My adoration for the outdoors was the driving force behind embarking on a camping adventure at Killbear Provincial Park. As a nature-lover, camping and exploring Canada’s National Parks is a welcome antidote during the pandemic.
Killbear was our second camping trip that summer, so stepping out of the car and taking in that first breath of fresh air and the smell of pine brought in a nostalgic anticipation for the week ahead.
As with any camping trip, no time was wasted getting the drinks flowing before setting up our tent, fire and tarp protecting our temporary home from unpredictable clouds looming over us.
We rewarded our hard work with some smoked salmon, veggies, and rice, all cooked on our portable burner and campfire.
After satisfying our appetite, we took to the trails to explore the park before dusk, where we caught a fiery sunset over Georgian Bay before getting ready for dinner.
We spent the next few days exploring the park through the hiking trails offered. During one of our hikes, we encountered the reason behind the park’s name, an actual bear who thankfully greeted us with peace.
We spent most of our trip exploring the park’s rugged, rocky terrain, intertwined with numerous sandy beaches.
Our evenings were enjoyed with drinking games and food by the campfire. We also took time to stargaze and take in the universe that surrounds us.
Voyages like these help me stay connected with earth. Although understanding nature is a sobering challenge, immersing myself in it, for even just a few days, gives clarity to what is truly important in life, especially in times of uncertainty.