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Island Spirits: An Off the Grid Vacation Experience on Rice Lake

If you're looking for an off the grid spring or summer vacation within easy driving distance of Toronto check out Island Spirits on Grasshopper Island in the middle of Rice Lake. Owned and run by the energetic and enthusiastic Trudy Jo (TJ) Chernuck, the island is home to several off-grid eco-cabins and a number of campsites scattered around the island. Think rustic with a lake view. Island Spirits appeals to a broad range of the population -…

Cycle Northumberland: Two of the Best Trails to Bike

Do you love discovering new cycling routes? Northumberland County, about an hour's drive east of Toronto has a great selection of bike trails. A few weeks ago John and I spent the day cycling a portion of two of the best bike trails in the region - Ontario's Greenbelt Route and the Waterfront Trail. The Greenbelt Route is a signed 475 kilometre trail that takes you from Alderville First Nation in Northumberland County (where we started) to…

A Hike on the Northumberland Section of the Ganaraska Trail

Ontario's Ganaraska Trail stretches for over 500 kilometres beginning in Port Hope (located 60-90 minutes east of Toronto depending on traffic) within sight of Lake Ontario and finishing at Glen Huron just south of Collingwood on the Bruce Trail. It offers a mix of dedicated hiking trails and quiet country roads with the odd village, town and even city (Orillia) thrown in. The landscape is variable depending on what section you're doing. Much of it travels through rolling farmlands and woods though…

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