Sunday sight: Beaver ponds

Sunday sight: Beaver ponds
We were recently out at Long Lake Provincial Park (just over an hour NE of Edmonton on the way to Fort McMurray, Alberta). While I’d camped at nearby Skeleton & Amisk Lakes many times, I’d never stayed at this park. They have beautiful hiking & biking trails, including one that runs right beside ponds home ...

Sunday sight: Funky bee hives

Sunday sight: Funky bee hives
My soft spot for apiculture was obvious last weekend for the 2nd annual Randee’s Bees bee box painting at Headwaters Farm. A stunning spot with the warmest of hosts who also baked pizza for the guests who came hungry. The day was really about the bee hives though, that became works of art as families of ...

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 ...