Canadian Blogger Series #2: Ontario

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:

1. Saskatchewan by Meg from A Dash of Meg



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 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


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!! Smile


Canadian Blogger Series #1: Saskatchewan

Good morning everyone! I am so honoured to be hosting the first ever (that I know of anyways) Canadian Blogger Series. Myself and a amazing group of Canadian Bloggers have collaborated on a series of posts that you will find here every Tuesday morning covering our beautiful country from coast to coast! If you are reading this and you are a Canadian Blogger and want to post send me an email hlmmurphy at gmail dot com and I’ll send along the details. Also you can find us on twitter using #CanadianBloggerSeries.

Today I’d like to introduce you to Meg who blogs at A Dash of Meg and is from the gorgeous prairie province Saskatchewan. I absolutely love reading Meg’s inspirational  posts each and everyday. She is one amazing writer about everything from life to fitness and posts some of the most fabulous recipes in the blog world! I am so happy she has joined us for the series with some of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen!! Smile 


Hello friends! Smile

I am incredibly honoured to introduce you all to the Canadian Blogger Series!Open-mouthed smile
Heidi asked me participate in the series a few weeks ago and I couldn’t turn her down SmileMany Canadian bloggers, including Heidi and myself, have come together to form a “series” of blog posts that feature a province within Canada Smile The Canadian Blogger Series takes place on Tuesdays and I am lucky to have my post as the very first post within the series Smile Even though I currently live in London, Ontario, Saskatchewan is my home. So, without further ado, I give you a little taste of my home province, Saskatchewan Smile


This summer I was introduced to the book, “If You’re Not From the Prairies” by David Bouchard. Even though this was a children’s book, Bouchard did an exceptional job at representing the prairie province of Saskatchewan. So, I looked to this book for inspiration for this post Smile

If you’re not from the prairie, you don’t know what’s flat…
If you’re not from the prairie, you don’t know the sky…
If you’re not from the prairie, you don’t know the sun…
We have the most amazing sunsets.

If you’re not from the prairie, you’ve never heard grass…
If you’re not from the prairie, you don’t know the wind…
In the winter they’re bone chilling and cut right through your coat, but in the fall, they’re soothing and blow through the crops in such a way that it almost looks magical.

If you’re not from the prairie, you don’t know our trees…
In the prairies trees are not of abundance, they are special and treasured.



Although it is small, flat, bitterly cold in the winters, and muggy in the summer, Saskatchewan is my home and it is beautiful Smile

I am happy that I was given the chance to share a little taste of Saskatchewan with you today and I hope you enjoyed it Smile

Before I go, I would like to thank one of my closest friends, Jody Cmoc, who gave me access to her wonderful photography which I used throughout the post Smile She isn’t a photographer (yet), but I definitely think she should be! I think she has some serious talent! Smile


Have you ever been to Saskatchewan before?
Have you ever seen such a beautiful sunset?
What do you consider to be your home province or state?

See you all tomorrow!
Lots of love,