one of Ontario’s best-kept secrets. The scenery is spectacular, thanks to the geology of the area, which forms a series of hills, ridges and cliffs, and valleys with sparkling blue lakes. Covering the hills and surrounding the lakes are the forests of the … Continue reading Mississagi: a hiker’s paradise

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  • 11/23/17--20:47: Maintaining the Missinaibi
  • Backcountry rangers on Missinaibi River

    The Missinaibi River is one of the longest and most famous canoe routes in the Hudson Bay watershed – 500 km of whitewater river, from the Arctic watershed divide down to James Bay. This summer, our Northeastern Resource Stewardship Crew traveled 185 km of that river working to maintain Missinaibi Provincial Park‘s backcountry. Check out this … Continue reading Maintaining the Missinaibi

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    canoe in sunrise

    Today’s post was written by Brooke Michell, a Park Biologist at Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park. “The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, … Continue reading Low-impact backcountry camping

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    This post comes from Laurel Finney, a Learning and Education Specialist with Ontario Parks. They say everything changes when you have a baby. Although that is mostly true, there are some things which do not. For me, one of these is my passion for canoeing and wild places. My partner and I are avid backcountry … Continue reading Tips for backcountry camping with young children

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  • 04/09/18--06:12: Spring paddling safety
  • Spring paddling safety

    Itching for ice out? We certainly are. But spring weather can be fickle. Hitting the lake too early, failing to respect weather conditions or paddling beyond your skill level isn’t just risky — it’s downright dangerous. We chatted with Paul Smith, Superintendent of Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, to get some top do’s and don’ts for spring paddling … Continue reading Spring paddling safety

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  • 04/13/18--08:02: SUP tripping in Killarney
  • SUP boarder

    Today’s post comes from keen paddler and photographer Grant Sutherland. Any excuse to get back to Killarney Provincial Park is a good excuse. So when my wife Heather and I took an interest in stand-up paddleboarding, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to try something new. Backcountry tripping with paddleboards? Sounds like a great adventure! … Continue reading SUP tripping in Killarney

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    canoe on shore at sunset

    Today’s post was written by Kestrel Wraggett, a planning intern from our Northwest Zone. Did you know that there’s a network of nationally recognized significant waterways all over Canada? There are 42 Canadian Heritage Rivers within the country, 12 of which are located in Ontario. Two of these designated heritage rivers run through Northwestern Ontario … Continue reading The Boundary Waters/Voyageur Waterway: a Canadian Heritage River

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    Man stands with paddle next to canoe

    Today’s post comes from Sarah McMichael, Ontario Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy People Coordinator. Backcountry camping is known for being a way to experience beautiful, serene landscapes. But a backcountry trip also provides an opportunity to challenge yourself physically and mentally. The combination of paddling, portaging, and hiking through the backcountry is a great all-over workout. … Continue reading Health benefits of backcountry camping

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    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). One river, two provinces … Continue reading The Canadian Heritage Rivers System’s Bloodvein River — a backcountry dream

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  • 06/10/18--20:41: Fushimi Lake backcountry
  • Set in the lush boreal forest with wide-open skies, there’s a definite “northern feel” to Fushimi Lake Provincial Park. During the day, Fushimi Lake’s horizons look like prairie skies because they seem so wide. At night, the stars are so bright and so numerous that you feel like you’re in a snow globe. The Fushimi … Continue reading Fushimi Lake backcountry

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  • 06/18/18--12:15: 365 days in Quetico
  • View of the lake and forest from the front of a canoe on a bright, clear day

    Gary Fiedler is a Minnesota-based photographer about to undertake a 365-day journey in Quetico Provincial Park. In this post, Gary shares his passion for Quetico and his underlying motivations for this journey of a lifetime.  On June 21, 2018, I will embark on a 365-day solo canoe and winter camping adventure of a lifetime in … Continue reading 365 days in Quetico

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    campers on shoreline at sunset

    Ever paddled through the hush of the boreal forest at dawn? Watched the sun rise over a network of Canadian Shield lakes? Whether you prefer canoe, kayak or SUP, Sunset Country is a paddler’s paradise. Before we count down Sunset Country’s top 3 paddling destinations… What sort of trip suits your backcountry vision? Prefer to … Continue reading Top 3 paddling destinations in Ontario’s Sunset Country

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    Pink sky of a low sun in the background of a rocky forested landscape

    In today’s post, Conor Mihell captures the timelessness of Wabakimi Provincial Park. The rumble of car tires on gravel slowly fading into the distance is the glorious sound of freedom after many long hours on the road. Silence descends, and suddenly my wife Kim and I are alone and faced with the task of loading … Continue reading A canoe journey to each point of the compass

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