Port Colborne

It was a perfect day to pack a picnic and head out to a new town. We picked Port Colborne, a fantastic town just along lake Erie, and the historical Welland Canal. Port Colborne is North of St. Catharine’s, where St. Catharine’s in my opinion has very little charm, Port Colborne has charm and history coming out of its wazoo.

There is a fantastic bike/walk trail that runs along the canal, and has the most spectacular scenery. It is nice, flat, and long stretch. We decided to pack our son’s scooter, so that he could scoot and we walk the whole way. It turned out the be a fantastic decision, as it he loved combining scooting with walking, then sitting and watching the ships come in.

“The Welland Canal is important because of its ability to move ships full of cargo up and down the Niagara Escarpment and therefore contribute to the economic growth and development of Canada and the United States. Approximately 40,000,000 metric tonnes of cargo is carried through the Welland Canal annually by over 3,000 ocean and lake vessels. What makes the Welland Canal fascinating is how it moves these ships up and down the escarpment. The canal utilizes its most abundant resource – water, combined with the Earth’s gravity to lift and lower ships in a watertight chamber called a lock. It is an example of brilliant, yet simple innovative engineering.” Welland Canal. 

The Canal trail is easy to find, as it is along the actual canal. It is relatively flat, and paved wich makes it stroller friendly for families.

What to pack:

Sunscreen, plenty of it. On a summer day, with the breeze, it can be easy to forget how quickly one can burn.

Walking shoes

Money for ice cream

Bathing suits and picnic for the end, where there is a great splash park, park, and picnic area. It includes a chip stand, washroom and ice cream stand. What is not to love about that!

Watching ships come in along the canal

Walking over the lift bridge, looking up and seeing the house perched on top.

 

These 2, enjoying the walk/scoot. By the end, the little man was so tired, Daddy pulled him along on his scooter.

The trail is pretty well-marked, you can’t exactly miss it.

 

The architecture is absolutely fantastic.

 

 

Hiking Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

My husband and I have been hiking, and exploring by foot, or by bike, since we met 15 years ago. Of course, I never really understood what hiking really was until I met my husband, me being from everywhere and nowhere, the great outdoors was not something I typically embraced like a good Canadian. I changed my tune the first time I strapped on a pair of snowshoes and headed into the woods with my then boyfriend, now husband.

Being surrounded my nature, embracing the quiet, admiring the trees, the birds, the bugs and the wildlife around you, can not only reduce stress, but also reduce disease. If you don’t believe me, you can look it up. We typically try to hike once or twice a week, and make it our family bonding time. We make up stories, laugh, eat treats we don’t normally eat, and attempt to learn something new about nature.

The latest hike was off to Orangville Ontario to enjoy the Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. We parked in the grounds, and had to pay $15, a little steep, but we always figure it is going to a good cause, the park is exceptionally well maintained! There are lots of great trails and loops, some are shared with mountain bikes, all are dog friendly, and the views, well, the views are absolutely spectacular. It was moderate to easy loop, only one part was tricky getting down the cliff. Our 7-year-old expertly got down, and so did our little dog, who did not need to be carried.

Bring a picnic, and lots of water! Enjoy your next hike.