This week, I am forecasting what Niagara’s hiking trails and parking spaces might look like as we roll into the nice weather of 2021, and beyond. In a handful of articles for The Local over the last year, I observed and reported on the changes in trail conditions, safety concerns, parking problems, and the increased litter that came with the pandemic. I also watched with … [Read more...] about Biodiversity facing an ever-increasing number of visitors
In light of recent weather, the Canadian classic of pond hockey has made a comeback in my spare hours. Between two farm property ponds here in NOTL, I’ve been blessed to lace up and skate with my family, friends, and girlfriend in extraordinary outdoor settings these days. Just like most normal activities in life, I found my mind wandering as to what biodiversity was … [Read more...] about What’s under the frozen pond you’re skating on?
I hike with family, friends, clients, or students almost every day of my life. Not so much the students these days, given the circumstances of current school closures. However, sharing the outdoors with so many people over the years has given me the opportunity to observe how others react to nature. More specifically, I’ve noticed how people look and feel more invigorated in … [Read more...] about Are people inspired by local area biodiversity?
It’s one thing to mandate the removal of social and physical contact. We’ve been doing it for nearly a year now. It’s another to inhibit access to nature on top of that. Or, at least, have many of us question how to best go about it during a global health crisis. While the former strategy makes sense during a pandemic that is all around us, I’ve been surprised at how … [Read more...] about Hot topic, cold winter, with hiking during lockdown
Adjacent to the historic Butler’s Burial ground, at the end of Butler Street itself, lies a local gem of a walking spot. With its paved trail and relatively new bridge connecting two Niagara-on-the-Lake suburbs through a forest, it’s an amazing spot to get outside locally. As you walk down below into the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority area, ahead of you … [Read more...] about Two Mile Creek holds curiosities for locals to explore