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10 Aug, 2018

Silent Lake 2018: last post!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

It’s been a busy week! The highlights: I got to fly on a vintage WWII bomber and Mark and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a little staycation. I want to share one last post about this summer’s camping trip to Silent Lake. (You can read part one and two first if you like.) […]

02 Aug, 2018

Silent Lake 2018 part 2: a leisurely Friday

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

Yesterday I wrote about our introduction to walk-in campsites at Silent Lake Provincial Park and our trial-by-fire (or should I say, trial-by-thunderstorm?) arrival. After the deluge we went for a walk down to the beach and were greeted by a rainbow. I took this as a good sign. We ran into another mother-daughter duo who […]

Our campground of choice this year was Silent Lake Provincial Park. This was actually our fourth time visiting Silent Lake. Mark and I went there in the fall of 2005 and we returned as a family in the summer of 2006. We also went the winter and stayed in a yurt (which was totally amazing). […]

I’ve often said that if you want kids to enjoy hiking, it’s a good idea to offer incentives. (Hopefully, they aren’t incentives that involve mobile devices, as per my wee rant in this previous post.) For us, the payoff of a great view is a big one. Or, as Misty commented, a special snack is […]

Part way through our stay at Bon Echo we rented kayaks and went for an explorational paddle. We usually rent a canoe while we’re camping at other sites but Bon Echo is the best provincial park to do it, especially for beginners. Kayak and canoe rental is pretty easy here. Just drop by the area […]


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