• Tin Can Cottage in storage for winter
    Camp Prep,  RV Tips

    Seven ways to prepare for spring camping now

    If cold, wintery weather has you counting the days until spring, here are seven things you can do to help prepare for camping - and ensure you’re ready to hit the road at the first sign of spring! Find new campgrounds We all have our tried and true favourite places to camp. For us, we’ll start the season at Rockwood Conservation Area, as usual, and we’ve already booked a site at Valens Conservation Area for Thanksgiving. But this is an excellent time of year to find new places to explore.  As a starting point, we consider events we plan to attend, like festivals or weddings, then search around to see…

  • Valens Lake with fall leaves in background
    Campground Review

    Campground Review: Valens Lake Conservation Area

    Valens campground, located within Valens Lake Conservation Area, located between Hamilton and Cambridge, Ontario, is one of our favourite local campgrounds. Read our review to learn why or jump to our summary. Valens campground location Valens Lake is a short drive off Highway 6, sort of between Hamilton and Cambridge Ontario. It’s an easy drive to get there, even when towing a big rig, with paved roads and good signage. Valens campground is a good distance from main highways, so road noise is not an issue. However, if you don’t like waking to the sound of cows mooing in the distance you may want to “moove” on. As with many…

  • Freshly canned jalapenos
    Campground cooking

    Canning Preserves at Camp

    This weekend marked one of our favourite annual camping traditions: canning preserves at camp.  I don’t remember exactly where the idea came from, but it went something like this. A group of us were at camp, sitting around the fire, discussing one of our favourite subjects: food. Someone (likely Colin) mentioned they would like to try canning some of the amazing fresh fruits and vegetables available at this time of year. Someone else (okay, also likely Colin) suggested we could do it at camp, because we just happen to own a 90,000 BTU, three-burner outdoor propane stove (have I mentioned Colin is a Scouter?!).  And that’s how “Canning Camp” was…