Hardy Lake Hike – Spectacular Spring!

Life has been busy at Camper Christina’s headquarters.  LOL.  As you may have read somewhere, I am taking my Level one instructor course with Ontario Sea Kayak Centre in a few weeks and am very excited!  Due to this, I am in study mode and even have pre-homework for the course. LOTS of homework actually.

Sadly, there aren’t enough hours in the day and sometimes I have to curb my exploring desire and stay home with a pile of books in front of me or take out my kayak to work on certain things I need to have pinned down  for the course.

For a few hours though, last Saturday, April 29th, I snuck away to go for a short hike at one of my favorite places near me, Hardy Lake Provincial Park.

After temperatures hit 30 degrees in Muskoka on Thursday, I had hoped to enjoy some of that heat.


But instead, it was about -3 with the wind chill and just slightly above zero without.

The sun was shining brightly though and on the trails, you could barely feel the wind, so I was still grateful for the weather. At least it wasn’t snowing!

I stopped for a few moments to check out this tree that had fallen, being held up by another tree.  It made eerie sounds and I am not going to lie, I ran past it very quickly, before finding a safe place to take the video.  I had the urge to just wait for it to fall, but unfortunately, time was still ticking so I had to move on.

As I continued towards Hardy Lake, I stopped along the way to visit all the other smaller lakes before it.  They were actually my favorite on the trail,  and very calm and quiet.  Today I had started at the end of the trail and worked my way backwards, as it was the part I liked most and didn’t have a lot of time to do the entire loop.

These lakes were just stunning today, with the bright spring colours and the mirror images reflecting on the water.  I felt almost drunk with happiness, so many colors, so many sounds, so different from being here in  the winter.

When I reached the intersection of the 3km trail and the 8km trail, I decided to take the 8km loop, but would only hike for a certain amount of time and the would have to turn back.

I had brought my UST 5 in 1 tool to test out today as I’ve gotten lost here a few times in the past.  So far though today, I saw lots of markers and had no issues finding the trail, so I was very happy about that.

When I arrived at Hardy Lake, it was quite a bit colder due to the strong cold winds.  I continued on, hoping they would subside, as I was getting chilled.

Thankfully, I came up to the corner of the lake where there was a small bay and a crossing to continue on to the other side.  Here, I saw a few fish in the shallow waters and some fiddle heads starting to come up.  They are so cool!

I went across the small creek at the end of the bay and up the other side. I came across lots of deer poop, but sadly didnt see any deer.  I checked the time and realized I needed to head back home to do some more homework, so I turned around to being my hike back to the car.

Hopefully, the next time I return, I will be able to go for a swim and enjoy some warm weather.  Until then, I will admire the photos of the beauty that I saw today and be grateful for the time I was able to spend here.

If you have any questions, comments or just want to say hi, please leave a message.  Thanks for coming along on my hike with me today and I hope you come back soon to check out more of my blog.  If you would like to see the video of this trip, click here.

Happy Hiking!

Camper Christina


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  1. glenmckenzie(justabitfurther) May 10, 2017 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Great write-up! Hardy Lake is a great spot to head to for a few hours for a hike. It has been a couple of years since we’ve been there. Nice to be able to sneak out to take a break from the “old studying” thing. Hopefully you came back refreshed and ready to hit the books again. Great Job!!

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