Throughout my life I’ve enjoyed nature. We lived in a small town just north of here and enjoyed walks along the shore of Lake Simcoe. Our home was always on the outskirts of the big city of Toronto, so I was never more than a few blocks from the countryside. As a teen, my girlfriend and I frequented the forest a short walk from our school. It was a wonderful, peaceful place that led to an overlook. From this spot, we could look down over a farm and its acreage below. It was our favorite destination in summer and winter.
Since then I’ve traveled extensively across Canada and the United States. Ontario provides many beautiful places for a hiker, a camper and a photographer – all activities that I enjoyed with friends and alone. Not far from here are several impressive waterfalls. Our government provides some great parks for families to enjoy, from picnicking to swimming and nature walks. Tobermory is particularly spectacular with overlooks from trails above the underwater caves that are popular with scuba divers. Offshore, divers and sightseeing boats reveal shipwrecks of old. The water itself is a spectacular blue, like the ocean of Barbados.
There are several organizations you can join that focus on hiking, such as the Bruce Trail Association which provides maps of trails leading from Georgian Bay to Niagara Falls. There are trails to fit all levels of fitness. You can take in short sections with a young family or more extensive hikes across varying degrees of difficulty.
Over the coming months, I will be listing these destinations here for you to discover for yourself. I also will be providing road trips that you can find on my other site: Road Trips Ontario which is currently in its early stages of development.
I sincerely hope you will take time to discover nature – or re-discover it if you’ve been away from it for awhile. In my experience, it offers great healing powers when you are under stress and suffering various levels of anxiety and depression. When you go, my hope is that you will want to protect nature and all of its elements for future generations. Remember… without nature, we cannot survive.