This post comes from Kaitlyn-Lee Mun, one of our wonderful summer students at Killbear Provincial Park.
“I’m going to Killbear for the summer.”
“Cool…where is that?”
This was the response I used to get when I told my family and friends where I was going to spend the summer.
Killbear may be an unknown place to many city dwellers, but judging by those who venture north again and again, this park is in the hearts of many.
This summer, Killbear also secured a place in my heart. I traveled to this beautiful location to help create the park’s communications and social media content, and in doing so, I had the opportunity to explore everything this park has to offer.
Being outdoors can be easy
Between the nature of this position and my living conditions at the park, I found myself spending more time outdoors than ever before.
Living in Killbear, I felt like being outside was easy. Whether exploring the park to take photos, spending time on the beach, or jogging on the trail, being outdoors felt…natural.
As a city girl, coming to Killbear was literally a breath of fresh air. There were no lights in the city to mask the stars, no smog to fill the lungs, and the only traffic was caused by wild animal crossings.
The transformative power of nature
For the month of August, Ontario Parks challenged us to spend 30 minutes in nature for 30 days.
Without even trying, I already knew I had accomplished this challenge in my time on Killbear. And I also knew that with all the exercise and fresh air I was getting, both my body and mind were getting stronger.
I could run farther, had more energy, and became more sociable. I was surprised that spending time in nature could be so transformative. It took me a lifetime to realize what the power of nature can do for someone and how spending too much time indoors can really take a toll on a person’s physical and mental well-being.
After this experience, I know that when I return to Toronto, I will keep my commitment to spending more time in nature.
Go ahead: reconnect!
And you don’t have to live in a provincial park to spend quality time in nature!
Even in downtown Toronto, there are green spaces everywhere. Commit to spending time outdoors, whether it’s having lunch in the park or simply unplugging from your electronic devices in the nearest green space.
We can all improve by reconnecting with nature.