This year has been a year of changes. Most of which I didn’t know I needed but somehow as they occurred, I was opened up to new experiences, left my comfort zone and gotten further into the not so scary unknown.
The setting at Arrowhead is breathtaking, complete with its snow globe like appearance and wildlife. Here’s an inside look at campgrounds.
We arrived at the park by taking a Park Bus. I’ve taken Park Bus previously for a hike at Rouge National Park and it’s an awesome service for someone like me (who sadly, still does not know how to drive). Park Bus connect city folks to the outdoors and is an easy way for anyone to get a boost of nature.
Our group of hikers ready to take on Arrowhead.
The team from MEC Toronto who took me on as an adopted friend of the day. We got to chat about all things winter camping and paddle boarding on the ride up to the park.
Some scenes I had to capture as I trailed behind the rest of the group.
See, I wasn’t kidding about the trailing behind part.
One of the most breathtaking views at Arrowhead is this river bend. I loved standing at the viewing deck and looking down at the river to watch the frozen ice sheets float by as flakes of snow sprinkle down.
The river bend in all its glory.
After the viewing deck, we made our way to the start of the ice trail.
We warmed up a bit at the fire pits before the checking out the trails.
Some new fixtures for boots and skates storage at the beginning of the ice trail.
When we visited Arrowhead, the trails were not fully ready yet for skating but some fellow bloggers gave it a try.
The trail is completely flooded and freezes over as temperatures drop to create a 1.3KM long ice trail. It’s also lit with tiki torches, offering the perfect guiding lights.
We also had some chickadees land on our palms.
My very own “Snow White” moment.
We visited some of the new heated cabins that campers can stay at this winter.
Complete with a BBQ outside, there will be a lot of cookouts in the snow with chickadees zooming by on my wish list.
A look inside the cabin, complete with a dining area.
The room can comfortably fit 6 visitors.
A queen sized bed and double bunk bed rounds out the cabin.
The brand new visitors centre was opened during our visit.
The structure incorporates environmental considerations and echos the natural setting of its surroundings to offer visitors a place to rent skis, check in, and mingle.
Some Ontario Parks merchandise and info displayed against dotted windows. These windows are a huge birds saver, they’ve ensured that the building will not caused any bird to collide into their windows.
The cozy fireplace within the centre.
A look behind the skis and skate rental counter.
The new pavilion at Arrowhead.
Snowplow that helped us to clear out an area for roasting some s’mores.
Fire pits up and running for our marshmallows.
The MEC Toronto team roasting their s’mores.
I may or may not have lit my marshmallow on fire.
One of our first creations, ready for consumption.
We were lucky to have received lots of Celebration cookies for our s’mores. These cookies with their built-in layer of chocolate is perfectly made for s’mores making.
A better look at my Celebration s’mores.
All this box needs is a party hat and we’re set.
I began the year with a secret fear of spending time outdoors during the winter. We walked out of our comfort zones with that winter camping trip to Algonquin and this hike at Arrowhead have allowed me to feel that being outdoors during the winter is a new found comfort.
Here’s to new experiences, saying yes to the uncomfortable, and growing to find comfort in the unexperienced.