My husband and I have traveled across most of Canada, from East to West visiting every Province. We have also managed to spend some time in the Yukon and Nunavut. The mountains are majestic, the prairies are peaceful and the ocean takes your breath away.
But there is nowhere that can compare to home which, for me, is Calabogie.
I can’t imagine a life without water and Calabogie is full of it. Calabogie Lake, Centennial Lake, the Madawaska River, White Lake are all minutes from town. There are also hundreds of little lakes that lie within the area that you can bike to, snowmobile to, ride a four-wheeler to or hike to. Those little lakes, the quiet ones, the ones that are off the beaten path, are why I love where I live.
I have an appetite for adventure and Calabogie has a little bit of everything I love.
In the fall, I love hiking up Calabogie Peaks to view the fall colours and rock climbing below Eagle’s Nest. In the winter, I ice climb the frozen waterfalls that fall along the Manitou Mountain Trail; cross country ski the Madawaska Nordic Trails or snowboard at Calabogie Peaks. In the Spring, I dust off my kayak and head down the Madawaska River. In the summer, I swim, wakeboard, ride my ATV or camp at one of the many lakes.
This area was made for being active.
With an appetite for adventure comes an appetite for delicious food. While we prefer to cook our own, it’s always fun to take a break and enjoy a dinner out. Canthooks Restaurant, The Valley Food and Drink Co. and Redneck Bistro are all right in Calabogie and if you drive down the road to Burnstown you will come across two very popular cafes, The Blackbird Café and the Neat Coffee Shop , which has live music weekly.
As a mother to two daughters who will be growing up in an era of social media and smart phones, I hope that by living on our dirt road surrounded by water, they will be able to have a childhood similar to mine, throwing rocks in the water and watching the ducks swim by while the sound of loons and frogs lull them to sleep at night.
I love my hometown, Calabogie.
Storyteller: Michelle Kobzik. Hometown: Calabogie, ON
Michelle Kobzik loves road trips and traveling Canada with her family. As a new mom to two girls, she shares her passion for all things nature by raising them to love and respect the outdoors. When she isn’t kayaking, climbing, hiking or skiing, you can find her at her job as an Early Childhood Educator in a Kindergarten classroom in the Ottawa Valley. Michelle works hard to keep the area clean and educates her students, as well as her daughters, about the importance of taking care of the environment.