Day 2: St. Catharines - Lincoln, 61.5 km completed

This morning we left Brock University behind us and jumped between provincial parks and conservation areas. The morning was a sea of yellow and we were thankful we’re not allergic to golden rod. Surprising appearances of white animals provided some boosts of energy throughout: swans, alpacas, white German shepherd and goats!

We first passed through Short Hills Provincial Park, then to Rockway Conservation Area, Louth Conservation Area and lastly to Balls Falls Conservaion Area. Short hills was definitely filled with several rolling hills in succession. And Rockway was by far the rockiest and steepest section.

Today was far more hilly and we had to traverse multiple switch backs. The trail in this section brought back memories of the Juan de Fuca Trail where the distance traveled was easily double the displacement due to the multitude of switch backs. After passing through Louth there were a few more steep climbs and a huuuuge set of stairs. We thought we would be rewarded with a magnificent view of Balls Falls, but apparently we were suppose to look up at the falls not down on them. By km 29 we were not about to go back down and up those stairs. We’ll just have to go back another time.

Did you know that the falls are 2/3 the height of Niagara Falls!

After our disappointment we took a well deserved break before finishing the last 2km. Our little goat friends followed us for the last 500 metres and we were done! Another 31.5km day!!

We were so happy that Chris’ parents came to pick us up from the trail and drive us the additional 2km to our air bnb. We will go to bed tonight full of pasta!!

Stewardship Sunday: Environmental Stewardship is the responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Passing through three conservation areas in one day got me thinking about the role conservation areas play in promoting environmental stewardship in Ontario. Conservation Authorities must be one of the best advocates for a stewardship ethic and were designed based on three fundamental principles that support this ethic: local initiaitve, cost sharing and watershed jurisdiction. Did you know that Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities collectively own and operates over 500 Conservation Areas with a total area of 80,000 hectares, making Conservation Authorities one of the largest property owners in the province.

Happy Trails,
Natalie