The Happy Camper

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It seems like everyone is shopping online this year. After all, why wait in line, physically distance and strap on a face mask when you can have anything and everything dropped off on your front porch? There is one major downside...
Southwestern Ontario’s Chatham-Kent region was the latest catalyst for a reminiscent journey. There’s something calming about going back to the familiar; a place you grew up in and places you’ve once visited frequently and gathered fond memories from. I spent a...
We were up early on day six and ended up in our fifth park—Neys—by noon. This was our second favourite park of the trip. We ended up staying two nights here as well. Our site was directly across from the...
There were two reason why I chose to drive over 3,000 kilometres in ten days around northern Ontario and pitch my tent in various provincial park campgrounds (Marten River, Kettle Lakes, White River, Sleeping Giant, Neys, Lake Superior and Mississagi).
I just spent the last 10 days on a road trip visiting northern Ontario Provincial Parks (Marten River, Kettle Lakes, White Lake, Sleeping Giant, Neys, Lake Superior and Mississagi). I’ll have a blog up next week on this incredible journey. In...
Canoe manufacturers and outfitters are scrambling to provide paddlers with canoes and kayaks for the summer season. It seems everyone is taking to the water during their COVID-19 “staycations.” It also seems more newbie canoeists and kayakers are looking for...
The town of Killarney, Ontario, turns 200 years old this year. Wow. That’s something to celebrate. My first book, which was about Killarney, turns 30 years old as well. Two great excuses for me to paddle across the park. I did...
It was nice to escape the “norms” of our COVID-19 world for awhile and enjoy a week of paddling in Algonquin. No social distancing, no bathing in hand sanitizer, no masks and no stress. I was alone the entire week...
Is it just me or are the bugs absolutely horrible this season? I just finished two back-to-back trips and was so happy to finally be free of pulling ticks off my pant legs, swatting at deer flies buzzing around my...
Some outdoorsy types dwell on paddling large bodies of water in record time, others bag peaks and others simply collect Tilley hats. All are obsessions or crazed fetishes; all give reason to continue going outdoors. My mania is searching for lost...
The south “panhandle” section of Algonquin Provincial Park doesn’t seem to get as much traffic as the more popular access points along the Highway 60 corridor. Maybe because it’s a relatively new addition to the park. Historically, there was a...
Finally! I’m heading out on my first canoe trip of the season. It’s a little late due to the darn pandemic, but at least I’m now able to head off into the woods and water to deal with minor discomforts...
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