These days, we have the world at our fingertips. In one single device we can contact our friends anywhere in the world, quickly navigate maps, capture DSLR-quality images, track a thunderstorm, and book a hotel; the options are limitless. When it comes to travelling there is a comfort in having your trusty side kick with you: your phone. But deep down, there is an innate part of us that is screaming “Put down the phone. Look up!” Although difficult to remember sometimes, there is indeed a world beyond our screens.
The science behind just how beneficial time in nature is for the human body and brain is becoming more and more readily available. Studies show time and again that immersing yourself in nature can benefit both your physical and mental well-being. Ontario Parks hosts Healthy Parks, Healthy People every year encouraging the use of provincial parks with free admission, programming, and a challenge to get outside for 30 minutes every day in August. There’s no shortage of inspiration for where to take in the sights, thanks to websites like Narcity and their round up of stunning hikes around Ontario featuring the jaw dropping Calabogie Eagle’s Nest. With all this information, maybe it’s time we take the hint.
Thankfully we live in this beautifully expansive province that has kilometres and kilometres of untouched, natural land for us to enjoy and explore. Why not do exactly what the doctor ordered today? Get your daily dose of nature.
Canada’s largest hiking Festival, Hike Haliburton, celebrates its 17th year of bringing people together with nature. With over 100 guided hikes to choose from, there are so many unique opportunities to embrace nature.
The Festival goes beyond just your average hike by integrating arts, culture, heritage, and foodie experiences to showcase the local flavour. Choose from the guided hikes in a variety of themes from a multitude of hike leaders, or if you’re not a hiker, take in an outdoor concert or a culinary event like their “Biggest Picnic Ever.”
You don’t need a special event to take a little wander in the woods. Here are a few other spots that will immerse you in the great outdoors.
Wander through the old growth forest, catch a glimpse of an eagle, or enjoy a moment of silence on the resting bench. Whatever you do, don’t forget to breathe deeply, slow your pace, and take a mental snapshot to remember forever.
Wander back in time by touring the blacksmith shop, the original homestead, or the one room school house. Tip: download a copy of their map to help you easily navigate the trail system. This area is a photographer’s dream!
Not all hikes need to be leisurely, and the trek to the top of Mazinaw Rock surely isn’t, although you can certainly take it at your own pace. Every step brings you closer to one of the most magnificent views around, towering over Mazinaw Lake 100 metres below.
Nature is the one medication where you don’t have to worry about the side effects; they’re all good for you! Happy wandering.