Tag Archives: Ontario Parks

#1 – Go camping

Our first day at Killbear, we were out on the rocks, and Adam said “how amazing is it to be here with Henry?”.  And it really was.  I grew up at Killbear, and it holds so many memories and is so familiar.  It was a really crazy mind warp having my baby there and though he isn’t old enough to have memories of it, it was so cool to start what is hopefully a long term family tradition.  To make it extra special, my brothers and Sam came up for the last few days.  My brothers and I haven’t been on vacation together for 15 years (the last time we were at Killbear as a family), so that was amazing to have them there with us.

That all being said, it was also a challenging week.  Henry cut teeth and went through a growth spurt and was really unsettled being out of his space and routine.  Renting the tent trailer was definitely key to getting through the week, and the little red wagon was our top piece of equipment.  He loved it, and he was happy to be strapped in with some toys to play with while we made meals, tidied around camp, etc.

Check out more photos of our sandcastle attempts, canoeing, and swimming in Georgian Bay.


Details: Information and reservations for Killbear can be found here.

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#69 – Go canoeing

We rented a canoe for the last two days of our camping trip.  Henry seemed to really like the canoe/water, but really fought the life jacket, so we only went out once for a quick paddle.  We would have tried a few more small trips, except the canoe we rented was one of the heaviest monsters in existence, and the 10 minute hike to the water from our site made multiple treks unappealing.  But, still fun!


Details: We rented our canoe from the Killbear Mall General Store.

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#49 – Camp at Killbear Provincial Park

I swear we are knocking things off our list at a faster rate than I’m posting about them.  This baby is slowing me down more than I expected and there’s not a lot of energy left after a day of work.  BUT!  I am going to try to catch up before the weekend.  Fingers crossed.

Killbear Provincial Park is basically where I grew up; every summer from the time I was a toddler until I was in high school, my family would go camping here for three weeks (and then we’d go to another camp ground for another three weeks).  90% of my childhood memories are here, and it feels like coming home every time.  This is the second time Adam and I have gone together, and it was a little bittersweet; our last camping trip just us.  But we’re so excited to bring our little one here next summer.    We knocked a few more things over our camping weekend, so lots more photos of Killbear to come!



Details: Killbear Provincial Park is located about 30 minutes outside of Parry Sound.  Information and reservations can be found here.

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#83 – Watch a sunrise

Adam and I got up in the early pre-dawn hours this morning and canoed out to the middle of Pog Lake in Algonquin Park to watch the sunrise.

It was a peaceful and beautiful as you would expect.


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#30 – Read while drifting in a canoe

We spent the weekend at Algonquin Provincial Park; the first time for both of us.  We completely lucked out on the weather (no rain until we drove out of the park on Sunday) and we knocked off a couple really fun list items.

We had rented a canoe for the weekend, so the first item to knock off was #30; read while drifting in a canoe.


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#4 – Go Camping

Adam and I both grew up camping a lot and love to go as much as we can.  We have our favourite camp grounds and had never been to Awenda Provincial Park, which was suggested as part of our road trip itinerary.

Awenda was beautiful, the sites were well spaced out (to the point that we couldn’t even really hear our neighbours) and the beach and glacier lake in the park are lovely.  Our only complaint was that the camp sites are quite a hike from the beach, so you either plan for a long walk (which we were into) or plan to drive over.

We spent the (very chilly) night concocting different S’mores recipes and made fresh baked bannock on the fire for breakfast.

Details: Park details can be found here.

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