|Top of the Bruce Trail, Excursion with Treks in the Wild - Pretty River Provincial Park, Collingwood ON(From left to right, Greg, Katie, Val, Joan and I)|
Friday, February 24, 2012
Joan and I had the great pleasure of exploring the Collingwood ON area via snowshoe this past long weekend to celebrate Family Day in Ontario.
The trip was organized by Treks In the Wild, out of Brantford Ontario and we met Andy Tonkin and the other adventurers at 9:45am in Collingwood.
The transition from green and barren ground to a winter wonderland was unbelievable. About 10km from town not only did the landscape become increasingly rugged, the traffic increasing congested, it was as white as a newly opened bag of cotton batten.
After meeting Greg, Katie, Val, and Andy, we headed off to Pretty River Provincial Park to start our hike. For the first time in years, I was knee deep in powder and it was a real joy. We went on and off trail and climbed to the top of the Bruce Trail (picture above). Unfortunately with all the snow and a weather system coming in, we didn't get to enjoy the vistas, but we were able to enjoy each others company and the pleasure of being outdoors and active.
After a great meal at Collingwood's hidden jewel of a country store/restaurant Ravenna Country Market, just outside of Blue Mountain (the soup alone is worth the trip) we met up with 2 new friends Tara and Ajeeth and headed back out to Loree Forest. The trail here is flatter and takes you to the lift at Georgian Peaks Ski Resort. The view from the top of the hill, looking down over Georgian Bay is stunning.
We enjoyed another 2 hours of snowshoeing before heading back home. We paid for it the next day but the adventure and fun was worth it. If you get the chance, being active and outdoors, no matter the weather is one of life's best experiences.
Find what you'd like to do and get out there!