Shorthills and the surrounding Niagara Escarpment are beautiful to photograph this time of the year! In response to several member requests I am going to be running a twice-weekly photo meet-up and walk in the various scenic areas around Shorthills Provincial Park and the Niagara Escarpment during the Fall 2014 photography season. We will be offering a wide range of tours this year, from easy to challenging, tailored to the group's wide range of abilities and fitness. We will be shooting beautiful fall landscapes, wat
erfalls, and wildlife and, hopefully, lots of colour. I guarantee that you will discover many interesting spots and subjects that you would never otherwise find on your own.
Come and join in on the fun! Tentatively, rain-or-shine hikes will be held on each Tuesday evening commencing at not later than 6:00 pm sharp (until Oct 29th) as long as the light is good and it is not pouring rain, and each Saturday morning (until Nov 29th) commencing at 9:00 am sharp as long as it is not pouring rain. Don't let cloudy or stormy weather be a deterrent. Those are often the best days to shoot fall colours and waterfalls. In case of really inclement weather on Saturdays, the hikes may be postponed until the next day (ie: the Sunday) at noon.
Here is my tentative calendar of events (be sure to check back in the Blog as dates draw near, since weather conditions and last minute changes are inevitable):
Date Time Activity
Rating Meeting Spot
Sep 16 6:00pm First fall colours moderate Mewburn Road Railway Bridge, Niagara Falls (dead end at Laura Secord Trailhead)
Sep 20 9:00am Woodend ponds moderate Woodend Conservation Area (outer entrance)
Sep 23 6:00pm Big Bucks ea
sy Shorth ills Park, Wiley Road entrance
Sep 27 9:00am Hamilt
on Waterfall tour strenuous Tiffany Falls Parking lot, Wilson Street E, Ancaster
Sep 30 6:00pm Big Bucks II easy Shorthills Park, Wiley Road entrance
Oct 04 9:00am Waterf
alls/fall colours strenuous Shorthills Park, Eller Road entrance/
Oct 07 5:45pm Racewa
y Falls moderate Shorthills Park, Wiley Road entrance
Oct 11 9:00am More Secret waterfalls strenuous St. John's Outdoor Centre, Holland Road
Oct 14 5:45pm Se
cret stream moder ate Daboll farm, 1991 Hansler Street, Pelham
Oct 18 9:00am Canal colours moderate Welland Canal access road and Holland Road,
north of Allanburg bridge
Oct 21 5:30pm Big Bucks III easy
Shorthills Park, Wiley Road entrance
Oct 25 9:00am Grinds
tone Boardwalk easy Spring Gardens Road parking lot, Hamilton
Oct 28 5:30pm Penins
ula Lakes sunset easy Peninsula Lakes Golf Course, Church Street access
Nov 01 9:00am Final Fall Colours strenuous St. John's Outdoor Centre, Holland Road
Nov 08 9:00am Mount Nemo Backside moderate Bruce trail entrance,
Walkers Line and Side Road 2, Burlington
Nov 15 9:00am Decew Falls challenge strenuous Decew Road, Morningstar Mill parking lot
Nov 22 9:00am Old locks & reservoir moderate Old Lakeview Cemetery, Townline Road,
Thorold (west of the Walker Bros yard)
Nov 29 9:00am Niagara Glen trails strenuous
Niagara Glen trails parking lot,
(Niagara Parkway lot by spiral staircase)
As always (especially for the moderate and strenuous hikes) good water-resistant hiking boots are a must. It is always advisable to carry a small backpack with a drink, a snack, spare socks/gloves, and a few first aid items.
Feel free to email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive any updated information and intel.
I hope to see everyone out to at least a few sessions!
J. LEIGH DABOLL