Our Travel Journal started back in 2010 with short trail descriptions and GPS location to the trail heads in Algonquin Park, Ontario. In 2015 we bought a Jeep and that enabled us to really enjoy the outdoors. And this is how it all happend.
The West Coast & the rain forest
: Kakabeka Falls, Ontario, Saskatchewan Landing and Grasslands National Park. Then Bow Valley and Kananaskis in Alberta and last stop in the Okanagan Valley before we arrived in Whistler BC for the next 6 weeks.
Roundtrip hwy 11 & Lake Superior
: Esker Lake Provincial Park to MacLeod Provincial Park. After one very windy day, a hotel in Hearst. Next Nagagamisis Provincial Park and finally the Lake Superior Provincial Park. 6 days in the Jeep and a tent.
Coast Mountains, Rain & Vulcanoes
: The Coast Mountains on the west coast were built by volcanoes and the rain eroded them over time. We found signs everywhere.
Abandond Mines around Cobalt
: Exploring Cobalt in Ontario for 2 weeks. The area is a dream come true for adventureres searching abandoned mines. We started with the Heritage Silver Trail.
Whistler & Bella Coola in BC
: Amazing adventures in Whistler followed by 10 days in Bella Coola, BC. The Great Bear Rainforest does not disappoint.
The amazing Maritimes
: First stop on Grand Manan island in New Brunswick. Then around Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island. On the way home a visit to Prince Edward Island.
Offroad Trail Index
These roads are not maintained, use with caution. Our Jeep uses original tires and suspension. Be ready for the outdoors, prepare yourself and your vehicle. Tread lightly.
Somewhere in Canada
Interesting places we visited, not all of them are well known. A random list from East to West.
Winter is magical. Camping is one option, yurts and cabins are alternatives.
Algonquin Park, Ontario
Our first camping vacation in the park were back in the last century. Exploring the many lakes, have lunch on a remote beach and sleep in the tent. In 2010, we started to publish the GPS coordinates of the trails.
Riding Mountain Park, Manitoba
The Riding Mountain National Park has a large bison range. We added the GPS coordinates for all the trails to our catalog. We didn't have much time for the trails, but the bison were truly impressive.
Great Canadian Outdoors
Travelling on highways and off-road in Canada? Tips, ideas and stories that kept us moving
Offroad and Service-Road
How do we find the Forest Service Roads in Ontario
Crossing the Canadian Prairies
Surviving and enjoying the 1,400 km Flatland crossing with our Jeep Wrangler JK and a camping trailer
GPS and UTM maps
How to convert between GPS coordinates and the UTM map grid reference system
Digital Topo Maps from NRC
Find and download Digital Topographic Raster Maps from NRC. Convert the UTM coordinates to GPS coordinates.
Upgrades and gadgets
Modifications in and around the Jeep that get us on the road and keep us safe. The most obvious is better lights on and off road. Stronger breaks for the increased weight of the trailer and gear. And the electrical system. Yeah, the electrical like battery, diode, converter, generator, solar panel, power pack, cable gauge and amperage. Sorry, we couldn't make it rhyme.
Master Plan to Jeep Upgrades
We had to solve the battery problem, trailer connection, CB radio, backup camera and breaks. We needed more light around the Jeep. For worry-free adventures, we built a sleeping platform and window covers. This is an ongoing process.
Hi-Lift Jack, Tow Straps, Axe, Saw, Traction Pads and the list goes on. The question was, do we really need a winch? Our answer was no.
SPOT X 2-way satellite messenger
Send and receive text messages when you are late. Stay connected beyond cellular and notify Search & Rescue services.
DIY Sleeping Platform in Jeep JK
Do-It-Yourself project for a sleeping platform in the Jeep Wrangler JK with moderate effort. There is enough room for two adults.
DIY Window Covers
Do-It-Yourself window covers for privacy and condensation. Louvers for air flow. Window Socks to keep the biting insects out.
DIY Cabin Air Filter
Build your own Ultra Allergen Filter (3M Filtrete) for the Jeep Wrangler 2013 (JK). Change it for the pollen season and the dust from the winter salt. It does make a difference.
DIY Soft Shackle
Do-It-Yourself Soft Shackle with HMPE rope. Not all ropes are equal, we talk about the pros and cons for the off-road community.
DIY Campfire Heat Reflector
We built the panels to reflect the heat from the camping fire. As it turns out, we used it almost exclusively around our JetBoil gas stove.
Spare Tire Garbage Bag
Spare Tire Garbage and Recycling Bag from Adventure Trail Gear. Their gear is Made in Canada and the workmanship is convincing.
Mouse Without Border
Linking my desktops PCs and Laptops with one keyboard and mouse. Works with my Windows 7 and Windows 10 and Windows 11
Contacts - Link / Join
Keep contacts in one place, from Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook, Domino, Twitter, and other social media provider. This is how to link and unlink them.
Blackberry Hub + on Android
Blackberry Hub + on Android. Not only a clean solid implementation, it also works flawless with HCL Notes Traveler on the Domino Server.
Short to Long URL Redirection
HCL Domino URL redirection when you have a really long URL, or when you link to a 3rd party site. The changes are dynamic and instant.
Intercept HTTP Errors in Domino
Configure custom error pages when a resource can not be found.
Message Tracking Export
Utility for Domino to read the Message Tracking database and expand data for export and custom reports.