Tag Archives: Parks

Bechtel Park – One for the Dogs!

BillandCouper2This past weekend we had the chance to explore one of our local parks, right here in the City of Waterloo.  Being fairly new to the city, Fido and I are still getting to know the ins and outs of where all the great local hiking spots are. It’s always interesting moving to a new place and trying to figure out where it is that people go to get outside and romp around.  Thankfully, we had friends showing us the way!  Fido seems to have made good friends with a dog named Couper, and Couper is always more than happy to take the lead.


Killarney Provincial Park – A Dog-gone Gem

Fido is not a stranger to hard work. Big adventures, long treks, carrying a heavy pack of his own – these are all things that right from puppyhood I was sure to expose him to. He is no longer a puppy however, and at the ripe senior age of 10 he remains in better shape than most small dogs half his age. He is starting to slow down now. I know this. The naps are getting deeper, the excitement less physical, the recovery time longer. Fido remains the best tripping companion I’ve ever had, but more and more the trips are becoming a reflection of what he will be able complete without over-doing it. Six days in the backcountry of Killarney Provincial Park paddling, portaging, and just plain pushing it would test this to the limit.

Putting the ‘National’ in Bruce Peninsula National Park

The Bruce Trail is one of the sacred gems of Ontario that most people have explored in some capacity, but few people have actually had the opportunity to walk it end to end. A few years back Fido and I were lucky enough to have 45 days to spend on the Bruce. In recognizing that that would not be enough time to walk the entire trail end to end, it was decided that we would start in the north and work our way down from there. As it turned out, the stretch along Bruce Peninsula National Park was so incredible that as soon as it was possible I planned to return. Recently we had that opportunity.


Mount Nemo – Not Just a Climber’s Paradise!!

For many years, I alongside many another Torontonian, have thought of Toronto as an island unto itself. In order to leave this great island one must have days upon days to plan, plot, and escape. They must have an itinerary in tow, and a full supply of Fido food on hand. If you were leaving the island it was going to be big, really BIG.

Mount Nemo changed all of that for me. Those who follow the DogFriendlyPlanet Twitter page will know that those of us here on the DFP team are climbers amongst other things, and bringing Fido along for the adventure has just become a part of the planning.


Angell Woods – A Park to be Reckened With!

For the past week I have been putting off writing this review. I would tell you it is for reasons that are totally justifiable, but in all honesty, it is because I am afraid that once everyone discovers this incredible gem, it will become overpopulated and loose the beauty of it’s tranquility.


Finding the Wild Mont Rigaud

Often when I think of getting out of the city, I imagine some far away place where all of the familiar sights and sounds have long faded into the backdrop and have been largely replaced by birds chirping, snow crunching, and the feeling of leaving everything behind. The question must be asked however, what happens when there is not enough time for a full day spent wandering? What is the compromise between getting Fido out of the city without entering into a complete wilderness area? The answer: Mont Rigaud. KEEP READING

The Lachine Canal – Friend or Foe?

The Lachine Canal is one of those things that people can’t seem to decide whether they love or hate.  It seemed to me that for as much complaining as everyone in Montreal does about it, as soon as the summer weather hits everyone and their brother is using it.  Well, winter is now here and the canal is empty. This means one thing for those of us with four-legged friends: off-leash. KEEP READING