If a tree falls….twice Part two

We spent three days camping,hiking,exploring on Biggar Lake.     We attempted to make it to the portage just north of our site but our efforts were thwarted by a very well constructed beaver damn. So we turned our boat around and made our way to Birchcliffe Creek to see if we could find the campsite which was half way down it.     As you can see from some of the photos the trek down creek was no easy matter.  Six beaver dams, a couple of log jams and a lot… Read More

If a tree falls…..twice? Part One

On Wednesday October 9th we began our second annual fall paddle. Starting off in Cambridge Ontario, Peter and myself loaded the truck and headed off to Barrie to pick up the other member of our team,Andy. A few short hours later we were picking up our permits on Kaywawaymog. I had read there was a local outfitter who would let us park for a fee (20$),Cutting off about half of the lake. We arrived at Northern Wilderness Outfitters parked and were on our way by about 8:45 am. A quick paddle along… Read More

Another Food Review – Natural High Products

…fresh pan fried Bannock… On our trip in August we thought we would review some of Natural High’s products. we chose them because they were the lowest in sodium. One of our favorite meals on the trip was Natural High’s country beef stew. The meal comes with separate mashed potatoes. The sauce and general taste was gentle and satisfying and this was a group favorite for sure. We added fresh onions, sweet peppers and mushrooms to it. Awesome meal! 4.5/5 was our overall group rating. Our first meal was the Kung Pao… Read More

Clydegale Lake Trip 2013

A few weeks ago we once again packed our bags and headed into Algonquin Park. This trip was to be a “fishing trip” so we opted for a shorter than normal route. We paddled out of Rock Lake, through Penn Lake and made our camp in Clydegale Lake.   We camped on an island which is marked as site “6”, or the furthest southern campsite. The site was great! Plenty of shelter from rain and wind. Lots of firewood,a couple great spots to fish from shore and a very tame red squirrel… Read More

Grand River Photo Blog

I had the pleasure of taking a four and  half hour paddle down the Grand River last weekend. My daughter, wife and myself in our boat and my father,mother and a very excitable mutt named Jake in their boat joined us on this trip. We put in at just north of Bridgeport in Kitchener and took out at Freeport in Kitchener. Total time paddling was around four hours and as we stopped to have lunch and let Jake “do his business” on an island just past Bingemans. The day started out grey,foggy… Read More

Eramosa River

Quick little photo blog of our paddle down the Eramosa River in Guelph Ontario. We put in near the Scout camp on Stone Road, There is a bridge and a trail there which makes putting in very easy. The paddle took us all the way to the wellington street dam portage. The trip took us about two hours, the paddling is very easy with only a few shallower sections , which I could see being a problem later in the summer. Guelph is our hometown and it was nice to sit back… Read More

I have made fire!

In my early days of outdoors adventuring, I used to take a lot of time trying to light fires with newspaper, or dry leaves, and although fires eventually always got going, some required more cursing and frustration than I would have cared to admit. In my last year of high school, a course on outdoor education was offered, and I gladly took it. It was in this class that I learned a bunch of fire starting techniques that were both cheap and pretty easy to put together. From a simple blob of… Read More