I am not a Winter person. Snowball fights? Nope. Winter sports? Forget it. Being outdoors in general? You’re joking. However, in the spirit of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable, I’m embracing my True North. There’s no escaping Winter in Canada so I might as well get used to it, eh?
What better way to spend a weekend in February than with your best friend, trekking over ice and snow 3 hours North of the city without a high-speed internet connection? Sounds great for a person like me who despises cold weather and is constantly staring at a screen.
It was a weekend of firsts – yoga atop a heated bed of volcanic rock, winter hiking (with snow shoes!!!), sleeping under the stars, and even walking on a frozen lake! More importantly, it was a weekend of reflection and appreciation. There’s something about being surrounded by trees as far as the eye can see that brings you back down to earth.
Of course, an epic journey always begins with a good breakfast.
These were hands down THE best pancakes ever. Topped with fresh fruit and local maple syrup, it was a good morning for sure.
A couple glasses of OJ and a stack of pancakes later, we were on our way. The adventure began at the Bruce Trail along Colpoy’s Bay.
We had a spectacular view of the bay throughout most of the hike.
Following the white trail blazes, the snow crunching below our snow shoes and breathing in the fresh air, I almost forgot how cold it was. Was I actually starting to enjoy the snow?
In case you were wondering – yes, I did step on my own snow shoe and trip myself. Trying new things is no fun if you don’t fall on your ass the first few times!
After a 2 hour cliffside hike and a packed lunch courtesy of our B&B hosts, we drove North to a cute little town called Lion’s Head. There was not much to see but a lighthouse and the crashing clear blue waves of Georgian Bay, which was just a small taste of our next and final destination.
|September 2015||February 2016|
Our final stop was the Bruce Peninsula National Park. After a short camping trip in September, Michael and I were counting down the days of our return. Cyprus Lake was just as peaceful, if not more, than I remember. I couldn’t resist striking a yoga pose just for old time’s sake, this time on top of the frozen lake. (P.S. do not attempt to walk on a frozen lake…unless you live on the edge like me. But really, don’t do it.)
As we approached the icy cliffs at the end of our hike to The Grotto, we were greeted by the sound of crashing waves and clear blue water – a sight we thought we wouldn’t be seeing for another few months! No cliff jumping for us this time, though.
After a long day of braving the elements, it was so nice to be greeted by a warm crackling fire and homemade cookies.
As if experiencing the natural wonders of the Bruce Peninsula all day wasn’t enough, we even had the chance to get a closer view of the full moon through a telescope that night. The clouds also cleared momentarily giving us a stunning view of the starry sky from the skylight above our bed. Nature is a wonderful thing, my friends.
A HUGE thank you to our lovely hosts Caroline and Doug over at Evergreen Forest Getaways! With a cozy fire going 24/7, good conversation, and beautiful sights how could I possibly complain about the weather outside?!
I had so much fun that I’m already dreaming of my next snowshoe hike. Maybe I am a Winter person after all…
Wilderness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.
Terry Tempest Williams