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April 2015

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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Belwood Lake Conservation Area
Conservation Areas

The Belwood Lake Conservation Area is a reservoir in Dufferin County located northeast of Guelph, Ontario. In 1942 the Grand River waters were slowed by the erection of the Shand Dam for flood control and the generation of hydroelectricity. Belwood Lake Conservation Area, operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority offers a fantastic number of recreation opportunities. Hiking, biking, boating or just getting away to a quite spot on the Grand River on a lazy summer day, this is the place.   The Shand Dam was the first dam in Canada built for water control purposes. The dam was named after a local family who were displaced due to the waters of the reservoir. Visitors can stand on the top deck of the dam and see the Grand River valley to one side and the 12 kilometer (7.5 miles) long lake on the other. The flow from the dam is

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Conservation Halton Parks
Conservation Areas

Since I was the age of 13, I have hiked and enjoyed Conservation Halton Parks. They offer many outdoor activities such as, boating, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking and so much more. The best part is they are located just a short distance from major population centers. Conservation Halton owns and operates six conservation areas, including Crawford Lake, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point, Hilton Falls, Kelso and Mount Nemo. Crawford Lake Conservation Area This 468 hectare park has a meromictic lake and a 15th century reconstructed Iroquoian village is a interesting place to visit at all times of the year. My favourite hiking trail is the Woodland and Nassagaweya Trail.   Mountsberg Conservation and Wildlife Centre 472 hectare park with over 16 kilometers of nature trails, a 202 hectare water control reservoir and is home to the Mountsberg Raptor Centre. My favourite hiking trail is the Lakeshore Lookout Trail and visiting the various

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