Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ontario Trails - Cool Off in the Shade

Kingston By Bike 

For quite a few years I have conducted information-filled bicycle tours, taking visitors from all over the world cycling around Kingston during our tourist season. It is a real pleasure to be able to ride around the city on a beautiful summer day, explaining at intervals why Kingston is such a special place, one so full of history and beauty. 


My Downtown bike tour of Kingston starts at City Hall and over the course of a roughly 3 hour tour you will see many things of natural and cultural interest, including the Royal Military College and Queen’s campuses, parks and the lakeshore trail, harbours and prisons, British Empire landmarks, and historic buildings including Bellevue house. No one has ever had a problem with the 14-kilometre distance, as the route is pretty flat and the pace is leisurely, and I can promise you an enjoyable and memorable experience. The cost for this tour is $30 Canadian per person for groups of 2-3 people, $25 Canadian per person for groups of 4-8 people. 
youtube video:   http://www.youtu.be/MrlCEFDOY0k



Two New Peace Garden Trails Open in Southwestern Ontario


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These two gardens are the 10th and 11th Peace Gardens of the 23 Peace Gardens that are being dedicated in 2012. The Binational Alliance is the project lead for this initiative, with key partners Landscape Ontario and Arts Network for Children and Youth involved in the development of the many components involved in the project, and core funding support for the initiative through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

“This project is meant to be a lasting legacy to the 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States. It was started as an 1812 Bicentennial project. 


When we began in 2008, we had no idea how quickly it would be embraced by so many communities across the Southern Great Lakes and beyond the Northern Border. We are extremely appreciative of every one of our Peace Garden partners, and to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, whose funding support was critical to bringing this concept to fruition” advises Arlene White, Executive Director of the Binational Alliance, and Project Lead for this initiative. “We expect more than 60 bicentennial themed gardens will be launched by 2014, and will continue to work with binational communities to create new peace gardens with a variety of binational peace themes beyond 2015.”



Lebanon Mountain Trail Friendship Trail Opening

September 22, 2012 from 10:00 AM until 02:00 PM  Bayview Extension, SydenhamOn September 22nd the Sydenham Club will open the Lebanon Mountain Trail Friendship Trail. This Trail will be on the Bayview Extension. Please join us for the first hike of this Friendship Trail, the opening ceremony will be at 10am, meet at the parking lot, Map 30 km-54.9, 27th Edition. Two hikes will be offered, one will be 7km, and the other will be 13.5km.

The Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) is the first long-distance hiking trail in Lebanon. It extends from Al- Qbaiyat in the north of Lebanon to Marjaayoun in the south, meandering through or near 75 towns and villages, perched 600-2,000 meters above sea level.  With a total length 440-km (275 miles), the LMT showcases the natural beauty and cultural wealth of Lebanon's mountains.  It is dotted by Roman ruins, temples, mosques, churches and rock-cut monasteries dating back over a thousand years and it offers 3 protected areas, 2 biosphere reserves, 1 World Heritage Site and many Important Bird AreasThe trail is also an economic lifeline as it supports a network of tourism providers and activities in remote mountain areas. 


Every year, more than 50,000 visitors walk on the LMT including Lebanese and foreign hikers.  Established in October 2007, the mandate of the LMT Association is to protect and promote the LMT for future generations.  For more information go to www.lebanontrail.org  Full Report


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Info about the Rouge National Park. 

Parks Canada are looking for public input on the creation of the new Rouge Park: 

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Tour de Greenbelt in Rouge Park! - September 15, 2012 | Ontario ...
Hello! I hope you are enjoying the summer in spite of the extreme heat. We are in the process of planning another Tour de Greenbelt in Rouge Park and would ...
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