Category Archives: Along the Trails

Adventures in Blazing Trails

There is no better feeling than walking along a trail and enjoying the beauty and serenity of nature. Conversely, there is no worse feeling than getting lost. Unless you can clearly see a trail or a marker, it’s easy to … Continue reading

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Adventures in Planting

A week ago, I was surprised by an e-mail. It was serendipity – the kind of serendipity that has kindness, dedication, and vigilance behind it. The e-mail was from TRCA (Toronto and Region Conservation) who manage Altona Forest. During the … Continue reading

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Wild Apples of the Forest

Whether it’s apple picking, home-made apple pie, or the tempting baskets along country roads, fall is not fall without apples. What I didn’t know until relatively recently is that apples like the types we buy and devour are not native … Continue reading

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The Other Altona Forest

I have wandered Altona Forest’s trails many times but while editing a couple of photos when I re-worked the altonaforest.org site, I couldn’t imagine where in the forest they were taken. The photos seemed to be from a path in … Continue reading

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Leave It To Beavers

The most amazing thing happened to Lacey’s Pond this spring … it rained and rained … and then rained some more. That’s a whole lot of water. Those familiar with Lacey’s Pond in Altona Forest will know that the native cattails took hold … Continue reading

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Biting Back Garlic Mustard

Throughout Ontario, an innocuous looking weed has taken hold. It has spread through the countryside, into gardens, and into conservation areas like Altona Forest. It will grow in shade or sun and has the ability to alter the soil’s biology. … Continue reading

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Jane’s Altona Forest

“You’re doing this backwards” I thought, “And you really are not the right person to do this at all.” Just over a year ago, I decided that Altona Forest should have a Jane’s Walk. I don’t usually lead hikes in … Continue reading

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