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…

Stay Young and Get Muddy with the #30x30Challenge

As I have previously written on this blog, mud is a wonderful thing. It 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…

An Addendum to “Hiking and Cycling Problems in Kitchener, Ontario”

Back in the very early days of this blog, I wrote an article outlining my concerns with the hiking and cycling infrastructure in Kitchener-Waterloo (read the full post here). My perspective did generate some negative feedback from my readership; the gist of my concerns being the unsafe conditions caused by multiple roadways dividing up the…

Spooky Hollow Nature Sanctuary – Norfolk County

As many of my regular readers will have guessed, Norfolk County is one of my favorite places to hike – land of the declining tobacco industry, quaint port towns, and nature sanctuaries preserving rare or endangered species (Norfolk County, 2014). Though I love all of Ontario’s Southwest, Norfolk has a special place in my heart…

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…

Bechtel Park – Waterloo, Ontario

If you go to the City of Waterloo home page and navigate to the link describing Bechtel Park, you will see an cheerful, summery image of a soccer field and Gator (see the link here). However, hidden behind the fields and the Manulife Financial Soccer and Sports Complex is a gem of a hiking spot….

rare Charitable Research Reserve

The rare Charitable Research Reserve is a great place to hike at any time of the year. Use of the trails at rare is open to the public and free of charge – interested visitors can hike along the River Trail, Maple Lane Trail, Grand Allée Trail, or Springbank Farm trail (see the trail map…

Jackson-Gunn Old Growth Forest – Norfolk County, Ontario

In the depths of cold December weather, it’s always nice to start planning spring and summer hikes. If this is something you’re currently attempting, I would strongly recommend the Jackson-Gunn Old Growth Forest for its spectacular and sensitive beauty. Remember to reduce your impact while hiking in this area – respect what you’re stepping on…

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…