New Years at Mew Lake in Algonquin Park – 2017/2018

While saying goodbye to 2017 and welcoming the new year, it was only proper that I mark the occasion by camping. I spent the last day of 2017 and the first day of 2018 in a chilly winter wonderland in Algonquin Park, with some of the awesome people I’ve met through a shared passion, a… Read More New Years at Mew Lake in Algonquin Park – 2017/2018

Fall Paddling Trip to Nunikani – Snorts, Surprises & Snow

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… Read More Fall Paddling Trip to Nunikani – Snorts, Surprises & Snow

Killarney – Solo Canoe Trip – Part 1/2- Paddle Paddle Muck Wind

With another long weekend fast approaching, it was time to devise a new plan. A 5 day solo canoe trip was in order and I wanted it to be as awesome as my Algonquin trip had been.  It would be hard to surpass but I believed I had the groundwork for another epic journey! After… Read More Killarney – Solo Canoe Trip – Part 1/2- Paddle Paddle Muck Wind

The French – 4 day solo kayak trip – Bye Bye Go Pro Hello Fish! 2 of 2

In my last post, part 1 of 2, Worst Site, Best Site, I had just said goodnight on a beautiful campsite on Georgian Bay.  The weather had been gloomy the last 2 days and I was hoping to rise early to some sunshine.  Let’s see if my wish came true? It was Sunday morning, day… Read More The French – 4 day solo kayak trip – Bye Bye Go Pro Hello Fish! 2 of 2

McCrae Lake – Kayaking in Kokatat

It was a gorgeous Easter weekend with warm temperatures and beautiful sunshine, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Sunday I managed to get out with a few friends in Niagara for a hike in Niagara, but by Monday, with my return to Muskoka, it was back to below zero and not so lovely or springlike.  I had… Read More McCrae Lake – Kayaking in Kokatat

Mizzy Lake Trail – Mushy, Melting & Magical

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, was forecast as a beautiful spring day with high temperatures in Algonquin Park of 9 degrees.  I had been cooped up for a few weekends working on my Canoe Symposium presentation and I needed to get outside! So I got up at 7am, got myself ready, jumped in the car, and… Read More Mizzy Lake Trail – Mushy, Melting & Magical

Rugged Trail – Parry Sound – Rugged but Gorgeous

At this time of year, I have been heading out on day trips on the weekends so that I can spend more time at home at the computer.  Yes, it sucks a bit, and YES I am dying to go camping… but sometimes you have to take what you can get.  With an upcoming presentation… Read More Rugged Trail – Parry Sound – Rugged but Gorgeous

Winter in the Wild -2017-Featuring-Different Ways People Winter Camp!

It was a great day to head to Algonquin Park for the Winter in the Wild Festival. I was pretty excited to be a demo this year with my hot tent and also get to see all the other great ways people camp in the winter! There are so many ways you can do it.… Read More Winter in the Wild -2017-Featuring-Different Ways People Winter Camp!

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

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

Limberlost – Snowshoeing in an Enchanted Forest with Lovely Ladies

I have heard of Limberlost but only vaguely and had never been there.  A new friend from Port Carling asked me if I’d like to go snowshoeing there and I was totally up for it!   I had just camped for a few days at Mew Lake in the Tipi and headed straight to Limberlost… Read More Limberlost – Snowshoeing in an Enchanted Forest with Lovely Ladies