Algonquin Park, Ontario
3 hours 11 minutes
Photo via @cehuynh
Because you don’t get a 4.7/5 @tripadvisor rating being some mediocre picnic-tables-and-pine-trees park. Algonquin is the ice queen of Ontarian winter weekends - and the inspiration for Gillian Flynn thriller Gonq Girl* for a reason. Stumble a couple metres off-trail and you’ll feel like Rihanna (read: the only girl in the world). If you didn’t book out your Mew Lake yurt months ago, chances are you’re out of luck. But you can still grab an overnight camping permit if, you know, you’re cold-blooded and/or want to push your @mec sleeping bag to the test. #escapetoronto *unconfirmed.
I’m pretty lucky! I found a woman who loves the outdoors as much as I do. We hike together, explore, camp, sleep in the car, get up early, stay up late, shoot weddings, travel, canoe, and enjoy good food. She loves me for all that am and I am grateful. Here she is hiking Spruce Bog In Algonquin Park. #algonquin#algonquinpark#exploremore#wildernessculture @wilderness_culture @ontarioparks #hikevibes
Discover the stunning beauty of Canadian winter and explore the wondrous Algonquin Park, just an hour away from the Cooperage House.
The deep snow that blankets the park creates a variety of trails, opening up the opportunity to spot some of the wildlife that live within the park. Click the link in our bio to learn more about winter at Algonquin and in Haliburton ⬆️
We have a lot in common with trees. We are each masterpieces and works in progress all at the same time.
Favourite hiking partners
this past weekend was extremely busy from all the unpacking done in the new house, so we made a quick trip to Algonquin to unwind a bit ❄️
This girl is the moose who bed down in front of me. To continue that story (from last week's images)... The calf heard a noise in the woods and the three made their way back into the shelter of the forest. The calf and his mum went one way and this cow went the other. They didn't move quickly; they just casually carried on. On my way back to my car, I stopped to share my encounter with a gentleman who could only see the calf from his vantage point. After that, I carried on. When I got to the road, there she was... right in the middle! As you can see, she's not in a good spot to be sauntering along. I immediately started shouting at her, but she didn't budge. A truck was coming up behind me, so I started waving my arms - as much to alert the truck as to scare her off the road. But she just blinked at me with doe-like eyes. Then I heard a car coming around the corner behind her. After frantically yelling and waving my arms, she decided it was time to move on. No people nor animals were harmed - phew! So please take this as a friendly reminder to SLOW DOWN. PLEASE! I have seen far too many people speed through the park as if its residents were barred from the road. Spring is typically the season with the highest moose mortality due to vehicle collision because they are drinking the salty water on the roadside. There's a significant increase in traffic at that time, too. Unfortunately, this winter so far has seen moose hit and killed in numbers more typical of spring. Moose stand 5-6.5 feet at the shoulder and weigh well over 1,000 lbs. Driving cautiously isn't only about saving their lives, it's also about saving yours. The story will continue next Monday! What a journey I've had with this beautiful moose!! 💕