Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Westfield Heritage Village - Rockton - Ontario Canada

D. Glenn Kilmer and Golden (Goldie) L. MacDonell, two Brantford high school teachers, purchased 30 acres in October, 1960 at the site which later became Westfield Heritage Village. They envisioned a unique project which would develop a pioneer village as a non-profit educational institution to preserve and present the 19th century rural life in Upper Canada. Their vision became a reality when Westfield was officially opened to the public on June 15, 1964.

I have been there with my Friend Lynn several times.  Lyn is one of the volunteers there.  Without the volunteers, Westfield would not survive.  

Blacksmiths cottage

Webster's Falls Dundas Ontario Canada

Webster's Falls is a curtain waterfall 22 metres in height. Located at the Spencer Gorge / Webster's Falls Conservation area in Greensville, its source is Spencer Creek. It is one of two falls within the Spencer Gorge, and with a crest of 24 metres, it is the largest in the region. It is also probably the most popular and widely known fall in Hamilton, and has the biggest park associated with a waterfall. According to Joe Hollick, Webster's Falls has the highest number of vintage postcards bearing its image, suggesting that it was also the most frequently visited waterfall a century ago as well.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Buildings on King Street West - Dundas Hamilton Ontario Canada

Dundas is a very beautiful town It is surrounded by the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce trail has some great hiking tracks, and the waterfalls in the area are magnificent..  The main street is a joy to walk down, I can't get enough of it!

This used to be the Glen Campbell Dairy. The building is no longer a dairy but the old figure head remains to remind us of a day gone by.  It is a lovely old building..

Winchester Arms Pub.  It is a true British Pub, sporting British fare.  I can't at present find any history about the building..

Following the close of the American Revolution in the late 1700's, Upper Canada became a haven for United Empire Loyalists escaping the United States, many of whom made their way from Niagara to the western end of Lake Ontario where they had been granted land by King George III of England.

Attracted by the potential water power offered by the Spencer Creek, many early settlers came to this area of Flamborough West. James Crooks and Jonathan Morden United Empire Loyalist, built early mills on this section of Upper Spencer Creek above Webster’s Falls. Morden built the first sawmill and ran it as a family business until it was destroyed by fire in 1905.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Soccer at Ancaster High School Ontario Canada June 2011

Ancaster’s history stretches back over 200 years. The town was given its name in 1793 by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe after it had been surveyed as part of a plan to create roads for military reasons. By 1823, due in large part to its easily accessible water power located nearby already existing historical trading routes, Ancaster had become Upper Canada's largest industrial and commercial center. At that time it also had the largest population in Upper Canada with 1,681 townspeople surpassing both Toronto's 1,376 and Hamilton's 1,000 residents.
The soccer game is part of the Heritage Days Celebrations..  My friends grandson was playing in the over 15's, so we went along to watch and support him.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mt Nemo conservation area, Halton; Ontario CANADA

Today, I had the pleasure of hiking up to Brock Harris Lookout.  I continued on through the North Loop,  missed a turn, and ended up hiking up on the Bruce Trail.  I made my way back, following the sounds of the traffic, and came out a 20 minute walk from the Park entrance, in an elderly mans back yard. I asked him which way was out, and he said down the drive to the Guelph Line.  Good adventure..

Mt Nemo conservation area has one of the best cliff ecosystems on Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment. Rich green ferns blanket limestone boulders scattered among old growth forests that are alive with jewel like birds. Crevice caves and ancient cedars, a thousand years old, can be seen all along the meandering cliff edge trail. An interpretive lookout with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside lets visitors know why this natural environment park is worth protecting.

While I was sitting here sketching, and listening to the sounds of the forest, a turkey vulture landed on the rock I was sketching.  He sat there for a good 2 minutes watching me.  I was leaning down to pick up my camera, slowly, when his mate came along, fluttered her wings and they both flew away.

What a wonderful day I had..!
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