Summer Experiences

Hiking - Ski Vorlage - September 18, 2021

This past Saturday, we visited Wakefield and decided to hike up and down Ski Vorlage. The mountain is part of the Wakefield Trails network (a collection of official hiking and…

Hiking - Wakefield Fairbairn House Trail - September 11, 2021

A beautiful late summer day, it was time to get out and do some exploring and hiking in nature. The valley of Wakefield is actually home to some rather fun…

Mont Gleason - October 12, 2019

A trip out of town to view some fall colours was in order today so Mont Gleason was the destination. It was also a great reason to go take a…

Mont-Sainte Anne - July 20, 2019

While taking the weekend away from the Eastern Townships, visiting family in the Quebec City area, I decided to visit Mont Sainte Anne with the family and ride the gondola.…

Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park At Brookvale - Brookvale, PEI

While I have been off the radar this summer more than usual, this will hopefully make up for it......a little. I just returned home from a week in PEI and…

Hiking - Waterfall and Lauriault Trails - Gatineau Park

It had been 3 years since we last explored these trails. With another hot and summery day upon us, it was time to stay cool by hitting the trails during…

Cycling - Sentier du Parc de la Gatineau

It was a beautiful Sunday morning. Wanting to change things up a bit from our usual weekend routine of kayaking or hiking, we decided to go cycling. As we live…

Kayaking - Lac La Peche

A perfect day out on the lake. Lac La Peche, located about 20 minutes West of Wakefield, is the largest lake in Gatineau Park. It is also possibly the most…

Hiking - Pink Lake Trail - Gatineau Park

The Pink Lake trail is definitely an emerald jewel in Gatineau Park. From its sparkling green water to the many lookout and observation points, this trail has it all.Easily accessible…

Hiking - Parc des Chutes de Denholm

About an hour north of Ottawa is a virtually unknown hiking trail near the town on Denholm. Parc des Chutes de Denholm is located on the Paugan road which connects…

Hiking - Sugarbush Trail - Gatineau Park

The Sugarbush Trail is the perfect trail for those looking for an easy hike through the forest. Absent are any steep hills or natural obstacles, just pure fresh air and…

Hiking - Discovery Trail - Gatineau Park

Finally, the heatwave is over, and we can once again enjoy nature and the outdoors without working up a terrible sweat. Heading out around 10am, we forgot that it was…

Hiking - Mount Royal Park

After having experienced the Mount Royal Park two winters ago with a snowshoeing adventure, it was high time to re-discover it again in the summer. Gone are the many cross-country…

Kayaking - Meech Lake

With the surprise arrival of warm summer-like weather (finally...), the choice was simple, it was a perfect day to break out the kayaks. Living only minutes from Gatineau Park, after…

Hiking - Beaver Trail in the Ottawa Greenbelt

Having visited this trail network in the late winter to snowshoe, we were curious to experience it in the summer without snow. Located in the Stony Swamp area of the…

Algonquin Park - Kiosk Loop - May 17-20th 2018

This year's Victoria Day weekend canoe trip was at the northern end of Algonquin Park. The access point was Kioshkokwi (Kiosk) lake about a 3.5 hour drive from Ottawa along…

Kayaking - Lac La Peche

This visit was to Lac La Peche, known as the largest lake in all of Gatineau Park. If you find Lac Philippe or Meech large, this lake is almost double…

Hiking - Carbide Willson Ruins - Gatineau Park

A beautiful clear Saturday afternoon called for a visit to Gatineau Park to do some hiking. The park is famous for its endless trails and the multitude of choices of…

Kayaking - Lac Meech

Another beautiful day that warranted some kayaking. This time, the destination was Meech Lake in Gatineau Park. Camp Fortune was along the route leading to the lake, making me reflect…

Kayaking - Lac Philippe

Kayaking is such an enjoyable sport. Thanks to the abundance of lakes and rivers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, there is no shortage of places to visit and discover. Kayaking is…