Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hiking Around Arrowhead Park

Continuing our Ontario travels we've been hanging around with the relatives in Huntsville Ontario, enjoying the cottage and the company. Six kids, 4 adults and a nice cottage. Internet connectivity is sporadic at best.

So today we're off with the Canadian relatives and we decided to go on a hike at Arrowhead Provincial Park in Ontario.

The kids wanted to climb on rocks and see the falls.

So after a short drive there we paid our park admission and headed onto the Stubb's Falls trail.

The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and very relaxing. First we crossed a bridge over the river:

Then we got to the top of the falls and the kids, all 6 of them, rocked out climbing on the huge boulders:

Then on down the boulders to Stubb's falls themselves:

The falls themselves are nice to look at and the water is refreshingly cool. But, there's an advisory against drinking any of it due to some outbreak of nasty parasites that are in the water.

So, after stopping to climb every boulder, view every angle, splash in the water and have an obligatory snack along with bottled water I had carried in, it was time to head back.

While the trail is marked easy, it is markedly more difficult carrying a worn-out 5 and 11/12 year-old on your shoulders on the way out, but I managed handily, even with a sprained finger.

Certainly a beautiful spot, a great hike, and well worth the excursion. They also have some decent campgrounds and given the size and beauty of the park, it would be worth a few days camping out and exploring it thoroughly one day.

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