• Places and Spaces

    Getting Outside, Locally: Four Ways To Find A Nature Fix Close To Your Urban Home

    We all know that getting outside in nature is a curing prescription for all kinds of ailments. The great thing about this prescription is that it is often free and easy to obtain. But if you don’t live in an area that is traditionally thought to be an outdoor adventure lovers’ playground, it’s easy to get trapped into thinking you have to drive at least a few hours to find the right spot, making it easy to put off taking a good healthy dose of “outside”.  It’s also easy to think that provincial and national parks are the only way to experience the outdoors. As awesome as our recognized, government-run…

  • Safety

    Getting Ready

    I keep a “ditch bag” in my daypack every time I go on a trip, even if that trip is a simple day hike. You can never be too prepared for a potential accident! The ditch bag gets packed alongside a small first aid kit with the essentials for trailside first aid. We keep a much more comprehensive first aid kit at our basecamp. Here’s what you will always find in my ditch kit: A waterproof firestarter kit (wooden matches, lighter, tealight candles, fire starter stick, pocket bellows) there is a sticker on the inside of the lid with my name and contact info. A yellow emergency rain poncho An…

  • An all terrain wheelchair at Conservation Halton
    Places and Spaces

    Conservation Halton helps everyone get outside

    Did you know that there are trails at a couple of Conservation Halton parks that are designed to help people in wheelchairs enjoy getting outside and into nature? And did you also know that there are all-terrain wheelchairs available to help people get on those trails? I know! I think it’s pretty awesome, too. The last time we were at Crawford Lake Conservation Area, Alex and I enjoyed walking one of the wide, groomed paths as part of our hike. We followed it from a gorgeous lookout that provides a great view over the Nassagaweya Canyon. I was so excited that this part of the Escarpment trail made it possible for anyone –…

  • Places and Spaces

    Winter Hiking at Conservation Halton’s Hilton Falls

      We’ve been experiencing some pretty wacky weather this winter. But that hasn’t stopped us from getting outside to enjoy some winter hiking. The beauty of Conservation Halton Hilton Falls Conservation Area didn’t disappoint us at all one gorgeous January afternoon. There was a nice dusting of snow all along the trails – perfect for hiking or fat biking. Although, the variable weather might mean cross-country skiers and snowshoers could be disappointed in the state of the trails. If you’re planning on going skiing here any time soon, I recommend you call ahead for a report on snow conditions. We decided to head along the Red Oak Trail and then…

  • Places and Spaces

    Fall Into Nature at Kelso Conservation Area

    It’s Fall Into Nature time at Conservation Halton’s parks! We decided to check out Halton Park’s Kelso Conservation area last weekend, and take advantage of the annual Fall Into Nature event to do something that only happens two weekends a year outside of ski season…. We rode the chairlift to the top of the hill! Now, when I say “we” I just mean Emma and I. Someone had to walk the hill with little Buddy, and that someone turned out to be Alex. I haven’t been to Kelso in years. So many years, in fact, that my last visit was before Emma was born, and Alex couldn’t remember if he…

  • Activities

    A little Hike, A Few Geocaches and Some History

    Our paddles and camping gear have been cleaned and officially put away until next year. So now, our outdoor adventures focus more on local trails. We’re really fortunate to live close to lots of beautiful trails, steeped in local history. We of often head to one of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club–maintained trails to enjoy an hour or two outside, close to home. We’re also fortunate that these trails have a lot of geocaches hidden along the path! This weekend, we returned to a section of the Radial Line Trail. We’ve hiked here once before, but decided to return to find some new geocaches that had been placed along the trail…