|A quiet road in Pancake Bay Provincial Park|
After 3 months of silence, the @OntarioParks Twitter account suddenly sprang to life yesterday. My feed was filled with tweets like:
Most Ontario provincial parks are open this weekend. Get out and enjoy them with family and friends.
Adventurous? Go hiking or canoeing in an Ontario provincial park this weekend.
Pack up your tent and get out to a provincial park this weekend.
|Chillin' at Awenda PP|
Awenda is probably the closest park we would consider spending the weekend at - it's under 2 hours' drive, near Midland, Ontario. The problem with the short-drive parks (from Toronto) is I find they tend to be full of noisy and rude people who treat them like a private cottage or trailer park. We prefer to make the longer drive to at least the edge of the Canadian Shield - north of Parry Sound - and try to book a day on either side of the weekend to help with the traffic issues there and back. Grundy Lake is a favourite of mine, very near the gorgeous French River.
|Sarah standing in beautiful Lake Superior|
And that lake - oh my, that lake. The north shore of Superior is one of my favourite drives in the country, rivaling the Laurentian Autoroute and even Cape Breton. A nice bonus to staying for a few days at Pancake Bay is the opportunity to drive part of that stretch over and over again. The park's proximity to the Soo is also in its favour. We especially like the Canadian Bushplane Museum there.
|Tranquil Sandbar Lake|
Well, this post certainly hasn't done anything to take away the "itch". Here's hoping for some terrific camping weather this summer so we can get away as often as possible!