Category Archives: Tales from the Trails

This is where the learning happens, according to Albert Einstein “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” New trails, new gear, new ways of doing things – here’s us recounting our adventures!

Victoria Park: Kingston’s New Favourite Urban Green Space?

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*This post is sponsored by TD and the TD Common Ground Project.  All opinions are my own, or that of my family. Growing up in a rural farming community, a visit to a park was a special treat. My sisters and I would squeal with glee and swing on the swings, slide down the slides and climb all over the… Read more »

Sign Me Up for the Outdoor Mom Academy (+ Coupon Code)

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Yes, you read that right, there’s an Outdoor Mom Academy and it has your name written all over it. I am beyond excited about the opportunity to participate in this 6-week online course designed with the outdoorsy mom in mind. And I would be honoured to have you join me as a fellow student! Are you ready to take your adventure parenting… Read more »

A Year With Hike it Baby (Kingston, ON)

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Back in February of 2016, Hike it Baby Kingston, ON was born. Since then, a community has grown, a community of families working together to raise a generation to love the outdoors. I am so proud to say that I was the driving force behind the birth of this community, but we would not be 1000 strong on Facebook without… Read more »

I am #RockingMotherhood in the Outdoors (and so are you!)

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I have been tagged by Susan of Mountain Mom and Tots in her blog post about how she is #RockingMotherhood. She told us the 10 ways that she is rocking at being a mom, and has suggested that I am also #RockingMotherhood, especially “outdoors Canadian style” as she puts it. It isn’t often enough that we take a moment to recognize when another… Read more »

Maman’s Top 10 Most Popular Posts

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  As I celebrate my first blogiversary (blog + anniversary), I thought it would be a great idea to look through Google Analytics (an insight tool for websites) to see which of my 132 posts were the most popular. I ignored the posts that were just giveaways, because those are a little skewed, and also decided to break down my… Read more »

Hiking into 2017: a New Year’s Post

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Happy New Year! January 1st is one of my favourite days of the year. I love reflecting, I love fresh starts, I love setting goals, and I love celebrating. And one day out of every year, these things all happen on the same day – New Year’s Day! And now that we are finally home after the holidays, and I… Read more »

Frontenac Challenge 2016 – The Fourth Quarter

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WE DID IT! Between September 1st and October 31st, we hiked every single loop trail in Frontenac Provincial Park! With all of our doubling back to access interior trails, and hiking in to camp, we totalled about 150km in those two months. And we did it all with a baby on our back and a dog by our side. And… Read more »

Frontenac Challenge 2016 – The Third Quarter

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Well, I divided this into quarters timewise with roughly two weeks between each post over the course of two months, but we are one hike away from being done, and that’s more than 75%! The first quarter had 4 hikes, the second quarter also had 4 hikes, and this quarter has 2 hikes plus some camping. And then…the final hike and a reflection…. Read more »

Emmett’s Top 3: Toronto Green Spaces

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Kate from EmmettsABCs.com is today’s guest contributor: Hi there! I’m Kate, the founder of Emmett’s ABCs. In my past life I’ve been a marketing professional, a brand strategist, and in corporate sales. And now? I’m a mom! But it wasn’t an easy path, and I’m the first to admit that in the beginning I was barely keeping my head above… Read more »

Frontenac Challenge 2016 – The Second Quarter

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We are officially halfway through the Frontenac Challenge on the calendar, and have hiked 8 out of 11 loop trails at the point. Look at us go! But it hasn’t been easy. And even though distance-wise, the past two weeks were “easy”, we have met several other challenges that we didn’t foresee. We started late and speed-hiked on one loop,… Read more »

Frontenac Challenge 2016 – The First Quarter

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I knew I liked hiking before we signed up for the Frontenac Challenge (obviously) but, my goodness, has that ever been emphasized through our weekly wilderness outings as a family. With Trail Dad working full time for the first time since we became a family of three, we crave the weekend. We have become “weekend warriors” and we are making… Read more »

Sign Me Up for the Frontenac Challenge

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For those loyal readers who have been here since the beginning, you know how much I like a good challenge. We’re pretty good at forming healthy outdoorsing (yes, it’s a real word, according to me) habits, but a little extra motivation never hurts. Already this year, we have participated in two other challenges that encourage more time outdoors: Hike it… Read more »

Huckleberry’s First Camping Trip

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I can finally stand behind the “Camping” part of my blog’s tagline as we have officially camped as a family! Huckleberry’s first camping trip was a backcountry adventure in Frontenac Provincial Park, less than an hour from home. We kept it fairly simple, and hiked in from the north end of the park to the nearest campsite, only a 20-minute… Read more »