For every adult who has ever faced the family camping challenge. This book shows you how to prepare yourself and your family for a great outdoor getaway. Included are tips for selecting tents, cooking, getting the kids to bed, treating common camp injuries, entertaining the gang, building a fire, securing drinkable water, camp lighting, checklists and much, much more.
Ed Horner has been camping, hiking and paddling through Ontario and Alberta for 45 years and brings his considerable knowledge, skill base and expertise to the pages of The Family Camping Guide.
I rated this “moderate” as on this particular hike we explored the Keyhole crevice caves and the ground was still slippery with ice in the deeper sections. Walking time varies with weather and trail conditions.
Two years in the making, Day Hikes of Ontario, Vol. II is finally available for download on Apple’s iBooks.
Twenty trails from Hardy Lake Provincial Park in the north, Warsaw Caves in the east to Dofasco Trail in the south, Day Hikes of Ontario, Vol. II, guides the adventurer with maps, descriptions and photographs through a wide range of topography and trail types as they explore the landscape of south central Ontario. Continue reading →
I lifted this Paid Post for the Waldorf School, in the San Francisco Bay Area, that I found in the New Yorker Online the other day. What caught my eye was the simple fact that there is recognition that getting outdoors, into a natural area, is of value to the spirit, mind and body – all the more so if it’s in an area that’s unfamiliar.
“The Waldorf School of the Peninsula, a private school in the Bay Area, is a technology-free zone. There are no tablets, no cell phones, no screens of any kind. Instead, the bookshelves are lined with encyclopedias and the classrooms outfitted with blackboards and chalk. Continue reading →
This book is written to help anyone interested in getting outdoors and enjoying the wonderful hiking trails that Ontario has to offer. The author focuses on day hikes, typically 2 – 4 hours in length, within a two hour drive of Toronto. It offers suggestions of not only where to go, but what to take with you and what other attractions you might find as part of an outing, such as local art galleries, good restaurants, vineyards and wineries, country markets or privately owned or municipal gardens. Getting outside need not be simply a hike, but the hike might be part of a longer day spent in the outdoors at fairs, on farms, picking your own vegetables or just sitting by a well-stocked trout pond,dangling a line in the water.
The author includes tips on outdoor photography, trail etiquette, trail ratings, how to get to the hikes, site facilities, first aid concerns, how to avoid and treat insect bites and avoiding and managing bears.
Walking times vary with weather and trail conditions.
Cam Snell Side Trail (Map Below)
This trail is part of the larger Bruce Trail (blazed in white) which runs north/south through the nature reserve. You will start on the white trail, but after about 1.5km you will see the blue blazed Cam Snell Side Trail on your right (west side of the trail). The Cam Snell is about 2.6km in length and ends a little further south, down the white Bruce Trail. When it comes out on the white trail, you can then turn left (north) and walk back up the trail to the parking lot making the hike about 6km in length.
Or, you can turn right when the Cam Snell ends on the white Bruce Trail and explore further south into the nature reserve, as you can see from the map.
Comments and Special Notes
On our last trip to this section of the Bruce Trail we spotted quite a bit of poison ivy, so stay on the marked trails and you should be OK. This trail also takes you near a farm, near its north end, where there are often horses in the fenced area just off the trail. Don’t feed them and don’t bother them, but pictures from a distance would seem to be OK.
How to Get There
Highway 401 to 410 north. The 410 turns into highway 10 north of Mayfield Road. Continue north on highway 10 to about 3.4km. past Orangeville. Turn right (east) at Hockley Road. Drive about 6.5km to the hamlet of Glen Cross (there may or may not be a sign for Glen Cross) at the intersection of Hockley Road and 3rd Line East. Turn left (north) and follow up the winding road for a distance of about 3.2km to Dunby Road, then turn left. Follow Dunby Rd. about .7km (700m) to a curve in the road and a small parking area on your left. You should see a Bruce Trail access sign here and a wooden stile over a fence. If the small lot is full, park on the side of the road, as far over on the shoulder as you can, but do be careful not to end up in a soft muddy ditch. Total driving distance about 71km. from the intersection of hwy. 427 and 401. About 1 hour 15 minutes with a brief stop for a coffee in Orangeville.
In Freewheeling, Horner takes his readers on a walk down Memory Lane as he provides them with well-told tales of some bicycle-related adventures he had while growing up in Toronto.
He and his friends get into trouble in the Black Creek, get pinched by a motorcycle cop in High Park, rescue a member of their party from Catfish Pond, get a deal at a police auction and more.
We are treated to a bit of history along the way as we learn, for example, that the Black Creek was turned into a flood control channel in the early 60s as a direct response to the devastating Hurricane Hazel that wracked the area a few years earlier.
Slow paced and introspective, Horner provides us with a series of richly textured tales of his early life as a footloose and fancy free cyclist.