03 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 25

Night Walk, Toronto, OntarioWe had walked a lot already, roaming the city for hours at a time. After a late supper and wine at Aloette, we walked along Queen St. W. from Spadina to the skating rink at City Hall, and back to our hotel. The last walk of the day, a winter night in the city among the streetcars, pedestrians, towers and lights. Location: Queen Street West, Toronto, OntarioLength: 1.5 kmCompanions: TomDate: 3 January, 2019 [...]

01 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 24

New Years Day, Burlington, OntarioA loop walk in the west end of Burlington, through the neighbourhoods and cemeteries just off of Plains Road, past the Austrian Club and Easterbrook's hotdog stand. Through a busy parking lot and down the trail into the wetlands of Hendrie Valley, following the path along Grindstone Creek, through what we used to call Lamb's Hollow, and across into Hidden Valley. The creek takes us from the end of one valley and through another, where we climb the hill and catch [...]

21 Dec 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 23

Winter Solstice, Burlington, OntarioIt was a short day, and an overcast day. The trees blackened from last night's rain. The sailboats are grounded, and the docks pulled out. The far shores of the bay architected by Hamilton's steel mills and the Burlington Skyway. There are many trees down in the park, decomposing in the damp. This walk is one of my old routes when I'm here: through LaSalle Park, down to the waterfront on Burlington Bay, follow the trail along the shore (where it is busy with o [...]

02 Dec 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 22

Waylaid Walking*, North Railway St., Medicine Hat, AlbertaThe other side of the tracks. Every tree was planted, every brick was formed with clay and fired with gas. Old hotel signs still in place to catch the eye of long-gone train travelers. Windows bricked up or boarded over, but the buildings still stand. The trees still stand. Polished railway tracks still cut through town. The road stays in place as its uses change and decline. Small odd businesses in between empty buildings: arts and craft [...]

20 Nov 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 21

Trail Walk, Redcliff, AlbertaAfter several days driving and several days sitting around, I was fairly desperate for a walk. Starting off through the neighbourhood, I picked up a trail that took me along the rim of the coulee, in between chainlinked backyards and the steep hills sloping down to the river valley.  It’s spacious, Alberta, so much bright sky and land, long views, flat horizons. The trail winds down the hill and loops through the coulee, coming up alongside the South Saska [...]

07 Nov 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 20

City Woods Walk, Hamilton, OntarioAn after-work walk on a stretch of the Rails-to-Trails pathway between Hamilton and Dundas. It’s a lovely place to walk, away from traffic, through the ravines and tall trees that are typical of this part of Ontario. We saw city wildlife - a deer flashed its tail and ran downhill into the brush, a rabbit never breaking its frozen crouch. Half the trees were bare skeletons against the dimming sky, and half still flaunted their fall colours. We walked and ta [...]

04 Nov 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 19

Old Quebec City, QuebecI love this city, the age of it, the architecture, the French. Taking a break from a cross-country drive, needing to move my stiff legs and aching hip, I set out for a stroll. It's a magical place, and I was happy to be there. No matter how aimlessly you walk, all streets seem to lead to the Chateau Frontenac and the promenade overlooking the St. Lawrence River. I picked up speed along the Promenade des Gouverneurs boardwalk. In the distance a silver autumn light joined th [...]

29 Oct 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 18

Freshwater Bay, NewfoundlandIt had rained all night and the woods smelled amazing. The trail was springy, with boardwalks over the wettest parts, and downhill all the way in. It opened onto a view over Freshwater pond, the bay, up the coast, and out to the ocean - the opposite view of our Southside Hills walk. A tea-coloured river tumbled out of the woods, which we crossed on a sturdy footbridge. We stepped from boulder to boulder across the barachois. Water everywhere, underfoot and in the air, [...]

27 Oct 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 17

Brigus Lighthouse Trail, Brigus, NewfoundlandIt was a glorious day, full of bright light and subtle colour, all backed by the blues of Conception Bay and sky. Time constraints kept us from hiking the length of the trail to the lighthouse, but we walked far enough for a good view from the headland to the north-east of Brigus. A stream ran across the trail and downhill into the sea. The light playing with moving water and the sound of it made us sit still in the sunshine for a little while at the [...]

24 Oct 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 16

Quidi Vidi to Westend, St. John's, NewfoundlandA sunny, lovely day with crows: Quidi Vidi Gut, Mallard Cottage, Quidi Vidi Lake, the Dominionstore; the Anglican Cemetery, Government House, Military Road, Rawlins Cross, the Rooms; Long's Hill, back paths, side streets, Brine Street, Deanery. Location: Quidi Vidi to Westend, St. John's, NewfoundlandLength: 6 kmCompanions: CathiaDate: 24 October, 2018 [...]

23 Oct 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 15

Southside Hills, St. John's, NewfoundlandA trailhead I've never noticed before. A steep and sweaty climb up the Southside Hill. Appreciating the new angles: looking down at the Battery; straight across to Cabot Tower; and the view of St. John's, all of it, spread out like a boomerang across the harbour. Partridgeberries and blueberries are still underfoot. There are ponds up here, good swimming holes. The hills are wide, and we follow a path across the top until we are stopped by a cliff and a v [...]

17 Oct 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 14

Southside Road, St. John's, NewfoundlandIt's an industrial route, passing by the shipyards, the powerlines, the Coast Guard, the wastewater treatment plant, Irving oil, the factory fishing ships, small local fishing boats, wharfs and warehouses, the road itself under construction. A narrow road, no sidewalks, with a scattering of houses tight between the hillside and the street, home still to a few families.Across the Narrows from the Battery, and across the street from the Small Boat Basin at F [...]

15 Oct 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 13

St. John's, Downtown & Signal HillThis is the tourist route in St. John's - downtown, along the Harbourfront, Water Street, Duckworth Street, the Battery, and on along the trail around Signal Hill. If you have one day in town, this is the recommended walk. It's a good one, and it was a lovely day for it. Location: Downtown and Signal Hill, St. John's, NewfoundlandLength: 10 kmCompanions: CathiaDate:  15 October, 2018 [...]

14 Oct 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 12

Downtown St. John's, NewfoundlandOn a sunny Sunday morning, I set out for one purpose, ended up with another, and time in between to wander around the downtown neighbourhoods of St. John's. My old neighbourhood. Picked up by a friend at the corner of Prescott and Gower, I went on about the day with this 20-minute wander tucked in my mind's eye. Location: Downtown St. Johns, NewfoundlandLength: 4 kmCompanions: noneDate: 14 October, 2018 [...]