New French River Trails Should Post Usage Rules, Safety Guidelines

Pioneer Trail, one location where usage and safety rules should be posted, first leads to this spot on Lac Clair.

We’ve lately had the pleasure of taking a lovely walk to some of French River’s beauty spots on the new multi-use trail system, stopping off Mayer Road in Noëlville to access the Lac Barbotte Lookout via Pioneer Trail. While the scenery was inspiring, colourful leaves set against a clean blue autumn sky, our enjoyment of this peaceful setting […]

Les écrits d’Aurélien Dupuis | Writings of Aurélien Dupuis

Julien, une biographie romantisée par Aurélien Dupuis.

(English version follows) Voici que j’écris mon premier article en français depuis très longtemps. Quoique je sois plus à l’aise de rédiger en anglais, j’aborde à l’instant un sujet mieux discuté dans ma langue maternelle. Mon grand-oncle Aurélien Dupuis, un homme de grandes réalisations, ouvert d’esprit et passionné de la nature, m’a récemment fait parvenir une boîte de […]

Country In The Woods Music Festival Tickets Giveaway!

Country In the Woods Music Festival poster

It’s going to be hot in Parry Sound next week! Country In The Woods Music Festival is hosting a superb 100% Canadian line-up from July 26th to 28th at the Foley Fairgrounds, including performances by Gil Grand, Doc Walker, Jason McCoy, Larry Berrio, and 15 other great country music acts! And if it’s the full country experience you’re […]

56+ Things To Do in French River and Lake Nipissing Areas

A small gushing waterfall with historical significance in French River Provincial Park

Whether you’ve been coming here for years or whether you’re visiting for the first time, chances are there’s something you didn’t know about. In no particular order, and by no means an exhaustive list, here are some ideas for your next French River and Lake Nipissing vacation. Take your pick from these 56+ ideas for things to do […]


French River Area Outdoor Summer Events

French River area outdoor summer events include the Dokis First Nation Powwow, where this wood-carved eagle was seen.

With all the tempting French River area outdoor summer events going on all the time, it can be tough deciding what to do on a summer weekend, especially if you’re like me and want to do it all. How to choose between the plethora of activities and events happening in the area and our usual backcountry trip? Well, […]

Outdoor Recreation in the French River and Lake Nipissing Area

Rocky shoreline of winding waters at Grundy Lake Provincial Park.

There really is quite a lot to do around here, but it’s not always evident. Sure, there are the usual tourist attractions, like the lodges that offer boat rentals and access to fishing to their guests. But there are also inexpensive adventures for the independent explorer. By no means an exhaustive list, here are a few of my […]

Visiting Mashkinonje Provincial Park: A Guide [with Photos]

A view of the Lapin Beach bay while visiting Mashkinonje Provincial Park.

[Mass-kin-onj] People who spend time within the boundaries of Mashkinonje are very lucky to have beautiful, natural, well-maintained trails to hike. And unlike regular operating parks, visiting Mashkinonje Provincial Park is free. With about 35 kmkilometres of hiking and snowshoeing trails in various loops, a canoe route, barrier-free access, two beaches, and an observation tower, visiting Mashkinonje Provincial […]

Land of the Voyageurs Rubber Boots Festival

Rubber Boots Festival logo: A green cartoon rubber boot with its tongue hanging out, its eyebrows raised, and a red maple leaf-shaped tuft of hair.

As an organizer of the Land of the Voyageurs Rubber Boots Festival for two consecutive years, I certainly had my hands full! Of course I had a blast at both events, and I gained some valuable experience along the way. Here is an interview I did to help promote the Rubber Boots Festival this year: Rubber Boots Signify […]

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