Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tree Trails

The Rail Trail brings us close to the trees in Dundas Valley in what could be viewed as a healthy highway for walkers and cyclists. This bend in the trail near Sanctuary Park today reveals how quickly the trees have responded to the call of spring, and hopefully shows just how rewarding it is to get out into nearby nature.

Despite appearances (above), the trail was very busy today with lots of people moving along at various speeds or pulling over to rest on the many benches placed at interesting points along the trail. It was of course a perfect day for this kind of thing.

Remember, where once trains travelled, now human locomotion is powering the path. Being within easy striking distance from population centres, rail trails connect people to the natural world, and with each other.  Motor vehicles fade from our consciousness as we stretch our legs for as far as we want to go.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

On the Verge of Dundas: McMaster History Hike

Lunch Hour History Hike: Ponds to Parking in West Campus

May 15, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Meet at OPIRG Office, McMaster University Student Centre room 229

Organizers Restore Cootes and Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) McMaster

Walk back in time and explore the founding of McMaster University in Hamilton, the relationship between McMaster and the Royal Botanical Gardens' properties, Canada's first modern highway, electric railways, pioneer cemeteries, lost ponds, and "ghost" trails.

This roughly one hour walk through west campus will also focus on changes to the parking area to create a naturalized buffer between the ashphalt lots and the beautiful Ancaster/Coldspring Creek that passes through McMaster's property.

There is no cost for this popular hike, bring a friend and explore the campus in a new way.

Your guide is Randy Kay of community group RESTORE COOTES, and OPIRG McMaster's Coordinator of Volunteers.

You can register for the hike by e-mailing Randy here