A Couple Of Nature Hikes On The Cranberry Trail In Callander Ontario
After arriving at the Terrace Suites resort in Callander Ontario, I quickly settled in my room. I was eager to explore this resort community overlooking Lake Nipissing. I asked the friendly proprietor about any hiking trails in the area and she recommended the nearby Cranberry Creek Trial. It was a short drive on some rural roads and near a golf course. I arrived at the trail mid-afternoon. It was sunny and warm with temperatures in the 80’s as I began my hike.
The trail was wide and well maintained.
And, even on this warm afternoon, there were a lot of folks hiking and biking on the trail.
The trail first took me through a lush hardwood forest of large black ash, silver maple , paper birch, American basswood trees, and, a lot of trees I hadn’t seen before, such as the big-tooth aspen trees. The canopy of trees provided shade from the strong afternoon sun with some rays filtering through the leaves and creating pleasant contrast as I walked the trail.
After taking in the view of the lake I began my hike back to my Jeep. It was a long day, I had hiked three miles in the morning, and drove 4 1/2 miles so I was tired and hungry when I finished my five mile hike. I enjoyed the hike and decided I would return early the next morning. I thought there would be a lot more bird active earlier in the day. .Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photos from my afternoon hike. Callander Ontario afternoon hike June 6 2023.
I returned to my room, showered and changed and drove a few miles to the 1866 Lake House Bistro. I was told this fine dining establishment was one of the best in the Callander area. I drove to the small community near the lake and I soon found out the recommendation was right. I entered the historic building and was greeted by a pleasant young lady. She recommended the cream of green bean soup to start . I never had this soup before and it was delicious.
My main course was amazingly delicious. I had the North Saskatchewan Arctic Char pan fried with Ugly Barn Farms mushroom risotto, green bean almandine, crispy skin, cranberry compote, tarragon cream reduction. It was by far the best meal I had on this trip and in a long time before that.
I was full after the meal, but it was so good I had to try the desert. And I am glad I did. My server highly recommended the salted caramel beignets served with famous Belly vanilla ice cream. They were heavenly delicious. I was very full when I left.
and, appropriately , a Canada warbler. I now admit it, I have became a “birder” . I have always loved seeing birds ad hearing their songs on my hikes but, since I got my digital camera about 10 years ago, and my zoom lenses, I have come to love and appreciate these beautiful, but often unnoticed residents of our woodlands. I especially love the migratory birds. I love learning about them and their long distance migrations, Many of these birds shown here will spend next Winter in the tropical and sub-tropical forests of Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America. It is amazing and I am glad I can see and share some photos of them. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the birds I saw on my five mile hike. Callander Ontario morning hike birds. June 7 2023.
and water arum flowers along the way. I wish I had more time to look for the many birds I heard in the trees along the trail. It was a :birders” heaven. However, once again I had to get back on the road. I had another long drive ahead of me.
So I quickly walked back and finished my five mile hike, seeing and hearing many of the birds above and this red squirrel. I enjoyed my hikes on this trail and the many birds and wildflowers I saw. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photos from my hike. Callander Ontario morning hike June 7 2023.
I returned to the Terrace Suites resort and quickly showered, packed and was on the road again. I wasn’t even in Callander for 24 hours, and I didn’t see much of the community , but I loved this resort town. And I didn’t to spend much time in the large room in this beautiful resort. Maybe some day I will return.
I was soon on the road driving south on scenic and rural Route 11. I again passed lakes, forests and occasional small towns. There were even some hills to cross. I drove about an hour hour when I saw this a sign for Sherri’s Diner along the highway. I had to leave the highway and drive down a long hill to get to Sherri’s Diner. I loved the place.
I as greeted my the owner, a nice woman who just purchased this old eatery. I had a nice chat and sat in a small room with a large table of older local folks chatting about their lives. It enjoyed the experience and the breakfast prepared by the owner. I love this local owed restaurants.I still had was about three hours from Niagara Falls. It was a pleasant drive for the first 1 1/2 hours . Then I hit Toronto traffic and the smoke from the wildfires in Quebec. The smoke obscured the sun and it bothered my sinuses and lungs even in my car, I was worried it would interfere with my first view of famous Niagara Falls. However, when I arrived in the town the smoke had cleared up. I drove to the Hilton Fallsview Hotel and checked. I entered my room d would soon see the famous falls for the first time. This was the view from my room. I couldn’t wait to get outside and see it close up
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.” –John Lubbock