Visiting Hatley Castle near Victoria, British Columbia

Hatley Castle is a short drive from Victoria, BC and is on the campus of Royal Roads University. I must admit one of our main reasons for making this stop on our west coast visit was that I used to watch the TV show Smallville. Hatley Castle was Lex Luthor’s mansion in the TV show and being a huge fan of the show I had to stop by and see it first hand.

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Algonquin Park July 2011

If you go to the same destination more than once at the exact same time of year, call it an annual event.

Annual July long weekend back country camping trip.

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Algonquin Park July 2010

A 32 km hike over a three day period.

No problem for some people, but as a first backcountry trek?  Many people may think this is crazy however if you like to prove people wrong this is the hike for you!  Especially if you love a challenge.

The first day (about 12 km) and straight up a hill.  This is no joke.  The huffing and puffing began towards the break point, Maple Leaf Lake, about half way to our destination Maggie Lake.  This is when you start to question why you decided to pick Maggie Lake as the first stop and not Maple Leaf Lake.

Maple Leaf Lake

Maple Leaf Lake

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