My first event wasn’t a roaring success, but it was a nice short walk on a perfect winter day. We started at Lake Louise Blvd and spent about 45 minutes walking the perimeter of the woodlot.
The dogs were happy just to be out in the forest, as were we.
The woodlot is full of maple trees to the point of being homogenous.
What I didn’t realize before today is that the woodlot is used for maple syrup harvesting (since 1860) by a local business.
Either it is private land and open to the public, or they have an agreement to use the property from the city. Either way, there was a complicated series of tubing woven between the trees, with some ducking or high-stepping needed to follow the trails.
There were small, hand-written signs advertising maple syrup and other products at a nearby farm. It’s about as locally-sourced as you can get!
Wildlife was sparse today, as can be expected in such a small woodlot in the dead of winter.
While I enjoyed the walk and it was nice to get out to a new trail, I might wait to revisit the area during the height of the fall colours. The potential for colour is high in this heavily deciduous forest.