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

Running Trails and Skateparks

Running Trail 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. Hopefully, you will discover a new trail to explore.

Skatepark Tours

There are some amazing skateboard parks just waiting to be discovered. I love coming across a new one. Every time I do, I document it here. Hopefully, you will find a new park to skate in the process.

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Port Gratiot Trail

Just across the border of Sarnia, Ontario is the small community of Port Gratiot. I decided to explore the nature preserve and walking trail because I like exploring new places to run and thought doing so in a different country would be a nice change of pace.

The trail had regular distance markings along it, which was really nice.

And it boarded several small ponds. There were also playground structures and open fields for children to enjoy.

Kettlewell Pond is a great place to enjoy nature. It allows for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing and is easily accessible via the paved trail.

There are several docks around the perimeter of the pond as well.

This run was beautiful but the trail itself is a little short. It continues alongside a street a little further back but does not go into the woods as I would have hoped. Instead, that area is fenced off for the nature reserve.

Want to explore other hiking or nature trails?

Visit the photographic tour archive to look at dozens and dozens of posts just like this one. I hope to see you out on the trails this summer.

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!