Fall is the perfect time to paddle.
As the temperatures cool there are no bugs and the lakes become less crowded. Plus you can catch some of our beautiful fall colours!
But fall weather can be fickle. Hitting the lake too late, failing to respect weather conditions, or paddling beyond your skill level isn’t just risky — it’s downright dangerous.
We chatted with Paul Smith, Superintendent of Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, to get some top do’s and don’ts for fall paddling safety:
Continue reading Fall paddling safety
If you’ve set foot outside this summer, you know that temperatures have been hitting record-highs!
While the heat can mean beautiful beach days, sunset picnics, and other summer adventures, it also brings an increased risk for heat-related emergencies.
Stay safe, cool, and comfortable outside with these six tips:
Continue reading 7 tips to stay cool this summer
We don’t want to discourage kids from finding magic in nature.
But we’re also kind of like the Lorax; we need to speak for the trees (and all the other critters that live in provincial parks).
Continue reading The trouble with stick forts
You’ve just paddled your heart out to get to your campsite. You put on your flannel and grab your axe to prepare your campfire.
Something about being in the wilderness that brings out our inner woodsperson.
We know the feeling.
However, for the preservation of your toes, please read this before you swing that axe!
Continue reading Say “no” to axe-idents
Is the forecast looking a little rainy for your upcoming camping trip?
Don’t let it bring you down! Some of the best memories happen on the rainiest days.
All you need are a few tips and tricks to ensure you’re prepared for inclement weather. Keep these tips in mind even if the forecast calls for sunny skies!
Continue reading How to successfully camp in the rain
We all have fond childhood memories of a crackling campfire. It can be the highlight of a camping trip!
Let’s keep those memories positive by making sure even the littlest members of the family know the ins and outs of fire safety.
Parents: if you and your family are enjoying a campfire during your trip, make sure you follow these safety tips.
Continue reading Campfire safety for the whole family
A lot of planning and preparation goes into a camping trip, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan.
Thunderstorms are common in all parts of Ontario from late April to early October. No one plans for a storm to hit during their camping trip, but it’s important to know what to do if a storm rolls in.
Here’s what you need to know to stay safe, no matter the weather:
Continue reading What to do when a thunderstorm rolls in
You’ve heard about this fantastic new adventure through a friend, route guide, or Instagram. It looks kind of tough, and you’re pretty new to the whole backcountry thing.
Still, you don’t want to miss out, so you decide to go for it.
But as you start planning, there’s a little voice wondering if this is really the best idea.
Listen to that voice.
Continue reading Backcountry basics: know your limits
You’re at the park. You’ve set up your site, and now you can spend the evening relaxing.
You had a long drive, and you are unwinding by talking to your friends and playing music. There’s no harm in that right?
In steps the park warden.
You may be surprised when a park warden stops by your site to ask you to quiet down a little, but their job is to make sure everyone is having a peaceful stay. Loud campers can irritate your neighbours and the wildlife in the park.
Here are five noisy habits to avoid on your next visit to the park.
Continue reading Keep it down: a quiet camper is a respectful one
So goes the easy-to-remember rhyme that’s supposed to help you identify the infamous Poison Ivy plant.
Touching Poison Ivy can result in extraordinarily unpleasant itchy blisters. So identifying this species is an important outdoor skill.
While memorable, the popular rhyme is short on details.
Should you avoid every plant with three leaves? What if it doesn’t have white berries? What should you do if you think you’ve touched it?
If you’re heading into nature and wish to return home itch-free, you’ve come across the right blog!
Continue reading “Leaves of three, let it be. Berries white, take flight.”