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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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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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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?

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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.

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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.

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Cosplaying at Fan Expo

We had fun dressing up as fictional characters this past weekend at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, Ontario.

I wasn’t sure my Arthur Dent cosplay was going to work. I was really excited to try it out though since this year I turned 42 years old. It just added an extra layer of meaning to this outfit. I made a book cover so that I could actually carry around The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in my pocket.

My daughter had a great idea to use a safety pin to shorten my pocket so that the “Don’t Panic” text was always visible as I walked around the convention. I’m glad she suggested that. The costume was a bit hit. I had dozens of compliments and comments and one person even asked to take my picture.

We had to get out picture taken with this guy. His costume of The Silence was awesome.

At one point, I stepped out of my TARDIS and was confronted by a Weeping Angel. I didn’t blink once.

I love how both my daughter and I stepped up our cosplay game this year. She looked great as a gender-bent Matt Smith Doctor, complete with the best Fez I saw anyone wearing. And the purple shirt works better than the black one I wore the last few years for my Chris Eccleston cosplay.

My son wanted to cosplay Jason from Friday the 13th. He ripped up some clothes and tried to dirty them up for effect. My daughter also did a steam-punk costume. And I stepped up my Second Doctor cosplay with a better pair of pants, a new bowtie, and a wig to get the mop top hair right.

We went into the Doctor Who Escape Room and solved a series of challenges over the course of an hour. We had a little help from another group of Whovians since each game required eight players. But we worked together and escaped a grisly death from this Dalek.

The weekend was so much fun. I cosplayed four different characters, including a brand new one. My daughter did Mad Hatter, the Eleventh Doctor, and a Steampunk character. My son dressed up as the Scream villain and Jason from Friday the 13th. Small kids were actually frightened by the above costume that dripped blood down the mask.

We all had a blast and can’t wait to do it again next year.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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