Sunday sight: Todmorden Mills’ Oxbow Trail

Sunday sight: Todmorden Mills' Oxbow Trail
While, I’ve visited Toronto’s Todmorden Mills in the Don Valley many times in the past 4 years, it’s only recently that I’ve found a new unmarked trail to get down there a few minutes from my place (between 980 Broadview Avenue & 1000 Broadview Avenue). And the 1/2 km Oxbow Trail on the grounds also has a ...

It’s all possible, no reminder needed

It's all possible, no reminder needed
A couple years ago I had written about some graffiti I was seeing in a bunch of places.  It’s “Tout est possible,” meaning “Anything is possible” or “Everything is possible” — depending on how you want to translate it from French. I’ve been reading The Moth – which is a book of 50 true life stories ...

Sunday sight: Waterfall on the East Coast Trail

Sunday sight: Waterfall on the East Coast Trail
Getting lost in Newfoundland last weekend was actually quite serendipitous. Forgot my GPS device and my cell provider doesn’t work in rural parts, but I managed to stumble upon part of the East Coast Trail in the Irish Loop near Port Kirwan. The East Coast Trail runs over 500 kms in Newfoundland and this is ...

Sunday sight: Québec countryside 2

Sunday sight: Québec countryside
One of my favourite things to do – no matter what country I find myself in – is to explore nature. Last weekend, while on a trip out to a convent in Sherbrooke, QC, I was completely taken aback at the beauty of the countryside. It’s so different from the farm land where I grew up in ...

Saturday sight: Words vs pictures

Saturday sight: Words vs pictures
I’ve been wanting to go back to this stream for a while. Found just off Avoca and St. Clair Avenue in Toronto, it’s especially beautiful near the water after a snowfall because the banks make it challenging for people to get down to it. A couple dogs made it down effortless though across the water shortly after ...

Sunday sight: Merry moose

Sunday sight: Merry moose
A family gift from a few years back that gained momentum has meant people regularly send me moose. The most recent were a couple friends sending me pictures of a chocolate moose cake and of a threesome of real moose in a back yard. Sadly, here in Toronto we’re unlikely to see real moose because we’re too far ...

Anything is possible <> tout est possible

Anything is possible <> tout est possible
It’s written all over our beautiful city of Toronto. The first time I spotted the French words inscribed somewhere was on a trail next Alexander Muir Memorial Park (author of The Maple Leaf Forever). When I saw it last year, it caught my eye more than any other graffiti because it was out of place, ...

Natural Cuba: 4 spots in Pinar del Río

Natural Cuba: 4 spots in Pinar del Río
It was T.J. English’s appearance on the Daily Show in 2008 that got me to read Havana Nocturne – How the Mob Owned Cuba then Lost it to the Revolution. The history – involving JFK, Frank Sinatra and guys like Meyer Lansky – was fascinating. Ever since then I’ve wanted to visit Havana. And so it happened a few ...

Making time for the Trans Canada Trail

Making time for the Trans Canada Trail
“Life is not defined by the amazing ecstatic moments, it’s defined by what is in between.” Rev. Brent Hawkes The first time my little sister went camping she was 2 weeks old. Even though we were very close to nature living on a farm, our weekends we were often even closer. While some people can’t ...

The hunt for red ochre

The hunt for red ochre
Rocks are a valued gift in my family. Ironic given that rocks are a nuisance on grain farms, as they come up every year and have to be removed because they damage machinery. At the same time, understandable given the stories they hold of the land. A few weeks back, I found myself in Newfoundland for ...