Travelling along the Trans-Canada Trail in Southern Ontario could be described as pretty bland. In fact, I’ve said worse on many occasions. There are no grand vistas to be appreciated from mountain tops, no spectacular rock formations, no towering waterfalls. If there are, we haven’t found them yet.
The truth however is that there is rarely a *typical* day on the trail, and I can almost always count on something new or unusual to catch my attention.
Oh, we see lots of trees … sometimes where they aren’t supposed to be.
… and this year, we’re seeing many bloated streams from the high water levels.
We also see lots of different bridges, both big and small. I do love bridges, especially when they include trains … and on this day we caught 3 trains in the span of a few minutes.
However, what made this particular day interesting were the unusual signs we found along the trail.
Poison Ivy sounds serious by its name alone, but Giant Hogweed makes me think of Hagrid and his Magical Creatures from Harry Potter.
However this plant isn’t as benign as Hagrid. The Giant Hogweed is an invasive species introduced from Asia as an ornamental plant. Its sap can cause burns, severe blisters, and even blindness if it’s in contact with the eyes.
They have had a devastating impact on native fish species, so culverts and dams like the one on Duffins Creek have been built to prevent the lamprey from travelling upstream to spawn.
… and this little structure? I don’t have a clue … but it gets points for being both unusual and rather intriguing.