Length of stay: 2 days
Visited: July 2020
With another heat warning on the forecast for the weekend, we decided to drive up north to the cabin and spend some time around the water. We somehow managed to convince my younger sister and her husband to come up with us even though the cabin has no running water and electricity.
We arrived at the cabin around 7:30p.m. Usually we park our car at the top of the road and walk in with all our food, water and other supplies as the path isn’t well maintained. But it was hot and humid outside and the mosquitoes were aggressive. Instead we decided to risk it and drive in. We took it real slow. I had to hop out of the car a few times to remove fallen branches and debris from the road, but eventually we made it.
Since the cabin typically doesn’t get many visitors, especially in the spring, the area around the fire pit was overgrown with grass, ferns, and other plants. After unpacking, we scavenged around the forest for wood to start a fire and cut back some of the vegetation around the fire pit to set up our chairs.
We spent the remainder of the evening by the fire. We heated up some toaster strudels on the fire and made some s’mores (with maple flavoured marshmallows …mmm).
We went to bed around 11p.m as it was starting to get chilly outside and no one wanted to venture off into the forest to find more wood to burn.
Day 1: Exploring around the Cabin by Canoe and Foot
We woke up bright and early around 7a.m. After eating some breakfast, C and I went for a short canoe ride around the bay and island. We figured we might as well head out on the water as soon as possible while the lake was still calm and it wasn’t sweltering hot outside.
The water level in the lake was low and there were a few spots that were quite shallow that required us to shimmy in our seats to move the canoe into deeper waters.
When we got back to dry land, K & E took a turn in the canoe to go fishing. They ended up paddling to the island to fish from there as the trees offered some protection from the sun. E even caught a small bass.
Meanwhile C & I went on a mission to collect firewood and get our steps in. Naturally it made sense to start a fire (even though it was 30°C outside).
When the guys came back we went inside the cabin to play some Cards Against Humanity. Much laugher ensured.
Since we spent most of the day snacking, we forced ourselves to go on a short hike around the property to visit the old mining buildings. From 1903 to 1907, the Star of the East mine was located in this area. The mine was never successful and many of the buildings were torn down, but the foundations from those buildings can still be found.
Being near the water seemed to keep the mosquitoes away. But once we headed deeper into the forest, we entered their territory and they were desperate. We ended up turning around shortly after starting our walk to apply insect repellent. Take 2 was much better.
Day 2: Heading Back Home
We didn’t get much sleep as it remained hot and muggy throughout the night. There was another heat warning on the forecast for today. The temperature was supposed to climb to 31°C and feel like 42°C with the humidity. We were also supposed to get a severe thunderstorm during the afternoon.
After eating a late breakfast, we cleaned up around the cabin, packed our cars, and headed out. Even though it was disgustingly hot outside, we planned to go for a short hike through the Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve, since it’s located along the drive back. We might as well knock another hike off the list from our 52 Hike Challenge.
Ideally we would have liked to spend more time at the cabin, but wanted to get home before the storm rolled in. We’re hoping to come back in the next few weeks before the end of the summer.