Northern Living Bucket List

Dog Sledding

2015-2016

I had the incredible opportunity of living in Northern Ontario when my husband was -based in Timmins, Ontario when he worked for Thunder Airlines as a King Air 100 pilot. I made a commitment to myself that during my time in Northeastern Ontario, I would do as much as I could do and see as much as I could see. Since I knew living in the north wouldn’t be forever, I wanted to make the best of my experience and have as many adventures as possible. I immediately immersed myself in the community and found myself a job teaching at the local college half the time, while teaching vinyasa yoga at a local holistic spa, practicing yoga, traveling, and writing for Northeastern Ontario Tourism during the other half of the time. It wasn’t long before I was checking things off my northern bucket list. From snow tubing, winter fireworks, making s’mores over an open winter bush campfire, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, hosting yoga workshops, to dogsledding, I pretty much did it all. During my time in the northern regions of Ontario, I visited as many northern communities that I could reach–even as far north as Peawanuck on Hudson’s Bay, which is the second most northern community in Ontario only accessible by plane or winter ice roads (as shown on Ice Road Truckers). Although the arctic temperatures last 8-9 months of the year, I was able to create the life I wanted to live and live my life to the fullest–even if it meant I lived it in alpaca fleece and thermal wool winter wear. It’s an adventure I will never forget.

Here are the experiences I completed during my 8 months of living in Northern Ontario and my multiple trips and visits to the north. Continue reading

Get Wild this Spring with Wild Exodus

Wild Exodus

Wild ExodusAre you ready to get out into the wild this spring to experience some BIG adventure, BIG lakes, BIG rivers, BIG falls, and the BIG outdoors? Now that blue skies, sunny days, and warm weather have finally arrived, it is time to get wild this season with Wild Exodus. Wild Exodus provides premier adventure travel recreational services to outdoor enthusiasts who are ready to take part in diverse wilderness expeditions to “experience nature as it is meant to be”. Whether you are interested in boating on Lake Kenogamissi, hiking to High Falls, feasting on handcrafted wild delicacies, visiting a trapper’s cabin with the trapper himself in the Boreal Forest, touring the northern bush trails on an ATV, camping at Wawaitin Holiday Park, glamping in style, or all-inclusive family holidays, this Canadian outfitter delivers a truly authentic journey. Let Wild Exodus put together the best of what they have to offer in a jam-packed outing in Northeastern Ontario’s natural environment! Continue reading

Spring Bucket List Items to do in Northeastern Ontario

Northern Ontario

I am in a mad rush to finish all of my winter bucket list items before spring comes. I’m hoping I am not the only one in this position. With the first day of spring right around the corner, it’s time to finish one bucket list and to start planning for my spring bucket list items. What’s on your spring bucket list? It is hard to believe that my time in Northeastern Ontario is coming to an end very shortly with my husband getting a job with Porter (how exciting!). As much as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time traveling around Northern Ontario, it’s unlikely that I will be back to this area after we depart anytime in the near future as this is my fourth visit to Ontario’s northern region. This last visit has based me here for 8 months of explorations in the area. Northeastern Ontario has welcome me with open arms as if it has been my home. What a blessing it has been to be able to travel to different regions within my home country–Ontario is no exception. Continue reading

March Break Activities in Timmins for the Whole Family!

With the winter season coming to an end, I’ve been in a mad rush to accomplish the remainder of my winter wish-list items. Have a look at some of my most recent winter experiences which I checked off my bucket list in Timmins, Ontario in the article I wrote for Northeastern Ontario Tourism: March Break Activities in Timmins for the Whole Family!  What’s left on your winter bucket list?

Tubing at Kamiskotia Snow Resort:
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26 Yoga Poses You Can Do in the Snow or Literally Anywhere

I’ve spent the last month in a mad dash to accomplish the rest of my winter bucket list items now that the weather has been better before the end of the season. With only a few items left on my northern bucket list, I’m almost there! Top on my list was doing yoga in the snow in Northeastern Ontario. Even in -30 degree Celsius weather, I managed to get out on a blue sky sunny day and do yoga in the snow! Would you do it? Here are 26 of my favourite yoga poses that you can do in the snow, or literally anywhere at anytime. No special equipment required! Where do you yoga?

1. Extended Side Angle Pose- Utthita Parsvakonasana:Yoga in the Snow Continue reading

Sneak Peek at my Winter Adventures in Northeastern Ontario

Dog SleddingDog Sledding
I finally had the opportunity to check off one of my dream bucket list items in Northeastern Ontario: DOG SLEDDING! A true northern Canadian adventure! What an incredible experience it was to enjoy the ride and lead the pack. Not only am I hooked, but now I want a husky! Continue reading

Alpacas, Moose, and Bears, Oh My!

Cedar Meadows

Check out the article I wrote for Northeastern Ontario Tourism: Alpacas, Moose, and Bears, Oh My! Is it bad that I have more furry friends than human friends?

Three wildlife experiences not to be missed: Continue reading

Sunglasses are the Perfect Winter Accessory for Northern Explorations

SelectSpecs

SelectSpecsWhen I think of sunglasses I first think of hot temperatures, humid weather, palm trees, and relaxing on a turquoise beach with a refreshment in hand! Yet, sunglasses are required wherever I travel. When packing for a trip, my sunglasses are one of the first items I pack. I don’t go anywhere without them–regardless of season or destination. Although I am no longer in a hot tropical climate (oh, how I miss Mexico), I’m needing my sunglasses now more than ever before. Regardless of the temperature nothing will stop me from getting outside and enjoying life. I know, I must sound crazy! I’ll find adventure wherever I am! My new designer-style Savannah Sunglasses {I was sent a free pair of glasses to try out}  are the perfect winter accessory to help me enjoy my explorations in Northeastern Ontario–the outdoor lover’s paradise. Continue reading

10 Days of Yoga to Calm the Mind, Relax the Body, and Warm the Heart

If you’ve been following my social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest) then you may have noticed the pictures I posted doing yoga poses all over the Maritimes and northern Ontario this fall. With fall in full swing, I’m preparing for the winter to come. My 10 days of yoga challenge helped me to calm the mind, relax the body, and warm the heart in preparation for the coming winter season.  From flying as far north to the Hudson Bay or walking along the Atlantic Ocean in Nova Scotia, my fall season brought me to incredible places in eastern Canada and in Ontario’s northern region. What are your favourite fall memories?

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Packing my Car, Hitting the Open Road, and Saying Yes to Life: Landing in Northern Ontario

Northern OntarioNorthern OntarioLife is too short not live the way you want. After my wedding, I decided to move to northern Ontario for the time being to be with my husband. Just another adventure! I’ve lived in a handful of places, been to over 30 countries, backpacked my way around the world–why not add another experience to the list? Corey has been based in the north working as a commercial pilot for Thunder Airlines for two years. We figured it was high time we were both in the same city for longer than a few days at a time. For nearly two years, we commuted back and forth from wherever we were to be together. Whether it was me flying back from Australia or another continent during my around-the-world travels or him flying to the east coast when I went back to work, we both added miles to our log book. Distance makes the heart grow fonder which is so true, but we’re so much better together. Our wedding marked a good excuse for us to be based in the same city. After one of my best childhood friends passed away in May it was then when I realized just how short life is and that I should always follow my heart. I’m committed to saying ‘yes’ to life and taking as many leaps of faith as it takes to make my dreams come true. Continue reading