Tala was bouncing off the walls this morning, so we went to Jack Darling Park, the best dog park in Mississauga. It was very convenient to our old place in Port Credit, now it's a bit of a drive, but the dogs love it, and we do, too.
Walking the park's trail loop with a friendly dog-mom, we heard about the famous off-leash area in Wasaga Beach. This made me think we should do that overnight we've been talking about, take the dogs to a cabin (although I guess I have to call it a cottage now) for a day or two.
This used to be much more important. Living in New York, our annual week (and once, a month) upstate were very special times. Now, having a backyard, much of what we went upstate for, we have every day. (Wow!)
But I still want to enjoy more outdoors time in Ontario, and I want to know more of the province than the GTA. We haven't been doing very well with my resolution to go hiking more often. In fact, we haven't been since our first spring hike in early May. I have a very low melting point, and don't at all enjoy being outside in hot weather. And between writing deadlines and my job search, it hasn't been easy to make time.
However... I see some Red Sox nights off on the September horizon, and I want to make plans.
I went to the Wasaga Beach website, but as I click around, I'm not sure it's our kind of place. We're not beach people. When it comes to outdoors, we're more woods and lake people. I know the beach in this case is a lake, but as far as I can tell online, the environment seems more of a family beach resort kind of place.
So, for all of you experienced in these matters, is that the correct impression? Or perhaps there's more to it than I'm seeing? (Always a strong possibility.)
Can you recommend other towns to look into? We want a small, simple, clean cottage that allows dogs, is not too far from hiking trails, and if those trails included a place Tala could get wet and splash around, that would be extra great.