We're back! It's been a long time between blog entries but there is some important news! Hard Maple Travel has three new trips available. The goal is to offer just a taste of the Canadian wilderness to more inexperienced adventurers. These are all one night trips.
Learn to Camp
For people who have never been camping, this is the perfect trip for you. There's something about sleeping in a tent that will kindle feelings of self-sufficiency and independence. You will feel secure and dry, no matter what the weather, lulled to sleep by the sound of light rain on the tent . You might hear rustling sounds in the forest at night, as well as the sounds of an owl or other night animals. We will be in a Provincial Park near Ottawa and interpreters will speak about local wildlife. We will cook over a wood fire, swim in a lake, take a hike, and learn essential skills to be comfortable and safe in the woods. This is an ideal trip for families. It includes a guide, park fees, all meals and food, all kitchen gear, tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad.
One night canoe camping
For people who have never been canoe camping, this is the perfect introduction; there's no portaging. You will learn essential canoe strokes and skills, and paddle to an isolated campsite in a provincial park. There, you will set up your tent, cook on a wood fire, and swim at a natural water slide. At night, you will hear the sounds of the true Canadian wilderness. Everyone must help by gathering firewood, washing dishes, and contributing to the campfire songs, skits, or games! This is also a great trip for families. It includes a guide, park fees, all meals and food, canoes, paddles, PFDs, and all kitchen gear. Personal camping gear like tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads is available.
Two days by bike on the K&P Trail
This trip offers the chance to see the Canadian wilderness from the saddle of a mountain bike, while not requiring any steep climbs or descents. The K&P Trail is a rail trail which goes from Kingston to Pembroke. We start in the small hamlet of Lavant Station and bike north to Renfrew, over two days, staying overnight at a hotel in Calabogie. It can be completed by anyone with basic bikng slills. We include a guide, hotel accomodation, all meals and food, swimming, and the opportunity for more advanced single-track trails. Transportation back to your vehicle is provided.
So take a look at our new trips and let us know what you think!