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…

The Death of the Road Trip?

Last week I had the opportunity to drive to London, Ontario, and visit the hiking trails, restaurants, and cultural spots in the area (respectively –¬†Sifton Bog, Waldo’s on King, and the London Music Hall). I’ve been to London multiple times in the past to take in much of the same, with some variations, but the…

The River Runneth Over; Nature Rejoices

This past winter, the Southern Ontario landscape was covered in one of the densest snow packs recorded in over 30 years (GRCA News Room, February 2014). Extremely cold temperatures also meant that much of the Grand River and Lake Erie – two interconnected water systems – became almost entirely covered in ice, raising fears that…

Huron Natural Area – Kitchener, Ontario

On the south side of Kitchener, Ontario, there is a 107-hectare natural area fondly referred to by locals as the Huron Natural Area. With ample volunteer, financial, and community support, this slice of nature within the city has thrived as a cultural, environmental, and educational hotspot. While hiking through this area, I was most cognizant…