I’ve never walked on a frozen body of water of this size before. We were in Quebec over the holidays and managed to slip away from the city for a couple days to a cottage on the Missisqui Bay located on border of Quebec & Vermont. We wanted to check out the frozen bay and went for a quick walk that turned into a whiteout adventure within 5 minutes. Luckily we ended up timing our walk right around golden hour which wasn’t really visible due to the overcast weather. Within a few minutes the whole bay was engulfed with snow and wind. The overcast skies eventually shifted into this stunning warm peach cotton candy colours cascading over the snowy tundra which made for an incredible backdrop for photos. We eventually found our way back and warmed up at the cottage surrounding a blazing fireplace for dinner.
On Sunday a group of 30+ Instagramers ascended upon a small hidden gem of a location within the eastern end of PEI called Mooney's Pond. For the first time, an event of this kind has taken place on PEI, taking inspiration from bigger city IG meetups like in Toronto, and New York. It's interesting how Instagram and social media has made it so easy to feel like you really know someone by what they share online. It's even more interesting when you get an opportunity to gather a community of like minded individuals together to network and get up to something creative. It was truly amazing to see such a great crowd of people show up and bare the cold and snow to trek through some awesome trails and fire of some flares and smoke grenades..for the gram along the way :)
Special thanks to The Morell River Management Co-op for allowing us to host the event there and to our friends at Receiver Coffee Co for hooking all the attendees up with free drip coffee for the hike.
When my girlfriend decided that she wanted to make a holiday winter wreath, I knew a great place that neither of us had been to during the winter time. We're both usually allergic to super cold weather but decided we needed to suck it up and get some air into our lungs. We ventured out to Robinson's Island, a small island attached to the Brackley Provincial Park on the North Shore of PEI. Robinson's Island Trail System, also known as R.I.T.S is a 5km multi-purpose pedestrian and bike trail system that once housed a family campground. When I was in college for Photography at Holland College, we would always go there for a class photo excursion field trip at the start of each school year, so I was slightly familiar with the area but still rusty. I remembered that there I'd always see this ghostly dilapidated building planted in the middle of the woods that once housed a tiny theatre that one could only assume was operating during the days of the family camp ground. We didn't get to see this building sadly enough, I think it may of fallen for good over the years. Vanessa and I, along with our favourite little golden doodle Hazel went for a nice stroll through the island. Vanessa found some really great leaves, twigs, berries and branches all of which were already fallen to make sure not to disturb the healthy and living trees, and bushes around. We had some great views, some smokey joints (medical) and snapped a few shots throughout the whole venture. If you didn't know already, PEI has some incredible winter trails and scenery that often gets looked past because of the cold weather. Don't miss out!