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Sharing my passion for an active lifestyle with a focus on trail running and skateboarding.

Glen Rouge Trail – Toronto

I had a good run through the Rouge Park Trails late in the summer and have been meaning to share the experience with you for a few months.

The trail head starts just outside of Glen Rouge Campground in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. There is free parking there as well.

I love being able to run alongside a river.

This one has some safety features that I haven’t seen on other trail runs.

The trails weren’t clearly marked, but I did come across this sign.

These stairs are very cool. I love how they are made out of large logs.

It felt like I was far away from the hustle and the bustle of the city, even though the highway was fairly close.

I am grateful for these signs about poisonous plants.

I am not sure why they can’t just get rid of these poisonous plants completely. But at least, they are off to the side of the trail.

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Medway Skatepark (London, ON)

Medway Skatepark is located at 1051 Wonderland Road in London, Ontario, Canada.

It has a large bowl with four different areas to carve,

a mullet spine to do some transfers on,

a vert wall,

and a small street course with wave bumps.

It’s a nice park with a good flow to it.

It’s definitely meant for intermediate to advanced skaters, but I had a lot of fun skating iut today and I’m sure you will too.

Want to see more?

Virtual Skatepark Tours – with 30 great places to skateboard

Churchill Skateboard Park (Cambridge, ON)

Churchill Park is located at 200 Christopher Drive in Cambridge, ON. It’s a beautiful park with a lot to see and do. The latest edition is a uniquely designed skateboard plaza.


The shape of this park in pretty interesting. Can you see what the designers did with it?

This is one half of the course.

It would have been nice to see a quarter-pipe here, but the platform and ledge offer lots of possibilities for tricks.

In the middle of the park is a low box and a long ledge to grind.

There is a spine, a rail, and a ledge built in to this obstacle.

The other end of the park has some stairs, rails, and ledges too. It also has a slight cure to launch from.

So do you see it yet? I haven’t seen a park designed this way before. Have you?

The park is actually shaped like a skateboard. It is long and skinny and has a nose and a tail section. I skated this course for fifteen minutes before I realized it too.

Want to see more? 

Virtual Skatepark Tours – 30 great places to skate

St Clair River Trail (Corunna, ON)

The St. Claire River Trail is part of the larger Great Lakes Waterfront trail.

Only portions of it run alongside the river.

There are sections of the trail that detour onto neighbouring streets.

My run  took me from the First Nation community, Aamjiwnaang, all the way to the small town of Corunna.

I went for a run in coRUNna today. See what I did there?

There are all sorts of interesting things to see along this route. This is the historical Stanley House.

It’s always nice to run alongside a waterfront. There is much more of it to explore as well. Have you can any portion of the St. Clair River Trail?

Want to explore more trails?

Photographic Tour Archive – over 50 great places to run or hike

The Dow Wetlands (Sarnia, ON)

The Dow Wetlands is located at the corner of LaSalle Road and Highway 40 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Today, I decided to go for a run around the trail there.

There are plenty of places to take in the natural beauty of the wetland and enjoy a picnic.

The trail runs alongside five ponds

and includes a few foot bridges.

The trail isn’t very long and it is almost completely flat. I had to run around the different loops a few times to get in my five kilometers today.

There are even a few placards like this one to describe the importance of wetland areas.

There are several wheelchair accessible observation docks as well. This pond is full of fish, bullfrogs, and wild birds.

Check out the Dow Wetlands brochure for more information about this wildlife preserve.

Want to find other places to run or hike? 

Photographic Tour Archive (dozens and dozens of great trails to explore)

Iroqouis Skatepark – Whitby

Iroqouis Skatepark is a colourful cement-based park in Whitby, Ontario.

It is located at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

I had the pleasure of skateboarding there a few weekends back. Here is a brief tour of the park.

The art in this park is very well done.

Here is one of the launch ramps.

There are several different obstacles, ramps, and quarter-pipes to skate.

This skate platform is a unique obstacle.

There are a few grinds to ledges and rails as well,

and a mini-spine ramp.

This is a very colourful skatepark that is centrally located and a lot of fun to skate.

This memorial tree is like nothing I have ever seen before.

It has several skateboards on the trunk and all the way up then branches of the tree. There are several broken decks littered around the base as well.

It is a fitting memorial for Doug E. Fresh.

Want to See More Skateparks?

Virtual Skatepark Tours – over two dozen tours just like this one for you to explore.

Medway Forest Trail (London, ON)

Medway Trail

Medway Forest Trail is a great place to run in London, Ontario, Canada.

Medway Forest Hill

I started today’s run at Western University and ran for five kilometers.

Mewday Forest Trail

It’s quiet back here and the sounds of the city fade away as you get further into the woods.

Medway Creek

I always love being able to run alongside a river.

Stairs

There are a set of stairs you need to descend from this access point.

Medway Forest Boardwalk

This is the board walk at the bottom of those stairs.

Mewday Forest Footbridge

And here is a nice foot bridge.

Medway Valley Trail

This leads to a different access point for the trail. I ran this one a few years back and you can find that tour here.

Medway Trail from University

I enjoyed my trail run through Medway Forest today and I think you will enjoy exploring it as well. There are multiple entry points to reach the 5 kilometers of trails that run through the woods and alongside the river.

Want to Explore More Trails?

Photographic Tour Archive – dozens of great places to run or hike

Skateboard Competitions in Ontario (July and August)

WHAT: Ode to the Aud Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Skatepark
WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
FORMAT: Best Tricks
ENTRANCE FEE: Free

SPONSOR: EMERICA

WHAT:  Cambellford Skateboard Competition
WHERE:  Campbellford Ontario Skatepark on Saskatoon drive
WHEN: August 12th 11am sign ups start at 12pm
ENTRANCE FEE:  $5. $ goes towards best tricks
FORMAT: Contest timed run & best trick
EMAIL: y_calver@hotmail.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: @66thieves

WHAT: Alexandria Sk8fest
WHERE: 170 MacDonald Blvd. Alexandria, ON
WHEN:  Aug 12, 2017
FORMAT: Games of S-K-A-T-E, Gap Transfer Competition, Long, Ollie
ENTRANCE FEES: Vary by event
ADMISSION: $15 for the day (includes concerts)
WEBSITE: http://sk8fest.com/
EMAIL: info@sk8fest.com

WHAT: Thunder Bay Skateboard Competition
WHEN: August 27, 2017

MORE INFO: to come

SKATE COMPS

If you have a skateboard competition, please send me the info and poster and I will share it here.

Go skate, compete, watch, and have fun!

Fisher-Hallman Skatepark (Kitchener, ON)

skate-code

There’s a new skatepark in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and it is nice. Let’s explore it, shall we?

bowl

It has a large bowl that’s a little difficult to skate, but a lot of fun.

china-gap

There’s a china gap for those who like to get some air,

fischer-hallman-skatepark

a spine with a railing to grind,

quarter-pipe-and-lanuch-ramp

a quarter pipe with a rolling launch ramp,

quarter-pipe-transfer

a quarter-pipe transfer,

rail

plenty of places to grind,

stairs

a set of stairs to jump,

skateboard-bench

and some really cool skateboard-shaped benches to take a rest.

street-course

There is even a street course section in this plaza-styled course.

fischer-skatepark

This one is well worth the drive if you like to travel to different skate spots.

Want to see more?

Virtual Skatepark Tours – over two dozen tours just like this one for you to explore.;

Skateboard Competition Next Week (Brantford, ON)

Bell City Summer Jam ’17 (Skateboard Competition)

WHAT: Bell City Summer Jam ’17
WHERE: Brant Crossing Skatepark. Branford. ON.
WHEN: July 22nd, 2017
ENTRANCE FEE: $10
CONTACT: The Collective Skateshop.  62 Brant Ave. Brantford, ON.
PHONE: (519) 758-9656
EMAIL: Contact Page
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook

If you have a skateboard competition, please send me the info and poster and I will share it here.

Go skate, compete, watch, and have fun!

Highlights from Last July

Chasing Content (3)It’s time to go exploring!

Let’s dig through the archives and blow the dust off some posts you might have missed.

Here are a few highlights from last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last July,

or just these favs . . .

Old School Skateboarding with Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen is a pioneer when it comes to skateboarding tricks. His flatland style is breathtaking and this new video shows that he is still the master of old school tricks and routines.

DJs Run It and Run With It

This book about DJs who use laptops and other electronic equipment specifically in the EDM (electronic dance music) genre. It does have some things to say about hip-hop music and culture and is a good read for anyone who loves the art of deejaying.

Guest-hosting The Come Up Show

I had the chance to guest-host and DJ for The Come Up Show last year. As a late-night radio disc jockey, it was nice to spin some great hip-hop in the day time over the airwaves. If you missed it, you can click through and listen to the podcast.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Please click on the above links to read some of the best of Silent Cacophony from last year at this time. Don’t let great content get buried in the archive. Thanks!

Skateboard Competitions This July

London Skateboard Co-op – Canada day @ Kiwanis

WHAT: Canada Day Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Kiwanis Skatepark. 1475 Brydges Street (at Wavell) London, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 1st, 2017
CONTACT: London Skateboard Co-op
PHONE: (519) 518-9995
EMAIL: londonskateboardcoop@gmail.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook

Kenora Skateboard Competition 

WHAT: Kenora Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Kenora, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 9th, 2017
CONTACT: Board Anyone
PHONE: (807) 468-3211
SOCIAL MEDIA: http://www.boardanyone.com/

WHAT: 25th Annual Beasley Sk8 Jam
WHERE: Beasley Park. 96 Mary Street. Hamilton, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 8th and 9th, 2017
SATURDAY: 13 y/o & under, Women’s division, 14-18 division, Best Trick on The Escalator, Highest Ollie out of the Bowl
SUNDAY: 30+ Masters division, 19+ division ($300 for 1st, $200 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd) – sponsored by The Local Skateshop, Best Trick Jersey barrier – sponsored by Lowcard, Best Trick Box, Best Trick Quarter, $300 Game of Skate – Sponsored by Che Burrito & Lounge
ENTRANCE FEE: $5 per day, $10 to enter the $300 Skate Contest
CONTACT: The Hamilton Skateboard Assembly
SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/events/1040015862800256/

If you have a skateboard competition, please send me the info and poster and I will share it here.

Go skate, compete, watch, and have fun!

It’s Time to Break the Gender-Barrier in Professional Sport

American Ninja Warrior is a grueling obstacle course competition. The athletes only get one shot at conquering the very complex course. Even the best trained and experienced athletes fail.

Women regularly compete in the games and there are no separate or easier courses designed for them. They run the same track with the same rules and expectations as the men.

Last month, Jessie Graff became the first woman to complete Stage 2.  Watch the video of her impressive record-breaking run below.

Jessie Graff proves that women can not only hold their own in professional sport but they can compete with the men and win.

I would like to see this run set a precedent for women in professional sport. There is absolutely no reason that women aren’t competing against the men in all sports. Women could be in the MLB (baseball), the NHL (hockey), the NBA (basketball), the NFL (football), and the MLS (soccer) leagues.

Break the Gender-Barrier

Let’s break the gender-barrier and allow women to compete against, and with, the men in professional sport. This needs to happen. It’s long-over due and we shouldn’t settle for anything less.

Go Skateboarding Day (5 Easy Tricks for Newbies)

Go Skateboard DayToday is Go Skateboarding Day.

It’s a day to celebrate the sport and the art of skateboarding. It’s a day to encourage people to get out there are try it. To that end, I found this interesting video that highlights the 5 Easiest Skateboard Tricks. 

I have to admit that I stick to the tried-and-true tricks I learned close to 30 years ago when I first started skating. I don’t often push the limit and try new and daring stunts. That’s because I am old and falling hurts a lot more than it used to. That being said, I can do some of the tricks in the video you are about to watch. I can even do a few old school tricks no one seems to do anymore.

The tricks in this video are easy, even for a skateboarding novice. And they even cover the main five tricks you should learn in sequence when just starting out.

I hope this helps. And I hope to see you out at the skatepark today after work or school.

Let’s celebrate Go Skateboarding Day!

Skateboard Competitions This Month in Ontario

Summer is here and skateboard season is kicking off with some great competitions and events. Here are a few that are happening this month in Southern, Ontario, Canada. One of them is TODAY!

So, get out there and show us what you’ve got. Compete, have fun, take home some prizes, and have fun!

WHAT: Zumiez Best Foot Forward Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Iceland Skatepark. 705 Matheson BLVD E, Mississauga, ON.
WHEN: June 14th, 2017
TIMES: Check-In/Registration 3:00 – 4:30, Contest 4:30 – 7:00. Best Trick & Awards 7:00 – 7:30
FORMAT: Jam format, Best Trick.
WEBSITE: http://www.zumiezbestfootforward.com/dates/2017/toronto

WHAT: Go Skateboard Day – Peterborough
WHERE: 560 McDonnel St, Peterborough, ON.
WHEN: June 21st, 2017
FORMAT: Timed Run, Best Trick.
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/flavourfashion/

WHAT: Switch Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Audley Recreation Centre. 1955 Audley Rd, Ajax, ON. L1Z 0L2
WHEN: June 24th, 2017
FORMAT: Jam format, Best Trick.
CONTACT: Switch Skate & Snow, 161 Harwood Ave North Ajax, Ontario, L1Z OA1
PHONE: 905-426-3321
EMAIL: info@switchnow.ca
WEBSITE: www.switchnow.ca
SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Photographic Tours

I love finding new places to run. I often take my camera along with me and stop every few minutes to snap a picture. This way I can present you with a photographic story that captures the scenery of my run.

This page is a table of contents for these Photographic Tours. I will continue to update this list every time I post a new visual tour.

I hope you enjoy these Photographic Tours. I certainly enjoy bringing them to you and look forward to sharing new ones with you soon.

Angus McKenzie Trail – St. Thomas, Ontario

Archie Coulter Conservation Area – St. Thomas, Ontario

Ausable River Cut Conservation Area – Thedford, Ontario (Grand Bend)

Avon Trail – Stratford, Ontario

Beamer Memorial Conservation Area – Grimsby, Ontario

Bechtel Park – Waterloo, Ontario

Beverly Swamp – Flamborough, Ontario

Bob McMullen Linear Trail – Cambridge, Ontario (Exercise Trail)

Brock’s Route Rail Trail – Copetown, Ontario

Carolinian Trail – Pinery Provincial Park, Ontario

Chesney Wilderness Area Trail – Woodstock, Ontario

Clark Wright Conservation Area – Middlesex County

Coldstream Conservation Area – Ilderton, Ontario

Coves Trail – London, Ontario

Devil’s Creek – Cambridge, Ontario

Dirt Runway – Northern Ontario

Dorchester Mill Pond – Dorchester, Ontario

Dumfries Conservation Area – Cambridge, Ontario

Dundas Valley – Hamilton, Ontario

Embro Conservation Area – Embro, Ontario

Fanshawe Park  Lake Trail – London, Ontario

Farm Trail – Binbrook, Ontario

George Nicholson Trail – St. Catherines, Ontario (Port Weller)

Gibbons Park – London, Ontario

Glen Rouge Trail – Toronto, Ontario

Grand Trunk Trail – St. Marys, Ontario

John Lawson Trail – Ingersoll, Ontario

Historic St. Marys – St. Marys, Ontario

Hyde Park Rotary Trail – London, Ontario

Kain’s Woods – London, Ontario (Shore Road) and (Main Entrance) and (Kains to Warbler Woods)

Komoka Conservation Area – Komoka, Ontario – (Main Trail) and (Side Trail)

LaFarge 2000 Trail – Flamborough, Ontario

Laurier Woods – North Bay, Ontario

Lambeth Centennial Park – Lambeth, Ontario

Lions Lake Trail – Floradale, Ontario

Lorne C. Henderson – Petrolia, Ontario

Marguerite Omston Trailway: Walter Bean Grand River Trail – Kitchener, Ontario

Marsh Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Meadowlilly Woods – London, Ontario

Medway Valley  – London, Ontario – (Side Trail) and (Western University Trail head)

Merrit Trail (Mountain Locks Park) – St. Catherines, Ontario

Mill Pond Trail – Cambridge, Ontario

Moffat Creek – Cambridge, Ontario

Niagara Escarpment – Grimbsy, Ontario

Perch Creek – Sarnia, Ontario

Pinafore Park – St. Thomas, Ontario

Princess Point – Hamilton, Ontario

Red Hill Valley – Hamilton, Ontario – Albion Falls, King’s Forest

Riverside Park – Cambridge, Ontario

Roth Park – Woodstock, Ontario

Scenic Trails – Ingersoll, Ontario

Short Hills Provincial  Park – Pelham, Ontario – Black Walnut Trail , Swayze Falls Trail

Shriner’s Woodlot – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Sifton Bog – London, Ontario – Boardwalk trail and Nature Trail

Southcrest Ravine – London, Ontario

Southpoint Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Spicebush Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Springbank Park: Terry Fox Parkway – London, Ontario

Springwater Forest – St. Thomas, Ontario

St. Marys Loop Trail – St. Marys, Ontario

Stoney Creek of The Thames – London, Ontario

Thames Park – London, Ontario

Thames River Trail – St. Marys, Ontario

Thames Valley Parkway – London, Ontario

The Pines (Mountain Bike Trail) – Woodstock, Ontario

Tulip Tree Tail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Vansittart Woods – Blanford, Ontario

Warbler Woods – London, Ontario

Warwick Conservation Area – Warwick, Ontario

Waterfront Trail  – Grimbsy, Ontario

Wawanosh Wetlands – Sarnia, Ontario

Westminster Ponds – London, Ontario

Windsor Waterfront Trail – Windsor, Ontario

Youth Start Trail – Woodstock, Ontario

Binbrook Skatepark

binbrook-water-tower

How cool is it to have a skatepark under a water tower?

binbrook-mini-ramp

With a mini ramp that is the perfect size for my abilities?

grind-blocks

With some cool grind ledges,

launch-ramp

launch ramps,

quarter-pipe

quarter-pipe transfers,

rail

multi-leveled rails,

spine-transfer

and a spine?

This is definitely one of my favourite skateparks. It’s mostly because of the near perfect half-pipe. We need more of those at skateparks. It’s rare for me to find one that is so well suited to my limited abilities too.

It’s well worth the drive to Binbrook!

Want to see more?

Skatepark Visual Tours – over two dozen great skate spots

My Everything Birthday

Everything Birthday

42 is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything. That is why I am dubbing today as my “Everything Birthday.”

There is surprisingly little about everything birthdays on the world wide web. I was certain that fellow Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fans would have made everything birthdays commonplace. I guess it is up to me.

I want to have an everything bagel for lunch today and celebrate all of the great things that have been happening in my life.

Coincidentally, this month we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the colour-barrier in baseball. He changed the face of baseball and popular sport, and he did it while wearing the Number 42.

This year, I got married, celebrated the fifth anniversary of my radio show, excelled in my studies at university, rekindled my love of teaching, taught high school for the first time, and have continued to skateboard and trail run.

I have a lot to be thankful for and will be celebrating all of this, today, on my everything birthday.

Corunna Skatepark (ON, Canada)

Last week I discovered an amazing skatepark close to Sarnia, Ontario. As I drove home from it, I saw this park off in the distance. I immediately took a detour to see what it had to offer.

Corunna Skatepark

This park is located in the Corunna Athletic Park at 420 Colborne Street. Corunna, ON.

Graduated Rail

This graduated rail is nice for beginners. The pavement doesn’t offer a smooth ride though.

Plastcic Quarter Pipe

These ramps are made out of plastic. They feel a little strange to ride on.

Plastic Skatepark

If you look at the first image in this post, you can see the underside of this ramp and how it looks like a slide from a playground. It’s the first ramp of its type that I have ever seen. I didn’t even know they made plastic quarter-pipes like this.

Pyarmid

Overall, this park isn’t terrible. It’s nice for the kids in the small town to have a place to skate. But it’s definitely not worth your time to travel to.

Virtual Skatepark Tours – over two dozen great spots to skate

Aamjiwnaang Skatepark (Sarnia, ON)

This is my new favourite skateboard park. It is located on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation at 1972 Virgil Avenue in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Aamjiwnaang Skatepark

The ramps are metal and offer a smooth ride. There are plenty of obstacles, some great ramps, and even a dual leveled half-pipe.

Mini-ramp Half-pipe

I wish every skatepark had one of these ramps. I love a small mini-ramp that lets me do some of my old school and vert tricks.

Great flow skatepark

The angle and size of this ramp is perfect too!

Launch Ramp with Mini-quarter pipe

This obstacle is a lot of fun. It has a short quarter-pipe at the end that lets me practice my stalls and grinds.

Pyramid

This is the typical ramp you find at most skateparks, but it has a gap to jump as well.

Skatepark Ramps

I like this pyramid-styles ramp. I was able to get a little bit of air on it too. I just need to work on my landings.

Tall Quarter Pipe

This is a tall quarter-pipe launch ramp.

Roll-in ramp

Here is a roll-in ramp, along with a steep quarter-pipe launch.

This is a gorgeous park. I am glad I found it. I will be going back here often this summer. You can count on that!

When you visit skateparks, remember to take good care of them. These are meant for everybody (just not bikes or scooters) I love that too!

Want to see more skateparks?

Virtual Skatepark Tour – dozens and dozens of great spots to skate