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Travel

Hiking Pink Lake Trail in Quebec

Pink Lake

September has been providing some gorgeous weather here in Ottawa, and I've been trying my best to take advantage of it. Last weekend, my roommates and I decided on a whim to drive out to Pink Lake in Gatineau, Quebec. I'd never heard of it, but a quick Google search hyped me up and upon arrival, we were not disappointed. Located in Gatineau Park, Pink Lake is about 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa. It was pretty busy (we went early afternoon on a Sunday) but it was fun nonetheless. The hike took about an hour and a half because we stopped to admire the view everytime it presented itself, but at 2kms long, it was really easy, and we saw people of all ages! Be careful when going off-trail- poison ivy is rampant. Some parts…

Travel

Skating the Forest Trail in Lac-des-Loups, Quebec

Yesterday, a group of friends and I had plans to go skate the rumored forest trail in Quebec. We searched Google for directions, but couldn't find any definite ones, so we set out towards Gatineau Park hoping to see a sign or two that would lead us in the right direction. We ended up getting a little lost, but it was so worth it! Located about an hour North of Ottawa, the trail itself is 3km long and is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (weather dependant). It's $12 for an adult day pass, and you definitely need to dress warmly! We went on a beautiful sunny day, but as soon as the sun disappeared behind the clouds, we had to warm up by the wood fire.   (It was so magical skating under…

Featured, Food, Travel

Favorite Eats – Thailand + Bali

Traveling to Thailand and Bali was one of the best experiences of my life- I like to relive it over and over again every time I go through my photo albums. A lot of my friends are traveling to this area of the world soon, so I wanted to put together a list of my favorite restaurants and street food finds just in case they need a little dinner inspiration! WARNING: This post will make you hungry, so I suggest preparing a snack before reading on.   UBUD - BALI Taco Casa: Fresh, non-GMO, preservative free ingredients. We ended up eating here twice because it was so good. A meal for two people was only $13.   Le Moulin: French restaurant with the most incredible crepes. Go here for desert. My favorite was the peach…

Lifestyle, Travel

2017 Bucket List

At the beginning of each year, I'm usually the one with an extra long list of resolutions. These resolutions are always seeking to improve the "old me" in exchange for a "newer, better me". 2016 was a huge year in terms of my personal growth, so instead of setting up a list of "rules" to abide by in 2017 (that I probably wouldn't even follow, resulting in disappointment and self-loathing), I decided to simply love myself more, and to make a bucket list instead. You see, with a bucket list, you're setting yourself up with goals that you genuinely want to work towards. They're things that aim to bring you joy, even when it comes to putting in effort. And the best part about a bucket list is, if you don't complete everything on…

Travel

Hiking VS Earthing

I love to hike, and I'm very fortunate that my friends do too. We live in Northern Ontario, so the hiking trails are seemingly endless as you drive up the shoreline of Lake Superior. We hike during all four seasons because every view changes with the temperature. My favorite trek in the area so far has been The Nokomis Trail, overlooking Old Woman Bay. Nokomis Trail, ON View from one of the lookouts - Nokomis Trail, ON King Mountain, Stokley Creek A New Way to Hike Have you heard of earthing? Some people also call it "grounding"- both refer to walking barefoot on an all natural surface (think sand, grass, soil etc.). The concept of earthing was once reserved for the type of hippies you'd see at Woodstock, but not anymore. Science has conducted studies that…

Lifestyle, Travel

Film Can Help You Stay Present

Lately, I've noticed how addicted I am to my phone. And it's not just my phone- I'm addicted to my computer and to Netflix. I'm addicted to being connected and mindlessly entertained, for hours on end. I can't remember when it started, but it's really evident now! Before summer began, I made a mid-year resolution- to put down my phone. The idea was to enjoy the present moment more. As a photographer, the idea was easier said than done, but I found an alternative that didn't require any form of rechargeable technology- film. I went to my local Walmart and bought 6 disposable Fujifilm cameras with pre-loaded film. I brought these little cameras with me everywhere I went all summer. Music festivals, camp parties, out for dinner with girlfriends, to my brother's graduation- these things captured…