October 2016

Turkey Day at McCrae! -Cooking in my new Dutch Oven!

By | 2016-10-18T18:43:59+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear Barrel, Bear vault, bearproof, camp, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, canoe camping, conservatationarea, Conservation areas, conservationarea, cooking, creek, creeks, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, falls, food, Food storage, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, homemade, learning, leaves, Lookout, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, outdoor products, outdoorproducts, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, sunrise, sunset, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Trails, Uncategorized, water, waterfalls, waterways|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since meeting my friend Jason last year, he has been going on about this place called McCrae Lake.  I had never been there and according to him, it was a gorgeous place to spend a weekend camping, fishing and enjoying nature.  The Thanksgiving long weekend was approaching and as I hadn't had any plans yet, I decided it would be a good weekend to check the place out.  It was also the perfect weekend to [...]

August 2016

Navigating to Snake Island – Paddling Beyond Handrailing!

By | 2016-08-09T19:45:08+00:00 August 9th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, bearproof, Campers, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, Chairs, compass, Exploring, kayak, kayak rack, Kayaking, learning, malone, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, rack system, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Before taking the Level 2 Sea Kayaking course with Ontario Sea Kayak Centre , I would've never attempted to camp out in the middle of Georgian Bay, on crown land, without being with someone who was experienced in doing so.  During my entire history of backcountry camping, I have used a method called handrailing and never knew how to use a compass.  I basically brought the map for the area I was in, and used landmarks, [...]

July 2016

Phillip Edward Island backcountry kayak trip!-Level 2 with OSKC

By | 2016-07-12T21:46:56+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Categories: animals, backcountry, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, Exploring, fish & chips, Fun, georgian bay, harmony inn, inspiration, instructors, kayak, Kayaking, killarney, Killarney Provincial Park, learning, mapping, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, ontario parks, ontario sea kayak centre, Ontario Trails, outdoorproducts, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, sunrise, sunset, tarps, tent, tentcamping, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last month when I took my level 1 Sea Kayaking Course, I had no intention of taking my level 2.  If you read my Level 1 post, you would've seen that I had an amazing time at that course!  The instructors were full of knowledge and tonnes of fun and I learned so much!  I gained confidence in my skills, refreshed some of them and learned quite a few more. And, I met some extraordinary [...]

August 2015

Ragged Falls Via Kayak from Oxtongue Lake

By | 2015-08-27T15:58:31+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Categories: Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Dwight, Exploring, falls, kayak, Kayaking, Ontario, Oxtongue, oxtongue lake, oxtongue river, paddle, paddling, Parkway, Parkway cottages, Ragged Falls Provincial Park, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Every year I take my mom to the Parkway Cottages & Resort in Dwight, Ontario.  I went there in 2001 after my very first backcountry trip in Algonquin Park. Five days of roughing it, followed by 5 days of cottaging.  It was a great trip and since then I have been going back occasionally. One year, I decided to take my mom for her birthday and she has wanted to go there every year since. [...]

July 2015

Not Roughing it in the Backcountry – Killarney PP

By | 2015-07-23T12:07:56+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|Categories: backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Climb, Climbing, Exploring, glamping, hike, Hiking, hikingtrails, Joe Perry, killarney, Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, Provincial Park, site 56, summer tent, sunrise, sunset, tarps, tent, tentcamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On saturday July 18th at 4am my friend Steph and I headed up the Trans Canada highway to Killarney Provincial park for a highly anticipated backcountry trip on Carlyle Lake.  En route we saw two deers along the highway and then two moose! So totally exciting and I hoped a sign of things to come! Not by any means the best picture, but I love it anyways! Upon arrival we were greeted by enthusiastic park [...]

Canada Day At Grundy Lake Provincial Park

By | 2015-07-07T01:59:31+00:00 July 7th, 2015|Categories: Adventure, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, Exploring, glamping, grundy, grundy lake, Gurd Lake, Gut Lake, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Provincial Park, summer tent, sunrise, sunset, swimming, tarps, tent, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

At 4am on Canada Day, 2015, on a cloudy drizzly morning,  I headed out, car packed, kayak on top, and mom in the passenger seat, to Grundy Lake Provincial Park in Britt, ON. I was really excited to see this park as I had joined Twitter a few months ago and someone tweeted some photos from their trip there. Once I did some research on it I was convinced it was a park I wanted [...]