It’s finally starting to feel like spring here in southern Ontario with warmer weather and a lot of sunshine. But it’s only a matter of time before the mosquitoes become active. So for the Easter long weekend we decided to head up the cabin to enjoy the bug-free outdoors for the time being. We also hit up a few provincial parks in the area to take advantage of the nice weather.
Hiking in Frontenac Provincial Park in the Spring
Frontenac Provincial Park is located north of Kingston on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. It is part of the UNESCO Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve and is situated on an ancient granite ridge linking the Canadian Shield to the Adirondack Mountains. The park is open year-round and offers over 100km of hiking trails through forests and across outcrops, and features several lakes and wetlands.
Hiking in Presqu’ile Provincial Park in the Spring
Presqu’ile Provincial Park is located along the shore of Lake Ontario. It means “almost island” in French as it is connected to the mainland by a narrow piece of land. It is open year-round and boasts of having one of the largest wetlands along the north shore of Lake Ontario. Presqu’ile also contains a beautiful sandy beach and several hiking trails that wind through the different habitats in the park.
MacGregor Point Provincial Park in the Spring
MacGregor Point Provincial Park is located along the sandy shores of Lake Huron. It is open year-round and offers a variety of activities depending on the season. MacGregor Point also offers roofed accommodations such as yurts and rustic cabins, to keep you warm and cozy during the off-season.
The Cabin – February 2023
We planned to visit the cabin at the beginning of January to celebrate the New Year, but due to a series of mishaps, including a fierce winter storm over the holidays and us forgetting our snowshoes, we had to make alternative plans. And so with a free weekend in February, we decided a return trip to the cabin was in order. For real this time.
Windy Lake Provincial Park in the Winter
Windy Lake Provincial Park is located northwest of Sudbury and is open year-round. In the winter, Windy Lake offers a variety of activities including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing. It also has roofed accommodations available for a comfortable and cozy camping experience.
Ottawa for a Weekend in the Winter
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and is situated in eastern Ontario along the Ottawa River. It is home to Parliament Hill and contains many historic sites, landmarks and national museums. This vibrant city also offers year-round opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, including skating on the Rideau Canal in the winter and hiking one of many trails in or around the city.
Hiking in Point Pelee National Park
Point Pelee National Park is located on a peninsula in Lake Erie and is the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland. It is the second smallest national park in Canada and is the first national park established for ecological conservation reasons. It contains marshes, wetlands, swamp forests and sandy beaches. It is also an important resting point for migrating birds and monarch butterflies in the spring and fall.
Hiking in MacGregor Point Provincial Park
MacGregor Point Provincial Park is located on the stunningly sandy shores of Lake Huron. The park is open year round, but boasts of having the biggest waves during the off-season in the fall and winter. The park offers several hiking trails and other activities depending on the season, like fishing and swimming in the summer and cross-country skiing and skating in the winter.
Camping in a Cabin in Killarney Provincial Park
Killarney Provincial Park is located along the northern shore of Georgian Bay. It is surrounded by wilderness and contains mountains, forests, lakes, beaches and wetlands. It is open year-round and provides a number of recreational activities depending on the season to enjoy the stunning scenery. The campground also offers roofed accommodations that provide a more comfortable and convenient camping experience.