Frontenac Provincial Park in the Spring

We spent the previous day hiking at Sandbanks Provincial Park and were a bit tired, so we decided to hike the two shortest trails in the park, Doe Lake Loop and Arab Lake Gorge Trail, both of which conveniently originate at the Park Office. Several of the other trails are accessed via another trail to start and since the Big Salmon Road was closed, would require even more hiking.

Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park

Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park is located in Prince Edward County along the shore of Lake Ontario. It is a relatively small park and there are limited facilities and activities. The park has a sign that explains how Lake on the Mountain was formed and provides sweeping views of Lake Ontario on one side and Lake on the Mountain on the other side.

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Sandbanks Provincial Park is located in Prince Edward County along the shore of Lake Ontario. It is one of the most popular parks in Ontario and is famous for its pristine sandy beaches. It also has the largest fresh water sandbar of its kind in the world. Sandbanks offers a variety of activities, including swimming at three natural sandy beaches and hiking along six trails that weave through the dune habitat of the park.

Boyne Valley Provincial Park

Ontario boasts of having 340 provincial parks. Not all parks are created equally though. Some of these parks are non-operating, meaning they have limited or no visitor facilities or services and offer few (if any) activities. Boyne Valley Provincial Park is one of these non-operating parks, however, it does provide a few hiking trails.

Holland Landing Prairie Provincial Park

Holland Landing Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve protects one of the few remaining remnant patches of tallgrass prairie in Ontario. It is located in the Town of East Gwillimbury, just south of Lake Simcoe and is situated on deep sand and silt deposits of the prehistoric Lake Algonquin that existed at the time of the last ice age. Holland Landing Prairie is a non-operating park, so there are no visitor facilities or services provided, but it does have a small network of trails through the forest for hiking or cross-country skiing.

Short Hills Provincial Park

Short Hills Provincial Park is located near St. Catharines along the Niagara Escarpment. It consists of several short hills and valleys created by the last ice age. It is a non-operating park so there are no visitor facilities or services, however, there are seven trails which are popular for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park in the Winter

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is situated along the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario, which is a ridge of exposed bedrock that forms a great horseshoe that can be traced from Rochester, New York, northward through Ontario to northern Michigan, then down the west side of Lake Michigan and into Wisconsin and Illinois. It is one of 15 UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves in Canada for its internationally significant ecosystem. Mono Cliffs is open year-round for day-use and features several trails that weave through the forest and provide great views of the cliff from above and below the Escarpment. Many of the trails are shared for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

The Cabin – February 2021

Ontario has been under a strict lockdown with a stay-at-home order in effect since December 26, 2020. While some restrictions have begun to ease across different regions of the province, the stay-at-home order was extended in Toronto until March 8, 2021. While the rules around the stay-at-home order are a bit confusing and unclear, the goal is to encourage people to remain at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to go out. The pandemic fatigue has really caught up with us over the past couple of months. With the Family Day long weekend coming up, we decided to break the rules and spend some quality time up at the cabin for a change of scenery.

Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park

Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park is located near Peterborough just off of Highway 7. It’s a relatively small park that is only open for day-use and offers limited activities and facilities. There is a small picnic shelter with picnic tables and a single hiking trail that weaves through the forest.

Emily Provincial Park

Situated near Peterborough in the heart of the Kawarthas, Emily Provincial Park is a relatively small park that offers great recreational opportunities to connect with nature. It is located along the Pigeon River and contains two sandy beaches. The Pigeon River leads to the Trent Severn Waterway, which links Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay, providing great opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and canoeing.