Kolapore Uplands – Beaver Valley, ON

Kolapore Uplands Resource Management Area offers the curious and adventurous hiker access to biodiversity, rugged terrain, and some very cool caves. After visiting the area, I can affirm that the experience of hiking here is well worth the drive. I couldn’t believe that I was still in Ontario, Canada, my homeland and stomping grounds –…

Old Baldy Conservation Area – Kimberly, Ontario

Although I visited this hiking spot on a grey, cool, and overcast August day, the views were still spectacular. Old Baldy, a part of the Niagara Escarpment, risesĀ 152 metres above the Beaver Valley (Grey Sauble Conservation, 2013). You have to walk about 15 to 20 minutes through open pasture and forest cover to reach the…

Port Stanley – Elgin County, Ontario

It’s summertime, and that means sunshine, cold drinks, and sandy beaches are on all of our minds. Southwestern Ontario residents are lucky to have a diversity of water bodies accessible to them for single-day or multiple-day excursions. One of my favorite beach spots is Port Stanley in the Municipality of Central Elgin, located on the…

Meadowlily Woods – London, Ontario

There are some hikes that you will take in your lifetime which will evoke a ‘wow’ response – Meadowlily Woods Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) in London, Ontario, is one of these locations. Several key players are involved in the management and preservation of the Meadowlily Woods area – the Friends of Meadowlily Woods (FOMW) is…

Maple Keys Sugar Bush – Ethel, Ontario

A recent dog sitting experience in Ethel, Ontario, spurred me to check out the Maple Keys Sugar Bush Trail on Maple Keys Line. Although this site was once a location for maple syrup production, all that remains of this activity is a sugar shack hidden away in the trees along the 0.6 mile trail (AllTrails,…

Coldstream Conservation Area – Middlesex Centre, Ontario

If you enjoy viewing plentiful wildflowers and diverse bird species along a well-maintained board walk, you will definitely want to visit Coldstream Conservation Area! The Conservation Area has two main trails; one at the south end, which runs through a cedar swamp (a rare type of wetland in Southern Ontario), and a trail on the…

Avon Trail – Stratford, Ontario

If you’re interested in checking out the quintessential Southwestern Ontario hiking trail, The Avon Trail is the best place for you to start your exploration. It is a very rural trail located near Stratford, Ontario, so the hiker can expect to see plenty of scenic farmland, gurgling streams, and peaceful back country roads on their…

The Grand Valley Trail – Paris, Ontario

The title of this post is somewhat misleading because the Grand Valley Trail (GVT) – which was initially conceptualized in January 1972 at a public meeting in Kitchener, Ontario – stretches an impressive 275 kilometers from Port Maitland to Alton. The main trail generally follows the Grand River watershed and is divided into four sections:…

Greenway Park – London, Ontario

During my life as a graduate student, I had the pleasure and the privilege of being able to hike quite frequently. It helped that my thesis research involved hiking and trails in urban and rural environments; both landscapes that provide excellent backdrops for the movement of the body through time and space. When I’m hiking…

Snyder’s Flats – Woolwich, Ontario

I can’t say that Snyder’s Flats is the most ecologically-beautiful trail I’ve ever hiked. In fact, between the floodplain area that is just a little over-watered this year and the grey, barren vistas of the restored gravel pit, it’s a decidedly craggy spot to visit. For families and dog owners, however, it’s a paradise. In…

Springwater Conservation Area – Aylmer, Ontario

Part of the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA), Springwater Conservation Area is a lush and verdant spot to visit during the summer months. I have never visited the area during the spring, fall, or winter seasons, though I can imagine that the area offers up special wonders for each different time of year. My primary…

Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail – Cambridge, Ontario

For anyone who enjoys long, flat, relaxing hikes, this is the trail for you! The Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail is a total of 18 kilometers in length and offers excellent birding opportunities right along the Grand River. The trail is well-maintained for its length – thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Grand River…