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: Jasper’s Punchbowl Falls

Saturday sight: Jasper's Punchbowl Falls
Since we were kids, we’ve spent time lots of time in Jasper National Park. It’s a place with so much to offer — day or night. I think that’s where I probably saw my first waterfall — specifically Punchbowl Falls on the way to Miette Hot Springs. Grabbed these shots on opposite sides last week.  ...

Sunday sight: Trail Capital of Canada 1

Sunday sight: Trail Capital of Canada
When I travelled to PEI’s Green Gables as a teen what struck me is that it looked nothing like I’d imagined. Instead of the Avonlea countryside in the Anne of Green Gables’ films, there was a golf course nearby. This weekend, ventured out to Uxbridge, ON which is officially designated the Trail Capital of Canada with its 220 ...

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 ...

Part of Toronto’s Aboriginal story

Part of Toronto’s Aboriginal story
On Friday as part of National Aboriginal Day, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto was offering guided tours on a trail I often enjoy. The trail is in a valley called the Vale of Avoca after a place in Ireland. It’s in Deer Park, which is a name that evolved from Mushquoteh for where the ...

Discover our cities’ lost rivers

Discover our cities’ lost rivers
Last fall I found a trail and stream near my work where I started taking breaks to snap pictures. I was in awe that this peaceful place existed so close to my office. My second time out I ventured a little further on the trail to grab more shots. The third I went out, I ...

Books about Toronto walks

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks.” John Muir Last year when I was longing for more nature in my life, it was through the web that I found resources for some decent in city and near city hikes. Then friends started getting me some good books on the topic. ...