Monday, September 22, 2014

Bon Echo

Two weekends ago now, we went on our second camping trip of the year. Well, my second, Dan's third.

We chose a walk-in campsite at Bon Echo Provincial Park and planned to meet our friends Kendall and Steph there. It wasn't very far of a walk from the parking lot to our site but we still tried to do it in the least amount of trips possible. Which means we got to put my new backpack to the test!

It held up perfectly and I didn't even tip over. Which is more impressive than you might think.

Since we arrived a couple hours before Kendall and Steph, we set up our tent and then sat by the water to fish/read for a bit.

Except for it was too dang cold by the water. In fact, it was cold no matter where you went. I had four layers on and was still a little chilled. So after fishing/reading for probably only half an hour, we headed back up to our site to make a fire.

Kendall and Steph arrived just in time for supper so we really didn't do much that first night. By the time eating and dishes were done, it was dark and time to head to bed. Ya, we're that exciting when camping.

The next day started out cold again but we all huddled by the fire while making breakfast and tried not to worry about the forecasted rain for the day. Except for that didn't help the rain situation. Around 10:30am, it started coming down. Fortunately for us, we had a bunch of tarps and made a nice little kitchen tent with walls so that we could hide from the wind and the rain.

So we stayed under there for a few hours, having a picnic lunch and shivering. The rain never got ridiculously hard but it was enough to put a damper on any other plans. Shortly after lunch though, when the rain turned to a lighter drizzle, we opted on going for a drive and doing some geocaching.

It was nice to get out and see some more of the countryside while sitting in a nice heated car. By the time we had completed a couple geocaches, the rain had stopped and we felt ready to return to our cold camping weekend.

It was at this point that we decided to go for a canoe ride. Which may have been a bad idea. You see, it started out nice and the water was relatively calm.

But pretty soon the wind picked up and the nice lake turned into an ocean! Seriously, there were like 2 foot swells. And one of those swells tipped over Kendall and Steph. Fortunately, they were okay and we didn't lose much, only an old extra fishing rod. A nice pontoon boat and a smaller aluminum boat were nearby and came and helped us get them out of the water and our canoe flipped back over. It was a really good thing the other boats were around because the closest shore was a huge rock cliff and Dan and I were trying hard not to tip either.

Oh, here's a picture of the rock cliff to give you an idea of where we were.

Anyways, back to the tipping. I have no pictures from this adventure because we were pretty busy rescuing and then making it back to shore in one piece. And since it was freezing cold that weekend, they wanted to get out of their wet clothes as quickly as possible. So just imagine Kendall and Steph super wet.

They both went and took hot showers at the nearby comfort station while Dan and I got the canoes packed away and a nice fire started back at our site.

The other good thing was that Steph came super prepared and had extra shoes and sweaters to wear in case her other ones got wet. Smart girl. I was not that prepared at all. So I had to take off my shoes and dry my feet by the fire instead. Then again, I didn't get fully drenched in the lake, just a little damp from the rain.

That last night we spent a big portion of it by the fire. We even stayed up past dark (until 10pm I think!) and chatted while staying toasty warm close to the flames.

The next day turned out to be the nicest day of the weekend but we had to pack up and head out. At least our tent and gear had time to dry out a bit before heading home.

Overall it was a really fun weekend and we hope to all get together and do it again next year. Although the plan is to choose a warmer weekend and hopefully not tip any canoes.

Oh and while we enjoyed our campsite, we scouted out the other walk in sites and chose which one we thought would be better for next year. So we're totally ready.

This is still our campsite

*Thank you to Kendall for sharing some of your pictures for this blog post.*


  1. What an adventure! You look fabulous in your new coat and backpack by the way. :) And I'm glad the campsite photo was of your current site not your prospective one as I was concerned that you were photographing someone else's tent!

  2. Jackie - I am pretty matchy matchy with my purple coat and purple backpack. And we only scouted out the other sites before people came to them. We didn't want to be THOSE creepy neighbours who spy on others while camping.