With the popularity of Les Stroud aka Survivor man and
others, the wilderness is often portrayed as a foreboding place where one can
test oneself. This is
especially true in winter where many people head into Algonquin Park and other
wilderness areas to “survive “ the
weekend by building Quinzees (snow shelters) or cold camping
in tents. While I applaud the adventure and skills to survive in the winter wild, I would prefer the focus to be on how “comfortable
“ nature and life in the wilderness can
be. Come to Algonquin or other wilderness to slow down, relax, be at peace, have fun, enjoy. Stripped down to the
essentials, living simply need not be harsh or equated to “surviving”. Just the opposite. Many like me and my adventure friends refer
to our time in nature as “living the good life “.
Many people can understand this “good life” when they are camping in Algonquin Park in the summer. Swimming in clear lakes, fishing, travelling
by canoe , sleeping under the stars. All perfect. But what about winter. The image changes and people think danger and
survival. I challenge those of you who
think of the wilderness in a survival sense to come visit Voyageur Quest this winter at Algonquin Park’s
north west corner.
Voyageur Quest operates several Algonquin winter trips
including “off the grid” Log Cabin adventures featuring dog sledding, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. Accommodation and meals take place at in a
heated cozy cabin. Finish off the day with a sauna and a drink in front of the
fireplace. Our guides teach all skills , provide all equipment and ensure you are having fun. Life is good remember?!
If you want more adventure – snowshoe down Surprise Lake to experience winter camping in
a “hot tent”. These canvas tents have a wood stove that can heat the inside to the tune of 20 degrees c or 65
Fahrenheit. Sleep on pine boughs that give the air a sweet hint
of the forest that surrounds the tent. Enjoy
hot drinks , a bowl of chile and fresh baked corn bread in front of
the wood stove. Walk outside the tent and look up to a night sky that is filled with more stars than you have ever
seen before. Spend the next day
exploring the highland hills by snowshoe. Follow the wolf tracks, moose tracks and otter slides. Feel the warmth of the sun on your face. Breath
in the fresh air. Peaceful. Quiet and fun.
This is the winter I know and an experience I hope to share with you.
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