Wednesday, December 30, 2009

skate from Dundas


Cootes Paradise is proving an excellent skating destination for area blades. Today, the hockey games were numerous, and the skaters of all ages ranged across the frozen marsh from Princess Point toward West Pond. The cold makes nature come alive in new ways for those who get outdoors.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Swedish or Canadian?



The message from this 1973 commercial was embedded in my brain when I was a kid - something about it inspired a sort of Nationalistic shame/pride - sort of the way Canada is embarrassingly lagging when it comes to Climate Change - in Copenhagen no less (not Sweden, but close enough). I remember thinking, I don't want to lose this battle.

When I think of how we measure up as a Nation when it comes to fitness, I think we might want to hold a place for some nostalgic memory, and perhaps get back in the fight to stay in good physical health.

Rather than walking for purely recreational pursuits, build a little walk into your life for daily trips - it really is the best way to get exercise, and the recreation is there once you leave the shelter of your car.

Challenge yourself to try a little harder, go a bit further, and get a little more Particpaction!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

valley inn


Hamilton area hikers and cyclists will be glad to know that the Valley Inn Road bridge is still open. The city has begun some of the improvements to the area now that the road is officially closed to motorized traffic.
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Monday, December 7, 2009

taking the temporary road

Sunday afternoon activity on the south side of lower Spencer Creek: it looks like the hydro work is wrapping up, and they were removing the temporary construction roadway laid down to protect the forest floor (though it appears that some of the work wasn't sensitive to the wildlife). The Spencer Creek Trail along the old rail line on the North side is back open for your pedestrian ramblings.
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

twilight


No Vampires, just a day coming to an end as Spencer Creek approaches Cootes Drive at twilight. A recent frost has done its artistic part to alter the landscape's flora, and there is evidence of coming winter's bite with the beginnings of ice on shallow and slow moving areas of the creek. Snow is forecast for tomorrow, keeping the ever changing in the ecological equation.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

mapping the future


View SHIFTING GEARS CYCLING PLAN in a larger map

Combine with this for a closer look at cycling infrastructure planned for Dundas/Hamilton


View City of Hamilton Ward Boundaries in a larger map