February 2017

1st Cold Camping Trip! – Solo Backcountry on St. Nora Lake

By |2017-02-14T15:16:15+00:00February 14th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, algonquin highlands, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, cold, cold camp, cold camping, Exploring, falls, frozen waterfalls, gloves, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, ice, icefalls, inspiration, learning, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, portage, portaging, pull in, sledding, solo trip, summer tent, tent, tentcamping, texting gloves, toboggan, Uncategorized, walking, water, waterfalls, waterways, winter, winter camping, yolo|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 It was Thanksgiving weekend, 2001 and I did a backcountry trip backpacking in to Bucholtz Lake on the Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail in Algonquin Park. I had a -5 sleeping bag and I remember I was laying there wearing all the clothes I had brought in,  including my jacket, in my sleeping bag and I was frozen solid.  All I wanted to do was be warm but there was no way I was walking  out [...]

November 2016

Fall turns to Winter at Mew Lake, +10 to -10, AWESOME!

By |2016-11-29T06:33:16+00:00November 29th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, camping, Canada, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, falls, glamping, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, hot tent, leaves, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Parks, Provincial Park, Ragged Falls, Ragged Falls Provincial Park, summer tent, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Trails, walking, walks, water, waterfalls, winter, winterglamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has been far too long since I camped and I was dying to go!!!  A few events, some sickness, a visit from mom, and some bad weather had kept me from doing what I love most and this weekend was turning out to be the same. I wanted to cry! Originally, the weekend plan was to do a canoe trip on Rain Lake at Access #4 on the west side of Algonquin Park.  But, [...]

September 2016

Brent Campground – Relaxing W/E…Well… til I hit a deer

By |2016-09-14T06:53:02+00:00September 14th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, beach, Bear vault, bearproof, brent, brent campground, camp, campchairs, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cedar lake, clean up our parks, creek, creeks, Exploring, glamping, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, kayak, Kayaking, loons, malone, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Provincial Park, solo trip, summer tent, swimming, tangii, tent, tentcamping, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, water|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have always wanted to get up to Brent in Algonquin but it was always way to far for me to go. Now that I live in Muskoka, the drive is the same as what I used to drive to get from Niagara to Hwy. 60 in Algonquin, 3.5 hours, so I figured it was time for a visit.  I had made some plans to go camping with a friend that weekend but she got [...]

August 2016

Kioshkokwi Lake – Algonquin Park aka Kiosk

By |2016-08-23T21:08:30+00:00August 23rd, 2016|Categories: #frog, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, backcountry, backcountry camping, Campers, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, Exploring, kayak, kayak rack, Kayaking, Kioshkokwi, kioshkokwi lake, kiosk, learning, malone, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, paddle, paddling, Provincial Park, rack, rack system, summer tent, sunrise, sunset, swimming, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I had not camped in Algonquin Park since February when it was minus 42.  It was time to change that.  My roommate Molly had been asking me to take her on a backcountry trip with me since we'd met, and this is the weekend we decided on.  As Molly has never backcountry camped previously, I didn't want to do anything too difficult, plus we only had 2 days and one night to spend somewhere. After [...]

July 2016

June 2016

It’s all about the details!! -My Glamping Kayaking Weekend!

By |2016-06-14T20:58:11+00:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: #sup, alone, Campers, camping, camping tips, campsite, Exploring, glamping, harmony, harmony inn, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hot tent, instructors, kayak, Kayaking, learning, level 1, mapping, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, ontario sea kayak centre, Ontario Trails, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, parry sound, River, solo trip, summer tent, sunset, swimming, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Up north, walkling, walks, water, yoga|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I've wanted to retake my kayaking course for some time now. I guess I should say 'retake' lightly as the first course I took in 2004 was not a certificate program through Paddle Canada and was only an 8 hour course, but, I did learn quite a few of the items that were on the list for the Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level 1 course. A few weeks ago I began researching a few places [...]

May 2016

Killbear – I would never!

By |2016-05-31T19:42:19+00:00May 31st, 2016|Categories: #killbear, animals, beach, camp, Campers, camping, camping tips, Canada, carcamping, Exploring, fish & chips, Fun, georgian bay, glamping, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, kayak, Kayaking, Lookout, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Provincial Park, summer tent, tent, tentcamping, Trails, Up north|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have always wanted to go to Killbear Provincial Park.  Last year I tried out 7 new Ontario Parks and loved almost every one of them.  This year, the first on my list to try was Killbear! I went to the Ontario Parks Website  and checked out the campground and found some sites that looked great!  I contacted my friend Steph to see if she was in for doing a May 2-4 trip and she was [...]

Restoule PP – Spring has sprung!

By |2016-05-02T20:04:50+00:00May 2nd, 2016|Categories: #Restoule, Adventure, animals, beach, bearproof, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cold, Exploring, Fun, glamping, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, kayak, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Parks, Pottery, Provincial Park, summer tent, tent, tentcamping, Trails, Up north|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year at this time, I had not winter camped all season. I had not winter camped at all. By April I was dying to get outdoors and into my tent. With May long weekend coming up, I had a chat with mom to see if she'd want to go on a little trip, and then went onto the Ontario Parks site to find somewhere to go! We had never been to Restoule, but I have [...]

February 2016

I Survived Mew At Minus 42! – Camping in a Summer Tent- Part 2 My Experience!

By |2016-02-22T19:19:36+00:00February 22nd, 2016|Categories: #wintercamping, Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, birds, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cold, Exploring, family day weekend, glamping, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, hot tent, inspiration, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Parks, sleeping bag, summer tent, tarps, teepee, tent, tentcamping, tipi, Uncategorized, winter, winterglamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Family day weekend boasted record low temperatures in Ontario.  I decided to go camping at Mew Lake in Algonquin Park, in a summer tent, and at -42, it was a rough but surprisingly fun weekend.  There were many  circumstances that brought me to the Winter in the Wild Festival in Algonquin Park,  as I was expected at Macgregor Point Provincial Park.  Unfortunately, neither of my camping partners could make the trip, leaving me with two [...]

January 2016

Winter Glamping, Camping & Adventuring – Tips I’ve Learned & Your Input!!

By |2016-01-26T07:46:28+00:00January 26th, 2016|Categories: Algonquin, Bear Barrel, Bear vault, bearproof, camping, camping tips, Canada, cold, cooking, Exploring, food, Food storage, glamping, gloves, homemade, hot tent, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, pot set, pots, summer tent, tarps, teepee, tent, tentcamping, texting gloves, tipi, tips, Uncategorized, water, winter, winter camping tips, winterglamping, yurt|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether you are camping in a tent or glamping in a yurt, things are different in the winter, than they are in the warmer seasons.  I am very new to the whole winter camping/glamping scene but I have learned a tonne of things already and wanted to share them with you, if you are thinking of embarking on a winter camping or glamping trip.  Please feel free to comment and add your own tips at [...]

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