Length of stay: 2 days
Visited: May 2021
Spring is in full force here in Ontario. It’s usually a fine line between when new growth starts to appear and the mosquitoes come out to play. We decided to risk it anyway and visit the cabin in mid-May as this very well might be our last visit for the next couple of months.
As such, we ditched work early and stopped at Peter’s Woods Provincial Nature Reserve to go for a hike since it was somewhat along the way to the cabin. By the time we arrived at the cabin it was just after 8p.m, but the sun was still shining. While we encountered next to no bugs on our hike through Peter’s Woods, there was no shortage of them here at the cabin. We made a late dinner and ate inside to avoid the bugs.
Even though it was quite warm outside (18°C), we started a fire in the wood stove. Turns out this really wasn’t necessary and I ended up having to crack a window open in the middle of the night as it was getting too stuffy.
Day 1: Just around the River Bend
Since we went to bed rather early, we woke up at the crack of down. The morning is always my favourite time of the day as the lake is usually calm and everything seems so peaceful. And since it was still chilly outside, the mosquitoes weren’t out …yet. After making some coffee, we decided to take advantage of the calm water and no bugs and go for a canoe ride.
We canoed around the bay, hugging the shoreline so we could get a good view of some of the nearby cottages. We made it up to the mouth of the river before turning around. The water was as smooth as glass, casting a nice reflection of the trees in the water.
After eating breakfast, we hopped in the car to embark on a day trip to visit two provincial parks, starting first at Lake St. Peter and then Egan Chutes. We returned shortly after 2p.m. I’m glad we woke up early and got our canoe ride and hikes in during the morning as it rained later in the afternoon. This gave us time to catch up on our reading.
Thankfully the clouds started to clear in the afternoon. We took advantage of the nice weather (it went up to a high of 20°C) and made a fire outside. Between the wind and smoke, the mosquitoes stayed away.
But then the wind died down so we were forced to retreat indoors. We weren’t complaining too much as it was now time to make dinner. We spent the remainder of the evening reading and playing cards. We also enjoyed a nice sunset from the window.
Day 2: More Fun in the Sun
We woke up to another beautiful day of blue skies and sun. It was a little chilly inside the cabin (10°C), but we weren’t complaining as the real advantage of this is that it helps keep the mosquitoes away until later in the morning when it starts to warm-up.
As with yesterday, we figured we’d use this opportunity to go for another canoe ride. After our morning coffee of course. This time we headed in the opposite direction and scoped out the cottages on the other side of the lake.
When we returned from our canoe ride, we made a late breakfast. We took our time to clean up after ourselves and pack up. We headed out shortly after 10a.m. We planned to squeeze in another hike at Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve on the drive back to Toronto. Even though the mosquitoes were noticeable, it was still nice to squeeze in one last visit to the cabin during the spring before it turns into a feeding frenzy.