At Lulu’s Repose we love all four seasons, but, we confess, Fall is our “favourite child”. For most people Labour Day signals the end of vacation season and the sad demise of summer. Children are going back to school, the long days relaxing on the dock are becoming a fading memory, and things begin to settle back into a day-to-day routine. But, what Labour Day heralds at Lulu’s Repose is the beginning of a whole new world. This is the time when the air becomes a little more crisp, the skies a little bluer, and the forest begins to turn a riot of colours which, unless you witness it for yourself, is hard to describe.
Fall is the season of sweaters and sitting out by the campfire, and of long walks in the woods without being accompanied by a host of flying insects. Fall has a quieter, more tranquil cadence but still offers the opportunities of small-town fall fairs and local harvest festivals. For us, Fall isn’t Summer’s poor cousin, it is its seasoned, and more mature older brother. There are still numerous activities to be enjoyed at this time of year and we sincerely hope you will come and join us at Lulu’s Repose to take advantage of all the season has to offer.
Surely the most awe-inspiring yearly natural transformation happens in the fall. Lulu’s Repose sits amid hundreds of acres of hardwood bush that, at this time of year, transforms from verdant green to every possible shade of yellow, red, orange, and purple. Everywhere you look it’s like an explosion of an artist’s pallet.
At this time of year, you can still boat throughout our chain of Lakes and witness the changing colours along the shoreline. Or, take a trip to one of the local stables and explore the changing colours from the back of a horse. However, our favourite way to experience this time of year and the changing colours is by taking a long hike along any of the numerous Discovery Routes or Trans Canada Trails or the trails supported by The Ontario Trails Council.
While you can have a campfire at any time of the year, it seems that fall was the season specifically created for this purpose. In the summer, there is the threat of drought and fire bans, not to mention the heat and the buzzing insects that seem to zone-in on you just as you’re sitting down to enjoy your fire. The winter is great too for a camp fire, but let’s face it, even with a good blaze it can still be a little “cool”. Even the spring is fun, but it can still be wet and a little buggy early on. But…then there’s fall. At this time of year the bugs have gone away for the season, the air is crisp, but not cold, and a warm blaze is most welcome. There’s no other experience like sitting around a roaring campfire on a cool fall evening, a steaming hot beverage in hand and gazing at the array of endless stars overhead. And remember, at Lulu’s Repose there’s always an ample supply of split firewood available for your campfire.
Here’s something you might not yet have heard of: it’s a relatively new activity called Geocaching. So what is it? Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.
A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value.
After more than 12 years of activity there are over 1.8 million active geocaches published on various websites.
Whether you’re hunting with a gun, a bow, or a camera the area around Lulu’s Repose is replete with many different species of wildlife. Black bear, moose, dear, game birds and other animals are all found in the woods around Lulu’s Repose. We have seen moose, bear, dear, fox, pine marten, mink, grouse wild turkey, pheasant, quail and many other animals all within 5 minutes of Lulu’s Repose. Check out the hunting season dates for our area at http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/FW/2ColumnSubPage/291144.html
There are guiding services and numerous outfitters available in our area that can provide anything you might require in the field http://www.magbait.com/index.html . Let us know how we can help with your excursion.