Written by the warrior

 

2016 marks the 100 year anniversary of the establishment of the worlds first national park, Yellowstone.

The National Geographic is celebrating this achievement with a year-long coverage of national parks around the world.

I wrote a post about the power of parks previously, and in keeping with the spirit of the celebration of parks, we stepped out of our comfort zone this summer and into the wild wild eastern Ontario/western Quebec.

Instead of going to famous parks (because I wasn’t actually organized enough to book early) and national parks (because they were too far away – unless you count Québec’s Parc National to actually be national parks), we ventured into the less known provincial parks, which were much less crowded and absolutely lovely for the whole family.

Canoe camping at Lac La Peche au Parc de la Gatineau, Quebec.

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Camping at Parc National de Plaisance, Quebec.

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Camping at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, Ontario.

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Most of the parks have exceptionally interesting ranger presentations in the evening. This year we learned how to find the north star/Polaris and the three calls of loons.

This the highlight of our celebration of Parks – Murphy’s Point Provincial Park’s Queen Silver Mine open house, which occurs every Sunday in the summer.

Murphy's Point Provincial Park, Ontario

It is apparently one of the seven wonders of Lanark county.

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The easy hike/walk takes you through lovely forests, along volunteer interpreters dressed in period costume to give you a sense of what life is like in the 1800s in this region…

As well as a tour of the Queen Silver Mine.

This picture does not do it justice, as the former Mica mine rivals the beauty of many of the caves that I came across in Iceland. And it’s only 1 hour away from Ottawa!

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