June 2018

ORCKA Basic Canoe Course 1-4 with Kirkwood Canoe

By |2018-06-26T21:09:01+00:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, canoe, canoeing, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, Huntsville, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, teaching, training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have always wanted to take a canoe skills course but just never got around to looking up the info and actually committing fully to doing it.  A few months ago my friend Sam sent me a message to advise she wanted to take hers also and had found a good course with Judy Kirkwood of Kirkwood Canoe in Huntsville.  She sent me all the details, I checked out the info and told her I [...]

May 2018

Packing for my 5 Day Algonquin Canoe Trip

By |2018-05-31T09:33:55+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, camp, Campers, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, dehydrated food, education, enthusiasm, kiosk, learning, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, solo trip, tent, tentcamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since starting my blog and youtube channel, I have gotten a lot of requests from people to see what I pack for my trips, so today I am posting what I packed for my 5 day Algonquin trip last summer.  This canoe trip, was not only the longest trip I'd done solo, but also the first time I was portaging a canoe daily to get to each site.  I had only portaged a canoe myself [...]

Wye River – Attack of the Killer Swans!

By |2018-05-31T09:40:33+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, animals, birding, birds, bridge, Canada, day trip, Exploring, kayak, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, River, tangii|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has been a very long time since I paddled and I had been anxious to get out, but the ice wasn't cooperating or getting off the lakes.  It seemed like forever and finally, the first Wednesday in May,  the ice went out in Muskoka.  I was so happy and my mind began doing that thing it does, planning an adventure and figuring out the where, when, how, etc. Last year I visited Wye Marsh [...]

March 2018

The Outdoor Adventure Show 2018 – Toronto – Day 1 of 2

By |2018-03-03T20:30:11+00:00March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, Campers, camping, camping tips, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, fire starter, fishing, frontenac, Hiking, kawartha highlands, kayak, kayak camping, kayak portaging, Kayaking, killarney, Massassauga, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, ontario sea kayak centre, ontarios highlands, Outdoor Adventure Show, outdoor products, Outdoors, outdoors show, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, Provincial Park, show, solo trip, speeches, trade show, training, waterways, wild women expeditions, wilderness first aid, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Every year about this time I get super excited because I know that it’s almost time for the Outdoor Adventure Show! It is one of my favorite events of the entire year.   My first year attending was in 2016 with my mom, and last year was my second year attending.  It was last year that I said to myself, next year, I will be presenting here. So, this year was extremely special to me [...]

February 2018

My 1st Backcountry Canoe Trip – Algonquin 2002 – Canoe Symposium Presentation Part 2 of 2

By |2018-02-20T18:00:33+00:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear Barrel, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, disoriented, enthusiasm, Exploring, hiking trails, inspiration, kw canoe symposium, Mew Lake, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, Provincial Park, Up north, water, waterways|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part 2 of 2 To see Part 1, Click Here: Part one left us lost on the Track and Tower Trail new Mew Lake Campground!  See what happens next!!! After about an hour of walking, in the humid hot sun, we put the canoe down and all our bags and sat at the side of the trail totally exhausted and really really upset. We were yelling at each other and it was definitely not a [...]

November 2017

Go Home Lake – Time to say goodbye to another paddling season

By |2017-11-22T10:55:19+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Categories: #lake, Adventure, alone, animals, birding, birds, Canada, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, go home lake, kayak, kayak portaging, Kayaking, lakes, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, sightseeing, Uncategorized, water, waterways|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke up on a Sunday to a beautiful day with a great forecast and for the first time in a long time, I had nothing to do! I thought about what to do and settled on a nice relaxing paddle in my kayak. The weekend before this one, I was at  Ontario Sea Kayak Center to take my Instructor Course and I needed a stress free fun paddle today. I thought about all the [...]

East Paint Lake – Relaxing with Snakes

By |2017-11-21T19:34:52+00:00November 21st, 2017|Categories: Adventure, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, campsite, Canada, Exploring, fish, fishing, kayak, kayak camping, kayak portaging, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontarios highlands, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, scenery, scenic, solo trip, sunrise, sunset, swimming, tent, tentcamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I had been go go go and I needed a bit of a break. I,  of course, didn't want to stay home though, so I planned a quick trip to one of my favorite areas, the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails.  I found a site on a lake called East Paint Lake that was all by itself.  To get there I just needed to do a short paddle and an 823m portage. Easy peasy!  Booked it [...]

Fall Paddling Trip to Nunikani – Snorts, Surprises & Snow

By |2017-11-14T17:14:16+00:00November 14th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, backcountry, backcountry camping, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, canoe camping, canoeing, cold, cold camp, day trip, Exploring, fall, kayak, kayak camping, kayak portaging, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontarios highlands, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, recipes, tarps, tentcamping, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was a great weekend, it was cold, it was wet, it was windy and I vowed momentarily not to camp again until next summer, but it was a total hoot! I had been in correspondence with Mike Burns who had provided me with a huge amount of advice and information regarding my recent solo trip to Killarney.  I had met Mike at the 150 through another friend Derek, from Paddling Adventures Radio, a podcast [...]

The Story of My Canoe – Backcountry Custom Canoes

By |2017-11-07T17:34:44+00:00November 7th, 2017|Categories: #150for150, Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, camping tips, Canada, canoe, canoe builder, canoe camping, canoe event, canoe lake, canoe maker, canoeing, Exploring, kayak, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, portage, portaging, skin on frame|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I first saw a canoe made by Backcountry Custom Canoes on Instagram at the start of the year, I thought they were the most beautiful canoes I'd ever seen. I knew nothing about them, just that they were gorgeous looking boats. (Photos provided by Backcountry Custom Canoes Instagram page.) I would see them on instragram every now and then and would love the post and many times comment on how incredibly gorgeous they were, [...]

October 2017

Massasauga – Fabulous Fall Kayak Camp – Buck Wolf Sunrise

By |2017-10-31T15:10:37+00:00October 31st, 2017|Categories: #deer, Adventure, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, birds, buck, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, kayak, kayak camping, Kayak cart, kayak portaging, Kayaking, Massassauga, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, Provincial Park, scenery, scenic, solo trip, tangii, wolf|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's been a busy busy summer, a busy year actually and I have had the most amazing trips!  After completing my big three  solo adventures, French River, Algonquin and Killarney, I am ready for a nice relaxing camping trip with lots of exploring and down time and not a huge amount of paddling or portaging. As I am a bit injured as well at the moment, with a pulled rib of some sort, I wanted [...]

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