Growing up in Toronto, most of my summertime memories are of me up at my family cottage on Lake Kamaniskeg in Northern Ontario. Our family has been going up there my entire life so the cottage has become kind of a second home to me and my sister. After trekking around the world I can definitely say we have some of the most beautiful fresh water lakes on Earth with gorgeous boreal forests.
We’re on a side of the lake with only six other cottages with a roller-coaster styled 1km long road which makes our location pretty remote. At night we like to sit out on the dock and gaze up at the brilliant night sky filled with thousands of stars from the Milky Way, without any light pollution it’s a breathtaking view. I love kayaking and close by to us is the “Madawaska Kanu Centre” where we get out on the whitewater. The nearby township of Combermere has Valley Market self-titled “Center of the Universe” (haha) serves huge scoops of Kawartha Dairy ice cream which is totally worth canoeing 7 km down a river to get. There’s also a few good hiking trails with some nice climbs in the area which also make for some good mountain biking. About an hours drive is the amazing Algonquin Provincial Park which has over 2400 lakes and 12oo km of streams and rivers within the park which makes it a campers and hikers paradise. Although, the area (Hastings Highlands) is relatively pretty quite compared to elsewhere in Ontario cottage country, won’t always be that way as cottages are slowly migrating over from the Muskokas and up from the Kawartha Lakes. If you’re visiting Central Canada I would definitely recommend renting a cottage or camping in Algonquin for a few nights to experience the amazingness of Canadian cottage country! Check out these photos below!