Niagara Section of the Bruce Trail

Niagara Section of the Bruce Trail now completed!
Niagara Section of the Bruce Trail now completed!

Has been completed!  Joy!

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Bruce Trail Part 6 – Mountainview to Woolverton

It was pretty astonishing how much damage was done by the ice storm this past winter.  So many trees had fallen.  It was quite the beautiful sight to some extent because it dramatically changed how nature adapted and how everything was growing over the fallen.  In addition, it was also nice to return to Ontario and see the trilliums in full bloom.  Many of them white, or a blend of white and purple.

It is stunning how much damage the recent ice storm this past winter has done to the forest.

Between other road trips and the Ride for Heart event in Toronto, it’s been a while since our last Bruce Trail hike. We didn’t have enough time to hike more mountains while we were in the Adirondacks so we drove overnight back to my friend’s place, and then went straight for the next section of the Bruce Trail the next morning!

As soon as we started, we immediately noticed an escalated level of flying bugs around us.  It was that time of year … they just kept hovering around our faces, buzzing around our ears — pure annoyance!  Not many mosquitoes surprisingly but quite a few black flies.  I did try a new insect repellent that was based on oil of lemon and eucalyptus and while it seems to have helped against the black flies, I’m going to test it again on the next hike.

Even with the damage we can see done by the ice storm, it was a beautiful sight to see all the green in this valley.

It was pretty astonishing how much damage was done by the ice storm this past winter.  So many trees had fallen.  It was quite the beautiful sight to some extent because it dramatically changed how nature adapted and how everything was growing over the fallen.  In addition, it was also nice to return to Ontario and see the trilliums in full bloom.  Many of them white, or a blend of white and purple.

Trilliums were out in full bloom.Amusing signs along the Bruce Trail

Every so often, we get to stumble across an amusing sign, and sometimes peculiar scenes as well.  Of course, I’m looking at all of these from a hiker/passerby perspective.  I’m guessing that this guy got lots of lumber from all the trees that fell during the winter.

How much timber does one need?  Answer:  A lotThe trail in late spring is surprisingly pretty.  The various shades of green are so vibrant.

A part of the section of the trail involved a peculiar detour.  We were walking in the forest and then suddenly had to re-route out and on to a small road with lots of houses.  We had fun with it nonetheless and ended up discovering why the trail had to detour.  Apparently an estate was being sold off and I am guessing that the Bruce Trail Association no longer had an agreement to have hikers pass through a part of that property that was purely forest.  Unfortunate but we got to see some other interesting or peculiar things along the way.

Unfortunately, this estate has been listed for sale which meant that Bruce Trail had to be re-routed.  The trail had originally passed through a section of forest that is part of this property.Lots of creeks and waterfalls along this section of the Bruce Trail

Once we passed some really nice looking properties, we descended from the escarpment and into a valley where we encountered quite a few beautiful creeks and waterfalls.  We all typically agreed that the location of the bridges for most of the trail seemed counterproductive.  We would see a creek or waterfall like the one above but the bridge always was built above the waterfall rather than below where folks would be able to view the waterfall nicely.  Perhaps there are good reasons for this but it is unfortunate.

Didn't know that people would start naming bridges...A little waterfall running under the bridge.

It briefly started raining but it was nothing major that got in our way aside from temporarily hiding my camera from the rain.  Even other people we came across were too cheerful to be put off by the rain.  As we got into the area around Grimsby mountain and Beamer Conservation area, we found a lot of people enjoying the day off on the long weekend.  It appeared to be a pretty popular area for quick hikes to enjoy a view looking out over the city.  There were some nice looking streams that side trails would lead to but we were eager to keep going.

A view from Grimsby MountainNeat to see rows of dandelions in this vinyard.

Once we left the Beamer Conservation area, we found ourselves walking past many vinyards again.  In fact, the walk on the road was a pretty long one — and of all places, I got bitten by a black fly while walking on the road.  Go figure.

Random mailbox

Although not most scenic of routes and pretty bland to be honest, these small rural roads that the Bruce Trail takes us through can sometimes lead us to some curious findings.  You just have to wonder what the story is behind some of these things.

Dangling trunk by power line?The last portion of the trail was mostly road but there were some interesting things to see.

Out of this section, I really enjoyed Mountainview Conservation area the most (despite the obnoxious black flies) and the recent winter definitely made quite the impactful change on the environment.  I knew a lot of trees had fallen due to the storm but it’s very different to actually walk through and see the damage.

The end -- and the beginning of the next section of the trail

The awesome news is that the end of this section of the trail means we’ve also completed the Niagara section of the Bruce Trail! We’ll see if there’s another opportunity to tackle the next section of the Bruce Trail before other travels takeover. In the meantime, check out the full gallery from this hike.

A long weekend in the Adirondacks – Abridged Edition

As I mentioned in an earlier post, it recently was Victoria Day weekend and I really wanted to get away from the city.  Got a good deal on a car rental so I recruited some friends to head to the Adirondacks over the long weekend. Didn’t get to spend as much time as I would’ve liked to in the mountains but it was beautiful and it was also busy.  Lots of folks from Ottawa and Quebec — I suspect.  Funny that it didn’t even feel like we had left Canada with all the folks conversing in French along the trail!

Anyhow, I’ll post some more on the trip later but for the time being, I thought I would share what I had already posted on my Google+ account.  A nice photosphere of the summit of Cascade Mountain.  Excellent view that day.  I wish we had sat their longer rather than rushing off but my friends probably didn’t want to wait around till the summit area got overwhelmed by day hikers.