Portaging at Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park (A Piece of Paradise!)

For our nine year anniversary, we decided to go back country camping at Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. This entailed portaging as well. I will admit, I was so nervous about this trip. The idea of having to work my butt off to carry our equipment to our site, sleeping on the solid ground and only being able to bring what we were able to carry, didn’t exactly sit well with me. Not to mention, there was a higher chance of coming into contact with bears, or coyotes.

That being said, I went there with an open mind and hoping to gain some back country camping and portaging experience.I came back with a little more than that. I found a new love and appreciation for complete isolation and serenity. No technology other than my camera, pure silence with the odd sound of a loon calling out every now and then and a reminder of how spectacular the outdoors is. I am in awe still of how amazing this place was and how much I want to go back now.

It was such a wake up call, as far as what I needed more of in my life. A chance to escape the chaos and catch up with myself and with Corey. Time to check out and soak up the world around me outside the computer. Away from pressure to do anything other than to watch the sunset and drink a mug of wine. Complete peace.




Hil xo


5 thoughts on “Portaging at Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park (A Piece of Paradise!)

  1. Your trip looks amazing! These vacations are my absolute fav- I have never felt so relaxed and rejuvinated after spending time with nature. Happy anniversary! PS- LOVE that your pup got to join in on the fun!


    1. It was totally amazing! Thanks so much for taking the time to check it out, I was super excited to share this one, because like you said it’s just so relaxing and rejuvenating πŸ™‚

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  2. This is great! Congrats and so glad you enjoyed it! Looks like it’s time to go shopping for some lighter gear to make things easier for your next trip! πŸ™‚ I have not yet ventured into Kawartha’s but will def be making a trip in the near future. Also, love your emphasis of leaving the site cleaner than when you got there! Really great advise to share! Happy adventuring!


    1. Aw, thanks Christina! I wondered if you had seen this post hehe I’m happy you checked it out. Yes, totally explore the Kawarthas! It is so beautiful. I know that I appreciate when I show up to the site and it’s clean so I want to do that for others. When we got to that site, the people had left garbage and underwear behind – not so pleasant! lol xo

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      1. No it’s not. i actually started a Facebook page called CleanUpOurParks. Feel free to post pics of your garbage finds on there and how you left it afterwards. Hoping to use the page to inspire people to clean up after themselves and others if need be. Ps: you are a trooper for carrying in all the weight you did! Might be time to shop for some backcountry gear so you don’t have to make such an effort next time. πŸ™‚ Happy camping my friend!


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