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

Bermuda Railway Trail view from Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

Top 3 things to do on the Bermuda Railway Trail

For both me and Emma, the Christmas holidays brings a closed office, and so not wanting to spend 12 days in Toronto’s winter, we jetted off to somewhere far warmer, Bermuda. There are a lot of tropical sounding islands – Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda and Bermuda. But only three of those are in the Caribbean, the odd one out being Bermuda, which sits out all by … Continue reading Top 3 things to do on the Bermuda Railway Trail

Inside Unionville Curling Club - an introduction to curling

Learning a new sport – an introduction to curling

Trying out curling for the first time at Unionville Curling Club. With the Winter Olympics recently finishing, curling is yet again in the spotlight. Even Mr. T got in on the act. Curling is cool, I Pity The Fool who don’t like Curling! Grrr #curlingiscoolfool — Mr. T (@MrT) February 20, 2018 Back in the UK, it once again represented one of our best medal … Continue reading Learning a new sport – an introduction to curling