Hi there again everyone! Thanks for stopping by for post #2 of the Canadian Blogger Series, today’s post is about Ontario. We actually have a few bloggers covering Ontario over the next few weeks but this is our first of the series. I am very excited to introduce you to Lisa from Smores N More. She has written a gorgeous post about snowshoeing during winter in Northern Ontario. Lisa and I met (virtually) on Twitter during a fit blog chat. She has a wonderful blog and some of the most gorgeous pictures in her picture of the day posts. Stop by Lisa’s Blog and say hi!
Other posts in the Series:
Welcome to Canada!
Thank-you for letting me share a little bit with you about Canada! It’s a great nation to live in coast to coast.
I am from Ontario, born in Toronto, and now living in a city to the west of Toronto…. Ontario is one of 13 provinces and territories in Canada. It has a very large population by Canadian standards with about 38% of the country’s population in Ontario with a big manufacturing economy. We have a great blend of large cities, small towns, wonderful lakes and forested areas especially to the north.
I like living in the city with all of the urban conveniences, but as many Ontarians we love connecting with nature too. The weather brings hot summers, gorgeous fall colours and cold winters. I think we are a strong bunch, adapting 4 times a year to the season. Winter time is especially hard for me to stay motivated to exercise. I try to find activities to embrace the colder months. Teaching a Learn to Run clinic helps; it makes me get out running at least 3 days a week. I have also tried skiing and snowboarding (not a pretty sight!)
This year I tried snowshoeing for the first time. Just a few hours north of Toronto is an area called the Muskoka’s, lots of beautiful lakes, rocky shores, white pines and a family owned Cranberry Bog/Winery that we visited. My husband and I enjoyed an afternoon of snow-shoeing the many acres of trails around Johnston’s Cranberry Farm www.cranberry.ca. We have had much less snow than usual this year, but there was plenty for our adventure. We hiked for about 90 minutes through the woods enjoying the peacefulness of nature. Saw a few animal tracks… but no bears thankfully!
Back at the store we were treated to a fabulous wine tasting, they make the wine right on the premises from the cranberry harvest. Wine flavours from Cranberry, Cranberry Blueberry to Cranberry Maple, all wines were a fabulous fruity experience. We bought 6 bottles and plan to stop in on a somewhat regular basis on the way to the cottage.
We stayed the night in Gravenhurst, the town wasn’t too busy, unlike the summers when the town grows with weekend cottagers, winter does bring snowmobilers to the many frozen lakes with trails that go for miles.
I hope you enjoyed a look at winter in Northern Ontario. Hey, if you can’t beat the cold, may as well embrace it!
Feel free to stop by my blog www.smoresnmore.wordpress.com
Have you tried snowshoeing? I’ve done it once and am hoping to try it out again this year! As Lisa said, may as well embrace the cold with fun winter activities! Thanks Lisa!!