Muskoka Trails Council Blog Project: HUNTSVILLE Hunter’s Bay Trail – Boardwalk Empire

Hunter’s Bay Trail’s first floating boardwalk with its grippy composite decking has been such a pleasure for pedestrians and cyclists that the Town of Huntsville and the District of Muskoka have invested in extending the trail 840 metres to the north side of Highway 11, which includes a new and very impressive floating trail. … More Muskoka Trails Council Blog Project: HUNTSVILLE Hunter’s Bay Trail – Boardwalk Empire

Muskoka Trails Council Blog Project: LAKE OF BAYS TOWNSHIP – The Oxtongue Rapids Trail

The Oxtongue Rapids trail is a fantastic exploration of white-water ecology. White-water ecosystems are special because they take in water, roll it about, and improve the oxygen and mineral content of water as it moves downstream.  They provide specialized niche habitats for countless creatures, and are a vital asset to the planet. Turbulent high-oxygen waterways … More Muskoka Trails Council Blog Project: LAKE OF BAYS TOWNSHIP – The Oxtongue Rapids Trail

Wild Edibles with a Spin: Eat Your Invasives

So many people ask me what the difference is between Native Species, Naturalized Species, and Invasive Species.  Here are my loose definitions from my nutshell. Native Species have originated from an area, like Muksoka and Haliburton, and belong in that particular Ecotype where they are typically found.  They have always grown there, participating with their … More Wild Edibles with a Spin: Eat Your Invasives

An Arsenal of Plants to Boost Your Immunity and Speed Healing

Humans  have needed plants to stay healthy throughout their history.  You are what you eat, they say.   And so it is June, and I let my guard down, after all it is almost summer, and I ALMOST came down with something – some flu type thing, again…  So I went into defence mode and … More An Arsenal of Plants to Boost Your Immunity and Speed Healing

Rapini Demystified

There was once a time when seeing Rapini in the produce section of urban grocery stores made me feel like a bit of a failure.  Here was a vegetable I couldn’t quite grasp.  I’d buy it, bring it home, cook it, and it tasted awfully bitter – time and again.  So I stopped buying it. … More Rapini Demystified

The Circle of Life: The First Nations Medicine Wheel Garden

Written in 2006 to supplement a First Nations Medicine Wheel Garden presentation for YWCA Muskoka’s Victim’s Services program and to aid in healing when visiting the Chrysalis House Medicine Wheel healing garden which I designed in Huntsville.  This was a very popular presentation but I’ve discontinued it because it was not really mine to give. Sacred … More The Circle of Life: The First Nations Medicine Wheel Garden