The weather was so beautiful last Sunday that Tim and I decided to get out of town for a hiking adventure at the White Lake Provincial Park Ontario. It is just one of the several Ontario Provincial Parks located on the Lake Superior Circle Route. This was our first visit to the White Lake Provincial Park Ontario even though we drive past it several times a year and also live less than an hours drive from the park. And boy am I glad we finally stopped! Now I want to make it a goal to visit all of the Ontario’s Provincial Parks along Hwy 17 North.
There are several hiking trails to choose from at the White Lake Provincial Park Ontario. Since this was my first time out in the woods this summer I thought I should ease into it-chuckle, chuckle. I voted for the Clearwater trail to start, but frankly it was too easy, even for someone who was a little rusty.
The water was definitely clear on the Clearwater Trail!
The woodlands were littered with all kinds of magical fairy stumps.
And there were giant shaggy bark trees.
Still full of energy, we decided to hike the Deer Lake Trail too. It is a 4.5 km trail, but after going 1.5 km the trail was covered with water and unless you have rubber boots on you would be walking through water mid-calf. Besides this fact, I heard some very distinct snapping of tree limbs and was thoroughly convinced it was a bear!
I spotted several Lady slippers on the Deer Trail.
There were many fallen fungus covered trees on the woodland floor and some that looked like they had been just recently cut to clear the path for walking. All in all it was just about as perfect a day as one can have! We passed a moose on the road on our way out of town, spotted a beautiful red billed sand crane on the road back home, and then while watching TV we spotted a big black bear running across the road into our neighbors back yards. There have been nine bears spotted in town so far this spring and they have had to put three of them down I have heard. I am hoping that the berries ripen soon so they will return to the woods where they won’t suffer anymore harm.
Now I’m off to the sewing room for the next couple of days to put my new embroidery machine to the test! I can’t wait to share my projects with you on my next post.