I am continuing with my personal A-Z of Canada and this time – C is for camping in Canisbay Lake
One of the things we love about Canada the most is the vast, beautiful wilderness. Opportunities to go camping are abundant in every type of environment whether it is beaches, lakes, mountains or forests. On the long weekend last week we packed up the truck and headed 3 hours north to Algonquin Provincial Park. Something I should point out is that to Canadians camping is an Rv/Motorhome or Trailer/Caravan. When I say camping (which they call tenting!) I mean under canvas.
This was the first sight that greeted us at the entrance to the campground and I admit it freaked me out a bit. :-0
Although there were bear sightings close by we didn’t see any although we did see moose which I was really excited about.
Algonquin attracts over 250,000 visitors every year the vast majority of which are here for the camping, canoeing and hiking.
Unlike most UK campsites that are usually just a big field, Canadian campsites are often in forests with each site having it’s own little clearing complete with a fire pit.
One of my favourite parts of camping is sitting around the fire during the evening with a glass of wine while the kids toast marshmallows.
Another great thing about camping in Provincial or National parks is the hiking opportunities. Hiking trails are marked and advertised so you can get out right into the wilderness and see sights like these.
The Teen and the Tween also enjoyed themselves despite two days with no phone signal or internet access!
This summer we are planning more camping trips to get out and enjoy this stunning country we live in.
I had a real ‘magic moment’ last Saturday while we were camping in the Canadian wilderness, Algonquin Provincial Park. We had researched the area before we went and I was excited to discover that May is the best time of year for Moose Viewing. I had never seen a moose in the flesh before we came to Canada and despite many visits all over the country into mountains and parks we had never been lucky enough come across them. We have a couple in the Toronto Zoo but it’s just not the same as seeing them in the wild. One of the many things I love about Canada is the variety of huge animals that live here.
So we were out and about travelling through the park with our eyes scouring the forest to each side of us trying to spot wildlife and suddenly there right by the road in front of us was a young moose, she bolted back into the forest edge and stood there for just a few seconds before running off. My cousin-in-law turned to me with a smug look on her face and said ‘there, you wanted moose I gave you moose, happy?’ She rolled her eyes when I replied that it was lovely to see one but now I want a photo! We jumped back in the car and just a few minutes later we managed to spot this Moosive (sorry I couldn’t resist! 😉 ) bull moose grazing, he must have been 6 feet to his shoulders. He was totally unperturbed by us jumping out of the cars and watching him and stood there happily munching on some grass.
So that’s my magic Moment this week. I ‘m not high maintenance, I don’t need diamonds or pearls just give me a close encounter with a moose and I’m a happy camper! 😀
For a while, here in the blogosphere, bloggers have being embarking on a personal A-Z of whatever subject their blog is about, it was started by Julie Dawn Fox a couple of years ago and is now used by people like me to share their story and their experiences in the place they choose to call home. I have been inspired by Emily at Skippy or Bullwinkle and Aisha at Expatlogue to join in with my own version, so here is the start of my A-Z of Canada
To begin with … A is for Animals
Coming from the south east of England the biggest wild animal I ever saw was a fox. In complete contrast Canada has a vast range of wild animals and it fascinates me to see huge creatures roaming free. Here is a very small collection of the photos I have taken of our immense Canadian wildlife:
Big Horn Sheep in Banff, Alberta
Elk in Banff, Alberta
Impressive hey? Of course a couple of these picture were taken in the Zoo because it’s far too dangerous to get that close to them and also because they live in a part of Canada I haven’t visited… yet. Nevertheless they are out there roaming around in the same country as I do, it blows my mind. As we begin to explore further afield I hope to be able to encounter some of these animals in the wild, next month when we go camping ‘up north’ it’s apparently the ideal time to see Moose and black bears so hopefully I’ll have some new photos to add to my collection.
This is just a snippet of the large animals that share the same parcel of land as me, the midsize animals like wolves, coyote and linx are in abundance too. Smaller animals like raccoons, opossum, beavers and chipmunks are all regular visitors to my garden and they will be featured in a later post. I consider myself truly blessed that I can call this country home and that I can stand out on my deck any night of the week and see an amazing array of birds and animals pass through my garden. I simply love where I live 😀