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Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Conservation Areas

Whenever I visit Inglis Falls near Owen Sound, I appreciate the beauty of the cedars and limestone. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting waterfalls in Ontario. Visiting Inglis Falls at any time of the year is always an awesome experience.  The waterfall is located south-west of the City of Owen Sound, where the Sydenham River meets the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. The Conservation Area and trails are well marked and the view through the canyon towards Owen Sound is fantastic. Margaret and I explored the trail down towards the bottom of the falls.  The Bruce Trail passes through the area heading north to Tobermory. There are many spots to stop for photographs.   History surrounding Inglis Falls The waterfall was named after a Scottish immigrant, Peter Inglis. He settled in the area around 1845. In 1862, Inglis replaced an old gristmill with a four-storey mill that produced

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Exploring Mono Ontario
Hiking

I had driven by an area east of Highway 10 many times on my travels around Ontario, but never really stopped to check it out. Heading out on a day trip we went exploring Mono Ontario. Located just north of Caledon and northeast of Orangeville, Ontario it is nestled in mostly rolling and  tree-covered hills. It’s a part of the Hills and Headwaters area of south-central Ontario. The headwaters of three rivers, the Humber River, Nottawasaga River and Credit River begin here. Some of the small communities that make up the Town of Mono are Mono Centre, Hockley Village and Camilla.   There are many areas to choose from to enjoy a hike, such as Mono Cliffs Provincial Park and the Bruce Trail.  A short drive north is the Boyne Valley Provincial Park and south is the Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve. Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is part of the

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Things to do on Labour Day weekend
Travel

Kids either dread or love this phrase – Labour Day Weekend. For some, it’s summer’s last hurrah and for others it’s a sign they’ll soon reunite with friends at school. For adults it’s much the same. Labour Day weekend marks the end of summer and indulgent days lounging by the pool, at the beach or on a patio. Back to work! To finish off the summer season on a high note, there are many things to do on Labour Day weekend that are fun and memorable. Camping With 42 national parks and numerous provincial parks, Canada has many places to camp. Despite some locations being booked up for Labour Day weekend, there are some further away from major city centres that may have spots available. You may also want to consider conservation areas that have camp sites – these places tend to be closer to major urban areas offering a

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Collingwood Scenic Caves & Nature Preserve
Travel

Blue Mountain is know in Ontario as a great place to go skiing, mountain biking or simply as a getaway. It is also known for the Collingwood Scenic Caves & Nature Preserve. Blue Mountain is technically not a mountain, it is part of the Niagara Escarpment, which runs from Niagara Falls to Tobermory Ontario. Rising more than 300 metres in elevation above Georgian Bay, it is one of the highest points in southern Ontario.     Less than two hours north of Toronto, it is worth the drive north. The views and the unique surroundings make for a worthwhile opportunity to explore. The suspension footbridge at Scenic Caves is one of Ontario’s feature attractions. Take a walk across the 126-metre suspension bridge, which crosses 25 metres above the valley. This location gives fantastic views of Collingwood and Nottawasaga Bay.   The bridge holds the title of being the longest suspension

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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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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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