A Place of Peace & Hiking Trails

Overcast, chilly, grey days are often the best times to be outdoors and rambling through the woods. There is atmosphere in the leaden sky, and the brisk wind sharpens your senses. On just such a day, I took a very long hike through the Ignatius Jesuit Centre – a short 2 km north of Guelph, Ontario….

Glen Ferguson Side Trail, Hamilton Ontario

On this amazing May weekend – the first of the spring season which has afforded temperatures over 20 degrees – I had the pleasure of touring around Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton is known as the City of Waterfalls; naturally, these waterfalls are surrounded by hiking trails for people to absorb the incredible vistas. My visit to Hamilton…

Riverside Park, Cambridge Ontario

On one of those January days where the air is crisp, the breeze low, and the sun bright, I headed out to Riverside Park in Cambridge, Ontario. Riverside Park covers an impressive 102 hectares; it is Cambridge’s largest community park. Visitors can take a hike along one of the many flat and well-maintained trails any…

Management of Ontario Trails in Response to Environmental Change: A Narrative Policy Analysis

1.0.Study Introduction and Rationale The complexity of the natural environment challenges both researchers and policy makers.  Research has yet to fully quantify the cause and effect relationships between human activity and environmental impact (Lee, 2011).  Policy makers have also been unable to effectively wield political and economic tools to stymie rapid environmental change (Hanna &…

Kolapore Uplands – Beaver Valley, ON

Kolapore Uplands Resource Management Area offers the curious and adventurous hiker access to biodiversity, rugged terrain, and some very cool caves. After visiting the area, I can affirm that the experience of hiking here is well worth the drive. I couldn’t believe that I was still in Ontario, Canada, my homeland and stomping grounds –…

Staycation this August 4th Holiday

It’s both a joyous and deflating time – the August 4th holiday, which is positioned midway through the summer months. It is our first reminder that summer isn’t going to last forever. Additionally, not everyone gets this day off and confusion proliferates over the exact name of the holiday (for e.g.: it is known as…

Maple Keys Sugar Bush – Ethel, Ontario

A recent dog sitting experience in Ethel, Ontario, spurred me to check out the Maple Keys Sugar Bush Trail on Maple Keys Line. Although this site was once a location for maple syrup production, all that remains of this activity is a sugar shack hidden away in the trees along the 0.6 mile trail (AllTrails,…

The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

Atwood, Margaret. (1993). The Robber Bride. Seal Books; Toronto. I confess that this is the only Margaret Atwood novel that I have ever read. As my taste in reading changes over the years, I will likely find that her writing appeals to me more and more. Her writing is incredibly detail-oriented, and in this particular…

Blog Anniversary: 200 Posts!

As I sit down to write my 200th blog post on this platform, I find myself taking a moment to pause and evaluate my progress, as well as consider the future. This blog began on August 27th, 2013 at 15:39 with a brief overview of some thought-provoking websites. Shortly thereafter, I failed the physical exam…

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…