Credit: Ontario Parks

There's plenty of "new" at Ontario Parks in 2013.

New Learn-to-Camp sessions will be added to more provincial parks. A new Graduate Program will be offered to past Learn-to-Camp participants. New Learn to Fish sessions are planned at four Ontario Parks and Parkbus will offer public transportation from the Greater Toronto Area to a new Learn to Camp in Northern Ontario. Other new park activities to try in 2013 range from taking a kayak lesson to learning how to build a dry stone wall.

More Learn-to-Camp 

In the Greater Toronto Area, Earl Rowe and Emily Provincial Parks will host Learn-to-Camp this summer in addition to existing programs at Bronte Creek, Darlington, Sibbald Point and Six Mile Lake Provincial Parks. Learn-to-Camp will also be offered at Murphys Point Provincial Park in Eastern Ontario, Selkirk Provincial Park in Southwestern Ontario, and Grundy Lake Provincial Park in Northern Ontario.

New Graduate Program 

A new Graduate Program will give past Learn-to-Camp participants a chance to further hone their camping skills. Participants can choose a one- or two-night session at an existing Learn-to-Camp location or opt for an independent camping experience at Grundy Lake Provincial Park with guidance provided. All camping equipment is included. Participants just have to bring their own food, bedding and personal items.

Take the Bus to Learn-to-Camp

Parkbus service from the Greater Toronto Area to Algonquin, Killarney and Grundy Lake Provincial Parks will continue this summer and include transportation to Grundy Lake's new Learn-to-Camp. Simply book your camping session first and then purchase your pre-reserved bus ticket at Parkbus.

Learn to Fish

Ontario Parks in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Fish and Wildlife Branch, has added new two-hour Learn to Fish sessions as part of the overnight Learn-to-Camp experiences at Darlington, Earl Rowe, Emily and Sibbald Point Provincial Parks. Fishing equipment and one-day fishing licenses are included.

Other Park Learning Opportunities

From nature photography to kayaking, there's plenty of things for visitors to try at Ontario Parks this year. To whet your appetite, check out these spring photography tips from one of the professional photographers who will lead park photography workshops, http://www.parkreports.com/parksblog/?p=3336. More learning opportunities are featured in this Park Blog post.