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THE FIFTH COLUMN: Backroad Mapbooks Ontario GPS Map Version 5 Now Available With My Greenbelt Trail Maps Included

Backroad Mapbooks now has Version 5 of their Ontario GPS Map available. Actually it has been available since the fall but I only checked for updates at the start of the Spring biking season.

I am very impressed with the Backroad Mapbooks product, as I state in my review on my “Richard’s GPS Trail . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Backroad Mapbooks Ontario GPS Map Version 5 Now Available With My Greenbelt Trail Maps Included

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Backroad Mapbooks Ontario GPS Map Version 5 Now Available With My Greenbelt Trail Maps Included

Backroad Mapbooks now has Version 5 of their Ontario GPS Map available. Actually it has been available since the fall but I only checked for updates at the start of the Spring biking season. I am very impressed with the Backroad Mapbooks product, as… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Backroad Mapbooks Ontario GPS Map Version 5 Now Available With My Greenbelt Trail Maps Included

Yappa Ding Ding: More for Uptown, Part 3: Accessibility

I first understood accessibility issues in uptown Waterloo when my mother started using a walker. My mother lives in easy walking distance of the uptown. Her health and emotional well-being were enhanced by a daily walk to uptown, but accessibility problems often prevented her from getting there.

When my mother started using a walker, many . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: More for Uptown, Part 3: Accessibility

Yappa Ding Ding: Woolwich walking trails

There’s a lovely trail in Woolwich township, about a five minute drive from the Waterloo market (and from my workplace). It’s at the first bridge on Three Bridges Road.

The bridge is an old Mennonite horse bridge. It isn’t fancy but it’s a nifty design: when the river is in flood the water flows . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: Woolwich walking trails

THE FIFTH COLUMN: City of Ottawa Kanata South (Terry Fox to West Hunt Club Road) Class Environmental Assessment Study – The NCC Role in Protecting the Greenbelt

Submission to The National Capital Commission Richard W. Woodley Bridlewood, Kanata, Ontario June 21, 2013

I am providing this submission to the National Capital Commission (NCC) because I see the NCC as the Guardian of the Greenbelt while I see the City of Ottawa more as the guardian of roads and car drivers.

Information on . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: City of Ottawa Kanata South (Terry Fox to West Hunt Club Road) Class Environmental Assessment Study – The NCC Role in Protecting the Greenbelt

THE FIFTH COLUMN: City of Ottawa Kanata South (Terry Fox to West Hunt Club Road) Class Environmental Assessment Study – The NCC Role in Protecting the Greenbelt

Submission to The National Capital Commission Richard W. Woodley Bridlewood, Kanata, Ontario June 21, 2013 I am providing this submission to the National Capital Commission (NCC) because I see the NCC as the Guardian of the Greenbelt while I see the C… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: City of Ottawa Kanata South (Terry Fox to West Hunt Club Road) Class Environmental Assessment Study – The NCC Role in Protecting the Greenbelt

Yappa Ding Ding: Uptown Waterloo: Where trails go to die

The Iron Horse Trail officially ends at Caroline Street. A few years ago, the Trails committee managed to get the trail unofficially extended along the west side of Caroline as far as William Street: the narrow sidewalk was replaced with a smooth, three meter wide asphalt trail. But even that bit of the trail lacks . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: Uptown Waterloo: Where trails go to die

Yappa Ding Ding: The Iron Horse Trail in Uptown

There’s a minor uproar in Waterloo over city council’s decision this week to sell a portion of the Iron Horse Trail. I have some concerns about the sale, but I also see some positives.

In terms of the usefulness of the trail, this change offers some improvements: The minor route change will not cause . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: The Iron Horse Trail in Uptown

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Lime Kiln Technical Trail Will Never Be The Same

Today we finally had the opportunity to hike the Lime Kiln Technical Trail for the first time since the Lime Kiln area fire in the Stony Swamp Conservation Area.

(click on map to enlarge) Things are looking pretty good for the first part of the trail, although you start to see larger and larger signs . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Lime Kiln Technical Trail Will Never Be The Same

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Open Letter to the National Capital Commission re Lime Kiln Trail Fire

The fire near the Lime Kiln Trail has been described as a tragedy. Perhaps not. If houses or roads had been built on the land it certainly would be a tragedy that the forest would never recover from, though some would call it development or progress. But the forest will recover from the fire and, . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Open Letter to the National Capital Commission re Lime Kiln Trail Fire

THE FIFTH COLUMN: South March Highlands Mountain Bikers – Unlikely Trail Heroes

Unlikely, because more often than not the stereotypical view of mountain bikers is more likely to be as trail villains rather than trail heroes.

First, we have the well meaning but uninformed view of many who call themselves environmentalists that mountain biking damages trails, when the vast majority of the research indicates the impact is . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: South March Highlands Mountain Bikers – Unlikely Trail Heroes