The Cabin – April 2021

Length of stay3 days
Visited
April 2021

As of April 3, 2021, Ontario went back into a province-wide shutdown. This doesn’t impact us too much since Toronto has been in some combination of lockdown or shutdown for the past five to six months. Provincial parks are still open for day-use, overnight camping, including backcountry camping however is closed. We had a few camping trips planned for April, largely because reserving a campsite during the summer has become next to impossible and we didn’t want to get eaten alive by the mosquitoes and black flies later in the spring. So for the Easter long weekend we decided to head up to the cabin to get away from everything and figure out our game plan for the next few weeks (which let’s be real, is likely going to involve visiting the cabin again).

Day 1: Watching the Sunset

We left Toronto late Friday morning. There was a decent amount of traffic on the roads, likely from people trying to take advantage of the last day before the province-wide shutdown. We made a detour at Sandbanks and Lake on the Mountain Provincial Parks on the drive up to stretch our legs and make some progress on our Ontario Parks Challenge. Plus, the weather was lovely. It was a little chilly and a bit blustery outside, but the sun was shining.

We arrived at the cabin at around 6:45p.m. Since there was no longer any snow on the ground, we drove in rather than having to park our car at the top of the hill and walk in with all our stuff. Despite the fact that it was still sunny outside, it was starting to get colder. According to the weather forecast the temperature was supposed to drop to -8°C overnight. We got a fire going in the wood stove, made some dinner, and enjoyed the sunset.

Day 2: Rest and Relaxation

We woke up to another beautiful day of blue skies and sun. It was a bit chilly outside and I had to wake up in the middle of the night to feed the fire (only once though). This morning there was a light layer of ice on part of the surface of the lake.

According to the weather forecast it was supposed to reach a high of 10°C and be sunny in the morning and cloudy in the afternoon. We planned to visit Frontenac Provincial Park today. As such, we wanted to get an early start to the day to enjoy the sun and beat the crowds so after eating breakfast we headed out.

After spending the morning hiking in Frontenac along rocky outcrops, through forests and along marshes and beaver ponds, we returned to the cabin shortly after noon. We heated up some soup for lunch and got the fire going in the wood stove again. We’re glad we went hiking in the morning as the afternoon was overcast and very windy. We spent the remainder of the day inside playing games and reading by the window overlooking the lake.

Day 3: Happy Easter

We’ve had such lovely weather over the past few days. We woke up again to another beautiful day outside. The sun was shining and it was supposed to go up to 12°C this afternoon. We spent the morning tidying up around the cabin, including chopping up more firewood and moving wood from the outhouse to inside the cabin. Our wood supply is getting low so we’ll need to come back up in the summer to restock for the winter.

After eating a late breakfast, we packed up. We ended up leaving a bit earlier than usual as we planned to make a detour at Presqu’ile Provincial Park since it was along the drive back to Toronto. As with yesterday, according to the weather forecast, it was supposed to get cloudy later in the afternoon, so we wanted to get our hiking in when it was still sunny. Plus, we wanted to make sure we got a parking spot.

Despite yet another shutdown, we had a wonderful Easter long weekend. While we couldn’t visit family, we were able to get some peace and quiet up at the cabin. We had fabulous weather and were able to visit four provincial parks.

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62 thoughts on “The Cabin – April 2021

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      For sure. Prior to the pandemic we would visit the cabin two to three times a year. Over the past year we’ve gone up nearly every month. It’s been nice having this rustic gem to escape to every so often to just get a change of scenery and spend time in nature. Take care.

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  1. Ab says:

    Sounds like such a beautiful weekend. And so nice you can just drive in instead o have a long walk.

    Love your open front window view right into the water. Must be nice to look out of at any weather and time of the year!

    More of these lovely days to come for the next few months!

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      We had such fabulous weather over the Easter long weekend. After that the weather took a bit of a turn in April. Glad we made the most of it. And yes, it’s so much more convenient to just drive in rather than hike in with all our stuff. It also means we can take more stuff with us. We’re planning on returning to the cabin this weekend. Hopefully we’ll have nice weather! If not, it’s a good excuse to sit by the front window and catch up on some reading.

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  2. Little Miss Traveller says:

    What delightful views you have from your cabin. Have you had it for quite a long time and how far is it from Toronto. It sounds easily accessible. Hopefully the lockdowns won’t restrict you both too much and they’ll soon be eased. Hope your weekend is going well. Marion

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      The property has been in my husband’s family for over 100 years now. The cabin itself is quite rustic and there is no running water or electricity. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Toronto, which isn’t too bad these days since there isn’t much traffic on the roads. We’re technically under a stay-at-home order and encouraged not to visit our cottages, but it’s not enforced. We usually bring all our groceries with us and the only stops we make along the way are to visit a provincial park and go for a hike. We’re planning on returning to the cabin this weekend for my birthday. Hope you’re doing well. Take care.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It really is. I find being by the water and surrounded by nature so comforting and relaxing. It’s too bad that the cabin doesn’t have electricity, running water or internet otherwise I would totally live here for a few months during the summer.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      We’ve only ever seen a black bear once while visiting the cabin and that was over a decade ago. Since then the shoreline on the other side of the lake has become more developed with new cottages popping up every year. The only wildlife we typically encounter are ducks and loons, which is totally fine with me.

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  3. carol hopkins says:

    That sounds divine! Your cabin looks so cozy and being so close to the lake would be so nice! I am so happy for you to have such a wonderful place to get away from all city. Love the photos, makes me wish I could visit! 🙂 Have a good week and stay safe!

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      I’ve always enjoyed being surrounded by nature and close to the water. I find it so peaceful and relaxing. It’s been kind of nice spending more time at the cabin this past year. It’s too bad that there is no running water or electricity otherwise we would stay for much longer. We’re planning on returning this weekend. Enjoy your week as well. Take care.

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      • carol hopkins says:

        It can be. It really depends on how many storms and high winds sweep through. Some winters are more fraught with stormy weather than others. On days the the sun sparkles on the snow and the winds are calm it is beyond beautiful! 🙂

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      • carol hopkins says:

        If you are a nature lover – and I know you are, it’s really wonderful. There are so many trails to hike and beaches to walk. I miss it. But, we do have lots of green spaces here as well as nature trails. Every part of Canada is beautiful, really. 🙂

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      • WanderingCanadians says:

        That’s very true. I would love to spend more time exploring the different areas in Canada. The landscape is so different from the east coast to the west, and everything in between. I definitely am a nature lover, so Canada really is the perfect place to live.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      You bet. It’s been tough living in a big city as we’re constantly surrounded by people and buildings. It’s nice to escape from all of that and just reconnect with nature. I love sitting by that front window to read or just stare out into the lake. I wish I were there right now.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      For sure. It’s nice to get away sometimes, especially these days when we live and work in the same place. The cabin really is the perfect place to social distance and get away from everyone since it’s so secluded. We’re planning on returning this weekend.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks. In some ways it totally does feel like a provincial park since it’s completely surrounded by wilderness. There are a few provincial parks in the area, so it’s become a great home base for day-trips. We’re still under a stay-at-home order for at least another month, which means the cabin is still our only option for a weekend getaway.

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  4. ourcrossings says:

    I am glad to see you have a little cabin surrounded by natural beauty and waterfront access that you can escape to during these turbulent times. It’s all perfectly romantic, natural and serene, especially if compared to staying at a hotel in a big city or large suburb. Cheers and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It’s nice to have a second home, one that is far from the city and surrounded by wilderness. Granted, it would be nice to have electricity and running water to take a shower, but visiting the cabin makes me appreciate the simple things in life. We’re still in a province-wide shutdown for at least another month, so it’ll be awhile before we can stay in a hotel again. For now we’ll just continue to visit the cabin whenever we feel like we need a weekend getaway. Take care.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks. I feel so incredibly grateful that we have the cabin and are able to visit it during the pandemic. It’s sometimes tough living in a big city these days. When the weather is nice, the sidewalks and parks are usually busy and it becomes hard (if not impossible) to socially distance. It’s nice to escape from all of that and just enjoy being surrounded by nature. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      For sure. It’s been tough living and working in the same (small) space for over a year now, so it was nice to get a change of scenery. It’s great to just leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and just unwind in nature.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Our default these days is to go to the cabin whenever we have a long weekend. If it weren’t for the pandemic we would have traveled over Easter since we both got the Friday and Monday off of work, but for now we’ll settle for a getaway to the cabin. Timing wise we left the day after the initial stay-at-home order was publicly announced. It’s been extended until May 20th, but will likely get pushed back even further as cases in Ontario are still quite high. I heard things aren’t too good in Alberta either with variants now making up over half of the active cases. What a disaster. Stay safe.

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      • winteroseca says:

        Well, I am glad you’re doing your best to get out in nature. And yes, Alberta is bad too. I got my Pfizer shot last week though. I took it upon myself to do a post about it because the more people can get shots in arms, the better!

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      • WanderingCanadians says:

        I figure we might as well get in as much hiking as we can before the mosquitoes become aggressive. Congrats on getting your first shot last week. It must be such a relief. Good for you for writing a post about it. There is a lot of mixed information out there and bad press about the AstraZeneca shot, so I’m sure some people are probably sitting on the fence about it. I am not yet eligible for a shot, but once I am, I will be signing up!

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      • winteroseca says:

        Ugh! Mosquitoes suck! And thanks! I am making a point of trying to help others because this situation is so bad! Hope you will be eligible soon!

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      You bet. Prior to the pandemic we used to visit the cabin a few times a year. Over the past year we’ve gone up nearly once a month. Now that we’re living and working in the same space, it’s nice to get away every few weeks to to just unwind in nature. Thanks for reading and commenting. Take care.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It’s always nice to get a change of scenery, especially these days as we’re still under a province-wide shutdown. I feel so incredibly grateful that we have the cabin, which in some ways has become like a second home to us, and that we’re able to still visit. It’s also conveniently located near a number of provincial parks, which means that we can visit the cabin and make progress on our Ontario Parks challenge. It’s a win-win situation. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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