LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS!!! …Oups, I meant: MOSQUITOS, BLACK FLIES AND BEARS!!!

05Jul10

This past long weekend was my first experience of Canadian true wilderness and the infamous cottage country. A group of my friends organized a little get-away, and surprisingly everything went very well.

Byng Inlet, Georgian Bay

I’ve always been a city boy, and have prefered heat radiating concrete over refreshing grass. Thus, I was a bit sceptical about the trip to Georgian Bay.

Row of White Daisies, Georgian Bay

Nevertheless, the weekend turned out to be everything one would except the cottage country to be. From the vicious mosquito and black fly biting, to forest raspberry picking, s’more making, and nighttime star watching – we experienced it all!

Wild Raspberries, Georgian Bay

The highlight of the trip might have happened at the end when we had to dispose the garbage. A couple of friends from the group warned us about bears, but I never took their comments seriously until we came to the garbage disposal. The disposal looked as a movie scene. It was situated on a top of a hill from where trash is rolled down to the hungry bears and vulturous seagulls, the biggest seagulls I have ever seen! (Yes, Hitchcock’s film The Birds came to my mind.)

Black Bear in Georgian Bay

After dumping the trash, we quickly jumped into the car and headed back to Toronto. Everyone had enough of nature for some time. Yes, the Canadian picturesque wilderness might be calming and relaxing, but at least on the hot summer asphalt I don’t have to worry about potential bear attacks and mosquito bites that cause immediate swelling!

Byng Inlet at Dusk, Georgian Bay

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One Response to “LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS!!! …Oups, I meant: MOSQUITOS, BLACK FLIES AND BEARS!!!”

  1. 1 Mel

    Your photos of Georgian Bay are wonderful! Such vibrant colours. And I, too, have felt the zing of cottage mosquitoes. LIke mini Dracula’s, they are!


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