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…

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…

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…

Rockwood Conservation Area – Rockwood, Ontario

A short distance away from several major metropolitan areas in southwestern Ontario lies the jewel that is Rockwood Conservation Area. This conservation area features “towering limestone cliffs, caves and glacial potholes”, making the location a source of natural wonders and inspiration for both hikers and canoeists (Conservation Ontario, 2012). Canoes can be rented at the…

Eugenia Falls – Grey County, Ontario

Although I’ve hiked at Eugenia Falls Conservation Area several times, researching the location for this post yielded some new information for me. I learned that the impressive waterfall was the site of an early “Fools Gold” rush when it was first discovered in 1852 (Grey Sauble Conservation, 2014). Later, the site became dotted with mills…