Although my week in nature’s heaven of Muskoka was relaxing, the weather wasn’t exactly co-operative. We had one or two days warm and sunny enough to swim in the lake, and the rest was spent largely inside; avoiding the rain, mosquitoes (which are about twice the size of their Aussie cousins), and unseasonably chilly temperatures.

But this is Canada after all, so our visit wasn’t completely bereft of wildlife viewing.

When I first arrived in Australia, I was more than a little nervous about the massive concentration of deadly animals – namely snakes and spiders. Whenever I asked about how to navigate Australia’s deadly terrain however, I was almost always met with the following remark:“Why on earth are you worried about our little snakes and spiders? You have BEARS!”

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