Family/Lifestyle Updates

Algonquin Park | Summer 2016

July 2, 2016

Hi friends and a great big Happy Canada Day. Okay I am posting the day after but since it is a long weekend we have turned it into Canada Day Long Weekend. The world is just a better place with Canada in it and we are a set of mighty proud Canadians in this family.

This morning we woke up and decided to leave the mess of the house, to go and instead create a memory. I have been following a friend from high school over various social media platforms, she has a great blog Millennial Mama where she shares a glimpse into the spectacular adventures of her journey through motherhood. Their family loves the outdoors and seems to enjoy Muskoka/surrounding area to the max. I took her lead/enthusiasm and we set out on our own adventure to Algonquin Park.

Algonquin Park is one of the most famous national parks in Canada. It is probably best known around the world for the beautiful coloured leaves in the fall, millions of people have visited and we are blessed to live close by. To me the park holds many childhood memories as a loved yearly (or more often) destination to visit. Driving through the park I remembered the numerous visits my grandparents took my brother and I on, with various family members and friends. Swimming at the beaches, picnics, camping, canoeing, hiking, biking, visiting the sites and watching wildlife. I have been so often it is almost just apart of who I am, I didn’t think about the fact that my kids had yet to see it – to learn about it, and create their own memories there.

We left later in the morning and arrived at the park around noon. We quickly stopped to get our permit before heading on our way to the destination spot we planned. I had forgotten the trail I wanted to visit was at the very end of the park – kilometer 54! But that was okay, it gave me time to tell Joel all the stories and memories I had of various beaches, lakes, and campsites we stayed at.

We grabbed a guide (stocked full of history/information), but after not really looking at it throughout the trail we put it back at the beginning when we were done. We also skipped the 14 minute long movie at the beginning due to the kids excitement to get started.

One aspect I liked about this trail are the destinations to take in, or even explore throughout the forest. Extremely family friendly, but with solid information and bits of history tucked in along the way it keeps all ages learning and experiencing the trail to the fullest.

For awhile these two were content viewing from the stroller. But of course not too long and curiosity mixed with a strong need to explore got these guys up out of their seats. I can’t blame them it was a lovely day for a walk. They were troopers, no matter how many tumbles they took – up and walking they would carry on.

Every station was surrounded with natural habitat, a perfect backdrop for pictures. It was so nice to take in the scenic walking trail, maybe something I missed as a child – much like my own, at the time I was focused on “the next thing” and what more there was to see around the corner. As an adult I appreciate the beauty of the area we call “home” – truly stunning.

Annaliese thought this would be a nice picture of her with the waterfall in the background. She was intent on being sure I documented the entire trail. Happy to pose for or envision a great shot.

So many beautiful wild flowers along the way. Don’t worry he didn’t pick too many just a couple to enjoy as we walked along. I love to walk with them, they see so much from their level we may miss if we don’t look down!

They have added quite a few log cabins since the last time I was there. Many are filled with various historical logging tools to observe and learn about. The kids had fun exploring each building and seeing what was inside.

We had a really great time and it was well worth the 17$ day permit for the fun trip and walk along the trail. I am sure we could have spent more time learning and reading each thing, but that will come as the kids grow. Since we are close we can always go again to enjoy a second, third, or even forth time!

On our way home we stopped at the Dwight Trading Post. I don’t know if my Grandparents thought it was the closest “First Nations” thing they could take my brother and I to, or if it was a long time family tradition. But we always stopped at this trading post and usually had a sweet ice cream treat! Today was no exception to the tradition! We did not wander through the shop, instead had a swing on the swing set, and took a break from the car seats with some yummy ice cream.

I hope you had a great long weekend as well! Are there places near you that people come to visit but you no longer think twice about? Or fun activities your family has done near where you live? Often I forget I live in a great area with lots to do around our home, hopefully this summer will be filled with day trips just like this one! Thanks for coming along with us.

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  1. I can’t think of a better or more Canadian way to spend the holiday weekend, Duffield Family! Amy, I’m so honored that you mentioned me and that our adventures inspired you to make your own — especially when just getting out the door with six would be its own adventure! The photographic tour was beautiful and perfectly balanced with shots of your kids and the scenery. Great post!

    1. Thank You! You truly have inspired me to get outside and try to experience the woRd around us. Maybe we can’t do an overnight canoeing trip quite yet, but you make the seemingly impossible look worth it and enjoyable. Thanks for reading and keep sharing!

  2. This is the last trip we took with our precious Dave 2 weeks before he passed away. It holds a very special place in my heart. Great place to make memories with the ones you love. We loved all the great pictures. Thanks for sharing. You are awesome parents. The kids are beyond adorable. Oxox

    1. What a great place to have a special memory. I remember many a time running the trail with Adam and Christopher, good times.
      To think of a good friend along the trail would make it a happy place to connect! Thanks for sharing.

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