Wed. Nov 29th, 2023
Happy World Ranger Day!

Ontario Parks staff tackle a wide variety of tasks and challenges.

Our days are diverse. You may find us researching rare species, applying first aid skills, maintaining safe and healthy water systems, building a boardwalk, or welcoming families to a busy campground.

We are administrators of the most precious natural resources of our province. We are educators and instill a love of nature in new generations of Ontarians.

Internationally, World Ranger Day celebrates the wonderful work of protecting our parks and commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty in park organizations with high-risk activities.

We are proud to keep our parks safe and welcoming for visitors, while protecting our incredible natural world.

Sadie (she/her)

staff in front of the forest

Sadie entered her sixth year at the MacGregor Point Provincial Park store this spring.

She provides excellent customer service to all park store customers and greets them all with a big friendly smile. She likes to eat ice cream to see the joy she brings to people! An extremely hard worker, Sadie does everything she can to make the store look professional.

Zane (he/him)

Zane is Ojibwe-Anishinaabeg from the Garden River First Nation.

She is part of the Crane Clan and is passionate about learning and teaching Anishinaabe language and culture.

Her favorite part of her job as a Discovery interpreter at Lake Superior Provincial Park is spending time on the land and fostering connections with the people of the park.

Abby (she/her)

staff standing at the campsite

Abby is an integral part of the Bonnechere Provincial Park team. This is the second season of her working as a store/door assistant.

Abby has a warm, friendly smile to welcome park visitors. She takes great pride in her work and has a positive attitude toward any task she is given.

Abby completed her co-op with Bonnechere last fall and gained an in-depth understanding of the many activities that happen behind the scenes in the off-season. Abby has been a great addition to our team!

In her free time, Abby enjoys everything outdoors, from hiking to fishing and hunting. In the fall, Abby will begin studying Forestry Technician at Algonquin University!

Sydney (she/her)

staff standing in front of the vegetation

This is Sydney’s second season at Earl Rowe Provincial Park!

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Sydney’s strong work ethic, positive attitude and willingness to help her co-workers make her an asset to the team!

Your knowledge of our park helps our visitors have a quick and smooth check-in at our top gate! Campers are always very happy to be greeted with your welcoming smile.

Laura (she/her)

staff holding chainsaw

Laura has been on the Quetico Provincial Park transportation maintenance team for six years. She is an absolute asset to the team.

We are amazed that no matter the weather or transportation conditions, she always has a positive attitude. She is a meticulous chainsaw operator, a patient and caring teacher, and an encouraging friend.

We can’t wait for another canoe trip filled with Sheppard’s Pie and lots of tea.

Miguel (he/him)

staff in the forest

Miguel. Can. Pallette.

Her cabin style will take you where you need to go and she will do it with a huge smile from the stern.

Michael has been part of the Quetico Provincial Park transportation maintenance team for six years and is an integral part of the cleanup after the 2021 wildfire season.

Michael’s ability to solve problems, his reliability and charisma as a canoe partner, and his great speed on the water and in transports make him a total backcountry icon.

Whitney (she/they), Rachel (she/her) and Maya (they/them)

staff sitting at picnic table

Rachel, Discovery Leader for Murphys Point Provincial Park, has a passion for teaching and leadership. She shares her years of experience with both our student staff and park visitors.

Whitney and Maya are freshmen on the Murphys Point Discovery team.

They have developed a keen interest in protecting species at risk and love being able to interact with visitors about all the amazing species found here at Murphys Point.

Jaxon (he/him)

guardian outside the truck

In his second year as park ranger at Murphys Point Provincial Park, Jaxon takes pride in helping people. He loves being involved in protecting Ontario’s sensitive ecosystems.

Jordan (she/her)

staff holding turtle

Jordan is currently in his fifth season (non-consecutive) working within the Balsam Lake Cluster (including Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park and Indian Point Provincial Park).

She has worked in many capacities throughout her time at Ontario Parks, from junior ranger, Learn to Fish instructor, invasive species SWAT team member, and more.

Jordan is currently a resource technician working on the Canoe Woods Reforestation Project in Balsam Lake Provincial Park and is also a member of Team Turtle, collecting data and working to protect turtles in Ontario Parks.

Jacob (he/him) and Braeden (him/him)

two employees sitting on the truck bed

Jacob has worked at Ontario Parks for two seasons!

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He began his time in the parks at Algonquin Provincial Park as an interior ranger for southern operations, but began this season at Bonnechere Provincial Park as a maintenance student to be a little closer to home.

Growing up in the Bonnechere area, Jacob is familiar with many local places and is always a friendly face in the park. He lives outdoors and loves that his job allows him to be outdoors.

This is Braeden’s second year as a maintenance student at Bonnechere.

Braeden is a great member of the team and always works hard to make his coworkers laugh. Braeden has lived in the area all his life and knows Bonnechere like the back of his hand.

He strives to keep the park clean and is always willing to help with many of the projects going on in the park.

Bonnechere is proud to have Jacob and Braeden on his staff and hopes they return each year to lend a hand.

Nemma (she/her)

staff standing at scanning station

Nemma is in her third year as a Discovery Ranger at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

Like the park’s rare and precious plants, Nemma is a true gem from the Discovery team at Sleeping Giant.

Alysha (she/her)

seasonal permit staff

Alysha is one of the amazing gatekeepers at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. It’s her first year here at the park and she hopes to have a great season!

He enjoys working with the rest of the park staff, helping visitors have an enjoyable experience and being a part of their memorable vacation.

Ashton (he/him)

The staff delivers the permit through the window of the park gate.

This is Ashton’s fourth year working as a bouncer at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park.

He is a dedicated member of the team and works very hard to assist visitors to his many beach areas with vehicle permits, giving them directions and answering any questions they have about the park.

Emma (she/her)

staff standing in front of the door

Emma is an incredible asset to Bonnechere Provincial Park.

He has worked at the park for five seasons and has learned many skills throughout his time.

He began his career in the parks as a gate attendant, working at the gate for three seasons, then gained valuable experience working in maintenance for one season, and is now in his second season working as a senior gate attendant.

Emma brings a warm smile and takes great initiative in her work and can always be counted on to do a job well done.

In his free time he likes to fish and visit his friends. Emma studies Biology at the University of Ottawa and aspires to become a high school teacher.

A big thank you to all the amazing staff at Ontario Parks!

Don’t forget to thank our amazing staff when you visit your favorite provincial park.

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