Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

Today’s post comes from David Legros, a naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park.

Our parks are much more than places to walk on a trail, lie on the beach, or roast a marshmallow.

Don’t get me wrong: They are amazing places to do these things, but there are often deeper stories and meanings in the place we love to visit.

Each of our parks has a long history and many characteristics that make them special. Some of them are quite obvious, like Wasaga BEACH Provincial Park, Kakabeka FALLS Provincial Park or PRESQUILE Provincial Park, but many of them are subtle, but really significant.

To get an idea of ​​these things, you’ll need to do some research.

Come discover with us

Fortunately, if you visit a park, you’ll be in luck. The people who work in the parks are very passionate about what they do and the parks they work in. We even have a team of people dedicated to sharing their passion and enthusiasm for the parks’ natural and cultural history with you: our Discovery staff.

A staff member stops and investigates something small found on the forest floor.

These are the people who lead the guided walks, children’s programs, and evening program and special events! They are interpreters of the landscape and stories of the parks and are here to share them with you.

Guided hike along the viewing trail in Balsam Lake Provincial Park.Guided Observation Trail Hike at Balsam Lake Provincial Park

In fact, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the staff-led programs, which began in Algonquin Provincial Park back in 1944.

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Always exploring

I am a member of the Algonquin Discovery staff. Every day, in many different ways, we are able to share interesting stories about Algonquin with our visitors. Even when I’m off duty, I’m exploring Algonquin and other Ontario parks.

David searches for butterflies with a large net.

You could be paddling on a river, snorkeling on the lake, camping, bird watching, watching butterflies and dragonflies, observing animal tracks, or counting turtles. Even when I’m at another park, I can’t help but talk to people on the trail and share the interesting features of the place.

It’s a compulsion and I can’t help it (I did this in parks all over Ontario, British Columbia, Arizona, California and Illinois).

The secret life of parks

In preparation for this important anniversary, Ontario Parks wanted to create a series of videos celebrating some of the hidden stories of our parks: The secret life of parks. It was a real honor to be asked to feature a couple of videos.

We picked a couple of iconic features in Algonquin to explore: White Pines and Moose.

Staff member David LeGros prepares to film The Secret Life of the Parks.David LeGros preparing for his close-up. ACTION!

We wanted to give viewers a glimpse into some of the hidden aspects of park life, something you might not see or notice when passing by on a trail. With a little help, a bigger picture is revealed and The secret life of parks It’s our way of showing it to you.

The Secret Life of Parks: White Pines

The secret life of parks: moose

Enjoy and we hope to see you on August 10 when we celebrate across the province at 10:00 am with a special 75th Anniversary Walk!

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