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WIN The Great Canadian Boreal Forest Adventure with Ray Mears
Over the past two decades, the name Ray Mears has become recognized throughout the world as an authority on the subjects of Bushcraft and Wilderness Survival.  He has also become a household name though his various television series including Tracks, World of Survival, Trips Money Can’t Buy, and many more. Ray has been a lover of Ontario’s pristine wilderness for many years. Last September, Ray travelled to Wabakimi Provincial Park, embarking on a seven day adventure…
Whitewater kayaking on the Madawaska River
Note:  The Planet D, world-renowned travel bloggers, spent the summer of 2014 exploring Ontario. This blog captures their experience learning to whitewater kayak at the Madawaska Kanu Centre.  It was originally posted on June 26th, 2014 on If you’ve been following along the past few weeks, you’ll know that Dave and I are doing some pretty extraordinary adventures in Ontario, Canada. Who knew that some of our most challenging and exciting adventures to date…
Up close and personal with the Woodland Caribou of the Slate Islands
Note:  The Planet D, world-renowned travel bloggers, spent the summer of 2014 exploring Ontario. This blog captures their experience kayaking the Slate Islands. It was originally posted on August 3rd, 2014 on We didn’t realize that woodland caribou existed in Ontario before we started planning our trip to the Slate Islands off the North Shore of Lake Superior. We also didn’t realize that there was a difference between the caribou that we all know…
A 2015 Must-Do Adventure: Dog Sledding in Ontario
There are many excellent dogsledding outfitters to choose from in Ontario. They are passionate about their dogs and the natural world. It is not just a job, it's their way of life! They offer trips ranging from one hour to ten days. Don't worry if you have never tried it; the outfitters will teach you the basics and introduce you to one of the finest ways to enjoy a winter day.   You can also try…
ADVENTURE IS FOR EVERYONE - Be Inspired at The Outdoor Adventure Show
See it! Do it! Live it! Come to Canada’s largest Outdoor Adventure Show, February 20th to 22nd 2015 at the International Centre in Mississauga and bring a friend for FREE.   Click here to print the Free 2 for 1 coupon   This year, do something extraordinary!  Go dogsledding, explore an UNESCO world biosphere, paddle the largest freshwater lake in the world, escape with a fly-in wilderness adventure, try whitewater rafting, hike the Pukaskwa National Park…
Yurt at Windy Lake Provincial Park
Yurt, RV or Tent Camping?  Winter in Ontario Parks creates the opportunity for many fun activities. Nothing is better than a warm place to crash after spending the day outside snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating or tubing. Ontario Parks’ campers are familiar with the variety of summer accommodations that are available, but surprisingly, there are several winter options to spend a night camping in the winter.      Welcome to the yurt. These eight-sided tents, mounted on…
2014 Kearney Dog Sled Race
If we haven’t quite convinced you to jump on the runners and give dogsledding a try first hand in our A Must Do Adventure - Dogsledding blog (with a complete list of outfitters), there are more passive ways to still enjoy the world of sled dogs! Ontario is host to about several dogsled races in January, February and March. The races vary in length from short 100 meter runs for little children on miniature dogsleds with their favourite…
Great Grey Owl
Winter is a great time of year to photograph wildlife in Ontario.  Some of the very best days I’ve ever spent photographing birds and animals have been here in Ontario during winter.  One of the challenges of photographing winter wildlife is finding animals. It helps to be a nature geek – the more you know about the subjects you want to photograph, the better chance you’ll have of finding them! The good thing is there…
Sliding at Laurentian Ski Hill
Hit the Slopes in Northern Ontario, Canada Ontario's pristine winter conditions provide the perfect playground for beginning or experienced snow enthusiasts. Test your tricks in half pipes. If you can't get enough of the white stuff, Ontario is your winter paradise! Our welcoming ski resorts and lodges make for a perfect winter adventure. Antoine Mountain - Reopening in 2014/2015 Antoine Mountain's chalet sits nestled at the base of one of Ontario's highest mountains, located in…
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Adventures in Ontario, Canada
Snow Adventures in Ontario's Winter Wonderland!  Ontario's snow-covered landscapes offer some of the best cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking trails around. Explore thousands of acres of unspoiled wilderness with just the calming sound of snow crunching beneath your feet. Pack a picnic and hit your stride in hundreds of snow-laden parks or conservation areas. And don't forget, Ontario's lodges and resorts also offer unique opportunities to combine an exploration of our province's vast number…
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    Dog-friendly Vacations In Ontario
    "If you're like me and love travelling with your dog, you need to check out  Nature's Harmony Ecolodge in Mattawa.   They have really nice pet-friendly cabins and allow dogs on their cross-country ski, snowshoe and kicksled trails.  I can't wait to go back and hike and bike there this…
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    Camping in Summer - Dogsledding in Winter
    "Dogsledding is a quintessential Canadian experience. I enjoyed it so much that I want my extended family to experience it. We are planning a trip for 14 for the next snowfall! Even in winter, we can take our kids out of the city into nature and adventure. Yes, camping in…
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  • These Aren't Your Granddad's Snowshoes!
    These Aren't Your Granddad's Snowshoes!
    These aren't snowshoes...snowshoes are those big, clunky, wooden tennis racquet thingies you strap to your feet. That's a common reaction we get when people see today's modern version of snowshoes, all sleek and shiny and metallic looking. Strapping them on gives a whole new perspective for anyone who is familiar…
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  • Cold Nights, Fast Trails
    Cold Nights, Fast Trails
    Editors Note:  Published February 11, 2013  Minus 35 degrees Centigrade this morning, good thing it is not cold! But I will plug the dogs in anyway. Speaking of the cold, I always find it interesting how it is only local people that will want to cancel if it is cold;…
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