As much as I love exploring the world, a large part of my heart is devoted to traveling around Ontario. We have so many amazing places and spaces. One of my favourite things to do in the summer and fall is to explore Ontario Parks. With 330 parks to explore, it can take quite a while to put a dent into that list. Especially if you’re like me, and keep visiting parks that you fall in love with.
This summer, I headed to one of my favourite parks, Awenda Provincial Park. Awenda is near Midland Ontario on the Georgian Bay. The park has 2,900 hectares of land and pristine shoreline.
The park has 6 campsites to choose from. We chose to camp at the radio-free Bear campground. I love radio free campgrounds because I’m a grump and like silence when I camp. Our campsite (#142) was rated average. It was shady with lots of trees, and was close to the comfort station. (more…)
Who said winter is for hibernating indoors? Bundled up in my warmest down-filled winter coat and boots, I took the Parkbus, along with other bloggers, journalists and photographers, to Arrowhead Provincial Park in Hunstville. In celebration of Ontario Parks 125th anniversary and the Arrowhead Visitor Centre grand opening, Ontario Parks arranged the tour. Just over two hours north of Toronto, Arrowhead is the perfect getaway to explore nature and beautiful scenery without venturing out too far away from home. (more…)
Fall is my favourite season. I love the vibrant colours, the crunch of the leaves and the cooling weather. I always make it a point to see the fall colours in Toronto, and then take a road trip somewhere else to see the fall colours there too. If you can, I would take a long drive up to Algonquin park.
To make sure that you don’t miss the fall colours, use the Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report. This report keeps track of the fall colours in all of the Ontario Parks. With a glance you’ll be able to see if your favourite park is in peak, past peak or hasn’t changed yet.
It’s finally summer. Aren’t you so glad that winter is over? Now is the best time to book your campsite with Parks Ontario. It’s always better to book early so that you can get the best spot! Nervous about camping? Attend a Learn to Camp event this summer to brush up on your camping skills! Here are my top campgrounds in Ontario.
Currently this park is my favourite place to camp! Hardwood Hills is my campground of choice. I love the huge old growth trees. Mazinaw Rock is gorgeous and it features over 260 Aboriginal pictographs. You can also hike it! (more…)
To me, summer isn’t summer without at least one camping trip. We got off to a bit of a late start, but last weekend we went to Awenda! We went canoeing on quiet Kettle Lake, participated in their annual corn roast and took a walk on sandy beaches.
As soon as we were done setting up our tent, we headed down to the beach just in time to catch the beautiful sunset on Georgian Bay! Awenda has five beaches, and one is an off leash beach for your dog to run around.
This weekend, I was traveling in style with my new Coleman Oversized Cooler Quad chair. This chair is huge (it supports up to 400lbs!) and it let me dangle my feet without touching the ground (and I’m pretty tall, so I loved that). It has a built-in soft cooler that holds up to 4 cans and an Ice Pack.
The best part was that the cooler zipped up, so it doubled as a secure s’more supply pocket. No bugs! I also appreciated the black pouch that was large enough to hold my magazines and the park map. This sturdy chair has a steel frame and is made with heavy-duty polyester fabric. It comes with its own carrying case, and isn’t heavy to carry. I will be carrying it to concerts and more camping trips in the future!
The next morning we went down to Kettle Lake. You can rent canoes, but be quick about it! We went at 11:00am and the canoes were already sold out. We went back a little later and were able to grab one. A 3 hour rental is $25. It was very peaceful on the lake. This was only my second time in a canoe, and we didn’t tip over! Woo hoo.
It’s a great lake if you are a beginner, because there are no large boats to create waves, and it’s a small lake. Pretty lotus flowers were growing among the lily pads.
What else can you do at Awenda? You can go hiking on one of their trails, go bike riding or go swimming at the beach.