Friday, May 27, 2011

human-powered Hamilton

Hamilton Spectator reporter Jon Wells is doing a human-powered trek around Hamilton, starting in a canoe in Hamilton harbour, moving through Cootes Paradise and into Spencer Creek in Dundas, hiking through Dundas Valley, Ancaster, West Hamilton along the Bruce Trail, and today he is in the Red Hill Valley. You can follow his adventure at the Spectator.

Jon had contacted Dundas Walks prior to his journey, researching if it was possible to hike around and through the city without going on roads. While much of the trip can be on trails, or on the water, there will have to be times where the trail gives way to roads and sidewalks due to the built up city-scape of some areas. But surprisingly for those who have never considered the concept, Hamilton trails provide an easy escape, and you can spend hours walking in the woods away from traffic, forgetting you are minutes away from a city.

While Jon is using a car to get to his destinations each day, groups like Transportation for Liveable Communities have been promoting the idea that you don't need a car to get to some amazing trail heads, with many conservation areas and waterfall destinations located along HSR bus routes, or an easy bicycle ride away from home, work or school.

For anyone planning a hiking or canoeing adventure in some far-away locale, you can train for the task here at home; you may find that you fulfill a need you thought could only be filled by driving several hours away. And with the right interventions, we could choose to have more nature and less roads: in short we could restore the natural beauty of our well-situated city!

1 comment:

Shahana said...

Looks like a great place to escape