• Places and Spaces

    A Moody Shoreline And A Moment To Reflect

    I have wanted to visit the Temagami region for over 20 years. I first learned about the area when it became a hot topic in the mainstream media, with reports of the old-growth pines being in danger from logging and mining. I wasn’t a big camper back then, and I thought that Temagami was very, very far away. But I did think to myself that one day I would like to see those 300 year-old trees. Over the years, Temagami and its trees moved to a back corner in my brain. Not forgotten, really. But not thought about, either. Then, with the advent of social media and my jump into…

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    Stepping through the trees at Treetop Trekking

    A walk in the forest is often touted as a therapeutic and peaceful venture. But sometimes, a trek in the woods actually results in elevated levels of excitement and adventure (and possible anxiety). Especially when you’re trekking through the forest canopy, using ropes and logs and nets and cables as your trail. Last summer we celebrated Father’s Day with an afternoon at Treetop Trekking at their Brampton location, and discovered that it was an incredible activity to do together as a family. We had talked about zip lining together for a few years, since our first experience zipping through the trees on a vacation in Costa Rica in 2012 got us hooked on…

  • Activities,  Places and Spaces

    – 42 at Mew: The time we stayed in an Algonquin yurt on the coldest weekend EVER.

    A few years ago, we discovered how awesome it is to experience winter in an Ontario park. It started with staying in a yurt in Killarney. Then we opted for more luxurious accommodations and stayed in a cabin at Arrowhead. This year, we decided to officially check-off four seasons of camping in Algonquin Park with four days in a yurt at Mew Lake Campground. With each trip, we have learned something new. And with each trip we have had amazing experiences. Camping at Mew Lake this past Family Day Weekend was no exception. In fact, this year was really special. We were active participants in Algonquin at the lowest recorded…

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    Not quite a deserted island: Camping on Georgian Bay’s Flowerpot Island

    There are a quite a few experiences that have made their way onto the Sometimes Eventful “Bucket List”.   Camping on Flowerpot Island in Fathom Five National Marine Park of Canada is one of them, and we happily checked it off this summer, when we spent two nights on the island at the end of June.  It was truly a unique thing to do, giving us great family time in the outdoors, as well as a wide-eyed view of this very popular tourist destination in Ontario’s Georgian Bay. You go for the views. This is one of the infamous Flowerpots. There are two of these rock pillars on the island…

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    Hiking The Bruce: A weekend trip into Bruce Peninsula National Park’s Backcountry

    What do you do when your kid has a sleepover at a friend’s house? You seize the moment, grab your gear and check a goal off of your bucket list! Disclaimer: Yes. The child was left behind for this adventure. She had NO interest in this escapade. None. Nada. Zip.  Sure, we are an outdoor family who loves to do stuff together. But sometimes an outdoors Mom and Dad need to just get there without the kid – especially when the activity is something that kid really doesn’t want to do.  Alex, Hope the Wonder Dog and I recently took advantage of Emma’s busy social schedule and backpacked a challenging 3.4 km…

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    Rocking Rockwood and Power-Camping

    You’ve heard of power-shopping. Let me introduce you to the concept of power-camping…. Two nights.  One full day. A trailer. A dog. Our kid and her friend.That one day included:  geocaching (twice!) swimming canoeing (twice!) fishing hiking, and… a campfire (both nights, actually) complete with roasted hot dogs, polish sausage and smores.   And that, my friends, is power camping.Where the heck can you accomplish such a feat? We totally rocked it at Rockwood Conservation Area – an awesome spot 20 minutes outside of Guelph, Ontario that is part of the Grand River Conservation Authority. Since Rockwood is practically in my backyard, I’ve been there more times than I can count. But I…