One Year Later: A Short-Lived Adventure on Franklin Island

Crown land camping near Franklin Island in Georgian Bay.

Ear­li­er in the year, Lily and I start­ed flirt­ing with the idea of a major road trip lead­ing up to our fif­teenth anniver­sary. We bought a new car in Jan­u­ary, and the time seemed right to stretch its legs while relax­ing ours. My ini­tial sug­ges­tion was to dri­ve west across Cana­da, then head up through … Read more

Algonquin Adventure: Exploring Tom Thomson Lake During COVID-19 in 2020

Sunset sky and reflections in water on Tom Thomson Lake in Algonquin Park.

A Wel­come Reprieve from COVID Dur­ing the sum­mer 2020 lull in COVID-19, between the ini­tial lock­downs and sub­se­quent waves of infec­tion, Lily and I con­coct­ed a naïve plan for a road trip to the east coast to vis­it the unpro­nounce­able Kouch­i­bouguac Nation­al Park in New Brunswick. We recalled the fond mem­o­ries from our first-ever camp­ing adven­ture on the … Read more

Crown Land Camping near Franklin Island on Georgian Bay

The “plan” Ear­ly in March, Lily and I decid­ed to get a head start on the camp­ing sea­son by book­ing a few camp­sites ear­li­er than usu­al. We reserved a back­coun­try site on Tom Thom­son Lake in Algo­nquin Park for late May and a spot at the Hon­ey­moon Bay camp­ground in Geor­gian Bay Islands Nation­al Park … Read more

Surviving the Bugs in Algonquin Park: A Backcountry Camping Experience in Tom Thomson Lake

A forested island in the middle of Tom Thomson Lake in Algonquin Park, Ontario.

Dur­ing the last week­end in May, Lily and I felt the call of the wild. We dust­ed off our camp­ing gear, packed the car, loaded the canoe, and set our sights on Algo­nquin Park. It had been near­ly three years since our last camp­ing trip, and the antic­i­pa­tion was pal­pa­ble. Our des­ti­na­tion? A seclud­ed back­coun­try … Read more