Ottawa to Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst is a town a little bigger than Hope, in the Muskoka region, aka. Cottage Country, about 2 hours North of Toronto. On Thursday afternoon we departed Ottawa, made a quick (?) stop at Loblaw’s and Canadian Tire (to buy a mosquito net; boy, they are ferocious here, that is one thing that BC has over Ontario, for sure, hardly any mosquitoes!!) before hitting the highway to Gravenhurst. We expected this to be about a 4 hour drive but it ended up being closer to 9; we left at 3:30 and pulled into our campsite at about 12:15AM.

Water towers like this are common in rural Ontario

Water towers like this are common in rural Ontario

It took us a while to get out of Ottawa and we had the usual Subway and DQ stops. But the biggest reason for our delay was a strange detour that our GPS sent us on. We turned off the prescribed route ever so slightly, and instead of routing us back onto it, the GPS sent us down a single-lane paved road that eventually turned into a nice wide dirt road, which eventually turned into a narrow winding dirt road with trees pressing in on all sides, which eventually turned into something that only a 4WD would attempt. Luckily we were able to turn around but this cost us about an hour. We were all quite nervous as the road got more and more Stephen King like!

Mrs. Todd's Shortcut; trust me, it was creepy!

Mrs. Todd's Shortcut; trust me, it was creepy!

As we came into the Muskoka area it started to rain and it was torrential as we pulled into the KOA, so much so I didn’t want to try plugging in the power. We were all asleep within 10 minutes of arrival.

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