Hey! I’m Curniss. The author behind Hike the Giant.
I’ve hiked up the giant a lot since I was first introduced to the park back in 2007, but my most memorable hike was definitely the one I did to get married. This involved hiking 8.1 km (16.2 km return), including over 300 m of vertical ascent, with my hair and makeup done, to have a wedding ceremony in one of my favourite places on the planet three years ago today.
My most memorable hike was definitely the one I did to get married.Curniss
While my now-husband, who is even more obsessed with the sleeping giant than I am, was thrilled with the idea, the trick was to find a photographer/videographer who would also be excited to hike 16.2 km with all their gear on a hot summer day, an officiant who wouldn’t charge us an exorbitant fee, and a few friends willing to help carry a thing or two (change of clothes, a cooler bag for my bouquet, and a reception picnic). Somehow we managed it all and it was incredible.
I met Chris when I first came to Thunder Bay for work in 2007. Wanting to make a good impression and convince me to stay, Chris went out of his way to show me what Thunder Bay did have going for it: the outdoors. He took me sailing, swimming, cliff jumping, rock climbing and, of course, for a backcountry camping trip at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. I think it’s fair to say that I fell in love with him and the giant that summer.
While I didn’t know it at the time, that first trip was the first of many backcountry camping and hiking trips Chris and I would go on at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park – including hiking up the head to get married on the cliffs of the giant overlooking Lake Superior.