Friday, October 4, 2013

Backcountry Fun - The Massassauga

We had a great summer, but we weren't quite ready to let it go so we planned a backcountry canoe trip for the second weekend of September. Since Connell was teaching on Friday, the earliest we could leave was noon, so we wanted somewhere pretty close. We choose The Massassauga Provincial Park, which is about 3 hours from Kitchener. I had talked to a really helpful parks person, who recommended 3 sites in the park. One was too close to the put in, one was too far (Connell is going to this site this weekend with the guys) but the third was a perfect distance for us. It was a great recommendation, lots of flat rock which is nice for Finian, and a beautiful view of the lake.  

The view from our site.
Our campsite. We used two small tents again. Our new tent is well camouflaged.
It was cold the first evening and night but we knew the sun was coming the next day. It was a beautiful sunny, hot day. Fiacra and Ailbhe again did a lot of exploring on their own, this time with both whistles and bear bells, and a kayak each.

Fiacra and Ailbhe kayaking
Fiacra and Ailbhe exploring on foot
Finian has his own paddle, a birthday gift from friends. He loves being in the canoe, he sits, stands, and kneels in front of me and paddles away. We have been borrowing our friends' canoe, a 17 foot Royalex. We are on the lookout for a similar canoe, hopefully from Kijiji.

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