Saturday, 28 December 2013

Deer in Dundas Valley Ontario

The most incredible and unexpected brushes with nature will present themselves at times that are less than perfect. Mother Nature presented herself while Margaret and I were taking a drive through the Dundas Valley.  I believe the six beautiful and healthy deer were moving through the valley looking for a safe place to stay for the evening.

 
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Deer in the Dundas Valley


I grabbed my camera and took off down a trail that would intersect the direction that they were headed. Feeling the rush come from seeing beautiful wild animals free has always been something I have found indescribable.

I hope you enjoy the photographs that I was able to capture. It is still possible to see wild deer and turkeys near suburban areas if you are in the right place at the right time.

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The herd of deer watching me get closer

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Most deer have a comfort zone that they monitor

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After the initial contact, the herd became comfortable with my presence

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A quick look back to see if I'm still there

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Deer tracks

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Port Severn Cottage Weekend

Getting away from the city during a summer weekend can change your whole perspective. A chance to recharge your batteries and spend some time outside instead of sitting in front of a computer in the office.

This particular weekend was spent at a cottage just east of Port Severn Ontario. Port Severn is the gateway to Georgian Bay. The locks at Port Severn are the very end of the Trent Severn Waterway. It provides a water route beginning at the Bay of Quinte and finishing at Georgian Bay. The total distance is 386 kilometres through locks, lakes and channels.


Attached are some of my images that I think capture the Severn region well. I hope you enjoy them.

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Two chairs on the dock

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Beautiful cottage day

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Wildlife near the dock
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Air bubble from the bottom of the lake

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Cottages across the lake
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Relaxing in the shade
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Loons on the lake
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Extra room for visitors
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Perfect Day

If you are interested in finding more information about this area of Ontario, I have attached some good websites below.


http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/index.aspx

www.trentsevern.com

www.400eleven.com/PortSevern.html


Friday, 29 March 2013

Adventures in Food - Dishcrawl Hamilton

When I first heard about Dishcrawl Hamilton from my wife Margaret (Suburban Tourist), I was very curious. Not knowing what to expect, my curiosity compelled me to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Dishcrawl Logo in window of Locke Street Restaurant

The way a dishcrawl works is simple. You visit several restaurants and try some signature entrees and appetizers, interact with a fantastic Dishcrawl Host and forty or so other "dishcrawlers".

David Hanley was our Host for the first ever Dishcrawl in Hamilton, Ontario. Being a Host comes natural to David and he impressed us with his energy and personality.

David Hanley working hard at Dishcrawl Hamilton - Locke Street

This particular Dishcrawl was located on Locke Street in Hamilton, Ontario. Locke Street has a unique character that you have to experience. A little history about Locke Street. Its origins date back to the 1840s and is surrounded by residential areas with mature trees and nice homes.

The Locke Street BIA and the Locke Street Shops websites have really helped to make this shopping/dining district truly distinct in Hamilton.

Locke Street BIA Banners

First location - the place we met to start the dishcrawl was The Courtyard. I was very impressed at the combination presented to us.


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The Courtyard Restaurant - Locke Street

We had three different creations to try. A scallop wrapped around a cube of bacon with a light red pepper sauce, a porchini mushroom with a thin slice of panchetta placed in the center dressed with truffle oil on a bed of steamed spinach and finally pork laid on quinoa and topped with sauteed apple. I loved all three. Delicious. I will be coming back to The Courtyard to have dinner. 


Photo by Margaret Bourne of Suburban Tourist

Second location - The NaRoma Pizza Bar had a warm and inviting feeling. Not to mention the fire breather that was stationed outside doing some cool tricks.



NaRoma Pizza Bar on Locke Street



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Fire Breather lead us to the next stop on the Dishcrawl Hamilton




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A little excitement for the Dishcrawlers


We started with a Arugla salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar and thin slices of parmesan cheese. Next, puree of chickpea and two slices of thin crust pizza - Margerita and Brie with Prosciutto. I was very impressed with the owner, the staff and the food. 



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Margarita and Brie and Prosciutto Pizza



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Margaret enjoying chickpea puree at NaRoma Pizza Bar


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The menu at NaRoma for Dishcrawl Hamilton - Locke Street

Third location - The West Town Bar & Grill is comfy and inviting. On the tasting menu was stracciatella soup, jerk chicken and a hand made spring roll. A great place to come for a beer, lunch, or breakfast. 



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The West Town Bar & Grill on Locke Street Hamilton


The West Town Bar & Grill - Comfy and Inviting

Last location - Ceylon Tea Bush had an relaxing atmosphere to meet for a tea or one of their fantastic deserts that they make.


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Ceylon Tea Bush on Locke Street Hamilton

Chanry Thach of Getaroundtoliving.com enjoying the first ever Dishcrawl Hamilton

Desert at Ceylon Tea Bush on Locke Street Hamilton

If you are looking to have an adventure for an evening, Dishcrawl Hamilton is something you have to do. I enjoyed getting an opportunity to try different foods and experiencing the venues and their atmosphere. I look forward to trying a different dishcrawl somewhere in Hamilton soon.

The Courtyard
254 Locke Street South
905-546-9900
www.thecourtyardonlocke.com


NaRoma Pizza Bar
215 Locke Street South
905-525-6699
www.naroma.ca


The West Town Bar & Grill
214 Locke Street South
905-570-1412
www.thewesttown.ca


Ceylon Tea Bush
218 Locke Street
289-396-6108
www.celonteabush.ca




Sunday, 17 March 2013

Tiffany Falls Late Winter - Hamilton Ontario

During the winter there is so much to do outside. Going for a winter hike or checking out a favourite outdoor spot could be just the thing to stay active.

Tiffany Falls in Hamilton Ontario is one of those spots. A fantastic place to visit in all season, even late winter. Last year in the Fall, Margaret and I hiked to Tiffany Falls Conservation Area and experienced the beautiful area first hand. You can check out my blog post from the Fall here.

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Entrance to Tiffany Falls Conservation Area Trail



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Great Signage for the Side Trail


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Well maintained bridges help get to the Falls


I was curious what it would look like during the late winter. The particular weekend we hiked to the falls we were surprised to see ice climbers practicing rappelling and climbing the ice that surrounded the cascade. 


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A little bit of green from the white pine


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Melt water



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Bridge #1


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The Canyon


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Wide angle photo of the Niagara Escarpment


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Looking up to the edge of the Escarpment


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Margaret getting cold on the trail


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Some colour left over from last year

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Mission Accomplished - reached the Falls


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Ice Climber


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Tiffany Falls

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Ice climber getting climbing gear ready


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Ice climbers at the bottom of Tiffany Falls

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Tiffany Falls

   
There are so many activities outside that can be done in the Hamilton Area. From the  Dundas Valley Conservation Area close by,  to the Bruce Trail, and many more waterfalls to explore in the local area.

Check out some of the links below for more great information and photos of the Falls.

Suburban Tourist

Dundas Valley Conservation Area 
Waterfalls of Ontario
Hamilton Conservation Authority
Bruce Trail

Tourism Hamilton


Coordinates:  43° 14’ 22” N     79° 57’ 31” W         
                      UTM  17N 584553.13 E     4787932.69 N



Sunday, 24 February 2013

Exploring Mono Township - Mono Ontario

Each weekend Margaret and I decide to explore a new area of Ontario. This particular weekend it was Mono Township. Located about 40 minutes north of Mississauga and Brampton, you will find yourself in the middle of the Hills and Headwaters area of southern Ontario.

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Bruce Trail running through Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

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Dog prints in the snow

There are many areas the see and explore while in Mono. There are great hiking trails at the Mono Cliffs Provincial Park and the Bruce Trail runs through the park. If you want to go for a leisurely drive and explore the local area, you will be surprised by the beautiful scenery.


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Interesting shot between two birch trees

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Margaret on the Bruce Trail at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

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Ontario hardwood forest in the winter




 A little to the south of Mono Centre, is the Hockley Valley. Very picturesque and really worth the drive in all four seasons.


We continued further north and checked out Boyne Valley Provincial Park. The area has fantastic topography and many hiking trails to explore. Along the way, stop at Ponton Mills. The remains of an old grist mill stands along the Boyne River. It was built in this location in 1896 by George H. Shepherd and operated until the early 1900s.




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Ponton Mills

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Curvy turns and rolling topography

Check out these other sites for more information:







Coordinates:

UTM 17N  5748084874147 N