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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa September 7th 2019

I have been very fortunate to work with the kind people at True Patriot Love in an effort to raise much needed funds for their cause. My Dad - Private Kelley and countless others would have greatly benefited from their support. Proceeds raised will be donated to True Patriot Love Foundation, a national charity dedicated to providing Canadian military and Veteran families with the support they need and the hope they deserve. Learn more about True Patriot Love Foundation here. To date I have raised 57% of my target - many of you have already donated - thank you. If anyone else would like to donate please click on the link below. thank you, Keith... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Collingwood August 30th 2019

Biking Clearview (Collingwood) Trail Trail Location: Between Stayner and Collingwood, Ontario Distance: 12 km (+5 more) Surface: Crushed Limestone Difficulty: Flat, Easy Parking: Gideon and Brock Street in Stayner Washrooms: at each end Benches on the trail: None Water: None on trail The Clearview Train Trail is a nice easy ride passing through farmland. It joins Stayner and Collingwood, Ontario. The Clearview Train Rail is 12 km but it connects with other trails in Collingwood to make for a distance of 16 km from Stayner to Collingwood's Millennium Park (beside the grain terminals.) There are portable toilets at his site. The trail follows an abandoned rail line. Unlike most “rails to trails” however, this trail is NOT on the rail bed. The abandoned ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Calabogie August 3rd 2019

Cycling on Pelee, Island Location: Leamington, Ontario Surface: mostly hard-packed gravel Distance: 30+ km Washrooms/Water: No Signage: Yes Pelee Island is a 90-minute ferry ride from Leamington, Ontario and costs about $10 each way, including your bike. While on the ferry pick up a map of the island. Pelee Island is the most southerly inhabited area in Canada. From the ferry terminal, there is only one road and you can go left or right. It is 6 of one and ½ dozen the other! I would say that approximately 75% of the roads on the island are hard-packed gravel and suitable for a bike with hybrid tires. There are NO hills. Every intersection is well marked with a bike symbol and Waterfront trail sign. Around the island is approximately 30 km depending... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa July 20th 2019

Well – here we are again kind readers. I have missed you. It has been five years since Tanya and I embarked on our Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Within weeks of returning from Spain I was researching other long distance walks – I knew I needed more. I soon realized (using the “scaredy squirrel” guide for all potential danger) that there are very few long walks with the infrastructure and safety of the Camino. About three years ago I started to plan a walk commemorating my Dad and more specifically his service during WW II. I applied for and got his military & medical records – somewhat redacted – about a year later. I start off ambitiously thinking I could take 3 months and walk the entire route the Canadian soldiers followed. I soon realized I ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Leamington July 18th 2019

Cycling in Point Pelee National Park Point Pelee National Park (Centennial Trail) Location: Leamington, Ontario Surface: fine crushed limestone Distance: 10+ km Washrooms/Water: Yes Signage: Yes Free Internet: Yes at visitor centre Point Pelee National Park is Canada’s smallest national park and shaped like an upside-down triangle as the point juts out into Lake Erie. Entry fee is around $7.00 Once you enter the park entrance there are many places to park. The first one is at Sanctuary lookout. 70% of the park consists of marsh, dominated by cattails and ponds. About 1/5 of the land is forested and the Centennial trail is mostly under this forest canopy. From park entrance to tip is 10 km on the Centennial bike ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa July 13th 2019

Leaving by bus for Montreal tomorrow morning. Then overnight KLM to Amsterdam. Last minute packing. Listening to the Dutch band BZN to get into the mood. They’re a Paling Pop band, very strange name meaning Eel Pop, a very unique sound created in the seventies by this band from Volendam. It’s a derivative from the Beatles, mixing in some ABBA sound and the unique one-two step dances from the Netherlands as well as some Vienna waltz melodies. Go to YouTube and check out BZN. Maybe not your taste but I like it!... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario July 8th 2019

Ontario, June 14-24, 2019 Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls We left Montreal in a soaking rain, hauling our suitcases to the train station. We had neglected to try the famous Montreal bagel, so grabbed one at the train station. Different than the New York style bagel, it is first boiled in honey water before being baked. We weren’t impressed. Ottawa is in the province of Ontario and is the capital of Canada and from what we can see so far, a clean beautiful city. Our Airbnb is much nicer; although, interestingly, we find ourselves back in the province of Quebec, as we are staying in Gatineau, Quebec, just a short walk across the bridge. But it’s still raining. I think it’s rained about 50% of our time in Canada so far. Downstairs in the apartment building ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls June 17th 2019

As regular readers of this travel blog will probably recall, my last published scribblings covered our amazing trip out east to Indochina and before that our incredible adventure (also, in an easterly direction) to Australia and New Zealand. But, for 2019 we thought that it was time for a change; time to escape the tortuous grind of the 'Deal or No Deal' Brexit; time to erase from the memory, the embarrassing spectacle of which Prime Ministerial hopeful managed to smoke, inject or inhale the most illicit drugs in their past; and time to troll off to some place, where drinking a milkshake is considered more fun than chucking them about!! And with that in mind, it was no contest really. We simply decided to take the advice of American author Horace Greeley from 1865 and slightly ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Brantford June 3rd 2019

TH&B and Waterford Heritage Trail The TH&B is a railway that was to connect Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo but never did. Sections of the railway are now part of the TransCanada Trail. It connects with the Waterdown Heritage Trail. Distance: 14 km Access Points: Brantford off Colborne St. W. Mount Pleasant Park – 755 Mt. Pleasant Road (highway 24) GPS: 43.070952, -80.314968. The Park has a large sheltered area, flush toilets and lots of parking. Use the large map in the park to navigate about 400 metres to the trail. The TH&B trail is very flat, paved and about 3 metres wide. There are many informative signs, about the area but not as many regarding where you are or distance markers. No bathrooms on the trail, one bench At the Norfolk County Line, the trail changes ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Brantford June 1st 2019

Cycling SC Johnson Trail – Paris to Brantford This is a stone dust trail connecting Paris and Brantford Ontario. It is NOT a rail trail so as a result there are a few steep hills. Trailhead: · Paris: Curtis Avenue, just south of Dundas Street East (park at the fire hall, 15 Curtis Ave. North) and cross Dundas street. The trail starts about 100 metres (30 Curtis Ave. S) · Powerline Road: SC Johnson Parking area, mid-way between Paris and Brantford on Powerline Road, west of Oak Park Road · Brantford: Kraemer's Way, west of Oak Park Road · Brantford: Limited parking at Wilkes Dam, at Lafayette Street and Dufferin Avenue The Trail: It travels through farm fields, and grasslands and provides scenic overlooks of the Grand River including a bridge over the river. A few ... read more
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