Magical Frost On My Toronto Windowpane



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Magical Frost On My Toronto Windowpane

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In 2014, the province of Ontario had one of the longest and coldest bouts of winter weather to be experienced in recent years, decades even, and along with the pristine beauty of fresh powdered snow that had fallen into every crack and crevice came the magical frost on my Toronto windowpane. Read more

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Ice Storm Toronto 2013



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Ice Storm Toronto 2013

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When people talk about Ice Storm Toronto 2013, I’m sure there will be much chatter about the devastation and suffering in the city, but many of those same people will readily acknowledge the transient beauty of an ice-encrusted world.  In the hours subsequent to the brunt of the storm, Bob and I set out on foot to uncover some of that hidden splendour. Read more

Opossums In My Toronto Backyard



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Opossums In My Toronto Backyard

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Bob and I always keep a keen eye on the goings and comings in our backyard.  There is constant activity centered around the bird feeders.  If it isn’t squirrels that have outsmarted our most recent positioning of the feeding stations, it is the delightful array of birds sparring for feeding rights that entertain us.  What a shock when one day Bob was walking to the garden house and spotted a new little critter under the arbour seat.  A Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) sat huddled in the shadows hoping to avoid detection. Read more

Hiking the Beaver Pond Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park

Hiking the Beaver Pond Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park

Red Squirrel sits in snowy tree in Algonquin Park

I was so happy to have three days wide open for hiking and skiing in Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario.  It meant more opportunities to explore the trails and look for wildlife and birds.  This cute little Red Squirrel captured our interest along the Beaver Pond Trail. Read more

A Cross-country Skiing Tour in Algonquin Provincial Park

A Cross-country Skiing Tour in Algonquin Provincial Park

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With little to no snow left in Toronto, Ontario, one would hardly expect that possibilities for skiing still existed in March of 2013 in central Ontario.  But as we soon found out Algonquin Provincial Park still had tons of snow and great opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing in the spring.   Read more

Boreal Chickadees in Algonquin Provincial Park



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Boreal Chickadees in Algonquin Provincial Park

A Boreal chickadee looks for food on the snow in Algonquin Park

One winter day Bob and I drove into Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario, with plans to walk the Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail.  It is there that we sighted numerous Boreal Chickadees (Poecile hudsonicus). Read more

Ice Sculptures and skating at Winterlude in Ottawa



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Ice Sculptures and skating at Winterlude in Ottawa

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Bob and I once again returned to Ottawa, which is the National Capital of Canada, to take part in Winterlude.  Our favorite activity at this winter festival is skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway, which is actually the world’s largest skating rink and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more

Cross-Country skiing in Algonquin Provincial Park



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Cross-Country skiing in Algonquin Provincial Park

Fen Lake X-ski Trail - Algonquin Park - Ontario

The Fen Lake Cross-country skiing trail in Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario, sets off through the hardwood bush and is comprised of 3 different loops so skiers have a choice of the distance they wish to ski.  With the trail having been groomed and track-set the day we were there, we were anticipating a fantastic outing! Read more

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