• Outdoor Lifestyle

    When #WeGetOutside, We Read About It

    One of the things we love to do on a camping trip is catch-up on our reading. That’s usually when I go “old school” and take one or two printed books along with me. Sometimes the books are fiction, sometimes they aren’t.  When we aren’t on a trip, Alex and I love to read other people’s tips, and true stories…

  • Gear Reviews

    Mountain Warehouse Pakka Waterproof Overtrousers

    Anyone who has spent any time outdoors in Ontario this season is going to have at least one “and we got rained-on” story. Earlier this week, Emma and I added another rain story to our list, as we paddled and portaged for over three hours in the rain. The weather wasn’t great for starting off our three-day canoe trip, but…

  • An all terrain wheelchair at Conservation Halton
    Places and Spaces

    Conservation Halton helps everyone get outside

    Did you know that there are trails at a couple of Conservation Halton parks that are designed to help people in wheelchairs enjoy getting outside and into nature? And did you also know that there are all-terrain wheelchairs available to help people get on those trails? I know! I think it’s pretty awesome, too. The last time we were at Crawford Lake Conservation…

  • 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…

  • 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…