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…

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…

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…

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…

Dryden Tract and Sudden Tract – North Dumfries, Ontario

Two of my favorite hiking spots within a 30 minute drive of my apartment on Courtland Avenue in Kitchener are the Dryden Tract and Sudden Tract. These parcels of land are located in North Dumfries and are a little tricky to find if you’re new to the area. I provide full coordinates and Google Map…