A Long Active Summer – Part 2

This is the second part of my 2-part summary on the summer-that-was.

It turned out to be another month full of hiking, cycling, and kayaking.  In fact, the pace was outright frenetic.  Maybe that’s why I’ve been dragging my behind since the beginning of September.


The month started in Hamilton in a park that is part of the Royal Botanical Gardens.  It’s called Cootes Paradise and it’s aptly named.

With my long-time hiking buddy, Helen.

In a long string of hot and humid days this summer, this particular day was another sweatfest and although we would have liked to linger and explore more through the various trails, we retreated back to our vehicle after only 90 minutes.

In the forest walking along the water’s edge, it was almost bearable in the sweltering heat.

Mid-month I met my sister and niece for a short hike around the Elora Gorge Conservation Area.

Elora Gorge

Although I had been to the town of Elora several times, I had never actually visited the Conservation Area.  Getting a good view of the gorge turned out to be a bit of a challenge. The problem I discovered is that unless you are actually ON the water, it was rather difficult to get good views of the limestone cliffs.

Hiking - Elora2

The TransCanada Trail goes through the southern edge of Elora but doesn’t pass through the Conservation Area.  This is a beautiful area to explore and I think worth the effort for a return visit in another season.

Hiking - Elora


I made the 550 km (342 mile) journey back to Quebec for the second part of my planned travels on the TransCanada Trail. This time my target was the urban trails around and into the city of Montreal.

Although I was again travelling alone like I had been in June, I was kindly hosted this time by fellow blogger, Norm 2.0,

Day 1 was spent on the Trans-Terrebonnne.

Cycling - Terrebonne

It was a beautiful ride, mostly along water, with an interesting mix of old farms and new homes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn day 2, I went into the heart of Old Montreal itself to ride the Lachine Canal Trail.




These red chairs can be found in any park controlled by Parks Canada.  This is where one of my painted rocks got left behind


The heat and humidity were starting to take their toll though, so when Norm, suggested a day of kayaking instead of cycling, I was quick to accept.

Day 3 was spent on the water at Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles.  Conditions for an easy, scenic paddle don’t get any better than this.



Unfortunately, by this point the weather was changing and rain was in the forecast, so I cut short my travels on the Montreal area trails.

However, my kayaking adventures were not yet done for the month.  On returning from Montreal, I again headed west – this time to Cambridge for a lazy mid-week morning paddle on the Speed River with fellow blogger The Widow Badass.



So in case you were wondering what my travels looked like this month, this is the map …

Screen Shot 2018-09-24 at 6.05.16 PMWhew!  This was a big post and many thanks for sticking with me to the end.

I’ve done a lot of exploring this summer and visited many areas for the first time.  With any luck, there’s more ahead!


  1. Oh my GOSH! This is going to go down as an EPIC decade for you among your lifetime journeys…er excuse me Explorations around Canada! What a wonderfully, exciting, and an interesting journey you had hiking, biking, meeting blogger friends, and kayaking through your home country has been this summer!

    You are doing what so many wish they did before or straight-away or after college after you’ve retired! Woman, you’re living the life…those Golden Years I’ve been dreaming of, and only had an opportunity to do here and there.

    The view from your Kayak with those lovely clouds and sky…a photographers prayer before every photo shoot!
    I loved the red and blue Adirondack chairs, and I love that you left your painted rocks along the journey!

    I hope you use your Winter to rest up for more EPIC adventures in 2019. I’ll be over here on the West coast cheering loudly for you all the while hoping I can get out to make an exploration or two myself. 😜


    • Your comment makes me feel so proud of myself 🙂 Thanks – it was an EPIC summer and the stuff of great memories.

      I know there are many who have different views about how to spend their retirement – especially on hot and humid summer days – but I want to squeeze every moment of life I can out of this body before it quits!
      There is no question that I’ve found a new passion in kayaking. If I could have, there would have been so many more trips on the water!

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    • I’m rather fascinated at the tenacity of nature and the ability of tree roots to insinuate themselves into rock. The results are outright artistic!

      Today is a rainy one, and that’s ok. I think I will play with paints 🙂


  2. You make me feel ashamed that I baulk at driving 50 miles for a day out when you go 350 miles! I am assuming you drove to Montreal, not cycled. You are getting to see some wonderful places on your travels.


    • I like the Park Canada chairs too and I LOVE their logo. I managed to score a white Park Canada hoodie last summer – unusual because it’s not red and I really don’t like red. That’s why I could never be a Team Canada athlete – all that red gear. Ugh!

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Riiiiiight 😉


    • Sometimes I don’t appreciate exactly how much I’ve packed into a month until I start looking through all the photos I took. Before I started writing this, I had actually thought August was rather quiet compared to July!!

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