A close-to-home, lakeside vacation

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This article was published 27/07/2020 (794 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Being on summer holidays sure took on a different spin this year.

I usually like to plan a trip to the United States and did in fact have plans to visit relatives this year. However, with COVID-9 rampant in the United States, the Canada-U.S. border remains shut to any type of leisure travel. I guess there’s always next year.

Those I really feel sorry for are those who may not have a next year and whose plans being derailed. In any case, you have try to make the best of a difficult or disappointing situation so I did that with my husband. We decided to spend a good part of our vacation time at our seasonal site outside of Kenora, Ont.

Photo by Lisa Lagasse Loon-spotting at Lake of the Woods is a favourite vacation pastime of correspondent Lisa Lagasse. You can just see the head of a loon on the right-hand side of this photo.

The weather, unlike most years. was perfect. It was very sunny and hot and made swimming in the lake more like being in a pool. The scenery is breathtaking with the gorgeous evergreens and Canadian Shield surrounding the lake and campground. My favourite pastime when there is spotting loons on the lake and hearing their beautiful calls. We managed to take an afternoon drive out to Sioux Narrows and had lunch at a newer place called The Neighbourhood Cafe, which specializes in gourmet burgers. I tried their vegetarian burger with grilled zucchini, egg plant and portobello mushrooms with a very savoury sauce that was extremely tasty. The burgers are not cheap and run you anywhere from $14 to $18 but this is no ordinary burger joint.

What would be camping without a campfire? This, to me, is a staple but it is important to note that when travelling to Ontario you should purchase wood in that province from and leave it there to prevent any cross-contamination between the provinces. If you launch your boat in bodies of water in both Manitoba and Ontario, you should also ensure that your boat and motor are well-cleaned between visits. Zebra mussel contamination is prevalent and can have devastating and profound consequences on the ecosystem of a lake.

No matter how you choose to spend your time away from work, it is important to just relax and appreciate what you have around you.

Lisa Lagasse is a registered dietitian and community correspondent for Charleswood. Email her at Charleswoodres@gmail.com

Lisa Lagasse

Lisa Lagasse
Charleswood community correspondent

Lisa Lagasse is a registered dietitian and community correspondent for Charleswood. Email her at Charleswoodres@gmail.com or find her on Twitter: @LisaRD42324393

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