Unique Ideas for Celebrating the Holidays in the North

Traditional holiday greeting card for celebrating the holidays, featuring St. Nicholas on skis.

Most of us tend to spend the holidays visiting with family and friends, though some people like to travel, since for many, this is also vacation time. Either way, sometimes it’s hard to come up with something different to do, especially for special occasions. If you’ll be celebrating the holidays in the North, here are some festive ideas […]

6 Popular Routes on the Uplands Trail at Algonquin Park

Scenery from the Western Uplands Trail at Algonquin Park.

Algonquin Provincial Park’s Western Uplands Trail is most certainly the park’s longest and most challenging backcountry trek. Approximately 78 kmkilometres around its perimeter, it’s not possible to complete the trail without taking time off work. Thankfully, it’s composed of three stacked loops and two side loops that make it easy to work out multiple options, most of which […]

Beautiful Backpacking on the Trails at Frontenac Park

Sunrise scenery from our campsite at Buck Lake.

Many years ago, during my first time trekking Killarney‘s La Cloche Silhouette loop trail, I met another backpacker who claimed he preferred walking the trails at Frontenac Park. He told me that it was beautiful backpacking out there, so ever since then, I’ve been curious to check it out. Last long weekend, we finally got the chance! Actually, […]

2 Loops on the Georgian Bay Coast Trail at Point Grondine

Scenery reminiscent of the Georgian Bay coastline at Point Grondine Park.

Always looking for new trails to hike in the Killarney area, we were thrilled to make our way to Point Grondine Park to spend a day on the Georgian Bay Coast Trail system. About halfway down the highway to Killarney, two stacked loops provide a few more day hiking and backpacking options to the beautiful Georgian Bay area. […]

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Grand Campment-Nagle Loop: 2 Days on the OTHT

View of Nagle Bay from the OTHT.

Three years had passed since we had last been on the Ottawa-Temiskaming Highland Trail (OTHT), so we decided to return on the anniversary of our first trip, Canada Day weekend. Last time, we’d hiked up Rib Mountain, but this time we chose a route on the southern portion of the trail and settled on the Grand Campment-Nagle loop. […]

Weekend Hike to Five Finger Rapids on the French River

Fantastic scenery while on a weekend hike to Five Finger Rapids, French River.

French River is known for its paddling routes, not hiking trails. But few know that hikers can go backpacking Papase Trail at Dokis First Nation, a 21– to 28 kmkilometre return weekend hike to Five Finger Rapids on the French River. Nearly three years ago, we went hiking along the French River on Dokis First Nation’s Papase Trail […]

Hiking the Trails at Mississagi Park in a Long Weekend

Helenbar Trail scenery at Mississagi Park.

A few years ago, we went on a paddling and hiking combo trip to Mississagi Provincial Park, which got us really interested in exploring more of the area. So last May long weekend, we spent a few days hiking the trails at Mississagi Park. We chose a romantic backcountry beach campsite based at the northeastern tip of Semiwite […]

Hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail in British Columbia

Mountain and ocean scenery seen on the ferry crossing to Saltery Bay, British Columbia.

While I was backpacking British Columbia, I used CouchSurfing a lot to meet people, join social events, and organize activities. It’s one of the many uses of CouchSurfing! So as I was busy exploring Vancouver, I also planned a trip hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail. A week or two beforehand, our group had met to discuss the trail […]

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