We’ve been feeling kind of blah lately. Maybe it was because of the weather, lack of sunlight, the never-ending pandemic, or the fact that we completed the 52 Hike Challenge about a month ago, and weren’t sure what to do with all this free time. So we decided to head up to the cabin for the weekend.
Located along the rugged shores of Georgian Bay, Killarney Provincial Park is considered a wilderness park. There is a single campground in the park at George Lake and there are a number of backcountry sites that are accessible by canoe or along the famous La Cloche Silhouette Trail. Killarney is open all-year round and provides a number of activities depending on the season. From hiking and canoeing in the summer to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Located near the Saint Lawrence River, Thousand Islands National Park is one of Canada’s smallest national parks. The park consists of three sections along the mainland: Mallorytown Landing, Jones Creek and Landon Bay, and 21 islands. While most of the park is only accessible by boat, there are a few hiking trails that can be accessed on the mainland.
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?
Nestled along the Southern edge of the Canadian Shield, Kawartha Highlands features a rugged landscape of small lakes, ponds, wetlands, forests, and rock barrens. It is the largest provincial park in Southern Ontario after Alongquin. And like Algonquin, it is the perfect place to explore the wilderness by canoe.
Killbear Provincial Park is located along the rugged shore of Georgian Lake. It offers car camping at seven campgrounds where each campground has its own beach area (except for Georgian Campground). Besides swimming, other activities in the park include hiking, biking, canoeing and fishing.
The French River Provincial Park offers 250 backcountry campsites along the shoreline of the French River that are accessible for paddlers and boaters. There are 13 access points along the river and all campsites are first-come, first-served. Besides canoeing or boating, there is a single hiking trail in the park: Recollet Falls Trail (4km round trip, rated moderate).
Mississagi Provincial Park is located north of Elliot Lake and is situated in pristine wilderness. It is quite secluded and offers a range of camping options from car camping to backcountry camping for hikers and paddlers. Mississagi also offers seven hiking trails that weave through the park’s rugged landscape and several clear lakes for canoeing, boating and fishing.
Lake Superior really is superior to all the other Great Lakes. So it makes sense that there is a provincial park named after it. Lake Superior Provincial Park is located along the eastern shore of Lake Superior between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa. It has a wide range of camping options from car camping on the beach to backcountry camping in the wilderness. It also offers a variety of trails that range in length from 1.5km to 65km that weave through the different habitats and landscapes in the park.
I know I say this about a lot of Ontario’s provincial parks, but Neys really is one of my favourites. It is located along the northern shore of Lake Superior and features a beautiful sandy beach. Some of the campsites are located close to the water and even have their own path down to the beach. Neys also offers a number of hiking trails that weave through the different landscapes in the park, including ancient dunes, dense forests, pebble beaches, and rocky overcrops. These rugged landscapes in Neys provided much inspiration to the Group of Seven painters.