We are planning a big trip to Alaska where we will most of the time tenting instead of hoteling. Tents and campsites are much cheaper than a hotel, plus being in a campsite, out among the stars (and mosquitos) enhances the experience. Hotels are boring, compared to setting up a tent, cooking our food, watching the fire and falling asleep wand waking to the chorus of birds in the morning.

I needed to test out a new tent that I had bought for this trip. It claims to be able to set up in 10 minutes and is very dark on the inside. The best way to test a tent, is to go tenting. We did that with this trip. Bright and early, on a Saturday morning, we started our drive to Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Naturally, we did stops on the way.


  • Max Tanenbaum Sculpture Garden
  • The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
  • The Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden
  • Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre
  • Art Gallery of Northumberland

At Presqu’ile:

  • Horse Trees of Presqu’ile
  • Marsh Boardwalk
  • Beach and sunset viewing
  • Sand Dunes
  • Lighthouse and giftshop/museum
  • Other hiking trails


  • Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area which included lookouts, lighthouse, hikes and more
  • Moses Hudgin Log House
  • Mariners Park Museum
  • Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park
  • Birdhouse City
  • Reid’s Dairy
  • Royal Botanical Garden

This was meant to be a relaxing trip where we had a lot of time to explore each location and even just sit and watch the waves on this windy weekend. I am happy to say that the tent was up and ready in 15 minutes and this is a major improvement to the previous tent of 1 hour. Take down, including packing, breakfast and loading the car was only 45 minutes. I normally set aside two hours for this and now we can either get that extra sleep, or add in a new stop or two in our upcoming journey to Alaska and back.

A map of this weekend trip can be seen here.


St Patrick Basilica

One of our favourite places to visit is religious sites. We love shrines, churches, cathedrals and, in this case, St Patrick Basilica in Ottawa, Ontario. We were celebrating Family Day with Mom and decided that our weekend would be in the Ottawa region. Mom, too,…

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