This past week it has truly felt like fall has hit the GTA hard. The weather is cooler, I can see my breath when I leave my house in the morning and now there’s a need to wear multiple layers of clothing. On the upside the fall colours are gorgeous and this weekend I was off camping with a friend of mine. For this mini camping trip one of my best friends was coming with me and he’d never been camping before. So for the sake of a easy introduction into sleeping outdoors during a rainy fall weekend, I chose to take him to one of my favourite Conservation Areas, Rockwood. It’s a close proximity to Toronto (90km), lacks large animals that can scare a first timer and it’s quite beautiful. We got a site about 10-15 feet from the Eramosa River, right next to a large boulder in a relatively empty campground. The weather was not fantastic when we arrived, it was raining and cold. It took a bit of time to set up the tarp and tent, luckily I’ve got a large enough tarp to cover the tent and create a covered area near the fire for us to sit away from the rain while still keeping a fire going.
The first night was pretty uneventful, it rained for about three hours and then as the sunset it settled down into a cool damp night. We spend the vast majority of our time soaking the fire and sitting around trading old stories. It was good to be out in the wood listening to the crackling of the fire with the odd sound emanating for Guelph line which was just on the parks west boundary. Rockwood is lovely place, in fact it’s the first place I went camping as a kid, probably why I have such an affinity for this place. The next morning we were up early and dampness had broken into thick could cover for our morning exploration of the Cider Ridge trail and old textile mill.
Rockwood Conservation Area has many wonderful things for a weekend of exploration. The entire conservation area has an intoxicating fragrance of Cider, that fills the morning air. We spent our time exploring some of the glacial potholes, the old mill and the small caves that are present in the park. Pictures from this trip can be seen here.