I’m calling the next few blog posts “The Lost Files,” not only because I like the sound of it but also because these were literally lost files. I’ve misplaced several memory cards over the summer and needless to say it’s caused me to mis out on writing about them. But since I’ve found several of them, I’ve had a chance to revisit those adventures and see if any of the shots were worth it. Once such adventure was the September long weekend at Earl Rowe Provincial Park.
Earl Rowe is an odd little park, it’s based around a dam and artificial lake on the Boyne River just under an hour north of Toronto. It’s located just outside of the town of New Tecumseth and surrounded by farmland. This was a last minute adventure for me as my original plans for the long weekend fell through and Earl Rowe provided a curious substitute. I’ve seen it on the map several times and thought about whether or not it would be a good place to go Stand Up Paddleboarding. So with a fishing rod and paddleboard in hand (or on the roof rack), off I went to see what’s what.
It’s weird camping in farm country. It’s not something I do often and it showed as I instinctively asked the girl working the park booth what the bear situation was like in the park. We all had a good laugh at that and then she promptly informed me that the only danger one could encounter in this area is a disgruntled bovine crossing a local sideroad. I camped in the Riverside campground which is separate from the main park and has its own entrance. It’s a bit of a hassle getting from the main park area, but being close to the river is an added bonus. Surprisingly for Ontario Parks, it was not busy during the long weekend and I couldn’t really figure out why. Yeah it’s not a big wilderness park, but it’s got a nice little lake and a neat beach, plus some hiking options. But the people just weren’t there, not that I’m complaining.
Overall it was quiet, something that I enjoy when I get out of the city. But also strange, some of the hiking trails would take you right to the end of the park property and the division between the park property covered in Trees and surrounding farmland is striking. To your right, forest, and to your left, an endless sea of corn. The river provided some paddling options as well as a chance to fish. The park to me really only works for a short stay, and I might use it for that next year as well. More pictures can be seen on my flickr.