Day Hiking on the Etienne Trail at Samuel de Champlain Park

View from the bridge at the end of the Etienne Trail loop.

One of the places we like to return to is Samuel de Champlain Park, located between North Bay and Mattawa, because there are a lot of options for day hiking on the Etienne Trail. Four loops provide visitors with a variety of landscapes, distances, and difficulty levels. The first time we went to Samuel de Champlain Park, we […]

Winter Walking the Laurentian Escarpment Trails in North Bay

City scenery from the Laurentian Escarpment Trails in North Bay.

It’s a lot of fun going to different places to discover new trails. Most recently, we ventured out to North Bay so we could go winter walking the Laurentian Escarpment Trails. Part of a conservation area, there are perhaps seven or eight kilometres * of interconnecting non-motorized multi-use trails overlooking the city. We brought our snowshoes along with […]

Snowshoeing Along French River to Récollet Falls

A bit of snow covers the rocky riverside, the water surface still on this cold winter's day.

For us, visiting the area’s most famous historical site is an annual tradition, whether we’re hiking or snowshoeing along French River to Récollet Falls. The last time we went was a snowshoe trip on a sunny day that gave us a colourful perspective of the always beautiful scenery. Its trail head located just outside the French River Visitor […]

Silver Peak Day Hike Route Suggestions

View across Silver Peak.

Planning a Silver Peak day hike is a fun way to spend some time in Killarney Provincial Park, without a doubt. What’s great about it is that there are tons of ways to do it. You can do your Silver Peak day hike on a day trip if that’s all the time you’ve got or the inclination for. […]

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Reviewing Ontario’s Trails Strategy

Access to Atakas Trail from Coastal Trail, Mashkinonje Provincial Park

As a travel and trekking blogger based in Northern Ontario, the current review of the Ontario Trails Strategy is very important to me. I use trails year-long, mostly for hiking and backpacking, but also for walking, snowshoeing, and canoeing. Were paved trails available in the North to the extent they are in the South, I would dig out […]

BootsNAll to Travellers and Bloggers: Reflect on the Dark Side of Pro Travel Blogging

A woman sits at a table, typing on a laptop.

A recent newsletter from BootsNAll created quite a stir within the travel blogging community, it seems. When I first read the email, I found myself rereading certain sections to clarify what I thought was double-speak, and after I’d done, reflection over a few days prompted a Google search and a blog post. Check out The Dark Side of […]

City Walking Tour of North Bay: A Haunted Downtown Hike

Nighttime view of Main Street.

Last Friday, Marc and I decided to throw a little Halloween spirit into our hiking plans, so instead of a bush excursion, we planned a city walking tour of North Bay. After work, we headed to the city for the Haunted Downtown Hike, offered by Discovery North Bay. Volunteers met our group at the old train station, now […]

Hiking the La Cloche Silhouette Trail: Selection of Itineraries

Panoramic Killarney vista beneath an open sky.

I’ve been dreaming of the next time we’ll be hiking the La Cloche Silhouette Trail in Killarney. Another long weekend is coming up, the last of the season. We’re hoping to make something big of it, but that’ll all depend on the weather (I’m a wimp in the cold!). Still, we’re planning on ending up in Killarney Provincial […]

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