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Hello, we are Dave & Anna and we are Camping Junkies. One of our favorite things to do is go camping. We love being in the outdoors. We like to go for walks and hikes. We like to have picnics, sit quietly enjoying nature or the campfire, and listen to the sounds of the outdoors. We like to check out historical sites

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If you like olives, you’ll love tapenade. Traditionally, it is Provençal spread made from Mediterranean black olives, capers, and anchovy. We like to mix it up by combining black and green olives. It can be pureed to a pesto consistency but we often leave ours a bit more chunky, closer to the olive spread in a muffuletta sandwich, the classic

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… Or as it is simply called in our household, The Big Sandwich. We’ve been making The Big Sandwich to take on picnic outings for years but discovered this last summer what a great option it makes for camping! We typically arrive at a new campsite in mid to late afternoon. It’s really nice to have an easy meal planned

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The Otonabee River runs 34 miles/54 km from Katchewanooka Lake to Rice Lake through the City of Peterborough, Ontario. A portion of the river is part of the Parks Canada National Historic Trent-Severn Waterway. The waterway veers off into the Trent Canal at Trent University down to Little Lake in Peterborough. The waterway is a popular destination for boaters from May through October. There

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We began family camping in a tent over 15 years ago with our three kids and a dog. It evolved from one tent to two, multiple coolers, a fully stocked camp kitchen, and more bins than you can imagine. We would remove a row of seats from our minivan and fill a car-top carrier as well. Once our oldest kid

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Dave took his young son Connor camping for the first time on the Washington coast in their Westfalia long before his 1st birthday. Years later as a family of five, we made our first few camping test runs in the backyard, easing our  kids into sleeping under the stars. OK, the 3-year-old insisted on going inside shortly after dark. She has turned out

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Take a stroll with us along the Marsh Boardwalk at Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Brighton, Ontario. It’s a 3 hour drive from Ottawa and less than 2 hours from Toronto. The 1.2 km, 45 min. loop is accessible for ease of mobility. Bicycles are not allowed on the trail. There is terrific bird watching throughout the season as well as nature programs

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Lansdowne, Southeast Ontario (contact info at the bottom) The Camping Dirt Charleston Lake Provincial Park is a popular family and fishing destination. It is located on a large lake a little over 3 hours from Toronto via the Hwy 401 and under 2 hours from Ottawa via Hwy 416 & 401. It offers beaches, a Discovery Centre with kids programs, playground and

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On our last day of a camping trip we like to plan an easy breakfast involving minimal clean-up. Often we make bagel sandwiches but really enjoyed this breakfast flatbread on our last trip. For this one, we used leftover homemade chimichurri which is an Argentinian herb & garlic sauce. A simple drizzle of good olive oil would work just fine.

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When the heat of the summer zaps your energy and the last thing you want to do after a day at the beach or hiking/biking the trails, is stand in front of a stove or campfire cooking dinner, we have the solution. On a recent camping trip, we knew the weather was going to hit high temps and that our

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