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…

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….

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…

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.

My Camping Checklist

I’m about to embark on my first-ever solo canoe trip. I’m going for 5 days and waiting patiently for the ice to melt off the lakes in Algonquin Park. I plan to go the first week of May, so if the ice isn’t out of Algonquin, I’ll have to go to a different location. I’m…

The Conjuring Rock

It’s golden hour. We have spent the day swimming off the rocks and hiking through the pristine forest. As the sun dips down toward the horizon it illuminates the cliffs opposite our camp, turning them into a golden fairytale of rippling rock.

The Best (and Worst) Camping Memories of 2016

I received an email notification from another blogger (Gone Camping) who posted about 2016’s highlights. I thought it was such a great idea to reflect on this year’s adventures that I’ve opted to do the same! Since moving to Muskoka, my husband, Banjo and I have done quite a bit of exploring in the area….

Noganosh Provincial Park (Happy Thanksgiving!)

It felt weird for us not going home to be with family for Thanksgiving. Instead we decided to take the long weekend and go on canoe trip to Noganosh Provincial Park. I have been extremely busy since starting school full-time, and really needed some down time.

‘The Regulators’ Paddle Temagami – Final Part

Day 6 Paddling: 9.6km Portages: 670m (Jeff’s Map) or 700m (Ottertooth Map), 380m (Jeff’s Map) or 360m (Ottertooth Map), 105m (Jeff’s Map) or 100m (Ottertooth Map), 70m (Jeff’s Map) or 150m (Ottertooth Map), 520m (Jeff’s Map) or 580m (Ottertooth Map) We woke up to another beauty day. Our plan was to paddle down to McCarthy…