Glen Major Forest / East Duffins Headwaters Trail Review

This one is listed under Glen Major Forest on Google maps and numerous Internet sites, but as East Duffins Headwaters at the trailheads. We first accessed these trails from the large (no charge) parking lot off Conc. # 6 in late February. This trail loops around an old abandoned gravel quarry. The views from the rim of the old pit are quite striking. As well, the far West side of the rim, affords a view to the South far beyond the pit. There […]

Port Hope’s Little Railway Station

Who knew this was likely Port Hope’s first railway station! The historic “Little Railway Station” currently sits at the north end of Port Hope’s harbour at 10 Hayward Street. A recent Northumberland News article regarding it really caught my attention.   How many times has the Ranger driven by it and never gave it a second thought? […]

The Facts About Foraging

As Spring approaches, the outdoorsman’s fancy turns to forageables, as do the searches we see on this site. Ranger, the wife, and I, like to search the back roads and trails. We’ll hunt down mushrooms, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and berries. We’ll go to great lengths, or more like great  distances, in search of them. There are a lot of websites which encourage the harvesting of forageables. Some sell the concept as “truly natural”.  Others suggest it as cheap food. I’ve even read a site which cleverly advocates eating invasive species. Kinda […]

Historic Grand Trunk Railway Station, Port Hope Ontario

This beautiful Port Hope, Ontario railroad station retains its unique location at the elevated viaduct and railway bridge just east of the Ganaraska River. The Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) built some thirty-four stations between 1853 and 1857 as part of their initial Montreal to Toronto line, only eight survive in Ontario. The 1856 Grand Trunk […]

Deer Tick, Black Legged Tick, Ixodes Scapularis

A deer tick chowed-down on my sorry hide last April. It stopped for a snack or two on its way up to my hip where the damned thing excavated a hole and set up homestead. All this without me  feeling a thing until I had three quarter dollar  sized, extremely itchy lumps, from my hip to my waist. When the wife took a look at them, […]

Greenwood Tower, Port Hope Ontario

  This post was originally to be called ‘Belgrave, the Helm Connection’ but few would recognize either name. The majority of Port Hope’s residents will however be familiar with the name Greenwood Tower. John Helm Jr. (1816-1912) was best known around Port Hope as the builder of Belgrave House located at 162 Peter Street and […]

The 10 on 10 Ganaraska Forest Trail Review

This trail isn’t listed on any I’Net site as it’s actually part of two much larger trail systems. I’ll explain. There are two hiking associations in Northumberland County. They are the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association (GHT), and the Oak Ridges Trail Association (ORTA). A lot of these two associations’ trails run along roadways. However, we’re only interested in the […]