August 30 – 31, 2014
We spent Friday night at Mike & Christine’s party with good food and surrounded by great company with the chance for me to meet a lot of their friends for the first time.
After a sleep over at their place, we headed off to Kejimkujik National Park Saturday morning for a weekend of camping! We would be camping with Mike, Christine, their daughter Stella, as well as Nathan (Mike’s cousin), his wife Lisa and their daughter Amy.
We hit the road first, as we needed to pick up a few things on the way, including some groceries and a canoe rental. It took about 1.5 hours to reach Keji Park, where we picked up our canoe and drove to Big Dam Lake.
From the parking lot, we had to carry all our gear and portage (carry over land) our canoe about 600m to the Big Dam Lake. Don’t know how he does it!
It took a couple of trips and some muscle use, but we made it to the dock, loaded up our canoe and paddled to our campsite.
The lake was nice and calm 🙂
My handsome fiance!
We were the first to reach the campsite around 1:30pm. We had expected Nathan and his family to arrive before us, so assumed they were held up due to responsibilities of having a young child. We set up our tent, organised some belongings and went for a canoe paddle around the lake.
The campsite was completely private with no one else around.There was also an outhouse with toilet paper and chopped wood provided.
Nearly 5pm, we decided to paddle back to the dock to await the arrival of the two families. We knew with 2 young children, they would have a lot of gear and a 3rd canoe for transport might come in handy. It was perfect timing. As we approached the dock, we could see that they had just arrived and were in the process of transporting their stuff from the car to the dock. We loaded up our canoe with as much stuff as possible and headed back to the campsite first.
Everyone eventually made it! Camp was set up and we had a yummy campfire dinner of pork/sausage and veggies, thanks to Christine!
View of sunset over Big Dam Lake from our campsite
This is Stella, Mike and Christine’s cute daughter! She is an adventurer, completely fearless and as a result, more accident prone 😉
Boinking heads with her dad
Nathan with Mike and Stella in the background
Cooking bacon over the fire the following morning for breakfast!
Nathan and Lisa’s daughter, she’s a cutie as well!
That look of concentration!
Doing the Itsy Bitsy Spider with dad in the canoe
A mommy daughter moment
What is camping without a fire?
Just capturing some moments around the campsite!
More family moments
Mike and I went for another canoe ride Sunday morning
Ran into an adult and juvenile loon
So many mushrooms around the campsite. “Every mushroom you see is a place someone has peed” 😉
We headed back to camp to for lunch!
The 2 families would be staying at camp for another night, Mike and I said farewell Sunday afternoon and headed back first! It was lovely to have spent time with them and meeting Nathan and his family! Thanks for taking care of us guys!
A great camping experience, my first time portaging and canoeing, fun! Hopefully will have the chance for a longer trip in the future!
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