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Camping At Samuel De Champlain Provincial Park

On Sunday, July 11th (Nathan's birthday), we left Barrie and headed for Samuel De Champlain Provincial Park (SDCPP) in Mattawa, Ontario to spend a few days camping with family.  Neither of us are particularly fond of camping to begin with and a looming weather forecast of humidity and rain had us expecting the worse but hoping for the best.

We arrived at the park late Sunday afternoon and quickly unpacked our gear - we wanted to take full advantage of the stellar lighting conditions.  Nate took the next two photos of the flora surrounding our campsite.

Before dinner we went down to the beach and explored the area.

We tried to capture the sunset after dinner but we had difficulty locating a good spot to shoot from.  Instead, I took some landscape type shots of the view from the beach.

Later that night, after our family had gone to bed, we roamed around the park playing around with shutter speeds, the Lensbaby, and a flashlight.  We're not used to the clear northern skies so seeing the many stars above was absolutely amazing.  I was even lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a shooting star!  Here's a few of our shots from that night...

Nathan woke up before dawn on Monday morning.  The skies were partially overcast but we set out to photograph the sunrise nonetheless.  Here's a few of the shots we were able to get...

On Monday, while sitting on the bench pictured below, I wondered to myself 'who the heck is Samuel De Champlain?!?!'  Once I got home I googled his name and found out.  WARNING:  HISTORY LESSON IS IMMINENT!!!!

SDC was a navigator and map-maker who explored North America at the beginning of the 17th century.  In 1605 he participated in the creation of the first permanent European settlement north of Florida in Nova Scotia (Acadia) called Port Royal.  He has been dubbed the "Father of New France" for establishing a second settlement in 1608 which is now known as Quebec City.   It was there he developed a vast trade network and was eventually appointed governor.


All in all we had a great time spending time with family and exploring the park.  Here are some random shots taken throughout the trip..

...a close-up of a spectacular Jerusalem's Artichoke...

...this Great Blue Heron landed right in front of Nathan... tree that just won't let go...

...and finally a group of Canada Geese swimming upstream!?!?

As a footnote, I wanted to mention that we visited the small town of Mattawa twice while we were camping and we found it to be quite picturesque and lovely.

Happy birding!!



Nature 365 - Day 194

Blueberry - Shot at Samuel de Champlain PP near Mattawa, ON


Nature 365 - Day 193

Geese at Sunrise on Lake Moore - Shot at Samuel de Champlain PP