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Port Britain, Ontario Ghost Town

Because there were no roads, aside from 1st Nations People trails, the only access by early settlers to Hope and Clarke Township from Port Hope, Ontario was by boat only. Lakeshore Road, was constructed in 1799 from York (Toronto) east to the Bay of Quinte and at first, this road was used mostly by soldiers […]

Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area

The first time we saw this trailhead was many years ago. It looked like nothing more than an ATVer’s paradise, so we paid no attention and carried on. But recently, the wife reminded me of our first erroneous impression of Orono’s Crown Land  so I did some I’Net research. It’s history was encouraging, and we had […]

Historical Bewdley, Ontario

Rice Lake obtained its name from the abundance of cultivated black rice which grew in abundance in the shallow parts of the lake. The lake is about 28 miles long with an average of 3 miles wide and a total of 27 islands. The largest, Long Island near Bewdley is about two hundred acres. The […]

Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve Review

On a return trip from Perth we allowed ourselves time to check out a few natural areas. Areas that would otherwise be too far from Home to justify the trip just to look them over. If a place shows promise, we’ll return when we have more time. If it doesn’t …  at least we didn’t […]

Historical Harwood, Ontario

Most of the land of the present day village of Harwood, Ontario on Rice Lake was purchased in 1828 by Robert Harwood a Montreal merchant. First called Sulley or Sulley’s Landing, the land developed rather slowly until the early days of the railroad. One of the earliest railways in Upper Canada, the Cobourg-Peterborough Rail Road […]

Sidney Conservation Area Review

We’ve come to call this one “the Peter’s Woods of the Quinte Conservation Authority”. With the exception of a small patch of fake forest right at the entrance (man planted rows of pines to control erosion back in the 1940s), the look and feel was very Peter’s Woods(ish). There were a few notable exceptions though. […]

Bleasdell Boulder Conservation Area Review

Not an extensive trail at all. Just a 1.5 km loop with a great honkin’ big old rock that some glacier left behind a long time ago. There’s a trail (0.6 kms return) off from the boulder which ends by intercepting “The Lower Trent Trail”. This former railway bed runs for 17 kms from Trenton […]