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May 16, 2020

“I live to enjoy life by the littlest things, feeling the grass between my toes, breathing fresh air, watching the wind sway the trees, enjoying the company of loved ones, a deep conversation, getting lost in a good book, going for a walk in nature, watching my kids gr...

May 10, 2020

On March 24, the province ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Shortly after that and in keeping with the direction of the province, all Hamilton Conservation Areas were closed. The good...

September 1, 2019

“The earth has music for those who listen.” - George Santayana

The magic of early evening paddling lives in the melody and in the unrushed pace with which the day draws to a close.

Pushing away from the shore for an after-dinner paddle last night, Cootes Paradise was jus...

February 18, 2019

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir
 

There are certain winter days that appear to be just about perfect, and today would be one of those days. Bright blue skies, brilliant sunshine and a fresh blanket of pristine snow making sun...

August 24, 2018

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” - John Muir

For decades, the Crooks Hollow dam and reservoir was a magical place, like a secret paradise known only by a small group of local residents. When the dam came into disrepair, there was signific...

August 18, 2018

“Exploring is an innate part of being human. We're all explorers when we're born. Unfortunately, it seems to get drummed out of many of us as we get older, but it's there, I think, in all of us. And for me that moment of discovery is just so thrilling, on any level, th...

July 21, 2018

I've heard it described as a northern lake in southern Ontario and paddling the beautiful lake at Rockwood Conservation area, it is easy to imagine that you've traveled somewhere far as the topography is unlike anything else in the area.

This small lake created by dammi...

June 9, 2018

After a long winter, it is finally June and I have the bug, the kayaking bug. I have it bad too, just itching to be on the water, feeling the pull of the paddle, the muscles in my back and arms coming alive and welcoming the work. Greeting the birds and wildlife after...

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