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tiffany falls

It’s amazing when I think that we’ve already lived in Hamilton for seven years and that we’ve only checked out a handful of the multitude of waterfalls in and around the city.

Most of my Hamilton waterfall viewing has been during summer months, sometimes planned after a large rainfall to really see the water flowing. Up until recently I had yet to see any of the falls in winter.

We wanted a mini-outdoor activity to get out of the house but with a three year old and baby in tow combined with icy and snowy weather conditions we needed a waterfall that was not too much of hike to get to and one that would be safe to get up close to with the little ones. We decided to check out Tiffany Falls.

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I can say that upon approaching Tiffany Falls I was pretty awestruck. There was a gorgeous blue-ish tinge to parts of the ice. The scale of the frozen falls and sound of the soft bits of water trickling off the massive 20 metre tall icicles was breathtaking.

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I would definitely recommend doing some winter waterfall viewing if you get the chance.

Excited to check this one out again as spring approaches.

Located just off of Wilson Street East. Parking is available by the access point and it’s only a five minute walk to get to the falls.

killbear

After a several year hiatus from camping, this summer it made a long awaited return into our lives with a trip to Killbear Provincial Park.

Admittedly, I was really worried about taking an active nearly two year old camping. I was nervous about Omi being able to sleep in a tent, running off in all directions and just generally being so active that we’d be exhausted by day one. All the worries were for not because the sleeping worked out fine. He took long naps and for the most part he slept through the night. The little guy was in such awe with the water, rocks, wild blueberries, deer, chipmunks and campfires that it was mostly just amazing to observe him soaking it all in.

 

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I’ve long loved Killbear ever since a short camping trip I took with some friends when I was in university. It was the first time I saw the Milky-way in all its glorious glowing splendour as well as the first time I saw such picturesque and quintessential Canadian landscapes. The scenery is just breathtaking and is so Group of Seven with its windblown trees and smooth-rock-faced Canadian shield that dips into the waters of Georgian Bay. The place is magically unchanged and holds a nice little spot in my nostalgic little heart.

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With this trip it truly felt like I had finally experienced summer. I soaked, swam, sun bathed and breathed it all in. My lofty summer dreams and expectations were met on our four day camping stay so much so that we’re planning to do a repeat camping trip to Killbear again next year. Who knows, we may just become one of those Killbear Harold Point lifers that we’d met that have been coming up to camp year after year.

*Killbear Provincial Park, 35 Kill Bear Park Road, Nobel Ontario, 705.342.5492

hendrie valley

Being how this winter is so… wintery, really the only choice in the matter with regards to the weather is to either hate every moment of its wet, icy, bitter, snowy, blowy coldness or learn to love it. I’ve decided to go with the latter.

One wintery day we decided to get all bundled up and go for a walk at RBG‘s Hendrie Valley. If you park at the Cherry Hill gate (just over Mcquesten Bridge heading towards Burlington) you can enter for free. Head through the gate and onto the trails towards the boardwalk for some bird watching and chickadee feeding.

We brought some of our own bird feed with us, but there was plenty around on benches and railings to attract a good enough crowd.

So many chickadees! Steve even got a few to eat some seed off his hands. We also spotted a downy woodpecker and a spattering of cardinals that looked beautifully gorgeous-red against the snowy white backdrop.

We didn’t last long; the sun was already starting to drop as was the temperature.

Happy to have made it out of the house to enjoy some winter sun, nature and fresh air.

 

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