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7 Awesome Day Hikes in Banff National Park

Okay, I know this is going to sound cliche, but I’m still not tired of Banff National Park. After four trips I can’t get over how beautiful it is. Winding roads surrounded by sky-high mountains. Snow glistening in the sunlight. Vibrant sunrises behind pointy peaks. And still my Banff bucket list remains infinitely long, as […]

21 Unique Things to do in Iqaluit, Nunavut + The Ultimate Iqaluit Travel Guide

For a city of just 8,000 people, Iqaluit really punches above its weight. When I first moved to Nunavut’s capital city, I was painfully lonely. But once I started making friends and getting out of the house more, I really fell in love with it. I was surprised to find there are a ton of […]

Complete Guide to Hiking the Highland Backpacking Trail in Algonquin

I’ve just come back from three days hiking the Highland Backpacking Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park. Oh man, did this trail test me to my limits. The Highland is a trail of opposing forces: the campsites are beautiful and peaceful, the trail is rugged and challenging. And this was my first backpacking trip – I’ve […]

Best Shoes for Canoeing: What to Look For and What to Buy

For me, finding the best canoeing shoes was a lot of trial and error. On my first big canoe trip, I remember bringing “waterproof” sandals and a pair of running shoes – eventually both got wet and never truly dried. It wasn’t until my most recent summer guiding that I ~finally~ found my dream system […]

Hiking to McCrae Lake: The Perfect Day Trip from Toronto

Have you heard about the McCrae Lake Conservation Trail? McCrae Lake was the first place I ever camped, and I’d been canoeing there as a camper and camp counsellor between 2005 and 2013 but hadn’t been back in years. So you can imagine my surprise when I learned there is a hike to the lake […]

A Local’s Guide: 10 Best Cafes and Coffee Shops in London Ontario

Having lived in London for the better part of the last 20+ years and having a (moderate to severe) coffee addiction, I’ve put together a list of my favourite cafes and coffees shops in London Ontario (the lesser-known London). So sit back & relax at home, brew yourself a cup of (mediocre coffee), get inspired […]

My First Trip as a Canoe Guide: Lost Gear, Death Threats and More

“Matt, help! HEEEAAALP! I am on the ground! I am stuck!” As Matt, my co-guide, made his way toward me, I was of two minds. First, I was conflicted because part of me was having an out-of-body experience and could clearly see the situation from an outsider’s perspective. And the situation was pretty funny. But […]

Backcountry Camping in Ontario is Open: 13 Things You Need to Know

Last Updated: June 29, 2020 On Saturday, May 30th Ontario Parks announced it would open backcountry camping in specific parks starting June 1st. While is in undoubtedly exciting, there are a few important pieces of information to know. This is especially important if you are new to backcountry camping. Note: I’m sorry if this post […]

21 Creative & Practical Gift Ideas for Hikers and Campers (2020)

Normally I don’t like gift guides because a lot of the suggestions feel either impersonal, totally impractical and gimmicky, or I can tell it’s just a website trying to cash in on some affiliate sales at Christmas time. But recently my boyfriend asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and as usual I responded […]

Stay Warm & Dry: Comprehensive Guide to Layering Clothing for Hiking

Hi friends, Mikaela here with an incredibly comprehensive guide to layering clothing for hiking. In this post I’ll introduce you to the “layering system”, answer some common questions about types of hiking clothes and materials to layer with, and provide some recommendations on the best base layers, mid-layers and outer layers I’ve experienced. What does […]

Camping in Killarney: A Guide to Ontario’s Most Beautiful Provincial Park

Hey friends! Mikaela here and today I’m sharing one of my favourite parks in all of Canada: Killarney Provincial Park. The scenery is absolutely stunning, and there are several trails and dozens of canoe routes – meaning there are plenty of opportunities for excellent wilderness camping in Killarney. Plus, it’s the perfect distance from Toronto […]

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