I have always believed that to enjoy winter, one must get outside and get involve in some of the outdoor activities and sports Canada has to offer. This is easier said then done for many, and specially for a “made in Colombia” canadian such as myself. Nonetheless, I have been trying to stay true to my believes and have been out skiing a couple of times, have wonder around town (camera in hand) during the few snowstorms we’ve had, and most recently, headed up north to the Algonquin Highlands in Ontario for my first ever snowshoe trip along with my girlfriend Kako and my good friends Amy and Juan.
WOW! What a amazing weekend I had. The scenery around Haliburton is just mind blowing. The snow-drenched trees, the hilly roads surrounded by snow and frozen lakes (lots of them), and the random deer sighting, made this the perfect backdrop for my snowshoeing initiation.
On the first day we headed to the southern tip of Algonquin Park to checkout the High Falls. Ploughing through the heavy snow, we made it up the narrow tree-wrapped path and after passing several frozen ponds we reached the falls… Such a magical place, and such a great feeling to be out in the snow, surrounded by trees and seeing the water rushing down the mountain and overpowering the ice and snow covering it. We could not help it and took out a flask with warm tasty whiskey to celebrate this wonderful moment.
On the second day, our snowshoes took us over to the historic Log Chute and the Hawk Lake. The log chute is the only one that remains standing in Ontario, and lies at the bottom of the Crests of the Kennisis trail. Hiking up this trail was a tough workout and it is not for the faint of heart, but it is definitely worth every bit of effort! Walking through the forest felt like getting lost in a scene of Alice in Wonderland. We were fortunate to have very deep and powdery snow and lots of sun piercing through the trees, which made it easier to bear the very cold -20 degrees nature surprised us with. The top price for this hike…the beautiful views of the Kennisis River, which cuts through the forest on a perfect zig zag!
As I said before, the best way to enjoy the winter is to get out there and enjoy the picturesque canadian outdoors. I am totally sold on this idea and very thankful for getting the opportunity to visit such an amazing place as the Algonquin Highlands. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoy taking them.