Lake Temagami – Cross Lake Loop [video]

Temagami is a special place. You don’t have to drive very far north of North Bay to start seeing stands of old-growth white pine along the highway. I remember the first time I drove to Temagami and how I was in complete awe of the stance the trees have over the landscape. It isn’t one…

Canada Day Canoe Trip in Wild Muskoka [video]

There’s nothing I’d rather do to celebrate Canada’s birthday than spend it in the wilderness with my canoe, Singing Wilderness. I wasn’t super excited to celebrate the whole Canada 150 concept because this beautiful land we live on has a much longer and richer history than a meer 150 years. So like every year when Canada…

Facing My Fear on the Muskoka River [video]

I don’t know why, but fast moving water terrifies me. There was no incident as a kid or any experience that I can identify as being the reason. I just am. I don’t like being afraid because it prevents me from exploring wilderness places by not even considering a route if it has moving water….

7 Unique Campgrounds to Stake Out This Summer

As soon as the weather becomes friendly, I immediately start thinking about where I could go camping. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that camping has been a tradition in my family for a long time or maybe I just need to get out of the city for a while, to get…

Why This Canoe Trip Was Magical [video, photography]

One of the best things about living in Muskoka is the access to wilderness places. It’s pretty awesome to be in the backcountry within 30 minutes from our nest. There is a place that we have been going to since we moved to the area just over a year ago, and on Friday we decided…

Screaming Heads, Lady Slippers and Craft Beer (what a weekend!)

While everyone was packing up their camping gear, strapping their canoe to the roof of their vehicle, and heading out for their first canoe trip to start the summer season, I didn’t do any of those things. Okay, that’s not true. We strapped Singing Wilderness to the roof of Bo Bo Ska Diddle to paddle…

Where to Take Orphaned or Injured Wildlife [video]

There’s this amazing place in Ontario called Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary that rehabilitates injured wildlife and cares for permanent resident animals (those that are unable to be released into the wild for various reasons).

Why I Went Out Alone in Algonquin Park [video] – Part One

I had a lot of people rooting for me and I received an overwhelming response of positive words of encouragement and advice for my first solo canoe trip through social media. But then there was this one comment by someone who wasn’t as supportive.

Recipe: Dehydrated Chickpea Curry (the best!)

I got this recipe from my sister-in-law (thanks Jennifer!). It is the best curry I’ve ever had. That’s a big statement, but it’s true. Others who have tried it, say the same thing. Now imagine having the best curry you’ve ever had, and having it at camp… oh yeah. I decided to take her recipe and…