Soon to be a National Park, the Rouge River Valley in northeastern Toronto is a spectacular treasure. Covering hundreds of green acres, the Rouge Park is the largest urban park in North America. It is also a valuable part of Ontario’s Greenbelt.
I recently had the chance to spend the day hiking in the Park and aside from its stunning beauty, I just couldn't believe that I was about a 30 minute car ride away from downtown Toronto. There was no noise, no honking horns, no rushing taxis or cyclists.Read more
The Toronto Zoo has something we might refer to as celebrimals (a.k.a. celebrity animals.) There’s Charles the silverback gorilla, Twiga the Masai Giraffe, and of course the new baby polar bear Hudson.Read more
April 19th was a special day for me - I visited Ontario’s Greenbelt for the first time since I moved to Canada. Even though I had a picture of what the Greenbelt looked like, I was excited to in physically experience nature and its different habitats. Grants Officer Bronwyn Whyte, wonderful colleague of mine, and Shelley Petrie, my dear boss, and I drove from Toronto into the Greenbelt. Our target destination was visiting the Lake Simcoe Conservation’s Beaver River Wetland Trail.
Photo Courtesy of Conservation Halton
I have this incredible urge to call the Jefferson Salamander “Ol’ Jeffy” as if they are this incredibly wise, ancient creature that have had their share of hard times but always seems to fight back -- to some extent my nickname for them bears some truth.Read more
Photo: Northern Lights by Ethan Meleg
Part #1 Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
Tips from the Bruce Peninsula
Have no fear – the darkness is actually good for you. Darkness plays a vital role in our ecosystem, wildlife lifecycles and even our spirit. There is something truly inspirational about seeing the Northern Lights for the first time, or catching a glimpse of the Milky Way sparkling in the expanse above.Read more
White Pine, the Christmas tree I have always coveted. Soft, willowy, delicate - it's finally stuffed in my trunk to haul home for the holidays.
Hortons Tree Farms, located in and around Stouffville, has great tree choices – the bold and beautiful Scotch Pine is perfect for large homes, my smaller White Pine great for inner-city dwellers. The hardy northlander White Spruce is a familiar sight to Ontario campers hiking the Canadian Shield, the Balsam Firportrays the dark green forests of New Brunswick and the Douglas Fir is as imposing as the province of British Columbia from which it most famously hails. Don’t worry, all these trees are native to Ontario too.Read more
As someone who grew up on the banks of the Ganaraska River, these coat hooks invoke a surprising amount of nostalgia for me. See the grating on the concrete floor? Many a winter, I stood crammed in with my fellow classmates, peeling off 200 layers of snow gear, trying (and failing) to avoid getting my socks thoroughly soaked. We would proceed to cover ourselves in hot glue as we made pinecone Christmas trees and wreaths. We would walk steadily around a long table, dipping strings into a vat of melted beeswax to make tapered candles.Read more
Last week I went to see the film adaptation of Ronald Wright’s book and Massey Lecture series, A Short History of Progress. It is titled Surviving Progress, and is a Canadian-funded movie with a few familiar faces. The timing is somewhat ideal for this film to open with the recent successes and stumbling blocks of the Occupy movement and the climate change talks in Durban.Read more
Taking full advantage of the gorgeous fall weather on Thanksgiving weekend I decided to take a trip to Evergreen Brick Works. I’ve been there in the past for various events and to visit my juicing friends from Sunshine at the farmers’ market, but had never really walked around the buildings and through the trails. We are truly fortunate to have this vast green space right in the city.
Having just missed the farmers’ market my boyfriend and I decided to take a seat at Café Belong for lunch. To our surprise, our friend and Chef at the Café Dan DeMatteis, was working. I had the barley bowl served with local Swiss chard and wild mushrooms and my boyfriend had the pork (shown below). Both dishes were local, hearty and delicious. We were even treated with a Monforte cheesecake for dessert.
Be sure not to miss the change of seasons and the beautiful fall colours.Read more