Length of stay: 3 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.