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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:11

From my perch—161104 - Wilderness Park

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            Bend in close. I’ve got a secret to share.

            It’s about Bobcaygeon’s Wilderness Park—a little gem, a natural delight within the village limits.

            Wilderness Park shouldn’t be a secret. A few people do use it regularly. I meet them when I go walking there—and I go often, on lunch hours or

after work.

            But I’m amazed by the number of Bobcaygeonites I meet who say they’ve never heard of it. When I mention it, they reward me with a head scratch and a blank stare.

            So for those who don’t know, Wilderness Park (wildernesspark.ca) is an eight-acre patch of forest with maintained trails in the north corner of the village. Head out of town on CKL Road 36 from the stop sign at 49 you’ll find the signed entrance on your right just past Lakes Community Church.

            The access road—and the park—actually border the southern boundary of Trent Lakes waste and recycling transfer station.

            In spring, summer and fall it’s a beautiful place to walk—and “forest bathe” as the Japanese say. If the bugs aren’t bad, I may sit for a bit at one of the picnic tables, or the benches in the woods—or gather mushrooms.

            I’ve seen foxes and hawks there, and last winter came across the skeleton of a coyote-killed deer.

            In the winter, I ski. I follow the trails, or if the snow is deep enough, I’ll do a little yo-yoing, climbing up and skiing down the small hillsides—winding through the trees, shredding the pow.

            It’s a gift to the village from Environmental Action Bobcaygeon, and the more than 50 volunteers who have helped develop and maintain it.

            Enjoy it.


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