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11 Aug, 2022

Family camping 2022: Chutes Provincial Park

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I enjoyed camping with the kids when they were small. We built many sandcastles and collected many frogs over the years, but there’s something special about camping with kids when they turn into Young Adults. They are there to lend a hand during a hike, rub your shoulders when they’re sore, and share a beverage and conversation […]

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 […]

25 Jul, 2017

Camping questions and answers

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I write about our camping adventures every year, and every year I have the same problem: how much detail should I provide? On one hand, the details are good to recount for me and my family (i.e. blog as scrapbook) but can be a bit long for casual readers. I will try to find a […]

25 Jul, 2017

Camping at Bon Echo Provincial Park, part 1

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

We arrived later than we had intended on Sunday, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It meant that we only waited 30 minutes for the rain to stop instead of 60+. I love camping, but bad weather – especially given the amount of rain we’ve had these few couple of months – […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human offspring: Emma (23) and Sarah (21). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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