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CANADA | Monday, 12 July 2010 | Views [426] | Comments [2]

Arrived in Toronto last night; with Spain winning the World Cup last night it was pretty busy around time - the hotel is nice and central. The customs official was about 2 years old and was a bit of a pain asking questions but got in without much issue...

The high level plan of action is 2 days Toronto, train to Montreal and a couple of days there. Then get a hire car and travel up and round back to Ontario spending a week in a cabin near Algonquin National Park (http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/) and then back round to Toronto stopping for a night to see Niagra falls.

Wasn't able to find a proper wilderness cabin just for me, all the fly in cabins are  fishing or hunting lodges (not interested) and need more than one person. I don't think I am a good enough wilderness man to go camping by myself into the middle of nowhere and it's not recommended by yourself.... will hire a canoe for a day and see how I do; I will try a 2 day trek at the end of my time in Algonquin park - really looking forward to this bit, have been reading up on my Black Bear safety tips.

Sadly not going to be doing a Sky Dive in Canada; there is a weight limit of 100 KG for a tandem jump even in the US and sadly not likely to be hitting 100 KG while I'm here (or ever probably) !!

Spent my day in Toronto wandering around the underground tunnels

Got the train to Montreal; really liked the city - it had a good vibe. Wonderful weather so I climbed up to the top of Mont Royal (unsurprisingly where the city got it's name) and it was a great walk. There were 2 ways up to the top - the sensible one which went round and round, and the direct route straight up. So naturally I took the direct route; this would have been OK but for the shirtless students who'd be jogging past me and then stopping to do 20 pressups before moving on while struggled with the slope (sadly it was only the men who were shirless otherwise it wouldn't be so bad)....

Next day went to the airport to pickup my hire car; drove up to a place called Le Village Windago in Quebec - only there for a couple of days but was a very nice setup; was around a 3 hour drive and luckily was able to stay awake without a problem !! I am surprised how similar everything was to France, from the style of Supermarkets to the fact that some people did not speak any English (strange for a country where both languages are spoken).  The resort was in a nice remote location with lots of hikes - although I managed to get completely off track a few times.

Next step was the drive to Algonquin park which was a 7 and a half hour drive; again I was surprised that I stayed awake without much problem - must be because I had got a much bigger car than previously and had a much better kick; so was fun to drive. Was a big disappointed with the cabin I had organised as it was a bit run down and was full of kids etc but it was summer holidays so I shouldn't have been surprised.

Overall in Algonquin Park I managed to hike a little over 40km; beautiful countryside but not quite as remote as I had hoped for, back in the day the park was only accessable via canoe - highlights were seeing a Black Bear which the park rangers say they only see 2 a year so was very lucky. It was probably an adolesent therefore wasn't huge but still moved gracefully (and thankfully ran away gracefully too)

After the week I drove down to Peterborough; which was a bit of a disappointment and was slightly run down with plenty of beggars - clearly had seen better times. Next step was down to Niagara falls which was amazing in itself if slight crowded and cheapened by all the tourist stuff going on. The falls kicked up so much spray that there was a permanent rainbow which was pretty cool.

Canda is a great country and if water becomes the next oil then they will be Saudi.

Tags: trekking, wilderness

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1

You never know, I week out in the sticks eating nothing but freshly-caught fish and being chased around by bears, you might shed those kilos in a hurry!

  Nick Jul 19, 2010 12:13 PM

2

Heard you lose brain cells doing that too...

  Clare Jul 29, 2010 2:06 AM

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