This past Saturday I grabbed the kids and headed over to the Outdoor Adventure Show here in Toronto. What an inspiring day!
Our first stop was to watch a presentation by Lyn Elliott on the Top Ten Adventures in Ontario’s National Parks. Loved it! While I proudly thought to myself, “done that, done that”, there were a number of things that have been added to my “must do” list…namely visiting the St. Lawrence Islands National Park. The kids took one look at the new oTENTik accommodations that are being offered and their eyes lit up. If you haven’t seen one, picture a soft sided rustic cabin. Truth be told, after our amazing trip to Georgian Bay Islands last year and the cozy cabin we stayed in there, it wasn’t a hard sell to get me to agree that we must go and try an oTENTik…and soon!
As we made our way up and down the aisles of the show, I picked up maps and planners for all sorts of dreamy places, the kind of places that I’ve pictured exploring since I was a kid. Gros Morne National Park out in Newfoundland looks absolutely gorgeous and I guarantee we’ll make it there some day. But the most intriguing and bucket list worthy destinations (because of distance and exotic local) are the National Parks in Northern Canada. Wild, breathtaking and untouched, the Yukon, NWT and Nunavut seem so out of reach to the average “southern Canadian”. Getting there is possible though if we put our minds to it. With some planning, saving and training, Fraser and I have every intention of making it there with the kids.
In the meanwhile, there are oodles of fabulous places in my beloved Ontario that are calling out to me. I walked away with an Ontario Parks Guide and a pamphlet listing the National Parks Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas here. Now I’ve got a couple more maps for the house and we can start checking off all of the places that we’ve visited.
The show was a great way to spend a day and inspiration for how to spend a lifetime. And to that woman who looked skeptical that I was going to run out and buy that yogurt after she gave me a sample…I did. It was good yogurt. Reeeally good. Thanks for another great show!