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@mamanonthetrail

"Hello" from the ONroute in Ingleside, Ontario! We are home now, arrived late last night, and I miss Forillon already but am glad to be back in my own bed. I think we all are. The last two days of our trip were mostly driving days and so not a lot of pics were taken, but there was a lot of excitement in terms of wildlife spotting! Stay tuned for some highlights from Day 6 & Day 7. . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #campingwithkids #carcamping #camping #takemecamping #takethekids #getoutside #optoutside #vitaminN #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #liveyouradventure #neverstopexploring #adventureculture #adventureswithkids #explorequebec #beautifulcanada #forillonnationalpark #parkscanada #gaspesie #gaspesiejetaime #roadtripping #roadtrippingwithkids #roadtripswithkids #onroute #homesweethome #hydroflask at Ingleside, Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

Highlights from Day 1: Kingston, ON ➡️ Rivière-du-Loup, QC. [Swipe to see all the pics] 1️⃣ This one is just cute to catch your attention, haha 2️⃣ Trail Dad and I adore road trip bingo! 3️⃣ Huckleberry adores books about things that go, and reads them 'til he passes out. 4️⃣ We stayed in the "rustic" tent-only section of Camping Municipale de la Pointe in RDL. 5️⃣ Huckleberry thinks our MSR tent deserves a "Wow!" every time we pitch it (it is pretty incredible!) 6️⃣ We only brought a few toys and books along, and buckets are a must for nature play! 7️⃣&8️⃣ Trail Dad cooked a mean dinner on our Coleman stove (the luxuries of car-camping) and Huckleberry devoured it and ate some of our portions, lol. 9️⃣ We brought out iPad stocked with lots of boardgames – there was lots of rain in the forecast. Anyway, we don't let Huckleberry use it for anything other than FaceTime but that piano app came in really handy in the 5 minutes of absolute nonsense before bedtime. Thanks for not destroying our tent, kiddo! 🔟 The sun setting over the St. Lawrence River. . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #campingwithkids #carcamping #camping #takemecamping #takethekids #getoutside #optoutside #vitaminN #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #liveyouradventure #neverstopexploring #adventureculture #adventureswithkids #quebec #explorequebec #riviereduloup at Camping municipal de la Pointe

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@mamanonthetrail

"Allô" from Rivière-du-Loup, Québec! Day 1 of our trip to Forillon National Park was so lovely! We are making 2 overnight stops on our way east to break up the 13-hour drive from Kingston, ON to Gaspé, Québec. Rivière-du-Loup last night and Cap-Chat tonight. It's been a little rainy and a little chilly but nothing that this trail fam can't handle! Stay tuned for some highlights of day 1. . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #campingwithkids #carcamping #camping #takemecamping #takethekids #getoutside #optoutside #vitaminN #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #liveyouradventure #adventurewiththemonya #wearthemonya #neverstopexploring #adventureculture #adventureswithkids #quebec #explorequebec #riviereduloup #wearyourhalo #luvmother #madeincanada at Camping municipal de la Pointe

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@mamanonthetrail

In light of honesty, I do like to post at least one meltdown picture from every trip because there's always at least one major meltdown, #toddlerlife. This one was 100% my fault, too. I was so excited about our new @kiddo_gear hiking harness for hands-free exploring but didn't consider that maybe Huckleberry wouldn't love it. I figured he must also be frustrated by the amount of handholding that has to happen to keep him safe, I thought he'd love to be able to roam "freely". I was terribly wrong and apparently the worst mom ever for putting it on him. SO. MANY. TEARS. So we found a safe place away from the water for him to learn to rock climb. And we'll try the harness another day. Any tips? [Swipe for more pics] . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #grundylakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #climbingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #getoutside #optoutside #liveyouradventure #takethekids #adventureswithkids #exploremore #adventureculture #kidswhohike @kids_who_hike #introtorockclimbing #rockclimbing #cragkids #kiddogear #babyharness #safetyfirst #toddlersofinstagram at Grundy Lake Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Huckleberry is STOKED about his new @thermarest Prolite sleeping pad that is just the right size! He woke up from a nap to a FedEx surprise and laid right back down with a huge grin on his face. He said "WOW! WOW! WOW!" and ran around in circles. We might just have a kid who loves camping! 🏕 Who's ready for a backyard campout? . . . #thermarest #tentlife #summeradventures #takemecamping #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #campingwithkids #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #thegreatoutdoors #CanadianOutdoorFamilies #outdoorfamilies #bringthekids #adventureswithkids #camping #backyardcamping #adventureparenting #familyjaunts #ygkblogger #reviewblogger #outdoorbloggers #canadianoutdoorblogs at Kingston, Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

What a way to start our summer vacation! Came home from our last official day of work to find our brand new @msr_gear 3-person tent waiting for us! I managed to pitch it in about 5 minutes while wrangling a trail baby. We are so excited to camp with some serious tent space...I'm thinking a dance party is in order! Thanks, @msr_gear! • Did you make any gear upgrades for the summer? 🏕 #msrgear #newtent #tentlife #summeradventures #takemecamping #canada150 #redandwhite #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #campingwithkids #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #thegreatoutdoors #CanadianOutdoorFamilies #outdoorfamilies #bringthekids #adventureswithkids #camping #backyardcamping #adventureparenting #mountainmomtots at Kingston, Ontario

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@mamanonthetrail

Spotting wildlife with Huckleberry last weekend was such a source of joy for us! He is finally at a stage of development where he is noticing what we are pointing out, pointing things out for us, learning the names of animals, and enjoying the whole process of spotting wildlife. I finally feel like we have a #naturekid! And it's only going to get better from here! • What do your #naturekids enjoy pointing out? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #canoecamping #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #childhoodunplugged #childrenatnatureplay #natureplay #playoutside #letthembelittle #letthemplay #gooutsideandplay #playeveryday #kidsoftheoutdoors #outdoorkids #outdoorswithkids #freerangekids #littleandbrave #springpeeper #frog #snail #wildlife at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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Let's talk about bedtime! And naptime too? Sure. Maybe we'll start with naptime. This is gonna be a long one (feel free to bookmark it for later lol). So when we hike in, Huckleberry takes a nap in our @deuter Kid Comfort 3. Except for the very first time, when he was 6 months old, he has not napped in the tent while backpacking. That's not to say he won't ever, especially as he stays awake in the carrier for longer periods, but we don't bank on a nap between arrival and bedtime. On each of our multi-day trips, he's napped on a hike during the middle day too. However, it was different when we paddled in because he didn't sleep in the canoe. I saw all the signs of needing a nap, turned on a white noise app on my phone, and nursed him into a peaceful 1.5-hour snooze (p.s. He doesn't nap like that at home!). Bedtime is also different while camping. The fresh air and the sun give him a second wind and he's up an hour or two passed his bedtime. We're ok with that because it means we can watch the sunset instead spending that time in the tent getting him down. After the sun sets and the fire fades, we all turn in together. We're in a 2-person tent, so it's cozy, and we lay our fleece sweaters down between our @thermarest mattresses for him. My sleeping bag zips open on the side he's on, and I wrap a fleece blanket around him and tuck it into my bag thus extending my bag to include him (we are currently looking at double sleeping bag options as it's not the best set up). And this time we brought along our @ellie.ears head support pillow. Huckleberry wears his @weewoollies merino wool pyjamas over a @motherease Sandy's and Airflow combo with @wheatkidsclothing merino wool underwear as an extra moisture barrier. Oh and some socks. In the colder months, we threw some fleece jammies on top and his @weewoollies beanie too. I sleep in my @momzelle Chloe for night-nursing convenience, and because it's so comfortable! He often wakes up a few times in the night to nurse, at home and in the tent, but we often sleep past sunrise all snuggled in there together. • I'd love to hear about your sleep set up with little ones! • #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #cosleeping at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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Who's ready for a snack? 🍎 Whether at home or on an adventure I am ALWAYS HUNGRY, no exaggeration. I often finish a meal and wonder immediately what and when I'll eat next. Huckleberry is a snacker too, and quickly decided that the canoe was the place to eat. I mean he's sitting still, so why not?! Camping, hiking, or paddling, we tend to bring along the same selection of snacks. Sometimes we pack proper lunches, but my favourite kind of lunch is just a bunch of snacky, picnicky foods. • Some of our favourites include: - apple slices (our @litsiecreations snack bags keep slices from browning for at least 3 days!) - snap peas - carrot sticks - cucumber slices (we make sure to eat them all the first day or so, otherwise they get weird, but I bet pickling cucumbers would pack well) - @babybelus cheese (the waste is a bit of a pain but we love that it's contained and keeps well) - pepperettes, beef jerky or salami (it all depends on how we're feeling) - trail mix with cranberries, almonds, cashews and white chocolate chips - granola bars and/or Clif Bars - some form of chip or cracker (we love the @preschoice corn chips with flax seed) - wine gums or Starburst (or something else sweet and chewy if we need some extra umph to keep going) • We bring sandwiches on day trips or if we are eating lunch the first day out. Otherwise we snack and snack and snack. • What are your go-to adventure snacks? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #trailheadktown #paddleygk #paddleon #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventureparenting #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #shoplocal #supportlocal #litsiecreations #ecobaby #litterlesslunch #hikingfood #campingfood #snacktime #ventureout at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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@lil.sidekick

Check out this little guy! Just boatin' 🛶 and snackin' and keepin' all the things safe! 😋 #Repost @mamanonthetrail (@get_repost) ・・・ Ahhhhh why did we have to come home? Why do we have to wait another 5 weeks before summer vacation? This weekend was too perfect. Just plain amazing. And look how happy this little canoeist is! The key to a happy Huckleberry in a canoe? Babybel cheese! (Ok, and breastmilk; that was an adventure in parenting!) Stay tuned on Instagram over the next few days for pics of our first ever canoe-camping trip! • Cheese: @babybelus Canoe: @trailheadktown Hat: @twinklebelledesign UV Tee: @bummiscloth Tether: @lil.sidekick . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #trailheadktown #trailheadambassador #paddleygk #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddleon #outdoorfamilies #everyfamilyoutdoors #getoutside #mylifeoutside #exploremore #adventureculture #adventureparenting #borntobeadventurous #huckleberrycamps #bummis #lilsidekick

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What's for dinner? 🍴Moving from car-camping to backpacking we had to ditch our amazing @colemancanada_ camp stove and opt for an equally amazing but teeny tiny @msr_gear PocketRocket. We also made the switch from bulky ready-made and traditional camping meals to easier-to-cook and easier-to-pack dehydrated meals. We could've gone big for canoe-camping but stuck to the usual. We've tried several from @backpackerspantry and have been quite pleased. Pictured here is their Hawaiian rice with chicken. We tend to eat right from the bag with our @light_my_fire_sweden sporks, but sharing with a toddler is easier when eating from a bowl. We use these great bowls from @msr_gear that come with matching mugs and fit conveniently inside the pot we use to boil the water (Trail Lite Dup Cook Set). Huckleberry doesn't eat enough to merit his own meal yet (he's big on breakfast, lunch and snacks but not dinner) so sharing works and we're not too concerned about our meal choices right now. Wine is also a really nice added luxury to canoe-camping – and we love our @gsioutdoors wine glasses! • Breakfast, lunch & snack posts to come. If you have any food-related questions, ask away! If there are lots, I may write a blog post! • What do you eat while camping? And how do you prepare it? • Note: all of the food and paraphernalia mentioned here can be purchased locally at @trailheadktown #shoplocal #supportlocal . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #trailheadktown #paddleygk #paddleon #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventureparenting #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #backpackerspantry #msrgear #gsioutdoors #lightmyfire #spork #backcountry #campingfood at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Along with our toddler-wrangling turn-taking, Trail Dad and I also have camp jobs that we seem to divide and conquer the same way each time. I do more of the planning and packing. He does more of the heavy lifting and loads the vehicle. I set up and take down the camp. He cooks all the meals. And as of recently, I've taken over the fire-building (I'm better at it 😂) but he still gets to poke at it, such a firebug! Huckleberry helped a bit with packing and setting up camp this time around, he also wanted to help carry the canoe – really he walked alongside it while holding on. I can see him picking up a few jobs of his own soon. • What "jobs" do you prefer or excel at in the backcountry? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #bookwormthetraildad #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #trailheadktown #paddleygk #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventureparenting #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #backcountry #takemecamping #tentlife #camping #keepcalmandcampon #everyfamilyoutdoors #wildernessculture #lilfamadventure at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Saturday schedule: 8:00 – slowly dress, pack and head out 10:00 – scenic drive to Charleston Lake Provincial Park 11:15 – check in, unpack car, pack canoe, change a diaper in a parking lot 11:45 – lazily paddle just over an hour to our site 1:00 – eat lunch & wander about the site, waterfront, etc. 1:30 – set up camp/ toddler-wrangle in shifts 2:30 – put said toddler down for a nap and swing in the hammock 4:00 – get back in the canoe and paddle around an island just for fun BECAUSE WE STILL HAD ENERGY!! I'll stop there lol...I mean the rest was really just dinner, wine and a bonfire. But the three biggest differences we've noticed between backpacking and canoe-camping are: 1) we can pack more 2) we aren't sore and tired when we arrive 3) Huckleberry doesn't nap on the way so we can have some "us time"/a break while he naps in the tent. The extra energy allowed for more enjoyable and patient toddler-wrangling, some uninterrupted adult conversations plus an exploratory paddle AND hike – which never happens when we hike in. • How do you spend your down time while camping? . . . @trailheadktown #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #trailheadktown #paddleygk #paddleon #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventureparenting #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #ventureout #takethekids #canoelife #kidsoutdoors #toddlersofinstagram #outdoormom #outdoormoms #momswhopaddle #canadianmama at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

"Coucou!" ☀️ Another entry in the first canoe-camping trip log... As we finally hit the water on Saturday it was approaching noon and the sun was out in full force. Trail Dad and I prepared by wearing loose-fitting pants, ball caps and sunglasses. Huckleberry, on the other hand, sported his breathable @luvmthr wool pants, @bummiscloth UV tee and @twinklebelledesign/@janandjul AquaDry sun hat. We all slathered on some @mattercompany Substance natural sunscreen and drank lots of water from our @hydroblu water bottles. This prep ensured that none of us ended up sunburnt or dehydrated over the weekend. How do you prepare for time outdoors in the hot sun? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #trailheadktown #paddleygk #paddleon #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventureparenting #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #summervibes #sunsafety #sunprotection #sunscreen #uvclothing #cleanwatereverywhere #madeincanada #takemecamping #365milechallenge at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

How to relax while camping with a toddler... (Swipe for more) Step 1: Set up your @tbagear hammock Step 2: Put your toddler down for an hour-long nap (white noise app highly recommended) Step 3: Curl up in said @tbagear hammock with your love (Even though we only have a 1-person hammock, the generous width and 400lb limit makes it perfect for snuggling) . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #trailheadktown #paddleygk #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventureparenting #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #momlife #parenthood #toddlerlife #toddlersofinstagram #tinybigadventure #hammocklife #naptime #keenkids #keencanada #tentlife at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

"And we're off!" (If only if were that easy) • I pride myself in being honest and transparent on here so let me tell you about our Friday night and Saturday morning. I knew I would be stressed until the canoe hit the water, we had A LOT to do in the way of prep. Friday: after work/daycare we had to pick up the canoe, eat dinner, and then divide and conquer the rest. Trail Dad took Huckleberry and filled up the gas tank, grabbed groceries and dropped Kirby off with my sister an hour away. While they were out, I did laundry and packed for the weekend. Somehow we made it to bed before midnight. Saturday morning was a smooth exit, we grabbed breakfast on the road and got to Charleston Lake PP in good time. However, while unloading the gear and canoe, Huckleberry was practically running laps around the parking lot and then had an unimaginably messy poop which required a middle-of-the-parking-lot diaper change with Trail Dad on mosquito duty. Finally we climbed into the canoe but not before Huckleberry discovered the whistle on Trail Dad's boat coat and had a little whine about having to wear his own. But then "ahhhhhhh" – the positive effects of Vitamin N washed over me and all thoughts of unfinished report cards, unwritten blog articles, and poor Kirby who was missing out were all left behind in that parking lot. Smiles plastered on our faces..."and we're off!" . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #bookwormthetraildad #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #trailheadktown #paddleygk #paddleon #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddlingwithkids #campingwithkids #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #raiseawildchild #raisingkidswild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventureparenting #adventuremamas #borntobeadventurous #momlife #nostress #honestmotherhood #parenthood #weekender #outdoormom #neverstopexploring at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Ahhhhh why did we have to come home? Why do we have to wait another 5 weeks before summer vacation? This weekend was too perfect. Just plain amazing. And look how happy this little canoeist is! The key to a happy Huckleberry in a canoe? Babybel cheese! (Ok, and breastmilk; that was an adventure in parenting!) Stay tuned on Instagram over the next few days for pics of our first ever canoe-camping trip! • Cheese: @babybelus Canoe: @trailheadktown Hat: @twinklebelledesign UV Tee: @bummiscloth Tether: @lil.sidekick . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #charlestonlakeprovincialpark #ontarioparks #exploreontario #trailheadktown #trailheadambassador #paddleygk #canoecamping #canoeingwithkids #paddleon #canadianoutdoorfamilies #outdoorfamilies #everyfamilyoutdoors #vitaminN #getoutside #getoutstayout #mylifeoutside #exploremore #neverstopexploring #familyjaunts #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #childhoodunplugged #adventureculture #adventureparenting #borntobeadventurous #huckleberrycamps #bummis #lilsidekick #twinklebelledesign at Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Last one, I promise! (Unless you're really enjoying them, in that case I have a few more, lol). It can be a hard decision, choosing to miss out on a holiday with the extended family. But it can also be an easy decision. We spent both Thanksgiving and Easter as a family of 3 (or 4 if you include the dog 🐾) in a small tent in the woods. And we have no regrets. Yes, the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins may miss us and we miss them, but we don't miss the long car rides, the hustle and bustle of a big family reunion, or having to choose which side of the family we spend the holiday with. Plus, we can catch up with everyone later, right? Do you ever miss out on big family things so that you can soak up some quality time with just your little family? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #tentlife #hammocklife #tinybigadventure #frontenacprovincialpark #familyfirst #familytime #intothewoodswego at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Let's talk about trail snacks! Here's our new fave and our old fave: 1️⃣ President's Choice Corn Chips with Flax Seeds (perfectly crunchy, perfectly salty, perfectly filling) 2️⃣ President's Choice Almonds, Cashews & Cranberries Trail Mix with some white chocolate chips added by yours truly (the best mix of healthy and decadent for guilt-free snacking) • What are your favourite trail snacks? . . . #snacktime #trailfood #trailsnacks #snacksonthego #foodporn #campingfood #hikingfood #trailmix #gorp #chips #yum #miam #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #tentlife #frontenacprovincialpark at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Camping with a toddler isn't all sunshine and rainbows, but it isn't all tantrums and face plants either. I like to try to give you an honest picture of the ups and downs of our outdoor adventures. I feel like I can honestly say that 80% of the time Huckleberry was truly happy and enjoying himself. The other 20% of the time he was testing our patience, testing his own physical limits, testing gravity, testing the tolerance of our neighbours, testing everything and everyone, really. But how else do we learn? This particular little meltdown was because I wouldn't let him crawl under the bench separating him from the campfire, terrible Maman that I am keeping him safe like that! Anyway, all that to say that nature makes a great distraction from momentary upsets. Is your kid happier outside? How do you deal with tantrums on the trail? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #campingwithkids #camping #toddlerlife #toddlersofinstagram #tantrum #toddlertantrums #momlife #frontenacprovincialpark at Frontenac Provincial Park

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The biggest gear game changers for us on this camping trip (and every camping trip and lengthy hiking trip going forward) were our @hydroblu Clear Flow Water Bottle and Versa Flow Water Filter. We carried in only the water we needed for the hike in, which left our packs 8kg lighter in total. I can't tell you how much more enjoyable it was to not worry about having enough clean drinking water readily available (and to eliminate that excess weight from all of our packs – Kirby was relieved, lol). We were able to fill the water bottle with lake water again and again and again because of the incredible filtration system built into the straw. And the Versa Flow Light-Weight Water Filter (not pictured) attaches to any standard bottle, can be used as a straw to drink straight from the source, or attaches in-line with your hydration system if you cut the hose and insert it into the hose line. We attached it to our @ruffwear bottles that came with Kirby's pack and used it to filter water for food prep, the pup, and refilling our hydration bladders for the hike back. The best part about the bottle though is that Huckleberry can drink from it unassisted and LOVES it! It may even have doubled as a teething toy 😂 What is your backcountry water situation like? Because @hydroblu gives us #cleanwatereverywhere . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #humansoutdoors #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #campingwithkids #backcountry #backcountrycamping #waterfilter #stayhydrated #hydroblu #frontenacprovincialpark at Frontenac Provincial Park

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So there are people who solo camp with kids, and I've definitely thought about it a lot, and may still do it, but boy will it take some energy and some planning. We did a lot of turn-taking in the backcountry, a lot of "You wrangle while I set up the tent and I'll wrangle while you make dinner and then you wrangle while I..." You get the picture. I definitely regret leaving our @onyababy soft-structured carrier behind. I even had it in my hand and thought "No, if we go on a short hike while camping we can just throw him back in the @Deuter." Wrong. Always bring the Onya. It's now officially on our essential gear list. There were times when he just wanted to be held, times when we both needed to be doing something, times when I just needed him contained. We learn something each time we go on an adventure and these little lessons make the next adventure that much better. What have you learned from your adventures with littles? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #adventureparenting #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #hiking #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #childrenatnatureplay #natureplay #wearthemonya #campingwithkids #frontenacprovincialpark at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

➡️Swipe for more➡️ The 4km hike into our campsite was our first KEEN experience and let's just say we're hooked! With 50lbs of kid+gear on my back, I was practically skipping in the lightest hiking boots I've ever worn! Trail Dad had no complaints and is already choosing his KEENs over his running shoes on more leisurely strolls. Huckleberry is smitten and has been wearing his in the apartment as well, haha. A huge thanks to @keencanada and @keen.kids for the chance to review some incredible footwear! I'd love to hear about your experience with KEEN or any other hiking footwear that you just love! . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #keen #keenkids #keencanada #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #tentlife #hammocklife #tinybigadventure #frontenacprovincialpark at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Camping at 9 months was very different from camping at 6 months, and camping at 16 months has been a whole other adventure, lol. Huckleberry was all over the campsite and one of us needed to be eyes (and hands) on him AT ALL TIMES as our campsite was a short drop to the lake on 3 sides. It was incredible watching him explore and interact with his surroundings. There was no need to pack toys as our camping gear and nature provided all the entertainment he needed. He chatted with trees and became attached to our measuring cup. I lost count of his face plants, and thankfully also his smiles and laughs, as he toddled left and right and up and down in his adorable new @keen.kids hiking shoes (which he is obsessed with, by the way). He didn't complain once about having his @twinklebelledesign aqua dry sunhat strapped to his head all day Friday, and that's why he's the only one who didn't get a little April sunburn. Let's hear about your camping trips with littles! . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #childrenatnatureplay #natureplay #playoutside #tentlife #twinklebelledesign #brandrep #keenkids #frontenacprovincialpark at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Get ready for the story of our latest camping trip via Instagram posts. On Friday around noon, we hiked 4.1km in from the north end of Frontenac Provincial Park with everything we needed on our backs and a pup by our side. We packed almost 10kg less this time around and you'll have to stay tuned to learn which incredible discovery helped us do that! I'll be talking about some gear, some hacks, some triumphs and some challenges, and I'd love for you to share yours too! Comment freely with questions you have and tips & tricks of your own! . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #tentlife #twinklebelledesign #hydroblu #deuter #momzelle #camelbak #lilsidekick #frontenacprovincialpark at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

24 hours of uninterrupted and utterly unplugged family time in nature was exactly what we needed. My body is sore but my heart and my soul are oh-so-happy. We opted to come home instead of staying a second night what with the impending thunderstorms this evening and the heavy rain that fell this afternoon (we almost got out before it hit). And we are now plunked happily (and sleepily) on the couch about to watch the Leafs play. Cider anyone? . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #kirbythetraildog #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #365milechallenge #natureplay #playoutside #tentlife #hammocklife #tinybigadventure #frontenacprovincialpark at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

It has been 6 months since our last camping trip – it's time to head into the woods! I've been a little quieter on social media this week as we process some news about a friend and prepare for this backcountry camping trip. We are in need of an enormous dose of Vitamin N(ature). We might be back tomorrow night or maybe Sunday night. We'll see. Prepare yourselves to be inundated with camping photos in the near future 🏕⛺️🏕 . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad #huckleberrycamps #canadianoutdoorfamilies #getoutside #optoutside #lovelifeoutside #vitaminN #neverstopexploring #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #outdoorfamilies #adventure #borntobeadventurous #adventuremamas #moretoexploreoutdoors #pottyadventures #campingwithkids #hikingwithkids #hikeitbaby #hikeitbaby30 #nevertooyoungtohike #togetherwehike #365milechallenge #childrenatnatureplay #natureplay #playoutside #tentlife at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

On day two of a three-day rainstorm, I'm left thinking about the Norwegian saying, "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing." This photo is from our 9-hour hike on the long weekend, where it rained most of the day but as you can see we were happy and the sun did grace us with its presence. Here's to being prepared! . . . #mamanfrontenac #frontenacchallenge #frontenacprovincialpark #ontarioparks #ygk #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #lovelifeoutside #getoutside #getoutdoors #optoutside #outdoors #nature #vitaminN #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #outfam #outdoorfamilies #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #lifeoutdoors #lifeoutside #deuter #deuterbaby #testedtough #hikingintherain at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Life outdoors isn't always glamorous. Sometimes it's sweaty and cranky and climbing up a hill on your hands and knees. Sometimes choice words are used. Sometimes you have to ask for help and sometimes you have to do it yourself. Sometimes you wonder what you're even doing. But the reward is so worth the struggle. Every time. . . . . . . #mamanfrontenac #frontenacchallenge #frontenacprovincialpark #ontarioparks #ygk #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #lovelifeoutside #getoutside #getoutdoors #optoutside #outdoors #nature #vitaminN #raiseawildchild #iwasbornwild #outfam #outdoorfamilies #huckleberrythetrailbaby #huckleberrycamps #bookwormthetraildad #lifeoutdoors #lifeoutside #deuter #deuterbaby #perseverance at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

Nearly 9 hours of slogging through light to heavy rain and it became apparent that our boots were not as waterproof as we had believed. But our @darntoughvermont socks kept our feet feeling warm and dry 🔥👣 You can win yourself two pairs on the blog! Just head to www.mamanonthetrail.com and click the "Giveaways" tab! . . . #mamanfrontenac #frontenacchallenge #frontenacprovincialpark #ontarioparks #ygk #hiking #camping #huckleberrycamps #camplife #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #lovelifeoutside #getoutside #optoutside #nature #vitaminN #outdoors #darntough #hikingsocks #socks #hikingintherain #rainorshine #leakyboots #merinowool #giveaway #canwin #win #sweeps at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

We arrived home yesterday afternoon and have been slowly working our way back to the real world (a.k.a. adult responsibilities). Working like a madwoman on the final task for the first section of my course while Trail Dad tackles groceries. But there's a little time to poke through the photos we took. Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! 🍂🦃🍽 . . . #mamanfrontenac #frontenacchallenge #frontenacprovincialpark #ontarioparks #ygk #hiking #hikingwithkids #nevertooyoungtohike #camping #campingwithkids #huckleberrycamps #tentlife #camplife #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #lovelifeoutside #getoutside #optoutside #nature #vitaminN #raiseawildchild #outfam #outdoorfamilies #outdoors #huckleberrythetrailbaby #bookwormthetraildad at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

What keeps you going? I may or may not have eaten one too many wine gums to get through the tough hike with a babe and gear on my back in a heat wave. . . . #hiking #camping #backpacking #candy #winegums #sugarrush #trailfood #trailsnacks #backcountry #getoutside #optoutside #outdoors #adventure #explore #frontenacprovincialpark #huckleberrycamps at Frontenac Provincial Park

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@mamanonthetrail

We're baaaaack! And we found a dinosaur in our campsite. Somebody forgot to "leave no trace" but that's ok, he's pretty cute! Stay tuned for some more photos of Huckleberry's first camping trip! #huckleberrycamps. And as a side note, it is hard work (but so worth it) coming back from unplugging for 48 hours. Bear with me, folks! . . . #huckleberrythetrailbaby #camping #backpacking #nevertooyoungtohike #campingwithkids #campingwithdogs #frontenacprovincialpark #backcountry #dinosaur #leavenotrace at Frontenac Provincial Park

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