May of 2016 is the first full month of my hiking adventures. My mission was to visit a new trail every weekend, and I did just that. On the throwback docket for this month are Island Lake Conservation Area, Pretty River Valley, Claireville Conservation Area, and the Humber River Bike Path.
Island Lake Conservation Area
This is a very pretty, very well-kept conservation area in Orangeville. From the GTA, it is an easy drive straight up Highway 10. My aunt and uncle took me to Island Lake Conservation Area as a sort of birthday gift. My uncle is not as big a ‘walker’ as my aunt and I, so this was particularly special. He even did the entire 8.5km with us!
Don’t mind the “to be completed” trail on the map – it is certainly completed, with little sign of it being done recently. And that was two years ago. All the trails in Island Lake CA are well groomed, with a large portion of it being boardwalks. But enough chit chat, on with the pictures:
Pretty River Valley PP
This is a recommended Bruce Trail hike, that passes the highest point on the Bruce Trail. The point is found on the John Haigh side trail, just before it meets back up with the main trail within Pretty River Valley. It’s not a terribly difficult section of the trail, but you will want some sturdy boots to help with the uneven terrain. The small loop was about 4km.
The plan was to make use of the weekend at the cottage and do some exploring up there. Of course, it ended up being the coldest weekend of Spring – minus one Celsius. Not including the rain and wind, or the snow that fell over night. Still, I was determined to get out there so off we went to Pretty River Valley! Here’s the proof:
Claireville Conservation Area
You will find Claireville Conservation Area tucked away neatly on the west side of Highway 10, just north of Steeles in Brampton. This is a pretty convenient location. Despite that, the area is not a very busy one.
We began our trip at the A5 parking, just off of Queen Street, and made our way south in to the park. The day was a beautiful, sun-soaked, warm spring day – and I was miserably sick. Likely thanks to the opposite weather from the weekend before. I was determined to meet my weekly hiking goals however, and grateful for my aunt and uncle who took me out once again. We did about 10km around the park. On to the photos of Claireville CA:
Humber River Bike Path
The Humber River cuts across Toronto’s west end. Much of the area around it has been left as green space, thankfully. The bike path follows the river, and connects with several other designated bike routes throughout the city. I used to bike this portion of the path when I was younger. Nowadays, I use it mostly for walking my dog in an easy 3km loop. We’ll ignore the fact that I no longer own a bike.
This day, Stella and I ventured a little farther than her usual walk. But only a little. The sun was relentless, and she was too stupid to dip her feet in the river (she’s not a fan of water) so we didn’t go as far as I planned. I think I can say with certainty, we were both happy to be back inside at the end of it. Now for the photos:
Check out my Never-Ending Bucket List of Trails to see where I’ve been and where I’m going!