An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Archive for the ‘Grand River’ Category

West Montrose Covered Bridge

I posted a picture of this bridge almost exactly one year ago today. Here it is from the other side.

The photo below is edited to look the way I think the bridge should look. All those wires are distracting.

Written by Ruth

April 13, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Spring at Riverside Park in Cambridge

Skunk cabbage flower, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Blue Jay, Mallard Duck, Chickadee, Song Sparrow

Here is a collage of pictures taken this morning at Riverside Park in Cambridge. (the Osprey was outside the park along the Grand River)

Written by Ruth

April 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm

F. W. R. Dickson Wilderness Area

I visited this natural area for the first time on a snowy, damp weekend (as we have had every weekend lately!) In spite of the weather, it was an interesting and beautiful area that I will return to explore further when the trails dry out. There are several steep sections in the 5 km loop so if you go when it is icy, you need to take special care.

Chickadees here are very friendly and come readily to eat from your hand. Most of them have colour-coded bands and are being studied for behaviour and movement. This is a birder’s paradise.

This map directs you to Hillside Lake Park on the Brant-Waterloo Road. Dickson Wilderness area is immediately west of the trailer park. A parking lot is on the north side of Brant-Waterloo Road.

Other trails are found nearby at Sudden Tract, Wrigley Lake and Pinehurst Lake.

Written by Ruth

March 10, 2011 at 7:27 am

Kiwanis Park, Kitchener

This is a late afternoon hockey game on an outdoor rink at the entrance of Kiwanis Park in Kitchener. (map)

Written by Ruth

February 9, 2011 at 12:33 am

Who Built this Tower?

I accessed the Walter Bean Trail near Kestrel Street in Kitchener last week and walked along the river to Kiwanis Park. This tower is on the opposite side of the river near Bloomingdale. I have looked on the satellite map and have searched the internet for information, but can find nothing to identify it.

Here is a map of the area. Does anyone know who built the tower and if it is accessible to the public?

This is where I took the photograph. You can see the tower in the distance across the river. Eagles are commonly seen along this stretch of the Grand River in the winter.

Written by Ruth

January 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Posted in Birding, Grand River, Trails

Winter Robins

Grand River, Homer Watson Park opposite Pioneer Tower

I walked along the Grand River in Homer Watson Park yesterday. It was very cold and bleak as I stepped over big chunks of river ice which were thrown up on the banks during the recent thaw. This is one of the few areas of the river that has open water within the city limits. The nearby water treatment plant discharges treated water here and it seldom freezes over in this area opposite the Pioneer Tower. I was looking for birds and saw the usual species in the trees and water. Then I noticed some unusual birds on the edge of the ice. Robins! A flock of about 30 birds was in the trees below the tower and they came to the edge of the river for a drink. The light was poor and the bottom picture was taken with digital zoom but there is no mistaking these birds.

Written by Ruth

January 14, 2011 at 8:19 am

Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower- the big picture

The official name for this site doesn’t exactly roll off my tongue and I want to put an apostrophe in the word “pioneers”. I think most people will continue to call it the Pioneer Tower.

Written by Ruth

January 7, 2011 at 12:09 am