Creator, admin, host, writer and voice of Sometimes Eventful and the #WeGetOutside Community. Outdoors enthusiast. Traveller. Passionate. Opinionated. Sometimes Eventful was born out of wanting to help people get outside and have some fun, while breaking down the idea that you need to be an epic adventurer to enjoy the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle.

  • Opinions,  Outdoor Lifestyle

    An outdoor kid and a badass in ballet shoes

    This is Emma. She’s fully embraces her tough and artistic sides and is becoming a woman who has purpose, drive and an independent spirit that will serve her well as she makes her way through the world. She’s a badass in ballet shoes. Emma is almost 15 years old and has been an outdoor girl since she was a toddler. She has hiked, paddled and camped in many of Ontario’s provincial and National parks and experienced outdoor adventures in Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Curacao. She is also a dancer who spends most of her after-school time in a dance studio working hard to learn and perfect her art, or…

  • A long dirt road with a river and hills beside it, with a red jeep carrying a canoe.
    Activities,  Safety

    We Flipped A Canoe (And I didn’t like it)

    This story was originally posted on Mancamping.ca in 2019 for his “Week of Mancamping Women” series. Go check it out – there are a bunch of great stories over there, and a very cool online store. Mother nature has a way of reminding you who’s boss. When it happens, she makes sure that she scares the crap out of you, teaches you some hard lessons and is sure that you stay humble in her territory. Flipping a canoe was my reminder. In September of 2018, I felt the brunt of that lesson on my last camping trip of the season – an “easy” paddle-in to a site on Algonquin’s Rock Lake,…

  • Food,  Outdoor Lifestyle

    How To Dehydrate Apple Slices

    We’ve dehydrated food for camping trips for years, but for some strange reason, we never dehydrated apples.  I know. It’s weird. Apples are one of the easiest things to dehydrate and a staple in many camper’s food barrels and backpacks.  I changed that recently when I sliced up a few apples that nobody seemed interested in eating and threw them in the dehydrater.  They turned out awesome. In fact, they disappeared in a matter of days and are now a snacking staple in our house. I’m going to have to hide some the next time I make a batch so we can actually take them on a trip. Dehydrating apples isn’t…

  • Activities,  Opinions

    The other side of the story

    Let’s be real for a moment.  As much as we like to get outside and do stuff, there are times Emma just doesn’t want to.  So what is an outdoor parent to do? In our text-book, listen-to-the-experts parenting moments, we make our ideas to hit the trail, paddle the canoe or search for geocaches sound like irresistible adventures filled with scavenger hunts and the wonders of the world around us. In our luke-warm parenting moments, we bribe her to go just a little bit longer on a trail. Heck. We’ve bribed her just to get to the trail-head. In our less-than-stellar parenting moments, we just yell at her and “make”…

  • Food

    What’s for breakfast? Fast, easy, “impossible” mini breakfast quiche for camping

    The last time we went winter camping, Emma and I “might” have *commented* to Alex – the camp chef – that it would be nice to not eat the same breakfast 5 days in a row. I know. We’re spoiled…. especially considering we weren’t the ones doing the cooking. So here’s the thing: In our tent, if you complain, you are the one making the change for next time.  So, I was  in charge of cooking two out of four breakfasts on our next trip. This caused me some stress, because the members of my crew aren’t big fans of some of the things I like. One doesn’t like pancakes. The…

  • Red Canoe on a small beach beside a lake
    Activities,  Places and Spaces

    The Ultimate Experience: A review of Algonquin Outfitters’ Ultimate Canoe Trip package

    Disclosure: This post was originally published on the Algonquin Outfitters website as a sponsored post. Algonquin Outfitters provided me with the Ultimate Canoe Trip package in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and experiences are my own. Every year as we schedule our summer and fall camping and travel plans, we always include either a completely new-to-us destination, or an activity we’ve never tried. One of our most memorable “new activities” was my first-ever, mother-daughter canoe trip. With the help of Algonquin Outfitters (AO), my 12 year-old adventure girl, Emma, and I set out in Algonquin Park to paddle across three lakes and camp two nights in the backcountry.…