Casa Loma

Playing The Dragon’s Song – Casa Loma’s newest escape room

We’ve been to Casa Loma – Toronto’s very own castle – a few times, including for Halloween’s Legends of Horror, a festive visit in the lead up to Christmas or just to enjoy the view of the city’s skyline from the top of the Baldwin Steps, but never before have we indulged in one of its interactive escape rooms. That all changed last month when … Continue reading Playing The Dragon’s Song – Casa Loma’s newest escape room

Chutes Provincial Park

Road tripping through Northern Ontario – Fairbank and Chutes Provincial Parks

After an excellent couple of days in Sudbury, we continued on our journey west to Lake Superior. Our next major destination was Sault Ste. Marie, but before we made it there, we had time to stop along the way at two small, but pretty, provincial parks – Fairbank and Chutes. Fairbank Provincial Park As we headed west from Sudbury on the Trans-Canada Highway, Fairbank Provincial … Continue reading Road tripping through Northern Ontario – Fairbank and Chutes Provincial Parks

Camping in the beautiful Ontario countryside at Grundy Lake

It’s that time of year again – summer is here and so too is camping season. Camping and outdoor activities in summer’s sunshine and warmth lie ahead. We look back on our camping trip to Grundy Lake Provincial Park and the neighbouring French River from last summer, two beautiful parks located three hours north of Toronto. Thunderstorms and tornadoes Our trip had started off well. … Continue reading Camping in the beautiful Ontario countryside at Grundy Lake

Silent Lake Provincial Park camp cabin

Loving winter with a cosy cabin at Silent Lake Provincial Park

Ever since encountering pictures on social media of cosy looking cabins, surrounded by piles of thick, fluffy snow and a warm glow emanating from the windows into the surrounding forest, we’ve wanted to experience that side of winter for ourselves. Well the good news is that a number of Ontario Parks are home to such cabins, meaning that a winter cabin experience is closer than … Continue reading Loving winter with a cosy cabin at Silent Lake Provincial Park

Thunder Bay Top of the Giant

Discovering the beauty of Thunder Bay’s provincial parks

When we told people back in Toronto that we had been to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, we were more often than not greeted by a blank face. But Sleeping Giant, along with other beautiful provincial parks in the Thunder Bay area, makes the 2 hour flight from Toronto eminently worth it, and a destination that people really should know about. We visited in September and … Continue reading Discovering the beauty of Thunder Bay’s provincial parks

Winter at Arrowhead Provincial Park

The perfect winter getaway from Toronto Winter in Arrowhead Provincial Park has upped its game this season with the opening of a new visitor centre. We visited this past week to check it out as well as the activities which make it one of the top parks in Ontario for winter fun! Ice skating Arrowhead has become well known in recent years for having one … Continue reading Winter at Arrowhead Provincial Park

The Rookery

Highlights of Open House Chicago

When we had last visited Chicago in September 2015, we were stunned by how its downtown was packed with so many attractive buildings. Ever after, we always had our eye on returning for the Open House Chicago festival to explore the city’s buildings from behind-the-scenes. Last year we made that happen as we rendezvoused in Chicago with my aunt and uncle – who handily happens … Continue reading Highlights of Open House Chicago

Algonquin canoe May 2018

Road trips from Toronto: exploring the Provincial Parks of Muskoka

3 parks, 2 days, 1 pass Algonquin Provincial Park is not only huge, but is also blessed by having other provincial parks scattered around its fringes. Armed with a Ontario Parks Annual Vehicle Permit and now with the satisfaction of having seen our first Algonquin moose, we spent the next two days exploring more of what the park has to offer, as well as two … Continue reading Road trips from Toronto: exploring the Provincial Parks of Muskoka

Algonquin moose May 2018

Finally seeing our first Algonquin moose

We have had some great experiences in Algonquin Provincial Park, from seeing autumnal colours in 2014, to canoeing and swimming in Canoe and Joe Lakes on a beautifully sunny and warm day in 2015. We’ve also had some challenging experiences such as canoeing all day in torrential wind and rain in 2016. But in all those visits we had yet to see one of Algonquin’s … Continue reading Finally seeing our first Algonquin moose