Fantastic Fall Getaway in Temiskaming Shores

It’s been such a beautiful fall so far! As much as I enjoyed being in Spain during October last year, I definitely felt like I missed out on my favourite time of year back home. But luckily this year seems to be making up for that – the colours are awesomely vibrant and the weather has been *suspiciously* nice.

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#nofilter
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The bright yellow birches are my favourite ❤ 
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Fall at the French River

Eric and I recently headed to Temiskaming Shores for a fall/anniversary/Thanksgiving/ work getaway 🙂 The working part wasn’t in the initial plan, but we (oh btw, I work with Eric now) picked up some appraisals in North Bay, New Liskeard, and Timmins along the way. It ended up being quite the whirlwind tour of Northeastern Ontario.

Temiskaming Shores (created in 2004 by the amalgamation of New Liskeard, Haileybury, and Dymond) was never really on my travel radar until I did a bit of research on the area for a Northeastern Ontario Tourism guest blog post. And I’m glad I looked into it because it’s really pretty up there! And it’s crazy how much the topography changes so quickly as you enter the “little clay belt”. Rocks turn into farmland and it suddenly looks like we’re back in my neck of the woods in Southern Ontario. If you get a chance, I recommend checking out it out… here are some ideas for things to do when you do go 😉

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Ms. Claybelt

Accommodation

We stayed at Les Suites des Presidents and this unique accommodation was perfect for our getaway! The Suites are located in beautiful historical homes along Lake Temiskaming in Haileybury, in an area known as “Millionaire’s Row”. I spoke with one of the owners, Nicole Guertin, for the blog article and I could tell that she was very enthusiastic and passionate about the Suites and the area in general. Nicole is super friendly, accommodating, an advocate for local businesses and aims to bring something unique to Haileybury tourism.

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Villa @ Les Suites des Presidents
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Lovely yard
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Make sure to stop by the new Meteor Cafe and Bistro for a coffee and/or pastry

We stayed in the Guertin Suite, which is on the third floor of the Villa. Included in the cost of our stay were: breakfast (kitchen was stocked with coffee, tea, eggs, yogurt, pancake mix, cereal, jams, etc.), use of recreation equipment like bikes and kayaks, board games and books, and a hot tub. OH and we received a freshly baked good at our door every morning = the BEST. I wish that happened every day. Here are some pics:

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Love that window
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Sweet suite
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Baskets of goodies
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Delicious bread baked that morning by Nicole’s husband Jocelyn

Food

We took advantage of our kitchen so didn’t eat at too many restaurants. We went to Ali’s and Rooster’s in New Liskeard and La Gauferie in Ville-Marie. Ali’s was recommended by a client and offered a mix of things. They had a seasonal menu (Eric got the lambshank stew), pretty good food and very friendly service. Rooster’s had delicious cheesecake (but can there be bad cheesecake?? Also, where does cheesecake stand in the pie vs. cake debate??? Is it really a cake… it has a crust. Discuss). La Gauferie was OK, but I wouldn’t rush back there… maybe I should have gotten the waffles.

Things to Do

Devil’s Rock Hike

This is one of the more popular hikes in the area and the scenery is pretty spectacular. The “Devil’s Rock” reminded us of the view from the Cup and Saucer trail on Manitoulin Island. There were two options for trails – A (shorter) and B (longer). We took the longer trail which was accessed from Bucke Park Campground. It was approximately a 6 km roundtrip and moderately difficult with rocky terrain – you should wear hiking boots if you choose this route. Definitely recommend.

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Temagami Fire Tower

The Temagami tower is one of the only fire towers in Ontario that you are allowed to climb and you are rewarded with a pretty great view when you reach the top. The tower is located in the White Bear Forest which has tons of other trails that looked pretty awesome, but we unfortunately didn’t have time to hike them 😦 There was only a short trail to get to the base of the tower and then a climb up a spiral staircase to get to the top. If you’re not a fan of heights, there were also a few lookout platforms from the trail below.

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Drive to Quebec

We popped on over to Quebec on the rainy Saturday for lunch and chocolate. There is a national historic site (Fort Temiskaming, an important fur-trading post) in Ville-Marie, but it closes in September so we couldn’t visit this time. Ville-Marie was pretty cute and it DID have a chocolate shop (Les Chocolats Martine) so it was worth the trip 😉

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From the Quebec side of the lake
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Mmmmmmmm (truffles are coconut, passionfruit and cappuccino for inquiring minds)

Sunrise Over the Lake

I hurried down to the dock with my camera when I spotted the sun coming up through that fantastic window in our suite. It. Was. Awesome.

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Thornloe Cheese

So many curds. And we got 1kg of honey for $10 (yes, I realize that isn’t cheese but it was a good deal and is delicious). They also had little “snack size” curd packets so got a couple of those for the road, a bigger bag of cheddar curds, and the “Devil’s Rock” blue cheese. This is a must-stop place in my cheese-loving opinion.

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Cheese heaven
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Yes that bag is open

Other Stops

Cobalt Silver Trail

Cobalt is one of only three mining camps in Canada to be designated a National Historic Site and you can learn all about it by walking or driving along the Heritage Silver Trail, which includes a mining museum, heritage park and other mining sites.

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Townsite Mine building

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Temagami Train Station

Adorable. Near the turn-off for the fire tower.

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STATO Trail

This paved multi-use trail between Haileybury and New Liskeard is along a fairly busy road, but you get to enjoy the lake views along the way. And there are reflective sticks at regular intervals separating the trail from the road so it felt pretty safe to run along here. There’s an annual “Haunted Hustle” run along here that includes a marathon… hmmm, maybe next year?

Tri-Town Bowling

Yes we went bowling. And it was fun.

Antiques

We popped into one of the many roadside antique shops to snoop around a bit. If you’re in the market for a giant Texaco sign, we know just the place.

World’s Shortest Covered Bridge

#Goals. You can see this little gem in Latchford.

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That pretty much sums it up! We ended the weekend back at camp for Thanksgiving dinner (I told you it was a whirlwind) and I snapped a few more fall pics. I’ll leave you with this one:

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Ahhh so nice

Thanks for reading, enjoy the fall foliage!

 

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Meals From Our Weekly Veggie Box

Yay it’s (pretty much) fall! As much as I love fall, I definitely haven’t been complaining about the summer weather that has been gracing us with its presence lately. With fall comes beautiful colours, pumpkin spice everything, and harvest season – which means more goodies in our weekly veggie box!

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Fall.

Every Thursday since mid June, we’ve been getting a box full of local seasonal veggies from Eat Local Sudbury. It’s like Vegetable Christmas every week for 17 weeks! The boxes are through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program so not only do we get a steady supply of  fresh produce, but we (well, technically Eric’s mom since it was a gift – great gift idea by the way 🙂 ) also get to support local farmers and Eat Local. 

This past week, I made it my mission to feature as many of these vegetables as possible each day. Here’s a glimpse as what we made with our veggie haul:

Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant (Desbarats Country Produce, Desbarats), Roasted Acorn Squash (Bauman’s Farms, Massey), Asparagus & Rice

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Yummy

Well, Eat Local likes to keep surprising us with unconventionally-coloured produce: last week was a yellow watermelon and this week was a white eggplant…what’s next?!? The skin needed to be removed from the white eggplant, but it came off pretty easily using a peeler and was otherwise pretty similar to a purple one.

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A mysterious white eggplant in the wild…watch out for the pricklies

We marinaded four little eggplant “steaks” in this delicious jerk seasoning (seriously, soooo good), grilled them on the BBQ then mixed the leftover seasoning into some coconut rice. Yum. We roasted the squash some oil, salt and pepper and used about half for this dinner and saved the rest for other squash-y treats (foreshadowing). I also roasted the seeds, which I failed to adequately monitor and burnt a bit…oops…at least they were nice and crispy!

Maple & Squash Muffins

Mmmuffins! I’ve used other non-traditional (read: you put what in these?) ingredients in baking, but squash was new. Pumpkin works so it makes sense that other squash can work too… although it is much easier to scoop the puree out of a can 😉 And I think these turned out really well! (I might be biased though… check with Eric when I’m not around for a second opinion.) Check out the recipe here. Note: I opted for the sweet version because duh chocolate.

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Psst…there’s some squash in there

Overnight Oats with Squash

I used more of that leftover squash in some overnight oats…. again, something I haven’t added squash to (and admittedly sounds like a weird thing to do) but it added some creaminess and sweetness and was pretty good. Eric passed on this one. PS overnight oats are generally awesome. It’s nice to know breakfast is waiting for you when you wake up or finish a morning run (visualization of the oats helps me pick up the pace haha) and it’s easy to take with you if you’re rushed in the morning.

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Filling, quick, and delicious… just add toppings in the AM

Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes (Bauman’s Farms), Zucchini, Mushrooms, and Broccolini with Herbs (+ sweet potato & chia bites)

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Pasta ft. cherry tomatoes

Super easy weeknight meal… we roasted the veggies in some olive oil and herbs and mixed in some cooked fettucine. The juice from the veggies (especially those tomatoes when they burst a bit) and parmesan created a tasty sauce.

Lettuce Mix (Three Forks Farms, Warren) with Beets (Bauman’s Farms), Feta, Sunflower seeds, Radish, Bell Pepper, and Celery with Balsamic Dressing 

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I have a love/hate relationship with beets

I initially planned on making an entree salad with salmon, but forgot that we had a plantain lying around that needed to be used sooner rather than later. This beet + feta salad ended up as a side dish to oven-baked salmon and plantains fried in some coconut oil. A bit of a mish mash meal but still very tasty!

Black Bean & Chickpea Tacos with Sweet Corn (Bauman’s Farms) Salsa. Topped with Field Tomato (Desbarats Country Produce), Avocado, Baked Tofu & Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce

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Taco Thursday

We’ve made versions of this before, but the grilled corn salsa was a nice twist! I used the corn salsa recipe from Cookie & Kate and adapted the black bean/chickpea mash from One Ingredient Chef (this recipe is also sooo good as written, with the pomegranate and mango…highly recommend). I like to use plain yogurt as a base for sauces since it’s similar to sour cream but a bit healthier.

Cantaloupe (Bauman’s Farms), Peach, & Ginger Smoothie

This…doesn’t really need a description. However, I will say that the cantaloupe was really juicy.

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Smoothie (I guess that didn’t need a caption)

Mafé (West African Peanut Stew) using Potato (Bauman’s Farms), Carrot (Bauman’s Farms), and Delicata Squash (Desbarats Country Produce)

This is definitely one of our favourite recipes from the World of Street Food cookbook! You can add pretty much any veggies you want; we used white potato, carrots, and delicata squash this time but have used sweet potato before. Peanut butter + tomato might sound weird but give it a chance and you won’t be disappointed, I promise! Here’s a similar recipe if you want to give it a try.

A favourite cookbook – we’ve put it to good use over the years
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Mafé – I realize it doesn’t look that appetizing so you’ll just have to trust me

So there’s some stuff we made with our veggie box! If you live in Sudbury, I highly recommend getting a box next year and/or shopping at Eat Local. Happy fall and happy cooking 🙂

 

We Live Up Here

If there’s anyone who’s guilty of wishing they were anywhere but here (wherever that might be), it’s me. Especially this past year. Pretty much anywhere else seemed like the ideal place to live and travel, as long as it didn’t have bitter cold winters. I spent way too much time searching through jobs and schools from New Zealand to the Netherlands and everywhere in between.  But there I was…”stuck” in Sudbury.

It’s taken far too long, but I’m finally not only coming to terms with living here but am seeing how lucky I am to live here. As summer comes to an end and my favourite season (it’s fall!) creeps up on us, I’ve done a lot of reflecting on how great Canada, Ontario, and Northern Ontario are. My “weekly wanderings” and recent journeys out west and around Lake Superior have definitely helped open my eyes to the beauty, livability, and freedom of my country, province, and city.

Do I love everything about Sudbury? Heck no – I’d rather my eyelashes and nostrils not ever freeze, I’d be OK with not requiring ice picks on my boots, and mosquitoes/black flies don’t really need to exist. BUT we do have hundreds of lakes (including the largest and second largest city-contained lakes in the world), a pretty sweet skating path, beautiful fall colours, and we’re super close to some of the province’s best trails and parks. We also have porketta bingo, a stuffed wolf on a pulley, and a big nickel.

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Ramsey Lake from Bell Park boardwalk
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Oh Deer – one of Sudbury’s many murals 
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Oak Forest trail in winter…love those birches

So, instead of complaining or spending any more time plotting my great escape, I’m going to be grateful and keep on exploring (yes, even in winter). In light of that, here are some pictures of places around this beautiful country that I’ve gathered over the years….enjoy!

East Coast

A few pictures from a roadtrip Eric and I did  in August 2011 through Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia (including Cabot Trail) and Prince Edward Island. We would do it again in a heartbeat! Such a beautiful part of Canada.

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St. Lawrence River from Quebec (PS I love that building’s mural)
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Hopewell Rocks in Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
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Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
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❤ those east coast tides
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Prince Edward Island sunset

Southern Ontario

My old stomping grounds:

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If you want to stuff your face full of apple products and/or cheese then make sure to visit the ABC Festival…especially the fritter booth 😉
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Hehe welcome to Mennonite Country
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Feels like home 🙂

Some Toronto snaps:

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The classic CN Tower shot from inside the Skydome (fine…”Rogers Centre”)
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Lake Ontario + CN Tower
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❤ High Park’s cherry blossoms
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Distillery District
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I’ve always liked this building!

West Coast

I spent the beginning of May in Victoria and Vancouver and the food, ocean, mountains, flowers, beaches, and trails were amazing! 10/10 would visit again.

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Rocky Mountain views from the plane
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Victoria, B.C.
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Down by the Harbour in Victoria
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Beautiful Butchart Gardens in Victoria
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Canada Place in Vancouver, B.C.
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Sunset at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver
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View of North Vancouver from Stanley Park
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So green! Pacific Spirit Regional Park in Vancouver
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Wreck Beach near UBC

 

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Deep Cove in North Vancouver
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Gorgeous views along the Sea to Sky highway between Vancouver and Whistler

Northern Ontario

And without further ado, my (and Eric’s and Bear’s) current stomping grounds: 

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Conquering winter in Sudbury
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Cross-country skiing the Laurentian trails
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A bit far from home, but still Northern Ontario…Lake Superior in Pukaskwa National Park
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More of spectacular Lake Superior in Rainbow Falls Provincial Park
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Beach along Lake Nipissing in North Bay
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Rocky Island Lake north of Thessalon
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Taking a break from hiking the Crack in Killarney Provincial Park
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Georgian Bay from the Chikanshing Trail in Killarney
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Looking forward to this! Fall at the French River
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French River sunset
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❤ that fall foliage
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Cup and Saucer Trail on Manitoulin Island
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Lake Kagawong on Manitoulin Island
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Meg and Tay love it up here haha
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Lastly…even the stack can be pretty 🙂

There’s still so much of Canada that I haven’t seen and I would love to visit every province and territory eventually. There are tons of beautiful places in the world (and don’t get me wrong, I still wanna see them) but looking back at these pictures reminded me how lucky I am to be “here” 🙂