April 2017

Mizzy Lake Trail – Mushy, Melting & Magical

By | 2017-04-18T20:57:33+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: #frozen, #snow, Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, alone, animals, Canada, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, grouse, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, ice, Mizzy, Mizzy Lake, Mizzy Lake Trail, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, Outdoors, Parks, River, rivers, ruffed grouse, rushing water, solo trip, Uncategorized, Up north, walking, walks, water, waterfalls, waterways, winter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 headed to Algonquin Park! When I arrived at the trailhead... it was snowing.  Not very warm at all, about -1 [...]

March 2017

Copeland Forest- Slippery & Wet

By | 2017-03-28T19:26:01+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: #forest, Canada, copeland forest, creek, creeks, Exploring, Fun, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, inspiration, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, River, rivers, scenery, scenic, sightseeing, ski trail, skiing, snowshoe trails, solo trip, Uncategorized, walking, walks, water, winter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This winter I spent a few hours exploring the Scout  Valley Loop Trail .   After I put the post up, one of my blog followers, Ray, sent me a message advising me I should check out Copeland Forest  sometime when I had a free day.  Well, last Sunday, that free day came,  so off I went to explore Copeland Forest. It was a lovely winter/almost spring day. The temperature at Copeland forest when I [...]

Peck Lake w Jack & Paula- Hiking This Trail Since 1976!

By | 2017-03-07T16:09:17+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, cold, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, family day weekend, Fun, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, inspiration, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Parks, Provincial Park, scenic, snowshoe trails, Trails, Uncategorized, walking, winter, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On Family Day, I was lucky enough to be in Algonquin Park, and it was a gorgeous weekend! It was warm and sunny, but the park was also still full of beautiful white snow! I had just shown my hot tent at the Winter in the Wild festival and enjoyed meeting so many awesome people, but not I was ready for some time with nature.  Thankfully, I was able to share that time with two [...]

December 2016

Marching the Marsh! – Snowshoeing at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh!

By | 2016-12-29T19:22:03+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Categories: #marsh, #snow, #snowshoe, #snowshoeing, Adventure, alone, Canada, Cranberry festival, cranberry marsh, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, ice, Ice trail, inspiration, Marsh Trail, MarshTrail, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Parks, Port carling, skating, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I decided to go  snowshoeing at the Cranberry Marsh, I did not expect it to be anything like this! I was online one day in search of places to go snowshoeing and someone asked if I'd been to Johnston's Cranberry Marsh. I actually had, for the Cranberry Festival, but that was it. After a huge week of snow in Muskoka,  some research online, and a few very pleasant Facebook messages between us, I headed [...]

May 2016

Killbear – I would never!

By | 2016-05-31T19:42:19+00:00 May 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 [...]

November 2015

Louth Conservation Area – Virtual hike w MUM!!!

By | 2015-11-23T07:30:29+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|Categories: #adventure, #outdoors, Canada, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, Trails, walking, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Here it was, already Thanksgiving weekend. The summer had gone by and I had camped my way through all of it.  Since May I had been on 13 trips, 9 of them provincial parks, 7 parks I'd never been to. On top of that I had hiked 9 sections of the Trans Canada Trail along with countless other hiking trails and kayaked a large amount of creeks, streams, rivers and lakes!  I was one happy camper, literally!!!! [...]

August 2015

The NEW Fire Tower Trail in Algonquin Park!

By | 2015-08-27T12:08:35+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Categories: Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, Fire Tower Trail, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, Trails, visitor centre, walking|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Newly added to the long list of trails in Algonquin Park is the Fire Tower Trail!  On Tuesday August 25th, 2015, my mom and I visited the trail to check it out! The trail is located to the left of the Visitor Centres front doors. This new trail is small but mighty! Only 200 metres long round trip, but it is full of information about the history of fire towers in the park.  The trail [...]

July 2015

Hiking the Marsh Trail – Rondeau Provincial Park

By | 2015-07-30T11:46:24+00:00 July 30th, 2015|Categories: #trail, hike, Hiking, Marsh Trail, MarshTrail, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Rondeau, Rondeau Provincial Park, Trails|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Marsh Trail is one of the many trails you can visit when at Rondeau Provincial Park.  I camped at Rondeau from July 24th to July 26th, and the day of our departure, we headed to the Marsh Trail for a hike to stretch our legs before our 4 hour drive back home. Here is the description of the trail from the @ontarioparks website : http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/rondeau (I hope it's okay that I quote this? ) "Marsh Trail – 7.2 [...]

Rondeau Provincial Park- how to privatize your site!

By | 2015-07-28T11:46:50+00:00 July 28th, 2015|Categories: camping, campsite, carcamping, Privatizing a site, Rondeau, summer tent|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I saw a list of Canada's top 25 parks last year and Rondeau Provincial Park was on that list.  I have never been there, so I decided to put a plan in motion to resolve that.  My friend Beth was wanting a getaway, so we booked a site and planned our adventure. Here is the list of Canada's top 25 sites I saw:  http://www.explore-mag.com/the-top-25-campsites-in-canada As I've been camping quite a bit this summer so far, [...]

Climbing The Crack..err, I mean hiking it – at Killarney PP – AMAZING!

By | 2015-07-22T12:04:26+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Climb, Climbing, crack, Exploring, hike, Hiking, hikingtrails, killarney, Killarney Provincial Park, Lookout, Outdoors, Parks, Provincial Park, Trails, walking, walkling|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I need to start this post by saying The Crack is the best hike I have ever done! I just couldn't wait until I got to the end, there, or,  here. Might as well be aligned right?  But I will now go back to the beginning and explain why and try and show you with the photos I took along the way just how amazingly awesome this trail is! It was a gorgeous day, Monday [...]

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