Category Archives: Winter

Northern Lights in Ontario

Northern Lights

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Having the opportunity to see one of Northern Ontario's most beautiful spectacle is something most people can only dream of. In Northern Ontario, we are so lucky to catch a glimpse of the not so frequent Northern Lights. During September, October and throughout the winter months, you have a higher chance of catching the sun’s charged particles. During this time of year, there is a shortage of sunlight, and the darkness is the ideal time to see the colorful array of the Aurora Borealis. You can spot just about every color in the spectrum when the Northern sky is perfectly clear.

Here is a link to increase your odds of viewing these magical moments in Northern Ontario

View the Northern Lights

Fried Fish: Pan

 

Fried Fish: Pan

 

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A Northern Ontario classic. I’m sure at least one member of each family in this province has their own special fried fish recipe. Here’s mine!

4-6 fish filets of your choosing
Vegetable oil
½ cup flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup cornmeal
¼ cup bread crumbs
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp chili powder
2 eggs

First step to fried fish, mix your flour and cornstarch. Season generously with salt and pepper
Next, mix cornmeal and bread crumbs with seasonings and salt and pepper
Whisk eggs, add a splash of water to thin. 
Heat your pan over medium heat with ¼ inch of oil

 

This will be a three step breading process.
Start with the flour, then dip in eggs, finally coat with cornmeal mixture. 
Place fish in frying pan, cook until golden brown on both sides.

Put your own spin on the Fried Fish classic, and enjoy!

Water Over the Dam

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The dam that leads from Lake Lauzon into the brook that flows into Lake Huron is on the outside part of Lake Lauzon Resort's property. Already this year with the small amount of thawing we've seen the water is already overflowing the brooks regular boundaries and has been flooding the land around. If we are seeing this much water already, who knows how wet our spring will be… 

Check out Lake Lauzon Resort's facebook page to watch a video of the flood. 

https://www.facebook.com/lakelauzonresort

 

Cabin Cooking

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If you are planning a trip to a remote cabin, whatever the season, recipe selection requires a little bit of thought and planning. Especially if you are hiking, boating, skiing, or traveling by any other human powered means, the weight of your meals is something to consider, as there likely won’t be a grocery store nearby. The website below offers a few suggestions for tasty and energy-loaded recipes for your next cabin retreat. A few tips: prepare as much as you can ahead of time (e.g., spice mixes, soup mixes, bread dough) and if you will have a wood oven at your disposal, base your recipes around that.

Check out this link to see what TheKitchn.com recommends to cook at the cabin. 

My Favourite Things #5

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Another of my favourite things to do at Lake Lauzon Resort is to stroll past the trailer park and head to the edge of the resort’s property to enjoy the view of the white water. The dam at Lake Lauzon leads to a quick moving brook that flows to Lake Huron. At different times in the year there are different sights to be seen. The salmon run is a fantastic sight in the fall and the spring water is high and exciting. Watching the brook at any time of the year is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Spring is Near

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It’s officially March and even though we have loads of snow and many more storms in the forecast spring is at arm’s reach. In the past, we’ve seen signs of spring by St-Patrick’s day. It doesn’t seem like we’ll be this lucky this year, but at least we’re getting there. Hopefully by April we’ll be seeing the birds, the flowers and the lake.

Winter Hiking Hacks

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Cottage Life has posted a video about 5 great winter hiking hacks.

“From frozen toes to frosty fingers, there are a lot of excuses to sit by the fire instead of heading out for a winter hike. But since time in nature is the best form of therapy—even in the middle of a crisp Canadian February—we’ve compiled a list of simple tips to help you lace up your boots and stay toasty while enjoying the great outdoors.”

Check out the video here.

Enjoying the Remaining Winter

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Winter is not everybody’s favourite season, but it does have a lot to offer. Motorsport enthusiast and blogger Jeff McGirr shares his love of Northern Ontario winters with the following list, providing great reasons to give this season a chance. We can certainly agree that a break from black flies and mosquitoes is more than welcome, and there are few things more pleasant that coming in for a hot coffee or hot chocolate after a day out in the cold. Check out the article for more.

The Importance of Bringing a Cooler when Icefishing

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OutdoorCanada.ca has recently posted an article about why it is important to pack a cooler (or two) when icefishing. It may seem redundant to pack a cooler and ice when you're surrounded by it, but read on to find out why. 

One of the best reasons to pack a cooler when icefishing is to keep things (can you believe it) from freezing. When packing minnows as bait, keeping them in an iceless cooler can prevent them from freezing and keeping them easy to bait. 

Read OutdoorCanada.ca's article here for more on packing coolers when icefishing. 

 

Snowshoeing for Winter Fun

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A alternative to cross country skiing, for those who are looking to get out in nature without necessarily breaking a sweat, is snowshoeing. Historians believe the first snowshoe was built around 4000-6000 years ago in Central Asia. They allow the user to travel in deep snow that may otherwise be impossible to cross. They’ve gone from being a necessity in travel and trade, to an extremely popular recreational activity, especially in recent years. Lake Lauzon is a great place for the snowshoe enthusiast.

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