• Opinions

    Every kid should go to camp

    Last year, I went to camp with Emma and her Grade 6 classmates for a year-end camp trip to Camp Brebeuf in Rockwood, Ontario. We spent almost 3 days and 2 nights outside, except for when we slept and ate our meals.  As a parent volunteer, it was pretty cool to experience (again) how powerful camp can be for kids. It has been a long, long time since I was a camp counsellor (BEST SUMMERS EVER!!!) but being at camp with the kids brought it all back and just reaffirmed what I have known since I led my own campers when I was a teenager…. Every kid should go to camp. I don’t…

  • Gear Reviews

    Smartwool Merino Hiking Socks

    Did you know that a pair of socks can seriously make or break a good hike? They need to be the right material, the right weight and the right level of cushioning. I’ve tried several brands of hiking socks over the years, and have definitely come to the conclusion that wool socks are the best option for hiking, even in the summer. Smartwool is one brand I didn’t have in my sock drawer, so when my friends at Algonquin Outfitters sent me a complimentary pair, I was thrilled to be able to give this well-known (but untested by me) brand a try on a winter hike. I hit the trail…

  • A tent trailer and canoe in front of a house.
    Outdoor Lifestyle

    Getting Ready

      I guess you can call our style of outdoor adventuring eclectic. This year, we’re planning to get out into the back country. But we also love to mix it up with some front country, base camping in our trailer. Because really, being comfortable is what keeps us getting out there and exploring our provincial parks and conservation areas. We took advantage of a fantastic Spring day to de-winterise the trailer and get ready for our first Spring trip. Smelling that tent smell and prepping for a trip has got us totally excited to hit the road. Destination #1 this year? Algonquin Provincial Park!  

  • Places and Spaces

    Winter Hiking at Conservation Halton’s Hilton Falls

      We’ve been experiencing some pretty wacky weather this winter. But that hasn’t stopped us from getting outside to enjoy some winter hiking. The beauty of Conservation Halton Hilton Falls Conservation Area didn’t disappoint us at all one gorgeous January afternoon. There was a nice dusting of snow all along the trails – perfect for hiking or fat biking. Although, the variable weather might mean cross-country skiers and snowshoers could be disappointed in the state of the trails. If you’re planning on going skiing here any time soon, I recommend you call ahead for a report on snow conditions. We decided to head along the Red Oak Trail and then…

  • Food

    Winter Camping Starts In The Kitchen

    We haven’t been camping in months. Months! We’re having some pretty serious withdrawal around here. So, we’ve been keeping ourselves in the spirit of getting outside by planning and prepping for our next trip. We’re heading out into the winter wild(ish) to camp in a hot tent at Algonquin’s Mew Lake Campground in less than a couple of months. Woohoo! Alex has been cooking up a storm, makinghis signature Polish Bigos as well as a mushroom and beef stew. We’re talking big batch cooking, here. And the house smells awesome. He’ll freeze today’s results (after we have a sample for dinner) and then we’ll enjoy them on the campsite as…