Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Travel

A road trip is to Midland Ontario is not complete without a visit to Discovery Harbour. This original British naval and military base located near Penetanguishene, was built to provide protection to Upper Canada after the War of 1812. The British naval presence on Georgian Bay was to provide ships to supply British outposts westward. By the 1800s, it was home to sailors, officers, shipwrights and soldiers. In total, five large ships, 15 smaller vessels and numerous workshops and dwellings were built.   As a teenager, my family and I would travel around Ontario, exploring the rich history that Ontario has to offer and Discovery Harbour was overflowing in stories from the past. Take your time and stop at the Base Commander’s house or examine the cartographers quarters, it is truly a great way to learn the history of Upper Canada.         Visitors will enjoy informative and

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Hiking at Belfountain Conservation Area
Conservation Areas

One of the most beautiful places just north of Mississauga is the Hills and Headwaters area, which includes Belfountain Conservation Area and the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. We’ve gone hiking at Belfountain Conservation Area several times,  and I have blogged about our drive through the town of Belfountain that inspired a summer visit. Our first visit was on a wintery day, with frozen roads and hiking trails. Our summer visit was completely different. If you’ve ever driven through Belfountain, you know how lovely it is, and how much fun it is to drive on the winding roads. It feel like are in a mountainous region of Europe. The Credit River sometimes accompanies you along on your route, and you drive and up and down steep, curvy roads. Belfountain Conservation Area is right in the village. During the spring, summer and fall seasons it is open to visitors with

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Port Severn Cottage Weekend
Travel

Getting away from the city during a spring or summer weekend can change your whole perspective. A chance to recharge your batteries and spend some time outside instead of sitting in front of a computer in the office. This particular weekend was spent at a cottage just east of Port Severn Ontario. Port Severn is the gateway to Georgian Bay. The locks at Port Severn are the very end of the Trent Severn Waterway. This water route begins at the Bay of Quinte and finishes at Georgian Bay with a total distance of 386 kilometers through locks, lakes and channels. Attached are some of my images that I think capture the some of the Severn region well. I hope you enjoy them.                 Check out some of the links below for more information about this area of Ontario: 400 Eleven – Travel Information

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Starkey Hill Trail
Hiking

Spring is finally here in Southern Ontario after what was a brutal winter, I thought I would share a hike that Margaret and I took last year in May on the Starkey Hill Trail near Guelph Ontario. This trail is about 4 kilometers and has so many different types of terrain. From pine forest to swampy low areas, this trail delivers. A video from our hike Here is a video of from the trail. It will give you an idea of the surroundings as you hike.     The Starkey Hill Trial is connected by the Arkell Side Trail. We haven’t had a chance to explore the other trails that are connected yet, but will. This location is very popular with individuals and families. We usually head out on our hikes early in the morning and this is a great time to enjoy a quiet hike.     Last year

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Ontario Summer Trips
Road Trips

Summer in Ontario is not complete without planning a trip to a cottage, provincial park or just visiting a town or city somewhere in our vast Province. I have assembled a list of three different Ontario summer trip destinations that are great experiences that I have personally enjoyed and would recommend. My three recommended destinations could be either a day trip, weekender or a week-long getaway.  All of the listed destinations offer many different activities that can be enjoyed individually or as a family. Port Burwell, Ontario Port Burwell was originally surveyed in 1830 by Lieutenant-Colonel Mahlon Burwell, a surveyor for Colonel Thomas Talbot. Situated at the mouth of Big Otter Creek on the north shore of Lake Erie, it has over 1000 residents. Like many of the Ports along Lake Erie, it is known for its fresh perch and pickerel. It is also home to one of Canada’s oldest

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Go Outdoors on Father's Day
Hiking

Father’s Day is fast approaching and the nice weather has finally arrived. I have many great memories of getting outdoors with my Dad for a hike. I have compiled several locations and outdoor activities on Father’s day weekend that are close to Toronto. This would be a great opportunity to get the family out for a few hours or for the day.   Bronte Creek Provincial Park Bronte Creek Provincial Park has so much to offer, from hiking and biking trails and much more. The park is 684 hectares (1690 acres) in size. The park is divided by the Bronte Creek. The valley was carved by the water of melting glaciers approximately 14,000 years ago. Water rushed towards Lake Ontario and cut through the shale of what is now the park, leaving the large valley and creek. There are 10 kilometers of trails, a nature centre, children’s barn, 1.8 acre pool,

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