Saturday, 5 February 2011

Snowshoeing at Bronte Creek Park, Oakville

Gord and I went snowshoeing at Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville this afternoon (about a 30 minute drive).

We parked in lot F, near the Spruce Lane Farmhouse.

The park has various trails.

We headed to the Lookout Ravine Trail (2.7km each way). Along the way, we saw lots of birds including red cardinals, woodpeckers, chickadees and geese.

Here's the trail we were on.

This trail ended at a big cornfield (oh! oh!) ... and we kept going though it. We had to either climb over or through a fence to get back on the trail, not an easy or graceful thing to do.

It would be nice if the trails were marked better. Which way to the Lookout Ravine Trail?!

We ran into a lot of cross country skiers and hikers with their dogs ... I doubt there were many out rollerblading today.

We followed this trail and it ended up being the right one. Yay!

And here are Gord and I at the lookout.

It was a long way down!

And then we headed back.

We cut across a field ... look how deep the snow is!

There is a peacock house near the farmhouse. Gord (the peacock whisperer!) called a peahen out of the house. But she quickly went back in.

We spent 50¢ on peacock food (there's a machine attached to the house) and a peahen came out. Then another poked her head out and came out.

A third peahen came out ... then a peacock came out.

Very cool!

We were outside for two hours ... no doubt we'll sleep well tonight.

We were near the Judge & Jury, a pub we discovered a couple weeks ago, so we went there for supper. Once again, the food and the service was excellent!


BetteJo said...

Very cool to see the peacocks - hope they were at the end of your walk, like a reward!

highheeledlife said...

Thanks for the reminder of this wonderful park! Looks like it was a great adventure and to finish with Peacocks, how great is that!! I would love to have them on our property ...they remind me of my childhood in Europe...hope the snow last night wasn't too much in the city. Out here we had quite the snow fall ...HHL

Tina said...

thats a nice relazing 2 hours well spent ... and of course you stopped by a pub on the one home ;-) ... it would have been rude not to!

Teresa said...

Looks like a nice place to go for a walk. We have lots more snow than you. Its been snowing everyday since the big storm of last Tuesday. I've had enough!

Cindy DG said...

Wow, those are beautiful pictures!! Looks like a lot of fun! We have always talked about going snowshoeing :)
Veg Mamma :) (thanks for stopping by today!)