• Food

    Baking a campfire cake

    When you have family members with birthday’s that fall during camping season, it’s only a matter of time before you’re celebrating on a campsite. Emma’s birthday falls right around the May long weekend and Alex’s is at the end of July. So I have had a few opportunities to work on my campfire cake baking skills with a reflector oven. Baking a campfire cake is a level up from quick biscuits or bannock, in  my opinion. And I still need to do a lot more work on it. So it’s a good thing we’ll be celebrating birthdays on campsites for many more years! I don’t like packing a lot of…

  • Places and Spaces

    Take a backcountry day trip in Algonquin Park

    Every fan of Algonquin’s front-country campgrounds and trails should really taste the wilder side of Ontario’s Provincial Park, away from the Highway 60 corridor running across the park. But that isn’t always an easy thing to do. Maybe you don’t have the time to plan and execute a back country trip. Maybe you don’t have the gear. And I know this is a big one…. Maybe you don’t have the skills/experience or confidence to do a multi-day excursion. I’ve experienced all of these challenges, but my desire to get off the beaten track and see the back country of Algonquin was too big to let them get in the way. I…

  • Opinions

    EVERY kid deserves a chance to go to camp (and why I support Tim Hortons Camp Day)

    This year’s Tim Hortons Camp Day is June 6! Being a typical Canadian, it doesn’t take much convincing for me to stop in at Tim Hortons.  But on Camp Day, I make a special point to grab a double-double for myself and treat some friends, because supporting Tim Horton Camps is important to me.  Here’s why…. Did you go to summer camp? Do you remember how awesome it was?  I went to a sleep-away Brownie camp when I was around 8 or 9 years-old and it was my first taste of independence from my parents. I remember doing crafts with stuff we found in nature and I can still feel the…