National Indigenous History Month

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TVO is celebrating the stories and learning experiences that come from exploring the outdoors. These documentaries, articles, and educational resources will motivate you to get outside this summer and discover natural wonders in Ontario and beyond.


Check out the summertime adventures, conservation heroes, and historical discoveries below. You can also share your own summer story for a chance to win a TVO Prize Pack!

Quick links for campers and explorers

⛺ Reserve a campsite through Ontario Parks or Parks Canada.

📝 Here's a Camping 101 guide and helpful tips for first-timers.

🚫 Learn to spot Poison Ivy. "Leaflets three – let it be."

🏊‍♂️ This swim guide shows safe places for splashing around.

🐦 Birds Canada recommends this app for identifying birds.

🌳 This Ontario tree atlas helps differentiate trees.

Summertime adventures

Enjoy first-time forays into the wild, illuminating 'aha!' moments, and thoughtful conversations about our need for nature. Explore these docs, series, and resources.

TVO Original The Long Weekend follows eager first-time explorers as they embark on adventures in Algonquin Park during its busiest weekend. 

TVO Original The Long Weekend follows eager first-time explorers as they embark on adventures in Algonquin Park during its busiest weekend. 

Does Ontario need more parks?

This conversation from The Agenda with Steve Paikin highlights our deep connection to nature and why conservation efforts are crucial for preserving these areas.

Learn the Secrets of the Forest

Why do leaves change colour? What's an underground fungal network? This TVOkids series offers answers to these questions and many more.

Pirate Playground game

Kids can build a pirate-themed playground for a summery STEM yarrdventure. Free TVO Learn mPower account required.

Camping fun playlist

Enjoy a fun summer playlist with camping-themed episodes from TVOkids series like Clifford, Wolf Joe, Hero Elementary and more!

Great Lakes Untamed

Witness the story of water in this landmark documentary series as it flows across half a continent, from Lake Superior to Lake Ontario and into the Atlantic Ocean. 

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Conservation heroes

Learn about incredible landscapes, fascinating nature facts, and heroic conservation efforts happening all across Canada. Enjoy these articles, docs, and resources.

From exploring the breathing Boreal to searching for the Earth's oldest water, The Water Brothers actively seek solutions to Ontario's eco challenges.

From exploring the breathing Boreal to searching for the Earth's oldest water, The Water Brothers actively seek solutions to Ontario's eco challenges.

Breathtaking biosphere reserves

TVO Original series Striking Balance takes you on a journey across the country to reveal the unique qualities of many of our fascinating "living laboratories."

Pollinators power our planet

Leo's Pollinators celebrates the mighty pollinators that fly, crawl, and climb all around the province, supporting our food systems along the way! 

Wasaga Beach in the year 2050

Experts and climate advocates inform this TVO Today article about the future impacts of climate change on the world's longest freshwater beach. 

Canada's National Parks

From Pacific Rim to Ivvavik to Cape Breton, this TVO Docs series showcases how the dedicated efforts of Parks Canada staff, First Nations, scientists, and others support fragile habitats.

Indigenous-led conservation

This Grade 5 resource from TVO Learn encourages reflection on our relationships with land and water, including a spotlight on Indigenous-led conservation practices.

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Historical discoveries

Discover important sites and pivotal moments in Ontario’s past, and the small-town spirit that drives communities onward. Watch and read to learn more.

TVO Original series Crossroads: Beyond Boom & Bust highlights the small-town spirit carrying Ontario towns through historical shifts.

TVO Original series Crossroads: Beyond Boom & Bust highlights the small-town spirit carrying Ontario towns through historical shifts.

Daily life in Upper and Lower Canada

If you're exploring eastern Ontario this summer, refer to this Grade 7 Learning Activity for an idea of what life was like for the people who lived in this region at the time. 

How Algonquin Park came to be

This TVO Today article details how lumber barons, sportsmen, and civil servants came together in the 1890s to create a “pleasure ground for the province.”

Newmarket's "ghost canal"

Just north of Toronto lies the remains of a great shipping canal that was never completed. Watch this TVO Today video to learn more about what happened.

Understanding the past

Meet Layla in this episode of Sunny's Quest from TVOkids. She's a smart, athletic 11-year-old who shares what she's learned about the role of Buxton, Ontario in the Underground Railroad.

Experience the French River

Take a relaxing canoe trip down the first Canadian Heritage River. TRIPPING The French River details the historic travels of Indigenous Peoples, explorers, voyageurs, and fur traders

Share your story for a chance to win prizes!

Tell us about a memorable summer adventure you've experienced in Ontario and you'll be entered into one of four random draws for a TVO Prize Pack ($150 value) including a backpack, hat, TVO swag, and more!
Read the rules and regulations here.