Chasing Spring Northwards – Caledon

With so many kilometers ahead of us to cover the Trans-Canada Trail, our first challenge was deciding where we were going to start.  For no particular reason, we agreed to head north.

Our chosen starting point was about an hour’s drive from Toronto at the Forks of the Credit Conservation Area and over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been slowly moving north.

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Today’s photos were taken along the Caledon Link and Caledon Trailway, both shown on the above map as *Done*.  This represents 37 km of the trail – all of it flat with hard-packed gravel.

At this time of year, the landscape still looks pretty bleak.  None of the green we are starting to see now in Southern Ontario was evident when these photos were taken earlier this month.

Where there is water, it’s a good bet I’m going to take a photo, especially if there is a bridge involved. Click on any photo to enlarge and scroll through.

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Then there are bridges with no water involved … just crossing the very busy Highway 10.

I was fascinated by the number of beaver lodges we saw.  Some of the gnawed trees we encountered looked quite fresh, so I was reasonably sure these lodges were still active. Sadly we had no beaver sightings.  I would have been over the moon if we had!

Since the intention is to bicycle as much of the trail as possible, a major goal this month was actually getting out on our bikes for the first time.  Although we completed only one ride – and it wasn’t very long – it was a huge milestone, especially for Helen.

This was Helen’s first time riding in 25 years, and I was still getting my confidence back after last year’s crash which put me on the sidelines for almost 9 months.  Happily we had a great first ride and as it gets warmer, we will become unstoppable {knock on wood!!}.

Thanks for joining us on this part of journey.  Hope to see you on the trail.

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The Toronto Waterfront – Part 3

I’ve mentioned previously that the Toronto Waterfront Trail is almost 89 km long and most of it we have traveled on earlier walks and rides.

Today’s photos are on the Waterfront Trail in the core of the city taken over the past couple of years.  Most of them I’ve probably featured previously on my other blog.

As always, thanks for joining us on this journey.  See you on the trail!

Toronto Waterfront Trail – part 2

In my previous post I mentioned that the Toronto Waterfront Trail is almost 87 km long and most of it we’ve already completed at various times.  I’m backtracking again today to share photos from some of those earlier trips.

Today’s photos focus on the east end of the city near the Toronto-Pickering border at Rouge Park, taken in a variety of seasons.

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Hope to see you on the trails.

Backtracking to Day 1

In this post, I’m backtracking to our first official day on this journey.

The month of March wasn’t particularly cooperative weather-wise and with all the postponing we were doing, it began to feel that we weren’t off to a auspicious start.

When we finally did commit to a day, it was quite cold, but we decided to brave it anyway.  It turned out to be beautiful, even if it was a bit chilly.

Our first hike was on the Toronto Waterfront Trail.  This urban path is almost 87 km long running along the shore of Lake Ontario.  Over the past few years, we had already walked, run, or cycled a large chunk of this path, so we agreed that we wouldn’t be re-doing these sections.

That meant our starting point was going to be out on the west end of the city at Marie Curtis Park heading west.

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We had only a short uneventful walk of 8.6 km.  These are some of the images of that day. Click on any photo to enlarge and scroll.

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Thank you for joining us on this journey.  See you on the trail.

 

… And We’re Off

It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  Well, in this case it’s more like a journey of many thousands of miles, and that first step has now been taken.

I encourage you to read the *About* page to get the full story on what you can expect from this blog.

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At Forks of the Credit Provincial Park

I haven’t settled yet on what kind of format this blog will take as we progress through our journey to travel the Trans-Canada Trail.  It will likely focus heavily on photos and light on commentary … but that’s not necessarily a promise.

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The photos in this post were taken this week on our 2nd official day on the trail.  We were hiking from the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park – about an hour’s drive north of Toronto – heading into the Elora-Cataract Trailway system.

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It was raining early in the morning before we left the city, but we decided to brave the weather anyway since we were expecting temperatures around 10C/50F – considered warm at this time of year.

We had thick fog for our entire drive to the trail head, but in the end the weatherman delivered, and we had a great day. The sun even tried to peek out of the clouds a number of times.

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The most memorable part of the day was when a massive flock of Canada Geese flew overhead in 3 large groups, each one honking loudly.  Unfortunately, you’ll just have to take my word for it.  Perhaps my video-recording skills will improve over the course of this journey.

We are still working out details about how we are going to approach this adventure and I’ll be discussing some of those details in future posts.

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This day we covered 17.1 km over easy terrain with at least one hill that could be considered moderate.

We’re excited about having a big goal again and looking forward to the months and years ahead as we tour our great country up close and personal.