Flying Northern Ontario with Thunder Airlines

Thunder Airlines TimminsOne of the benefits of having a pilot as a boyfriend is that I can be flown by someone I love and trust. My boyfriend Corey who works for Thunder Airlines based in Timmins, Ontario flew me all over northern Ontario from Timmins to Moosonee to Fort Albany to Kashechewan to Attawapiskat and back to Timmins. This is an opportunity few get. Being flown all over northern Ontario by my boyfriend is a dream; it’s hard to believe that I have my own personal pilot. Flying from one small northern Canadian community in a King Air 100 to another is an experience everyone should have, especially Canadians.Thunder Airlines Timmins Continue reading

Wild Exodus Adventure Travel

Wild Exodus Wild Exodus put together the best of what they offer (adventure travel in northern Ontario) in a jam packed full day tour in the northern wild. When I think of a great Canadian outdoor adventure, Wild Exodus must have been reading my mind because they created the ultimate outdoor adventure. My full day Wild Exodus tour had me cruising lake Kenogamissi on a pontoon boat, stopping for a homemade feast at Post 392, visiting a trappers cabin in the woods, exploring Exodus’ glamping site, and driving an ATV through northern Ontario’s bush to High Falls. I couldn’t have designed a better outdoor exploration myself. Leave it to Wild Exodus to create the extreme outdoor escape for any outdoor enthusiast. Continue reading

Yoga and Traveling are Journeys to Self

Yoga After meeting with Tiffany Schmidt, yoga instructor from Bodhi Tree Hot Yoga studio in Timmins, Ontario I learned more about how yoga and traveling are similar. Within minutes of talking to the new instructor, I learned that we both share a common love for Hawaii as she did her yoga training in Kelani on the Big Island. Hawaii has always been one of my dream turquoise destinations, which I finally visited last fall. In talking to Tiffany, her passion for yoga and traveling was seeping from her soul like an overflowing cup of water. One of the first things she told me is to live in the present, and for her, that means yoga and traveling. Continue reading

Summer Wildlife Tour Brought to Life

Winter:Cedar Meadows

Cedar Meadows

Northern Ontario, Ca

The last time I went on Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa‘s northern wildlife tour was during the middle of winter, when Canada’s harsh temperatures were at their worst, especially in northern Ontario. Bundled up in a Canada Goose parka and wool blanket, I attempted to engage with the animals the best I could amidst the freezing temperatures. Feeding the animals with my bare hand felt like jack frost was nipping at my finger tips every second I had them out of my warm alpaca wool mittens (although, the animals were worth it). I did my best to snap photos (using both a GoPro and Canon Rebel T3) of the northern rarities with my frozen frigid fingers. The highlight of my winter wonderland wildlife tour was seeing a mighty majestic moose up close for the first time. Taking Cedar Meadows Wildlife Tour during the summer gave me a whole new perspective of the active northern wildlife who were curious and wide eyed during the warm, mosquito laden season. Continue reading

Cedar Meadows Chalet Staycation

Cedar Meadows Resort and SpaGrowing up I always went camping with my family. My mom told me that my first camping experience was when I was only a few weeks old. Even through my teen years and early adulthood I enjoyed camping with friends and family and did so as often as I could. When I refer to camping I am talking about tenting in a wooded lot, while cooking on the fire. There is nothing like the fresh outdoors and smores on the camp fire. The last time I was camping was when I went white water rafting with my boyfriend in Maine 11 months ago. There are very few things that will stop me from tenting–not even the intense heat, rain, wind, cold, or bugs will slow me down. Continue reading

My First Facial Taught Me to Be Thankful

Cedar Meadows Resort and SpaTwo years ago my boyfriend gave me a gift certificate to an amazing natural spa for Christmas as one of my presents. He told me that I don’t often take the time to pamper myself and he wanted to do something for me that I rarely do for myself. It was a nice treat to enjoy an Aveda lemon mint martini manicure at one of my favorite urban spas-Nakai. Since then, I’ve indulged in at home manicures and pedicures that I have done myself aside from the rare professional treatment that I have done with a friend (buy one, get one free of course). It is not often that I find the time to go to the spa or can justify spending the money on a luxury for me. Yet, it is so nice to relax while enjoying a spa treatment every now and then. Continue reading

Northern Spirit Voyageur Canoe Adventure

Northern Spirit AdventuresNorthern Spirit AdventuresNorthern Spirit Adventures took me on an expedition to the far corners of northern Ontario to see historical landmarks, unprecidented natural wonders, and provided me a one of a kind true Canadian experience. My journey with Northern Spirit Adventures is the furthest north I have ever traveled by land in Ontario. After driving to Smooth Rock Falls, approximately one and a half hours north of Timmins, my voyageur canoe trek began. Continue reading

Staycation at Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa

Cedar Meadows Resort and SpaCedar Meadows Resort and Spa organized the perfect two days to give me a taste of the vacation destination in Timmins during the summer. I first visited the resort and spa during the dead of northern Ontario’s harsh winter when I dined, dipped in the Nordic baths (which was much needed during the freezing temperatures), and snuggled under a blanket on the winter wonderland wildlife tour. This time, I got to visit Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa with my boyfriend during the sunny and warm bird chirping season. Continue reading

Staying Active with Yoga and Zumba While Traveling

 

Hot YogaBodhiIt’s easy to stay fit while also having fun at the same time in Timmins! The variety of fitness options in Timmins are beyond what you would expect in a northern Ontario community. Yet, this city prides itself in the area of fitness as numerous successful athletes were born and raised in Timmins with their sports and fitness careers blooming in Timmins from hockey players, Olympians, fitness models, and beyond–it’s a world of sports in Timmins. With the variety of gym and athletic centers and diversity of fitness classes offered in Timmins, the choice is yours! With a choice between martial arts, Crossfit, weight lifting, Pilates, spin classes, running, fitness competition training, and beyond, what would you choose? Continue reading

Sampling the Best of JustNatural Holistic Spa

JustNatural Holistic SpaChrislynn from JustNatural Holistic Spa took me through a sensory experience of the many spa treatments at her at-home spa in Timmins, Ontario. Chrislynn’s one-on-one spa care and unique personal touches adds to the serenity and relaxation at the spa. I have been to many spas, but never to an at-home spa and I can say that JustNatural Holistic Spa Spa holds the same standards, if not higher than any other spa. As a natural and holistic spa, Chrislynn uses only all natural and organic products (which I too believe in) to promote health and wellness. Continue reading