Category: Camping

Camping at Awenda Provincial Park

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.

Bear Campsite 142

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…)

Learn to Camp this Summer with Parks Ontario

There’s nothing more Canadian than camping. Don’t stress out if you aren’t the camping type. It’s never too late to learn! Parks Ontario has put together this great list of reasons why you should learn to camp this summer.

Top 10 Reasons to Camp @ Ontario Parks

  1. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors
  2. Enjoy an affordable vacation
  3. Spend time with your family
  4. Relax and enjoy a change of pace
  5. Hang out with your friends
  6. Get away from the city
  7. It’s fun to explore a park!
  8. Try something different
  9. Stay active and healthy by taking part in outdoor activities
  10. Camping under the stars is one of 12 activities in the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter

The best way to learn? Dive right in! Join Parks Ontario for a guided overnight camping experience at one of eight participating parks, equipment provided. Click here to sign up today!

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Favourite Campgrounds in Ontario

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.

Bon Echo:

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…)

Camping Gear Round Up

As we drift into cooler summer and pre fall weather, it’s the perfect time to go camping! The bugs are dead, it’s not so hot, and if you wait long enough, you just may see some fall colours. Check out my picks for camping gear!

1. Poppytalk for Target: This collection may be running low in your store, so if you see it, grab it! The skewers are the best- the extend!

2. Coleman Popcorn Maker: This was so much fun to use over an open fire!

3. Coleman Excursion Cooler: Super portable and keeps drinks cool!

4. PC S’mores Grill Rack: need I say more? Available in select Loblaw banner stores including Real Canadian Superstores. www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca.

5. PC Geometric Plates: Super cute pattern! Available in select Loblaw banner stores including Real Canadian Superstores. www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca.

6. PC Beach Mat: Excellent if you are like me and dislike sitting on the ground. Available in select Loblaw banner stores including Real Canadian Superstores. www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca.

Glamp your cares away at Longpoint Eco Adventure

I woke up snug beneath several layers of warm blankets- so cozy that I didn’t want to get out of bed. I padded on the hardwood floors to the bathroom and splashed warm water on my face and took a shower. I then got ready and headed out to breakfast. Did I mention that I was in a tent? Welcome to glamping.

1-IMG_9732Longpoint Eco Adventure is an outdoor adventure park near Port Dover in Norfolk County.

When I found out about their Wilderness Suites, I knew that I had to stay there! I was a little worried about spending the night there during the first weekend of an unseasonably warm May. I didn’t have to worry- it was awesome! (more…)

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