• 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. In 2016, 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 on Family Day Weekend, 2016 was no exception. In fact, that year was really special. We were active participants in Algonquin at the lowest recorded…

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    A Cabin In The Woods: Glamping at Arrowhead Provincial Park

    Some people call it glamping. Some call it crazy. We called spending a very cold, winter weekend at Arrowhead Provincial Park a little slice of awesome. Our appetites for a cold-weather get-away grew after we spent nearly a week in a yurt at Killarney Provincial Park last year. That trip was awesome, but we decided to move up on the luxury scale for our 2015 winter trip. After seeing stunning photos of Arrowhead’s skating trail we thought renting one of the parks five cabins would be a fun, new experience that provides some creature comforts while allowing us to be a part of everything the park had to offer, even…

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    Lessons Learned: Tips for winter yurt camping in Killarney Provincial Park

    When we started planning our first-ever Killarney yurt trip, we had a lot of questions. We’re experienced campers, but we had never done it in the winter and we knew when it’s really cold, there are a few unique logistics you need to consider.   To get ready for the trip we read a lot of blogs, watched some cool You Tube videos, read the information available from Ontario Parks and the Friends of Killarney websites and sent some e-mails directly to the folks at Killarney.  But there were still unanswered questions.  So, we made a few assumptions and crossed our fingers as we packed our bags. As it turns…

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    New Experiences: Go lie on the lake

    On the coldest night of our Killarney yurt camping adventure, we took a little night hike to George Lake to try an idea we got from an article written by well-know Canadian outdoorsman Kevin Callan.  As we walked through the forest from our yurt, we could hear the trees popping and cracking with the cold, joining the rhythmic crunch of snow under our boots.  It was eerie to walk through the forest feeling completely alone in the park. There were no other campfires that night and if there was any light or movement from the neighbouring yurts, we didn’t see it. When we got to the lake we walked on the…

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    A winter yurt adventure in Killarney Provincial Park: Embrace the cold!

    I used to think people who went winter camping were crazy.  Guess what? They ARE crazy!  I say that with confidence, because we started winter camping in 2014 with a yurt trip in Killarney Provincial Park.   We like doing stuff in winter. But my interest used to only be in activities that lasted a few hours. When the activity is done, we’d retreat to a lodge or our cozy home to warm up.  Alex, on the other hand, had always wanted a bit more adventure in the winter.  As long as we have been married, he has suggested that we go winter camping.   Year after year I told…