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…

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…

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…

It’s Spring! Time to #GoFetch

As many of my regular readers will know, I’ve been a dog sitter/dog walker for many years now. I currently work with a very high-energy, three year old Border Collie – her love for chasing after her Frisbee is insatiable. Even in the negative 40 degree Celsius temperatures we experienced in Ontario this past winter,…

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…

Winter at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

During my March Break wanderings with my mother as my traveling companion, I had the chance to see Niagara Falls in a state of semi-solidity. The term “Niagara Falls” refers to the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; the tourism industry in and around Niagara Falls; and the three waterfalls which are the namesake and…

Winter at the Royal Botanical Gardens

Although the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), located on Plains Road West in Burlington Ontario, is better seen in the summer, their winter programming also promises much in the way of nature-based educational entertainment. While visiting the RBG Centre this past March Break, I had the chance to see their exhibit on Savage Gardens/Nature’s Ninjas. All…

Glen Bernard Summer Camp – Sundridge, Ontario

Though Glen Bernard Summer Camp isn’t meant for hikers only, it was a part of Ontario which afforded me many beautiful pictures and fond memories. Anyone interested in outdoor pursuits should visit the general area encompassing Glen Bernard Summer Camp – known to tourists and residents alike as the Almaguin Highlands Region – at least…

Yet Another Diversion: College, Skills, and Work

As the weather offers us a brief glimpse of sunshine and milder temperatures here in Southwestern Ontario, I feel the winds of change approaching. Doesn’t everyone go through a little mini transformation, a shedding of the skin, when springtime approaches? Houses are cleaned of rubbish, cars are scrubbed free of ice and salt, and winter…

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…

Youth Mobility and the Love – Career Balance

This week marks the first in which Will, my partner in crime and hiking, is working full time with Dillon Consulting Limited out of their Oakville, Ontario office. His job title, Field Biologist, thrills us both with its weight and heft. I am fascinated by his descriptions of the work culture and his experiences with…