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Life is an adventure... Explore a provincial or national park!

August 8, 2011 | Diana L. | Comments (1)

Seeing as we’ve had some gorgeous weather for the month of July, how many provincial or national parks have you visited this summer?


Provincial Parks – Ontario Parks Ontario Parks

Did you know that there are over 330 provincial parks in Ontario?

One of my favourite Ontario Parks is Killarney. The white quartzite cliffs of La Cloche are gorgeous and some of the trails that lead up to the top can be a fun challenge!

Another popular park that I’m sure everyone has either heard of or has gone there for at least a day hike is Algonquin Park. One of my favourite things about Algonquin is that it’s got something for everyone – whether you just want to do an easy but scenic “walk in the park”, a technical mountain biking trail, or a 7-day canoeing trip, Algonquin is the place to check out!  

Here are some books I’ve used to get more information on the different Ontario Parks:

Ontario Parks Trail Guide



For more information on other provincial parks and the different activities you can do within them, visit the Ontario Parks website.


National Parks – Parks CanadaParks Canada

Did you know that this year, Parks Canada celebrates its 100th year of service?!
Did you also know that Parks Canada is the oldest national park service in the world?

Established in 1911, there are currently 42 parks administered by Parks Canada. Rather than attempt to describe them, here are three I’d like to visit one day:

Moraine Lake Banff

  Monolithes de L'Archipel de Mingan, Quebec

Tanquary Fiord, Nunavut

Can you guess the name and place of the parks?

Here are some books I've used to inspire and plan my next park adventure:

Guide to National Parks

National Parks

National Parks and Other Wild


Interested in reading about another person’s experience in Canadian parks?
Earlier in the year, Downsview Branch was lucky enough to have former Canadian diplomat and avid traveller and author Terry Keenleyside visit the branch for a program. His most recent book Roaming the Big Land: Flavours of Canada highlights historical sites and his travels through several Parks Canada administered sites. You can read more about the author and his book on his blog.

Interested in finding out more about national parks?
On Thursday November 17th, 2011, staff from Parks Canada will be at Downsview Branch to talk about their centennial celebration, the different national parks and historic sites as well as their conservation efforts. To register and for more information about this program, call 416-395-5720, e-mail or visit the branch.


With only a month of summer vacation time left (since many of us may find ourselves back in school), don’t start your hibernation mode early this year! I encourage everyone to explore a provincial or national park they’ve never been to before…and share your stories of adventure here!



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