Point Grondine Park in four days: Mahzenaging, Lyle Lake and Collins Inlet

This year for our annual mother-daughter backcountry camping trip, we wanted to venture farther north. We tried Killarney, but had difficulty booking the backcountry route we wanted for our timeframe. I’ve had an eye on Pointe Grondine Park and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out.   Pointe Grondine Park is run…

Algonquin in Four Days: Tim, Rosebary, Longbow Lakes and Tim River

As is tradition, in mid-August, we took off to Algonquin for a mother-daughter backcountry camping trip. Our itinerary was two nights on Rosebary Lake with a day trip to Longbow Lake, and one night on Tim Lake. Day 1 – Friday We left the GTA early and arrived at the permit office by 9:15am. The…

Algonquin in Three Days: Magnetawan, Hambone, Daisy Lake

  We arrived at Algonquin Park on a crispy morning with a bright blue sky. I was looking forward to disconnecting and using the time to enjoy nature. I did not get to Algonquin the previous year, so this weekend was anticipated. After a busy summer of skydiving, a hectic work schedule and busy weekends,…

Algonquin in Three Days: Rock Lake, Penn Lake, Clydegale Lake, Madawaska River

I thought a backcountry Algonquin Trip was not in the cards this year, but guess what? I managed to squeeze one in.  If you would like to read some of my musings about Algonquin and the trip check out my guest post on the Algonquin Outfitters blog. Read on for a trip log of our three day…

Life lessons from the bush

Lost. The beautiful green forest quickly became terrifying. Trees in every direction and no obvious way out. I have camped as long as I can remember. And not campground camping with a tent pitched beside a car. Real backcountry camping. Camping taught many lessons from trip planning, to hanging a bear bag, to reading a…

Algonquin in Three Days: Cache, Madawaska, Head Creek, Head Lake

In July 2013, I decided on a birthday canoe trip. It was a short trip for my first time planning EVERYTHING on my own (our second trip in 6 days can be read about here).  I was hoping to find an “interesting” campsite, which lead us to the waterfall campsite on Head Lake. DAY ONE…