Today’s post comes from Laura Myers, tea lover and marketing specialist at Ontario Parks.
This blog is dedicated to all those who love tea and nature.
Whether it’s a cool summer afternoon or a cold winter day, it’s always a good time for tea time. There is something about having a cup of tea that ignites a feeling of stillness and calm. It reminds you to take a step back and really enjoy a moment.
Northwestern Ontario’s provincial parks offer stellar settings for the most perfect outdoor tea parties. Brew a cup of tea and read on to discover six tea hot spots!
Neys Provincial Park
Sereni-tea. Prisoners Cove in Neys Provincial Park is a perfect place to watch the sunset and experience the magnificence of Lake Superior. The large smooth rocks located in the middle of the 2 km sandy beach of Neys are undoubtedly the best place to have tea at sunset or at any time of the day.
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Have you ever had a tea party with a sea lion? The Sea Lion is a unique, pre-tea rock formation on the shore of Lake Superior. The Sea Lion walk is a 2.5km (round trip) walk and is great in all seasons.
What a beautiful view. It is definitely worth the effort and hike to the top of the giant trail in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Reward yourself with a cup of tea while overlooking Tee Harbor and Lake Superior. Green tea may be the best option to enjoy the views of the green “T” of Tee Harbour. 😉
Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
High tea at the second highest waterfall in Ontario. Pack a thermos filled with your favorite tea and visit Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park. Kakabeka Falls is open year-round for viewing.
Blue Lake Provincial Park
Grab a travel mug and take a stroll along Blue Lake’s one-kilometer Spruce Fen Boardwalk Trail. Black spruces tower overhead and a sea of Labrador tea surrounds you as you discover the diversity of a swamp ecosystem.
Labrador tea is a shrub found throughout Canada. The leaves are leathery on top and hairy on the underside. Labrador tea leaves have traditionally been used to make herbal infusions.
But remember to bring your own tea when visiting Blue Lake, as plant picking is not permitted within our provincial parks.
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
Gathering around a campfire with friends and having a cup of tea inside Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is hard to beat. Relaxing and unwinding after a long day of paddling is always a necessity. Not only is the tea delicious, but it’s also lightweight, an added bonus when carrying it.
Other tea hot spots…
The tea possibilities are endless!
Turn on the kettle
The next time you’re going for a hike or wondering what to do, consider packing a thermos or portable stove, tea, and a mug, and head to a park for tea. Find your happiness by taking the time to stop, sip tea, and enjoy some of the most stunning views our province has to offer.
Do you have a favorite place to enjoy a cup of tea in Ontario parks? How about a favorite camping mug?