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:…

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…

Stay Young and Get Muddy with the #30x30Challenge

As I have previously written on this blog, mud is a wonderful thing.┬áIt heralds the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures. It means that water is flowing into the ground, nourishing the plentiful plant and insect life beneath our feet. I love seeing mud for all of these reasons, but I also love the playful…

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…

Birding by the Confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers

This past weekend, the temperatures edged a little above freezing and the sun was in full evidence in the sky. Hope blossomed in everyone’s hearts that spring might actually be approaching. Birds were more active and calling eagerly to each other, which prompted my partner and I to grab the binoculars and head out for…