As I mentioned before I was burned out and even though traveling is fun it is exhausting as well and adds on the stress level that currently is still raised high for me. My first plan was to travel to Nova Scotia and let myself take a short break there but it was really expensive and without car you can’t see much. I didn’t want to waist to much at the start of my journey, but hopefully I can do it later. So I changed plans and instead took a bit more than a week off at the Algonquin National Park because it was on the way west. It was without (almost) any Wi-Fi or mobile connection and thus forced me to calm down. It is located around 3 hours north from Toronto and I was excited to stay there from the 25th of August till the 2nd of September. Just nature and not much distraction 😊 It was what I really needed!
Just a short hike from the place I stayed at you could see these beautiful waterfalls in the forest. It was impossible to get them in one picture because they actual go around the corner making their way through the stones.
A bit more than an hour hike mostly through the wood you get to this beautiful waterfall. It is not as known so I actually saw no one at the way there or back as soon as I got into the wood. It was a little spooky on my own in the woods knowing that there actually are bears and wolfs in the park, but at the same time I enjoy the feeling to be totally on my own.
Oxtongue Lake & River
Different trails in Algonquin Provincial Park
The animals were all around you most of the time. I wasn’t able to take a proper picture of the birds, diverse insects, various butterflies species or the chipmunks, even though they where so adorable! I didn’t see any moose, bear or bigger animals. But I’m pretty sure that I have seen some tracks on the ground that might have been from a bear.
I stayed at the Wolf Den Nature Retreat and it was lovely. I booked a dorm and figured that there is neither a restaurant nor a shop nearby so I came packed heavily with food for 9 days 😅 Being there I figured, that there is a small shop near by but it doesn’t have any fresh fruits or vegetables. Still you should taste the ice cream, it is delicious! You could also book a cabin if you want to. It was located shortly before the park but with some nice spots in walking distance as well. A car to the park was still needed. I traveled the hostel by bus, but I found someone to take me with them a couple of times by car into the park and hitchhiked back. But I also used some day’s to relax in the main building or in the big garden. I actually read full tree books while the time at Algonquin and finished one and started another. It was so relaxing.
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