Ontario Trails News – Resort partners with trails, find your favorite place to snowshoe in Ontario
Kim Loader Innkeeper
Port Cunnington Lodge & Resort
1679 Port Cunnington Rd
Dwight ON P0A 1H0
Dec 25, 2014 |
Smokey Hollow is one of my favourite hiking spots.
It turned out to be much more than just a dot.
The waterfall is arguably the premier attraction; Grindstone Creek cascades down a dramatic drop.
Once you descend several flights of natural and man-made stairs, the noise of traffic disappears and tranquility dominates.
It was here that I saw my first and only wild trillium to date.
Coincidentally, Smokey Hollow was one of the first spots the Burlington Post team consisting of photographer Eric Riehl and myself recently visited on a walking tour for our feature on the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System.
The walking tour idea was mine — any chance to trade in high heels for Sorel boots is welcome.
David Galbraith, longtime head of science at the Royal Botanical Garden, and John Hall, co-ordinator with the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan, served as our guides, taking us to stunning sites like the Grindstone Estuary marshlands, Kerncliff Park, Clappison Woods and Smokey Hollow.
As a nature lover, I had been to all these sites before, but the historical background and ecological significance shared by David and John elevated my understanding of why protecting these lands through the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System initiative is so important.
Smokey Hollow is an example of how an area can recover after human impact.
In the 19th century, Grindstone Creek was the site of industrial mills, which are now gone. The site has potential for further naturalization, as well as trail enhancements. The trail is particularly rich with wildflower species.
The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, formally established in 2013, is a partnership between nine partner agencies. It encompasses approximately 9,000 acres of natural lands at the western end of Lake Ontario. Of that number, 4,700 acres are permanently protected while 4,300 acres are privately owned. Included in the 1,500 documented species of flora and fauna is more than 60 species at risk, including the endangered Jefferson salamander.
I encourage everyone to read my feature on the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System at http://bit.ly/1z1h4Woand experience these precious lands.
Ontario Parks Offer Winter Camping Fun
Get Outside and Embrace Winter
December 16, 2014 1:00 P.M.
Here are some examples:
- Experience night skating on a lit 400-metre trail through the woods at MacGregor Point Provincial Park or check out the skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park that winds through the park campground or the Olympic-sized skating rink at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
- Learn to dogsled in Algonquin Provincial Park.
- Participate in a snowshoe workshop in Frontenac Provincial Park which includes a guided hike on one of the park’s 100 kilometres of trails.
- Take part in the cross-country skiing loppet at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. The eight-kilometre mini loppet is perfect for families, children and rookies.
“Whether you like to cross-country ski under the stars or take the family skating, Ontario’s provincial parks have so much to offer. Visit a park with family or friends and have some fun this winter.”
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
By Nick Butler
This will maximise views showcasing the Toronto’s beauty, it is hoped, with finish lines set to particularly include “incredible views of the cities skyline”.
All road races, including race-walking and marathon events as well as cycling road races at both versions of the Games, will start and finish on Lake Shore Boulevard, with each sport consisting of laps of different length and levels of difficulty.
This will include a blend of the “challenging” hills in High Park or the long, straightaways such as Lake Shore Boulevard, favoured by race walkers.
All the race routes were designed under the direction of international experts to meet the critical technical requirements that govern Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship courses, it was claimed, with temporary road closes expected to ensure a “world-class” field of play.
More information on this is, as well as the exact routes to be used, is available via the Toronto 2015 website, here, with further details to be provided in the New Year.
Congratulations to Saugeen Shores Rail Trail Association as it is Honoured with the 2013 Saugeen Shores Heritage Conservation Award, for their efforts in actively promoting the heritage and history of the Saugeen Shores community through trails. From your friends at Ontario Trails Council.
Accident sparks call for changes to cycling laws, bylaws
That bill was introduced in the legislature, received second reading, but died when the last Ontario election was called. “We are hoping to bring that legislation back to legislature in the fall,” McMahon said. An Ontario coroner’s report on cycling …
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ONTARIO CYCLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR OCA MTB-XC NATIONALS PROJECT. Project will runJuly 16-21, 2013. (June 30, 2013) The Ontario Cycling …
Go fishing without a licence
… and develop a teach children about the environment and conservation while having fun fishing. At all other times, residents between the ages of 18 and 64 must have a valid fishing licence to legally fish in Ontario. A 2013 conservation licence ..http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2013/07/05/go-fishing-without-a-licence
|South River canoe maker dips into training fund
Northern Ontario Business
The funding will allow the company to implement a new training program to allow steady year-round production and avoid seasonal layoffs. The money came through a new federal training program called Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence …
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|Hey look there’s Paul’s photo in the link!
Reopening the Gateway to James Bay
Laurent Robichaud lining the canoes down West Montreal River before portages were cleared in Sept., 2012. Photo Paul Bisson
BY CONOR MIHELL
Not so long ago, lakes and rivers were northern Ontario’s highways. This vast network of water trails was first created by native Canadians and later adopted by European explorers, fur traders, surveyors and, most recently, recreational canoe trippers. In the quintessential Canadian canoe country of Quetico, Algonquin and Temagami, many of the age-old portages circumventing whitewater rapids connecting lakes and crossing the divides between watersheds are still in use today, yet countless more have been lost to urban and industrial development.
|Six Destinations You Must Visit This Summer
Huffington Post Canada
Subscribe. Summer is the perfect opportunity to take a day off and explore what Ontario, Canada has to offer. Whether you’re into wine tours or canoe trips, here are some romantic getaways that are sure to bring you and your partner closer together …
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Meet Toronto’s five fittest city councillors
Outlive yourself cross-country organ donation campaign rolls into Toronto
9 July, 2013 – 17:00 – 20:00
Once again, our Street Smarts on-street outreach is focused on teaching people about basic bicycle maintenance!
Join us to get a free safety check or basic tune up, chat with our volunteers about cycling issues in the city, sign up as a member, or just enjoy the evening with us.
On July 9th, Street Smarts runs from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Art Gallery of Ontario, on the southeast corner of Beverley & Dundas (map).
Click here for more information about our Street Smarts program.
Our thanks to Grand River Conservation Authority, Nottawasaga Conservation Authority, City of Elliott Lake and Hamilton Region Conservation Authority for taking out 2013 Memberships in the OTC. We appreciate your support, and we’d like to thank the team of Board Volunteers calling groups looking for support from communities for the provincial trail association. Thanks to Jack De Wit, Bonnie Simpson, Dan Andrews, Laura Peddie, Freida Baldwin and Ron Purchase for their time and effort. http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/become-a-member/members-1