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Kayaking to lunch in Rockport, 1000 Islands

Someone suggested paddling to the Boathouse Restaurant in Rockport for lunch. Our group of kayakers from Ottawa, Ontario seemed to like the idea. Reservations were made for 10 people at noon. We launched from the beautiful and convenient Mallorytown Lan...
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Cycling The Beautiful Waterfront Trail In The 1000 Islands

If you want to experience the 1000 Islands by bike instead of boat, you'll surely enjoy the paved bike path that runs parallel to the 1000 Islands Parkway and the St. Lawrence River. This incredibly beautiful section of the Waterfront Trail in the 1000 I...
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The wind in your jacket! Cycling the Bay of Quinte Waterfront Trails

Cycling with the wind in your jacket is a great feeling. Cycling along a great waterway is the perfect place to find it. It's a feeling of freedom, space, and power. If you're visiting Belleville, Ontario, you may want to park the car and bring your bike...
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Kayaking Narrows Lock to Westport on Upper Rideau Lake. Two Thumbs Up!

Sometimes kayaking feels like a dream. Paddling from Narrows Lock on the Rideau Canal waterway, across Upper Rideau Lake with 15 kayakers to the charming village of Westport, Ontario on a fair weather day was dreamlike. There were too many things to like ...
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Visiting Prince Edward County Wineries

I had never been to Prince Edward County. I had heard the name and I knew it was in Ontario, not too far from my hometown Ottawa. I knew about the famous Sandbanks Provincial Park, but I only realized with time that Prince Edward county has wineries and...
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Kayaking the big sky of the Long Sault Parkway, Ontario

Every time I paddle, something predominates. While paddling the St. Lawrence River along the 11 islands of the Long Sault Parkway one hot, summer day, with a group of seven kayakers, I kept thinking, “Big sky! I love the big sky here!” Often in Canad...
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A great paddle and hike to Blue Mountain on Charleston Lake, Ontario

If you like to paddle and hike, the trail to Blue Mountain on the east side of beautiful Charleston Lake is perfect for this. Blue Mountain is the highest point in Leeds County. I love the panoramic views it gives you of the surrounding area. The trail h...
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Visiting the Battle of the Windmill by kayak, Prescott, Ontario

In November, a paddle buddy and I visited the Battle of the Windmill National Historic Site in Prescott, Ontario when the mornings are cold and the days are short. Oddly enough, the Battle of the Windmill raged for several days in the middle of November i...
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Kayaking around Waupoos Island on Great Lake Ontario: Sunflowers and a sheep story

Ever walk into a giant field of sunflowers? It was my first time. Well, this is pretty much what it looks like. See that sentry standing straighter and taller than the others saying, “Hey, what are you doing in our field!” My response was, “I like b...
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Kayaking to the magic of Half Moon Bay’s Little Bluff Conservation Area

Here's an awesome summer paddle and hike on Great Lake Ontario. It's one of my favourites! Please note that this paddle route is for paddlers with good boat handling, rescue, and navigation skills, and proper gear for colder water. But, the good news is, ...
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A sweet cycle on the Waterfront Trail from Gray’s Creek to Guindon Park in Cornwall, Ontario

Cycling along waterways is one of my favourite things to do. Recreational pathways that take me off road and away from cars are number one on my list. I can relax, follow a trail, and I don't have to spend much time planning a route. I live in the Nation...
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Camping, Sand Dunes And An Endless Beach At Sandbanks

Standing on the beach in July at Sandbanks Provincial Park looking at the crashing waves of Great Lake Ontario took me aback. Could this really be Canada? Suddenly, I felt like I was on a beach somewhere in California, U.S.A. where I'm originally from, lo...
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