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.
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.
Mid-month I met my sister and niece for a short hike around the Elora Gorge Conservation Area.
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.
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.
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.
It was a beautiful ride, mostly along water, with an interesting mix of old farms and new homes.
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 …
I’ve done a lot of exploring this summer and visited many areas for the first time. With any luck, there’s more ahead!