Winter in Canada isn’t always the most forgiving experience, to say the least. It can be cold, feel somewhat unrelenting and abundantly unpredictable. But over the years, I’ve worked hard on complaining less about it and rather started focusing on making the most out of it instead. Easier said than done for the most part, right? Well ultimately, the key is to be as prepared as you possibly can be, while remembering to always have fun – no matter what it throws at you. It’s that simple.
This last year, I’ve spent a lot of time dedicated to exploring my local area, rather than just jumping ship (or plane, really) in order to head off to another country. Although I still really love to do that, I recently realized that I haven’t seen very much of what’s right in my own backyard. Growing up in Ottawa, I spent a lot of time out in the country as a kid. We used to go for hikes or walks in the forest, head off to farms or cottages, bike around trails, canoe local lakes and even snowmobile from time to time. But one of my favourite things to do has always been to go camping.