First time in Temagami! (Temagami – Willow – Trout Streams – Lady Evelyn River – Diamond 5 day trip)

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August 31-September 4 I got the awesome experience of canoetripping in Temagami. They say it’s the roughest portaging in Ontario (or Canada?), and they’re right. I was worried my back rehab wouldn’t have gone as well as it could have, but I was wrong. I’m not sore, and I feel like I could conquer any task. Temagami was definitely the most intense canoe trip I’ve ever been on, and I’d love to go back for years. I’ve included my edited version of the Temagami Jeff’s Map in case you’re interested in our route.

We rented 55 lb canoes from Smoothwater Outfitters and a 60 L plastic canoe barrel from MEC. The canoes were a good weight, but a little fragile. We managed to get a crack at Sharp Rock portage from someone being too rough putting the food barrel in.

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Temagami Route

Route:

  1. Access point 12 (check with the outfitters nearby to see where you should park your car, we had to park an extra 300 m away)
    1. Canoe through Lake Temagami to Napoleon. Portage seems rough at first, but it’s just the first part of the hill
    2. Go through to Sharp Rock Inlet
  2. Paddle north through Diamond lake to Willow Lake and up to Sucker Gut
  3. Sucker Gut to Trout Streams to as far as you can get on Lady Evelyn Smoothwater River without dying
    1. Make sure you have your portaging technique down (boats first so you can load ASAP) and have ropes ready for some walk-throughs
  4. “Two-miler” portage is rough, to Diamond Lake, to Sharp Rock Inlet
  5. Canoe home!

 

Thursday we only had about 3 hours of work which was nice. We arrived at Smoothwater at 10, loaded up, and were on water by 12. Napoleon’s portage seemed hard at first, but it wasn’t actually. Thursday was very cold. We put all 5 people + 1 dog in the 4 person tent, instead of Nic and I using our own 2 person. Good decision.

 

Friday morning was very cold, just like the night. We paddled about 25 km on Friday and had beautiful weather. We were nervous for our first falls, but turns out Lady Evelyn Falls are a tiny step, and the actual portage was unnecessary. Just carry it over the rocks!

 

We had a beautiful campsite on Sucker Gut Lake, and I actually went swimming (although I’m screaming in that picture)! S’mores, sunsets, and Bailey’s pair well. We were on the water from 9 to 4 including lunch and portages. It’s crazy to see the distance on the map!

 

Saturday the fog was insane, we weren’t even sure it would be gone in time to paddle out! Trout streams was rough. Jeff’s Map (dirty liar) did not mention the rapids/rocks that we had to walk the canoes through (no visible portage, and we got pretty wet- bring sturdy sandals if you’re pulling your canoe through with ropes!). Frank’s Falls and Helen falls were beautiful! Center Falls were the coolest portage, but very tricky with all the cliff faces. Definitely a great campsite if you don’t mind the noise from the falls. With all the portages in quick succession, we finally made it to the turn south onto Lady Evelyn Smoothwater River at 2 for our lunch.

 

By 5 we decided we were done with all the portaging, so we camped at Bridal Veil Falls. Watch out for the end of the portage, you have to get your canoes down a sheer rock face without breaking them or yourself. We used 4 people to zig-zag them down the fissures. The water was super cold, but a well-needed relief.

Sunday started off beautiful. We anticipated some short portages (again in quick succession) and some drag-throughs, but they ended up being relatively fast. The water was even high enough that we skipped the last rapids and portage before the Two-miler portage.

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The shit-bog

The “two-miler” portage (2.2km) actually ends in another km of a bog. That was rough. I’ll talk more about that in the “Lessons Learned from Temagami” post, or follow along on my Instagram! That took us a full 2 hours with getting stuck in the bog.

Ally and I were a little hysterical by the end, not gonna lie. It was a good break to be able to paddle for longer than 10 minutes on Diamond! We made it back to Deer Island to stay on the site we had eyed-up on Thursday.

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Temagami did not destroy us!

Monday at 4am we got rain. Until about 10am. I couldn’t sleep just thinking about how rough the access road would be. We had a good, fast paddle through the wind, paused for a picture on Lake Temagami, and made it to the outfitters by 11:30.

This was the best canoe trip I’ve ever been on, hands-down. I loved it. I can’t wait to explore Temagami more!

Touring Around Prince Edward County

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July 7-9, Nic and I drove down to Prince Edward County with our friends Ivania and Nick. It was my first time going on a wine tour and being in that area, and we had a lot of fun.

Saturday morning started at Waupoos Winery, which is right on the water. It’s a beautiful location, and they were setting up for a wedding! A wedding there would be so wonderful! We paid $5 each for a quick tour which explained how the wine is made, and then tried 2 whites and 2 reds. For red wines, we tried Red Rabbit 2016 and the Flirty Red. The white wines we tried the honeysuckle 2015, and Marquette 2016. The wines they shared are probably a little too complicated for me: I’m a lover of Rieslings and Gewurtztraminers.

One of our favourite parts of the winery was their petting zoo across the road! We got to pet some adorable baby goats and hung out with some chickens.

The County Cider Company was a quick drive away, up the hill. Again for $5, we got a flight of 4 ciders. Each of them was delicious, and we purchased a 4-pack. We ate our picnic lunch in their field (and got chased off once we were mostly done) instead of eating at their outdoor patio, which smelled delicious. Oops. Next time we’ll have to go to their patio!

They sell the Premium Cider at the LCBO and I”ll have to try it there! County pear is delish, and so are Tortured Path, County Premium, and Feral. We bought blood orange, too, and I’m pumped to try them out. Definitely good ciders.

The Kinsip Distillery (formerly 66 Gillead) was a cool spot. Nic had been there a few weeks before for a bachelor party, and he was adamant we needed to return. He was right. The bartender explained that even though their vodka had wheat in it, the distilling process removes the gluten, so I felt safe taking a taste. I loved their pine-infused vodka, and I look forward to trying it in a ceasar as they suggested! We’ve purchased that. I also really, really love their re-branding-I can’t wait to finish our bottle since he said the new branding for that vodka will be out this summer!

We also checked out the Grange (a disappointment), Hinterland Wineries (their Borealis and Whitecap sparkling wine are delicious), and Norman Hardie, where we purchased their Riesling.

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For our 5a7, we booked in at the Drake Devonshire in Wellington. Check out my review! Supper was on the patio of the Agrarian, which was nice, but we probably wouldn’t repeat it due to weird service interactions and not being able to do necessary substitutions.

I can’t wait to go again next year! I’d love to check out some more, and I’m sure I’ll want to re-purchase some of the items you can’t get in the LCBO yet!

Winnipeg in Spring

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On Wednesday night, Mom, Dad, and I flew into Winnipeg for some time with family and my cousin’s wedding! On Thursday we explored the Forks with my Oma, and had dinner with my Grandma and some other relatives.

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Assiniboine Zoo Conservatory

On Friday we went out to my aunt’s farm to visit with my mom’s family. It was a beautiful day full of sunshine, sprinting after the dog, and lots of babies!

On Saturday, Nic and I took a walk from the Manitoba Legislature down to the Forks. We picked up doughnuts from Oh Doughnuts and Fools and Horses on Broadway. In the afternoon we had lunch with my parents and Grandma, then picked up ice cream. My cousin’s wedding was in the evening.

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Wedding #1 of May!
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Congratulations Trent and Raela!
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Christmastime!

Nic and I had a wonderful second Christmas together. On Christmas Eve we woke up and shared presents, cuddled with Toby (whom we’re bunnysitting) and went for a tea date at Black Squirrel Books. In the evening I had the privilege of singing in the service.

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Christmas Day Nic and I drove out to my parents’ house where we celebrated with them and my brother and sister-in-law. We had lots of fun singing Christmas carols, opening presents, playing games, and exploring in the snow. We even got to see 5 deer running across our path, although the pictures didn’t show much.

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On Boxing day we hosted both our families for games and pizza, then went to see Rogue One. December 27 we had Christmas with Nic’s family, which ended with a rousing game of Boggle as usual!

We had a wonderful Christmas catching up with family and friends, were blessed with great meals and presents, and got to play outside in the beautiful white snow. Merry Christmas to you, and I can’t wait to get to the cottage for New Year’s on Friday!

First Cross-Country Skiing of the Season

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On Thursday, November 24th, we got lots of beautiful, fresh powder in Ottawa. I waited very, very impatiently through class, and Nic coming home from work, for us to go cross-country skiing. We walked to the Rideau River, and then skied along to Vincent Massey Park.

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We definitely got weird looks when we were walking down Bank Street with our skis, but once we got to the path, there were a couple tracks that looked like skis. We’re very lucky to be so close to an easy trail, right by the water.

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Nic and I chose the wrong wax for my skis for the temperature, so I couldn’t move much at first until we scraped it all off. Once we did so,  I could ski much faster.

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I’m looking forward to learning how to photograph at dusk. And in the winter. Not sure which setting this was, so I’m pretty sad.

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It was such a beautiful evening, I can’t wait for more snow to come soon because I’d love to go for longer. That can be my cardio.

Canoe Tripping in Killarney Provincial Park

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Relaxing Thursday night on Carlyle Lake

August 18-21 Nic and I went on a canoe trip with some of our friends from undergrad in Killarney Provincial Park. We had a really great time, and it was a fun bonding experience before we move to Ottawa for me to do grad school. We had some beautifully hot days and also some very rainy points.

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The route we took:

  • Thursday night camped out on Carlyle Lake
  • Canoed and portaged from Carlyle lake through Kakakise Lake, and into Norway where we had our lunch. Then canoed through Killarney, and Freeland into George lake where we stayed.
  • Saturday we skipped a long portage by jumping a couple beaver dams in Kakakise Creek to stay on Kakakise Lake
  • Sunday morning we portaged and canoed through back to Carlyle Lake

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The morning sun on Carlyle
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Norway Lake

Friday we had a few portages in a row, all over 1 km. We manged to do every one in only one trip- everyone took a pack and traded off soloing the canoe on top of that. I was very proud of how hardcore everyone was 🙂

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Heading to lunch on Norway Lake

I was so pleased with how beautiful Killarney was-so gorgeous with those cliffs and rocks.

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Navigating a beaver dam on Kakakise Creek

We skipped a long portage by canoeing through the creek. The water was just barely high enough because of two beaver dams. Luckily James knew what he was doing, so we all jumped them without issue.

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The Crack hike off of Kakakise Lake
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Cooking dinner with Chrissy on Kakakise Lake
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Finished!

I can’t wait for next year’s trip!

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July Favourites

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July was probably my favourite month of 2016 because I had such an awesome time. We got to go camping, to the cottage, back to Ottawa, we found our apartment in Ottawa, and I discovered some fun new things.

I started using my journal way more frequently, as a quasi-bullet journal. Technically those are also your agenda, but I want to keep my beautiful new Moleskine (yes, back in a Moleskine, my Ban.Do was wayyy too huge to take in my bag for grad school) as an agenda. In a few weeks I’ll probably post specifics about my bullet journaling, but for now, I use my journal as a habit tracker (that colourful page shown there with the graph-certain tasks I want to be encouraged to do), my editorial calendar for blogging and Instagram, monthly goals, money tracker, my daily gratitude notes (which is technically just a regular journal entry), and fun things like Passion Themed Life’s doodle challenge. I coordinate between my journal and agenda with a new colour for each day to track completed tasks.

Sally Hansen “No Hard Feelings” is my newest favourite nail polish colour. I found it at Dollarama, so obviously got it for super cheap. Yes.

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Obviously one of my July favourites has to be the time Nic and I spent at the cottage. I hadn’t been since the September long weekend, so that was pretty hard on me. We had a wonderful time, and I can’t wait until August when we’re going back again!

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I love Stiegl radlers- they’re so refreshing in the summer.

There’s a super cool documentary on Netflix-“Fittest on Earth,” which is about the 2015 Reebok Crossfit Games. Nic and I loved watching the movie, and then got obsessed with watching all the lead-up to the 2016 games, and then streamed the games last weekend on YouTube. I’ve never been interested in doing a crossfit workout, but the Games are insane. Those athletes are so talented! Check out their youtube channel and cheer along the athletes!

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Obviously I’m obsessed with my thrifted Tevas. Or, rather, someone lost them at camp 4 years ago and never claimed them, so I took them. I do have to reapply glue between the layers to keep them functional, but I feel so old-school hippie with them on.

Nic and I leased our apartment in Ottawa! I’m pretty stoked! It’s a two bedroom, so we’ll have space to host people, have an office, and a fitness room. Can’t wait to share our new place with you!

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Follow the beaver!

We also had a great weekend camping at Silent Lake Provincial Park with my family.