Category Archives: running

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.

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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Be active and have fun!

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?

Want to explore more trails?

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

Running Can be Terrible and Wonderful

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal

When I saw this book, it called to me almost immediately. I love running and the title and art were quite compelling.

Now, first off, I have to admit that I am not a long distance runner. I run for less than 40 minutes at a time. Generally, I cover anywhere from 5 to 10 kilometers during one run. This is often referred to as “middle distance” running.

The author of this book runs much further than that. He opens the book with a story of running an ultra-marathon that took him 11 hours. I have always thought that long distance runners were slightly crazy. What would make someone push themselves to that extreme? Why not stop at a respectable distance or time-frame?

The Oatmeal, who is a person (I always thought that it was simply a satirical website), explains exactly why he runs. He does so with humour that made me laugh out loud a few times. The art and words are married together in a seamless way. Once you start reading it, you will have a hard time putting it down. I read it in two sittings but could have done it in one.

My wife saw how much I was enjoying the book and asked to read it too. That’s unusual because she has tried reading some of my graphic novels and really doesn’t like the medium. But she liked this book. I think you will too.

The author shares one of my philosophies when it comes to running – run outside and find a loop.

I regularly look for new places to run outside. I explore trails and have documented quite a few of the, here.

And I continue to write a book review for every title I read.

My List of 2017 Reads

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)

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

Running Alongside the Ausable River Cut

ausable-river-cut

I love finding new places to run and explore.

trail-start

I had no idea what to expect when I started off on this run through Ausable River Cut Conservation Area.

auable-riverside-trail

It was quite beautiful  running alongside the river,

ausable-river-trail-rest-stop

with some nice places to stop and take it all in,

lookout-deck

including this look-out.

ausable-river-cut-plaque

I like when there are information plaques like this one to learn more about the unique area and wildlife features.

ausable-sand-trail

It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the trail got really sandy once I got further in.

sand-dune

I had to take it slow to traverse this sand dune.

sandy-trail

The trail was only two kilometers long. On my second pass through, I decided to run up it instead. That was a lot harder to do than it appeared.

tire-staircase

These tire stairs were fun to run up and down.

dock

I haven’t been in a canoe in a while, but had a yearning to explore this river from the view of a boat. Maybe I will one day.

Photographic Tours – over 50 great places to run

Laurier Creek Trail Run (Waterloo, ON)

Laurel Trail

I found myself in Waterloo yesterday and decided to run this trail. Even though I knew nothing about it, how long it was, or where it headed.

The sign gave me lots of information, however. I knew that the trail was two kilometers long and that this run would probably be around five kilometers total.

Laurer Trail Bearinger

I entered Laurier Trail off of Bearinger Road and it quickly became a dirt path.

University of Waterloo Laurer Trail

It headed towards the University of Waterloo and a sports park.

Laurier Creek

It was nice to see Laurier Creek. Quite a few people were fishing at different points along the waterfront.

The trail was completely flat and I had to run pretty much straight there and straight back. It wasn’t the best run I’ve ever had and I wouldn’t go out of my way to run this route. However, it does extend further the other way and might be worth exploring.

More Information

The Laurel Trail offers more than eight kilometres (five miles) of trail along the Laurel Creek.

It runs through uptown Waterloo – where you may want to stop for food, shopping or a visit to the Waterloo Public Square – and Waterloo Park, the jewel of the city.

This trail is suitable for walking, cycling and some rollerblading.

Location

The Laurel Trail runs from uptown Waterloo north through the University of Waterloo to Columbia Lake.

http://www.waterloo.ca/en/gettingactive/laureltrail.asp

Trilliums on the Trail Side

This is the time of year that the Trillium are in bloom.

I always love seeing Ontario’s Provincial Flower along the trail side when I go for my runs.

Trilliums on the Trail Side (1)

Here is collage I made and shared on Instagram.

The images above were taken during one of my trail runs through Komoka Provincial Park.

Meadowlily Woods Trilliums (4)

Today, I ran through Meadowlily Woods and spotted some Purple Trilliums.

Beautiful!

Kains Woods

This is from a few weeks back. I didn’t seen any Trillium flowers during my trek through Kains Woods.

They are kind of elusive these flowers. They aren’t in bloom for very long. So get out on the trails this weekend. and find some.

And remember to follow me on Instagram for more great pictures like these!