One of my goals for this year is to go to one Canadian Park each month in celebration of Canada’s 150th free parks pass. I haven’t done too many naturey things in the past (“I hate bugs”; “it’s too hot”; “it’s too cold”), so this year I chose to challenge my feelings and discomforts about the outdoors – because come on, how can anyone not like nature?
I decided to drag my good friend Amanda along to join me on this adventure-commitment. For having known each other for at least 10 years and being best friends, we don’t see each other too often.
Everything is better with friends, so for our first trip, we invited our friend Tammy, who was visiting from out of town, and her 15-month old baby.
The first park on our list was Rockwood Provincial Park in Halton Hills. It isn’t actually part of the parks promotion, so it was $6 per person. We went in a little blind, not knowing what to see or expect, but chose this park because it was the only one we found that would be “kid-friendly” and stroller-accessible. We made a quick stop in the tiny town of Rockwood for lunch at Eramosa River Café before setting off.
It was cold that day, but it made the park super serene. The first thing we came across was the stone ruins of an old mill from the 1800s. It was one of the main features of this park and we thought It would make the perfect wedding set up.
I haven’t really taken photos in awhile, and with the advancement of phone cameras, sometimes it feels redundant to carry a DSLR around, but I think this whole thing is a good opportunity to practice slowing down a little bit, to experiment, and to see.
We didn’t get too far, but came across some caves which was another feature of the park. We made a pit stop here to warm up and play with icicles. Suffice to say, my toes started to get numb.
After the caves, we decided to head back, only getting through a quarter of the trail (if that) and waved down some strangers to take our photo. With some baby and weather limitations, we couldn’t get very far, but I think we’re off to a great start!
Photos: Nikon D70s, iPhone 6?