Length of stay: 2 days
Visited: October 2020
Cases have been rising here in Ontario over the past few weeks and we were advised to not get together with family or friends for Thanksgiving. As with most holidays this year, we decided to celebrate Thanksgiving a little differently. Instead of doing our usual family gatherings, we headed up to the cabin for a couple of days. What better way to social distance than by being alone in the middle of the forest?
The weather for the weekend was looking promising and today it was supposed to reach a high of 23°C. On the drive up Saturday morning, we stopped at Ferris Provincial Park to go for a hike and enjoy the warm weather and fall foliage. From Ferris it’s about an hour and a half drive to the cabin, but we had to stop at a shop along the way to pick up a set of keys that K’s dad dropped in the parking lot the weekend before. By the time we arrived at the cabin it was around 1p.m so we heated up some soup on the wood stove for lunch.
Since it was unusually warm outside, we figured this would be a good opportunity to scavenge through the forest and chop some dry wood for the winter.
Later in the afternoon we went for a walk around the property. We followed an old road that leads to an old farm. You could still see the foundation from where one of the buildings stood along with some of the old tools and equipment.
On the walk back, it started to lightly sprinkle. When we returned to the cabin, we got the fire going in the wood stove again and made dinner. We also heated up a pumpkin pie for dessert. It is Thanksgiving after all.
We left the cabin shortly after breakfast on Sunday and stopped to go for a hike at the Vanderwater Conservation Area on the drive back to Toronto. While this wasn’t the Thanksgiving we had hoped for, we were so thankful that we had the cabin to escape to for a change of scenery. We’ve also been extremely grateful to live in Ontario and have access to an abundance of provincial parks and conservation areas. I can’t imagine what this year would have been like if these green spaces didn’t exist.