Spring by Kathryn White

Friday, April 16, 2010

Cycling in the City

This past week my daughter introduced me to yet another cycling trail, this time in the city. She often takes her clients/residents from the group home here to enjoy the beauty within the city limits.
"This area, known as Rim Park, is located in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and in Canada's technology triangle, in the heart of southwestern Ontario.
The City of Waterloo is a dynamic urban municipality with a strong cultural and economic base. With a land area of 64 square kilometers, the City's population in 2009 is 120,800 persons (this includes a non-resident post-secondary student population of 24,580)"
I was thrilled to see that this was no ordinary city park, and couldn't believe it when we pulled out our bikes, to see the beautiful piece of paradise we encountered!
Does this look like city to you?

"The Elam Martin Farmstead is a sixth generation Mennonite family farm, presently located on over 11 acres of land incorporated into RIM Park...." Working in the garden...
Cleaning the implements...
As we were taking in all the wildlife, we were greeted by a blue heron that eyed us cautiously but did not move.

This mallard duck swam/waded alongside us in the creek....such gorgeous colouring!
We stopped for a picnic lunch "by the rivers of Babylon, where we sat down".....Actually this is part of the Grand River system that travels 300 kilometres through southwestern Ontario from the highlands of Dufferin County to Port Maitland on Lake Erie.
We saw our first canoeists as well as numerous people fishing....such a perfect spot for a perfect day! The golfers were out to enjoy the beautiful golf course here with the farms in the background. We cycled past people in golf carts, those roller-blading, jogging, pushing strollers, and taking walks.
When we got back to the starting point, we noticed that a nest had fallen out of the tree; so unfortunate and yet it was our first robin's egg spotting.
For more information on the trails, check out these links: