• Places and Spaces

    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…