The Cabin – October 2020

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.


45 thoughts on “The Cabin – October 2020

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      We sure did. While it would have been nice to spend Thanksgiving with family, I’m glad we were able to escape to the cabin and spend some time outdoors enjoying the lovely fall colours and weather.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      While this wasn’t the most ideal Thanksgiving, I’m glad we made the most of it and had the cabin as a back-up plan. It also helped that we had such fabulous weather and were able to spend some time outdoors. Fall at the cabin is always very scenic.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      The cabin has been such such a blessing this past year during the pandemic. It’s just been great to be able to escape the city and spend time in nature. It makes me appreciate the simple things in life. It’s all very peaceful. And it’s especially beautiful in the Fall when the leaves are changing colour.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      For sure. We don’t have much use for the wood stove during the summer, but in the fall and winter, we try to keep it going non-stop. It makes the place feel so cozy. It’s the perfect place to just enjoy nature and the beautiful fall colours.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks, we had such a marvelous Fall this year. And agreed, we’re lucky that we have so much wilderness in Canada. I couldn’t imagine what this year would have been like if we didn’t have any access to parks or conservation areas.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      The cabin is the perfect place to social distance as there are no neighbours around for a few kilometres. It’s just so peaceful and relaxing. The Fall is my favourite time to visit as the fall colours are outstanding. And there are no bugs!

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      We’ve certainly made good use of the cabin this year. There is no running water or electricity though, so we usually only stay for 2 to 3 days at a time. It’s too bad we couldn’t work from home here instead of in Toronto. But, I feel very fortunate that we have this place to escape to and not have to worry about being too close to others. It was a nice alternative option to celebrate Thanksgiving.

  1. Christie says:

    I remember, we’ve been so lucky and grateful to have a sunny and warm Thanksgiving long weekend this year🙂 Amazing colours!
    p.s. I’m sure you have surpassed your annual quota of hiking this year xoxo

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Yes, we had such lovely weather over the Thanksgiving long weekend, and just the Fall in general. The fall foliage was also just outstanding this year. It’s my favourite time to go hiking (no bugs!!) so we had no issues completing our 52 Hike Challenge. The only issue is just writing them all up now!

  2. Ab says:

    I love that cabin and love the stove! And those lovely bright fall colours seem like a lifetime ago. I do remember how warm that weekend was!

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      The cabin is quite rustic, there is no running water or electricity. But, it sure beats sleeping in a tent!! Once you get the wood stove going it feels very warm and cozy inside. We chopped a bunch of wood over the summer and are preparing to spend more time at the cabin this winter. There are a few provincial parks that are somewhat nearby that are reputed to have some good snowshoeing trails (Frontenac, Silent Lake, Murphy’s Point). And yes, those warm fall days seem like they happened forever ago.

      • WanderingCanadians says:

        For sure. We’re planning on spending New Years at the cabin. I’m still not sure whether provincial parks will be closed starting Dec 26th when Ontario goes under strict lockdown, but fingers crossed they stay open.

      • Ab says:

        That sounds fun! And yah better check. You don’t wanna get stuck up in the cabin for 28 days. 🤣 Have a great time. What a wonderful place to ring in the new year.

      • WanderingCanadians says:

        Haha, I don’t think our marriage could survive being cooped up in that cabin for 28 days! Especially with no running water! Enjoy the holidays. Hope your Ma is recovering.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      We’ve visited the cabin more times this year than in the last five years combined. It’s been great being able to leave the city and spend time in nature. It’s funny because ever since the pandemic started, we’ve been trying to spend more time outside the city than inside it.

  3. ourcrossings says:

    Such a perfect little cabin to escape the madness of the current pandemic! The pace of modern life often keeps us so busy that we have no time for the little things that bring us the most joy and I am glad to see that you have a place where you can enjoy silence and be alone with nature. Aiva 🙂

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Me too. We feel so incredibly blessed that we have the cabin to escape to every once in a while. It’s been tough living in a big city like Toronto with so many people around. We always assumed we’d live in the city while we’re still working, but we’ve actually started to look for a house outside of the city now that teleworking looks like it’ll be here to stay. Take care.

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