The Sharpe’s Take on the Quetico (Hunter Island Loop) – Part One

There was no time for tourist stops because we had 2 days’ worth of driving around the Superior Coastal Highlands and then west of Thunder Bay.  That was a little disappointing, but I was more excited about embarking on our Quetico Provincial Park expedition paddling the Hunter Island Loop! The last time I drove around…

Even My Dog Gets Bored With Me

This morning I decided to kill two birds with one stone (not literally); make some photographs/do homework and take Banjo for a “W”, okay she’s not around so I can say the word, “Walk.”

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…