Spicebush Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park

Let’s go to Rondeau Provincial Park in Southern Ontario today for another edition of My Visual Running Tours!

I spent a week of my holidays this summer camping at this beautiful park.

You can go there for a day trip if you’d like. Just make sure to pack a lunch, plan to go swimming, and spend an entire day there. After all, you’ll want to get your money’s worth out of the day-use fee they will charge you at the gate.

Today, let’s explore the Spicebush Trail.

It is one of the shorter hiking trails at Rondeau and a good place to start on a nice leisurely stroll through the woods.

They had these signs at the start of every trail, and I must admit, it made me a bit nervous.

Poison Ivy is a three-leafed plant that you definitely do not want to come into contact with.

I know what it looks like and I kept my eye out for it. I didn’t see any along this trail. I’m sure the staff here maintain the trails so that it wouldn’t be an issue unless you were to stray from the main path.

The trail “winds through a southern hardwood forest.” (Ontario Trails Website)

You can see how accessible this trail is. Every boardwalk or bridge has low railings so that someone in a wheelchair could easily manage this trail with little or no assistance.

We didn’t have any trouble with the “potentially hazardous insects” the sign warned us about either.

Nonetheless, it is important to check yourself after a trail run to see if any ticks have attached themselves to you. If you don’t remove a tick promptly, you can end up with Lyme Disease.

For more information about ticks, go to The Public Health Agency of Canada’s website.

I hope I didn’t scare any of you away from hiking or running the beautiful trails we have here. You just need to take some precaution. Use insect repellent, wear long pants, and check yourself afterwards, and you have nothing to worry about.

Photography by Dana Kathryn

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