Oh Canada! Hello from Ohio!
June 29th marked the start of the Canada Day long weekend, and Saturday morning, after the usual hassle and trouble involved in fitting many things into a single car, we were off to Killbear Provincial Park, near Parry Sound.
The weather forecasted some light rain, but nothing like the torrential downpours (or in the case of that time at Bon Echo – a hurricane) we’ve become accustomed to. After a three hour drive, we pulled into the park and to our campground at Lighthouse Point. We were right next to the boat launch, which afforded us with a lovely waterfront view.
These sorts of things are always hugely social for us – after setting up the tent (my sister and I are old hands at this now and our dad just got back from China the day before, holy jetlag) it was food galore. Including, much to my delight, beer and mahua that some wonderfully talented individual had made.
While Killbear doesn’t offer much in the way of hiking, after lunch, we gathered up all the young people (and one intrepid mom) and headed down to do the “Shoreline Clamber”…in other words, a two hour walk along the rocky shore back to Lighthouse Point where we were staying. Fun and gorgeous, it was definitely worth every moment (almost).
(Unfortunately, the rocks were crawling with spiders. I’m arachnophobia, although it’s gotten a lot better, but… Panic attacks, by the way, are not funny.)
We were back well in time for dinner, and after a usual mix of the expected barbecue and an eclectic spread of Chinese food, we curled up around the campfire…at least until 9, when the park was giving a talk on wolf and wolf behaviour. I’ve always loved wolves, but my little brother took some convincing to go listen in. Apparently the role of omega wolves is far greater than they originally realised, and wolves react based on facial expressions??? Two things I did not know! Considering my little bro spent the rest of the evening howling and making angry wolf faces, I’d surmise he learned a few things too.
Sunday was spent largely on the water. We rented a canoe from the Detour Store for 20$ for the day, and set out first to Raby Lake, a small, calm lake where other members of our group were fishing. It was a great place to teach our little bro how to canoe – by the end of the hour, he was managing a serviceable J-stroke. Not bad for a 10 year old!
But the key point of the day wasn’t a calm little lake – we loaded up the canoe and headed back to the Provincial Park, and paddled down the coast of the park back to Lighthouse Point. Of course, no trip is complete without a snack and a nap, and this time, we pulled up on an island rock partway through. Sun warmed rock and cool waves lapping up around you – ideal nap conditions.
It was a great day for paddling – calm winds, overcast, not too chilly, and not too warm. But wow, what an appetite we worked up? Good thing there was tons of food waiting back at the campsite. Including kimchi???? And korean barbecue? (In pita bread, but…)
We spent the evening around the campfire, telling five minute mysteries until I succumbed to the warmth of the fire and the sleepiness of the evening…and tucked myself in just before midnight.
Day three, we packed up the tent and then headed to Lookout Point trail. This is all I got from it:
jk. Let’s just say we got to the lookout, and I promptly went to look for a nap rock. Believer of cats and naps, that’s me.
Our weekend at Killbear wrapped up beautifully. We’ve made our way to almost every provincial park within a five hour driving distance from Toronto now, and Killbear definitely is among the top of the list.
Alright, my little bro’ll be fencing tomorrow, so good night for now!