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Learn to Camp this Summer with Parks Ontario

There’s nothing more Canadian than camping. Don’t stress out if you aren’t the camping type. It’s never too late to learn! Parks Ontario has put together this great list of reasons why you should learn to camp this summer.

Top 10 Reasons to Camp @ Ontario Parks

  1. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors
  2. Enjoy an affordable vacation
  3. Spend time with your family
  4. Relax and enjoy a change of pace
  5. Hang out with your friends
  6. Get away from the city
  7. It’s fun to explore a park!
  8. Try something different
  9. Stay active and healthy by taking part in outdoor activities
  10. Camping under the stars is one of 12 activities in the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter

The best way to learn? Dive right in! Join Parks Ontario for a guided overnight camping experience at one of eight participating parks, equipment provided. Click here to sign up today!

See more events here.

 

Favourite Campgrounds in Ontario

It’s finally summer. Aren’t you so glad that winter is over? Now is the best time to book your campsite with Parks Ontario. It’s always better to book early so that you can get the best spot! Nervous about camping? Attend a Learn to Camp event this summer to brush up on your camping skills! Here are my top campgrounds in Ontario.

Bon Echo:

Currently this park is my favourite place to camp! Hardwood Hills is my campground of choice. I love the huge old growth trees. Mazinaw Rock is gorgeous and it features over 260 Aboriginal pictographs. You can also hike it! (more…)

Camping at Bon Echo

1-IMG_3363 1-IMG_3386I had such a good time camping at Bon Echo in 2012 that I went back again this summer! Bon Echo is a massive provincial park about 4 hours away from Toronto. The campsites are spacious and secluded. (more…)

Camping Gear Round Up

As we drift into cooler summer and pre fall weather, it’s the perfect time to go camping! The bugs are dead, it’s not so hot, and if you wait long enough, you just may see some fall colours. Check out my picks for camping gear!

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1. Poppytalk for Target: This collection may be running low in your store, so if you see it, grab it! The skewers are the best- the extend!

2. Coleman Popcorn Maker: This was so much fun to use over an open fire!

3. Coleman Excursion Cooler: Super portable and keeps drinks cool!

4. PC S’mores Grill Rack: need I say more? Available in select Loblaw banner stores including Real Canadian Superstores. http://www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca.

5. PC Geometric Plates: Super cute pattern! Available in select Loblaw banner stores including Real Canadian Superstores. http://www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca.

6. PC Beach Mat: Excellent if you are like me and dislike sitting on the ground. Available in select Loblaw banner stores including Real Canadian Superstores. http://www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca.

Glamp your cares away at Longpoint Eco Adventure

I woke up snug beneath several layers of warm blankets- so cozy that I didn’t want to get out of bed. I padded on the hardwood floors to the bathroom and splashed warm water on my face and took a shower. I then got ready and headed out to breakfast. Did I mention that I was in a tent? Welcome to glamping.

1-IMG_9732Longpoint Eco Adventure is an outdoor adventure park near Port Dover in Norfolk County.

When I found out about their Wilderness Suites, I knew that I had to stay there! I was a little worried about spending the night there during the first weekend of an unseasonably warm May. I didn’t have to worry- it was awesome! (more…)

Get outside with Parks Canada this summer!

I am so overjoyed to say that SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! Have you started thinking abuot all the amazing ways to enjoy the weather? I’ve already booked a cottage and a campsite.

Parks Canada offers unique and amazing campgrounds all over Canada. Don’t have a car? Don’t sweat it! The new Park Bus departs from Toronto and goes up to campgrounds! Check it out here.

Here’s what’s new this summer at Parks Canada’s Ontario Parks.

Bruce Peninsula National Park (ON)

Stay in a yurt!. People who stay in yurts also have access to flush toilet and shower facilities. More info on the park’s yurts is available at: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/activ/activ2/activ2d.aspx

http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/bruce

Fathom Five National Marine Park (ON)

2014 is the 50th anniversary of Parks Canada’s marine archeology department. The park is working on new exhibits for the visitor centre, including a touch screen exhibit that will enable visitors to explore some of the park’s underwater features. A new Fathom Five visitor guide during the 2014 season.

http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fathomfive

Georgian Bay Islands National Park (ON)

The park’s Art in the Park program will start its 3rd season this year. The landscape of Georgian Bay Islands National Park has been a fixture of iconic Canadian art for generations, including the Group of Seven and Emily Carr. With the Art in the Park program, artists are invited into the park to create new works of art, and the public is invited to engage in the process and ask questions at public presentations / Q&A sessions with the various artists. It is a fun way to connect the natural setting of the park with some of Canada’s greatest cultural artefacts while encouraging the continuation of an artistic tradition. http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gbi

 Check out my visit to Georgian Bay Islands!

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Thousand Islands National Park (ON)

Thousand Islands National Park is 110 years old in 2014, and was the first National Park of Canada east of the Rockies. If you camp in an oTENTik at Mallorytown Landing you can also take advantage of some great family activities at the park’s visitor centre.

The park visitor centre offers opportunities for a great day out with the entire family. Fill a picnic basket to enjoy along the shore, or under the historic picnic shelter, built in 1904.  This summer, Salamander Saturday’s will provide an opportunity to get up close and see living examples, both local and exotic, of these fascinating amphibians. The visitor centre will also be presenting special exhibits that include Seeds in Disguise from the Royal Ontario Museum, a monarch butterfly exhibit from the Canadian Museum of Nature, and a collection of photographs of invasive species from the Montreal Biosphere. http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/thousandislands

Check out my camping experience in an oTENTik!

Fort Wellington National Historic Site (ON)

Fort Wellington will be offering an exclusive 2 hour experience, where visitors will get the opportunity to enlist in the Royal Artillery, go through basic training, and fire a real 1812 era cannon.

Light the fuse and fire a real 1812 era cannon to earn the respect of your fellow recruits and become a certified artillery person. Stand down and march off the field with your crew knowing you will be proud to share the photographs and stories of the blast you had at Fort Wellington with friends.

The cost is $150 / per person, and each participant must be 18 years or older. This one of a kind experience will launch just on time for Fathers Day (June 15, 2014) and it is the perfect gift for the adventurous parent. For more information or to make a booking, please contact Leslie MacPherson by phone at 613-925-2896 x.104.

Weekends during July and August the fort will escort visitors escorted on a journey back in time with a soldier or his wife who will share exciting tales and tastes of the fort’s past. Explore the fort’s history and features during an engaging 1½ hour tour with a guide in historic costume. The tour concludes with period summer refreshments served within the walls of the fort. Cost: $8.80pp (includes site entry)

Candle Lit Tours – two nights only – July 19 and August 9, at 8pm. Experience Fort Wellington in a different light through a unique candlelit tour with a costumed guide. Admission $8.80 pp

http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/wellington

Great stuff, right? Have you ever been to a Parks Canada park?

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