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 […]

Landscapes of the Killarney Area

Landscapes of the Killarney Area: Scenery from Local Hiking Trails

If you’ve been following JourNiackery for a while, then you know how much I love the Killarney area. Just maybe, it’s even possible that you started following JourNiackery because of my Killarney articles! And perhaps there are a few of my photos that have stayed with you along the way. Well, now for a limited time only, I’m […]

Day Hike on the Manitoulin Shoreline at Misery Bay

A bench overlooking Misery Bay sits on a stretch of coastal alvar pavement.

There are several good hiking opportunities on Manitoulin Island, though Misery Bay is the only operating provincial park on the island. Even so, it’s unique in that it’s not staffed. Instead, it’s run by volunteers. Because Misery Bay Provincial Park is operated by its Friends organization, entry fees are also lower than at other parks. At $2 per […]

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 […]

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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, […]

See More of the Agawa Area on These 2 Lake Superior Hikes

View of the Agawa River from Agawa Falls.

Famous for its Agawa Rock pictographs, Lake Superior Provincial Park is home to many trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels. From the easy 2km-kilometre-long Crescent Lake Trail to the very demanding 65km-kilometre-long Coastal Trail, there’s something for every type of hiker. I’d been dying to see the park, so at the end of last summer, fed up […]

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. […]

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. […]

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