Homer Watson Park, Kitchener Ontario Day 35

  Here is a great place to escape the city without leaving the city.

For more information visit the website at   http://goo.gl/2ixu4

Kissing Bridge Day 26

The “Kissing bridge” located in West Montrose, Ontario and spans across the Grand River on a road that between Guelph and Elmira.  It is the only covered bridge left in Ontario

When it was built back in 1881, a local bridge keeper would keep the kerosene lanterns lit nightly and helped with snow shovelling so horse drawn sleighs could pass through.  Today, local residences living near the bridge volunteer their time and maintain the bridge, painting and help keeping it clean.  There are many different stories about how the bridge got its name of “Kissing Bridge”.  I was told that if you kiss under the bridge your love will last forever!

Today the bridge is still closed and being assessed by engineers for safety reasons.  The bridge suffered a broken beam in the structure caused by wear and tear of overweight vehicles crossing.  There is talk of having load sensors and cameras on the bridge to protect it from unauthorized oversized loads

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An Awesome Complex! Day 23

The Wilmot Recreation Complex located right off the 7/8 highway at 1291 Nafziger Road, Baden Ontario.  This place has something for everyone at any age!  The large community centre hosts special events such as a wedding, lecture, or conference and invite up to 180 people!  Twin NHL sized ice surfaces, home of the New Hamburg Firebirds, offer lots of ice time including roller skating and ball hockey in the summer on the one arena. 

The new phase 2 addition was completed January this year and is an amazing facility including a state-of –the –art aquatic centre for swimming with an eight lane, 25 metre competitive training pool, a warm water leisure pool, a dry land training centre, a 3 lane indoor walking/running track, an active seniors centre,  and a youth centre!  I’m sure Michael Phelps would approve.

This is an awesome complex and has so much going on everyday of the week for every age. 

The staff is extremely friendly so give them a call at (519) 634-9225 or check out www.wilmot.ca/wrc/for  more information

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Dogtopia! Day 18

Nice day for a doggy swim!

Beaver working hard!

Snyder’s Flats Bloomingdale, Ontario

The Snyder’s flats are located off Sawmill Road in Bloomingdale, Ontario Canada.  This used to be a gravel quarry and was converted into a conservation area.

It will take you 10 – 15 minutes to get here from Kitchener or Waterloo.  If you drive down the bumpy gravel road past the Mennonite Church in your right, you will see some parking at the dead end.  There is a 4.5 Km trails looping around taking you back to the start.  It is a well groomed trail that is fit for little ones and strollers and takes about an hour to walk.  Take your dog and he will love you for it! It’s doggy heaven if you have a furry swimmer in the family!

Our dog Tucker thinks this is DOGTOPIA!

Very Peaceful walk that only takes an hour from start to finish

Day 16 Laurel Creek Conservation Area

Laurel Creek Conservation Area is located minutes away from the city at 625 Westmount road RR3 Waterloo, Ontario.  I have driven by this several dozen times in my life and never really thought much of it.  I was surprised at the size of this conservation area so close to the city.  They offer a camping,  picnic shelters for corporate groups or family get togethers, a baseball field and has a beach.

Fall is one of the best times to go camping especially if you’re not a fan of the bugs or like a more private setting with less people around.  It is also easier to book in the fall compared to the summer months and you get to see all the fall colours.   The park closes the Sunday following Thanksgiving weekend and is only open to cross country skiing through the winter months.

For more info   www.grandriver.ca

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Day 15 Waterloo Park, Ontario

Waterloo Park is 111 Acres right smack in the middle of Uptown Waterloo, Ontario.  There is a lot of history woven into this park such as Abraham Erb’s Grist Mill, Waterloo’s first school house and the original farm house.   Bring the entire family as there are lots of animals for the kids to see and Victorian gardens about the park.

Waterloo Park has an amazing “Wonders of Winter” Christmas light display which we will go to in a few months.

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A Peaceful place to Unwind. Day 11

Crown Lands Petersburg, Ontario

After your Thanksgiving feast this weekend, consider this as an option for the whole family.  Just off the 7/8 highway, take the Petersburg Notre Dame Drive exit.  Turn south and immediately on your left you will find Crown Lands with a number of different walking trails.   Only 10 minutes from Kitchener or New Hamburg, its great alternative to the couch after having that extra piece of pumpkin pie.

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How do ya like them apples!! Day 10

Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival

Yesterday I visited the Apple Butter and Cheese Festival which takes place on the last weekend in September every year in Wellesley, Ontario. The weather was perfect!
Congratulations to Wellesley volunteers and the many other supporters of this event who all came together to raise money for the town, whether it is used for major projects such as buying parkland or just installing new floors in the hockey dressing rooms. With all the donations, volunteering, and planning that goes into this action packed day, it was a huge success!
As I was passing the line for the apple fritters, I overheard a little boy explaining to his father,“Why wouldn’t anyone not want to come here“! I couldn’t have not said it better myself 🙂

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Day 9 Victoria Park Kitchener, Ontario

Nice day for a walk in the park.

I must apologize the tardiness of todays post as I had internet issues with Rogers 😦

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