Length of stay: 3 days
Visited: April 2020
We usually try to incorporate holidays into our travel plans, so for the Easter long weekend we went to the one place we could still travel to: the cabin. Even though we’re encouraged to stay home, it’s hard to avoid other people when living in a big city like Toronto. Instead, we drove up north to spend a quiet weekend at the cabin away from everybody and everything.
Day 1: Exploring the Old Mining Buildings
We drove up to the cabin Thursday after work and arrived at around 9p.m. K’s parents visited the cabin earlier in the day, so when we arrived later in the evening, it was still warm inside. We got the fire going again and settled into bed.
We woke up this morning to a fresh layer of snow on the ground. I actually enjoy the snow, and eagerly put on my coat and boots to go for a short walk while K slept in. I should have actually taken the keys to the car to get the remainder of our things that we weren’t able to carry into the cabin yesterday (the road leading into the cabin is a bit sketchy, so we usually park the car at the top of the road and walk in with all our gear. It’s about a kilometre hike or so. It’s a bit tedious, but it’s all part of the cabin experience).
After returning from my walk, K put on the kettle to boil some water for tea and coffee. We lounged around by the fire for a bit and then headed back out to pick up the cooler and the remainder of our stuff from the car.
We fried up some eggs for breakfast and ate them with the cheddar and jalapeño scones we baked the day before. We’ve been inspired to bake more after watching the Great Canadian Baking Show, which is a good thing since we recently purchased a bag of flour from Costco (it’s the only grocery store that we’ve been able to find flour).
Later in the morning we headed back out to hike to the old mining buildings located near the cabin. From 1903 to 1907, the Star of the East mine was located here, but never had much success. The foundations from some of the buildings can still be found.
We finished up our hike in the midafternoon and returned to the cabin to make some lunch. We wrapped some veggies and veggie burgers in tin foil and baked them on the wood stove, which worked out pretty well.
After lunch we ventured back out to replenish some of the firewood. We also moved the wood that K’s dad cut yesterday into the outhouse.
By the time we finished up, we were pretty exhausted. We spent the remainder of the evening lounging by the fire and reading.
Day 2: McCausland Lake
After eating a late breakfast, we ventured out for a walk to McCausland Lake to take advantage of the nice weather. The sun was shining and most of the snow we received yesterday had melted.
The cabin is located in the township of North Frontenac, which boasts of being part of Ontario’s cottage country due to its abundance of lakes. We’ve explored some of these lakes over the years as there are a number of provincial parks located in the area, such as Bon Echo and Frontenanc. We decided to check another one off the list by walking up to the nearby McCausland Lake.
Most of the roads in the area are not maintained, especially in the winter. So it shouldn’t be that surprising to hear that we didn’t encounter a single person along our walk.
There were some snow patches along the trail and when we arrived at McCausland Lake, it was still covered in a layer of snow.
Along the way back, we walked through the old mining buildings again. It’s surprising how much still exists from when this area was used over a hundred years ago. In addition to remnants of the building foundations, there are other items scattered around the grounds too.
Our walk to and from McCausland Lake took about an hour and a half. By the time we returned to the cabin, we were ready for lunch. We warmed ourselves and our lunch up by the fire. For the remainder of the afternoon we cut up more firewood and went for another walk through the property.
Day 3: Returning home
It was nice to spend an extra day at the cabin as it gave us more of an opportunity to unwind and relax. This morning we took our time cleaning up and leisurely made a couple of trips to the car to pack up our gear. It was overcast outside and we ended up leaving a bit earlier than usual to avoid the rain.
While it would have been nice to travel or spend time with family over the Easter long weekend, visiting the cabin was a good alternative. We’re fortunate that we’re still able to escape the city and spend time outdoors in the midst of all this.