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: 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 ...

Saturday sight: Centre Alberta

Saturday sight: Centre Alberta
A common misconception is that Edmonton is in northern Alberta. Turns out the community of Swan Hills – a couple hours NW – is actually the geographic centre of the province. It’s found on aptly named Grizzly Trail highway. 

Saturday sight: Snye Park

Saturday sight: Snye Park
The last time I’d been to Fort McMurray’s Snye Park was a couple years ago. Construction wasn’t done then but the sunset remains beautiful. 2014 2016

Saturday sight: Scarborough Bluffs

Saturday sight: Scarborough Bluffs
One of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever experienced in Toronto was the Scarborough Bluffs. Headed back out there this fall for the second time. The view is absolutely breathtaking because you’re so high up on the sand cliffs. This is south of Rosetta McClain Gardens in Scarborough, ON.

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

From stream to street [literally]

From stream to street [literally]
On my way to a new favourite spot (Julie’s Cuban Restaurant*), some art caught my eye. The instillation stood out because it’s in a community built on a creek featured in the Lost Rivers documentary. The project is called Stream of Dreams – an environmental education program started in BC. Each fish is painted by someone ...