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Old November 28th, 2016, 06:20 PM   #61
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A very nice trail, Why-Why!

(In Austria we also have problems with ticks - every year there is a big
vaccination campaign...)
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Old November 29th, 2016, 08:57 PM   #62
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Bruce Trail I: Dundas Valley Conservation Area to King Street, Dundas (continued)




A double blaze like this means that the Trail makes a sharp turn to the left.
We leave Governors Road and head due north across rolling country.




We’re still on Conservation land, and the rusty yellow sign indicates that no motorbikes or snowmobiles are allowed on this section of Trail.
(Very unCanadian that, to bar snowmobiles!)




But you couldn’t get more Canadian than this magnificent barn, just off the Trail to the right ...




... while the electric fences and this small sign suggest that we are in horse country.




It’s a magnificent November day, a few red maple leaves flutter against the blue sky ...




... and the slopes are carpeted with freshly fallen leaves.




The Trail is carpeted too, and one is glad of the reassuring white blaze ... and the next one visible in the distance.
There are several trails in this part of the Conservation Area that intersect the Bruce, and it’s surprisingly easy to go astray.




Now we reach the point where the Trail turns sharply eastward for the first time.
We must have arrived close to the foot of the Escarpment, though you can’t see it.




A sudden flurry overhead ... it’s a group of cedar waxwings getting drunk on dried, fermented berries.




Now the Trail has narrowed and the terrain has become quite jungly.




A moss-covered fallen slab of dolomite suggests that the Escarpment is very close.
You can’t see it, though, because the vegetation, leafless as it is, is too thick.




What’s that reddish patch just off to the left of the Trail? ...




... hips dangling from a wild rose bush.

[To be continued]

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Old November 29th, 2016, 11:09 PM   #63
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How wonderful...
I enjoy your nature impressions (pictures and text) very much, Why-Why!
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Old November 29th, 2016, 11:16 PM   #64
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Just love that barn; so resonant of North America. Does Canada have covered bridges like the U.S?
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Old November 30th, 2016, 12:36 AM   #65
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Yes, Jane, there are lots of covered bridges in Canada. There are only a few notable ones in Ontario--the real heartland is New Brunswick, which has what I think is the longest one in the world, the Hartland over the Saint John River.
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Old December 1st, 2016, 04:17 PM   #66
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Bruce Trail I: Dundas Valley Conservation Area to King Street, Dundas (concluded)




The Trail is narrow and the woods are thick ...




... and as you look over this marshy clearing you’d swear you were miles from civilization.




But go a couple of hundred metres further, and you realize you’re not.
Only a fraction of the Dundas Valley is part of the Conservation Area, and developers have greedily seized whatever land isn’t protected.




Besides, we’re now entering Golf Country ...




... and the sunlit fairways here at the foot of the south-facing Escarpment offer an almost unobstructed vista of its north-facing counterpart a few kilometers away on the other side of the Valley.




Strange that there aren’t more golfers doing their stuff on such a lovely day.




Perhaps they’re all inside the clubhouse enjoying the delights of the nineteenth hole.




The Trail now follows the access road of the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club.
There's a good view of Dundas Peak looming straight ahead ...




... and sure enough, the unfenced edge of the Peak is swarming with daytrippers as usual.
At 110 metres, that’s quite a drop under their feet—more than twice the height of Niagara Falls!




And then we’re alongside Highway 8 as it descends steeply into Dundas.
Hard to imagine that this narrow shoulder inches from the rushing traffic is the official Bruce Trail, but the white blaze on the post on the extreme left confirms that it is.




And finally we’re on King Street, Dundas’s main drag, as it begins its descent gently eastward toward the town centre.
The sidewalk on the left-hand side is the Bruce Trail—you can just about make out the white blaze on the first fully visible street light standard.

From this point, the Bruce Trail continues through Dundas on sidewalks, until it resumes its affair with the Niagara Escarpment beyond the town centre.
We’ll track the Dundas town section of the Trail in the near future.

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Old December 2nd, 2016, 08:39 AM   #67
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Great landscape & pics!
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Old December 3rd, 2016, 06:44 PM   #68
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Dundas Street 1




“Dundas” is a word never far from the lips of the six million people who live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
That’s not because the small town 75 km to the southwest is famous.
It’s because “Dundas” is the name of a major east-west street in Toronto ...




...one that, in defiance of the rigid, well-behaved grid of Toronto streets, makes a set of quirky jogs in its westward journey from Leslieville through Islington and beyond.
Dundas Street is a little bit special, and may even be beloved by some for its eccentricities.

We are on the Toronto subway (the TTC) northbound from Union Station ...




... and after King, then Queen, the train's on board PIDS announces that “Dundas” will be the next station.




We disembark ...




... move towards the exit ...




... and emerge blinking at Yonge-Dundas Square, a Times-Square-like junction that is as central to Toronto as it’s possible to be.




As the signs tell us, we are ... Downtown! ...




... at the Heart of the City ...




... with the Eaton Centre, the shopping mall that is Toronto’s biggest tourist attraction, just across the street ...




... and the 272-metre, 78-floor Aura, Canada’s tallest residential building, looming ahead up Yonge Street.
No, Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Dundas any more.




But as we contemplate ways to cross Canada’s busiest pedestrian intersection (the only one with Tokyo-style diagonal crosswalks) ...
... the question lingers, why “Dundas” Street?
We consult Wikipedia, which provides the answer we’d already figured out:
“Dundas Street is named after its one-time destination, the town of Dundas.”
Makes sense, doesn’t it?
But you shouldn’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia.

[To be continued]

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 07:14 PM   #69
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A very interesting thread, Why-Why!
Thank you for giving us so much info!
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Old December 5th, 2016, 08:20 PM   #70
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Many thanks, yansa, and also to "likers" baerd, Skopje, and Hart van Zeeland.
As this is historical, quite a bit more info to come very soon.
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Old December 5th, 2016, 08:39 PM   #71
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Great, very nice updates; well done
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Old December 5th, 2016, 09:07 PM   #72
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Dundas Street 2




There’s another Dundas Street, much shorter and less well-known than the one in Toronto.




It’s the eastern 750 metres of Highway 99 between Cootes Drive and Main Street in Dundas (outlined by a double red line on the map).
Thereafter, it becomes Governors Road, and that’s what most people in the area call it.

Governors Road heads west to Paris, Ontario where it briefly becomes Dundas Street again.
It continues as Dundas Street (Highway 2) through Woodstock, and ends 125 km away as Dundas Street in London, Ontario.




This is Dundas Street, Dundas—it goes from where we’re standing to the first traffic light.

It’s not a very distinguished stretch of road, boasting only one or two handsome brick houses, which seem to stand aloof from the busy traffic ...










... and some bland modern developments, like this one.
Its name makes an unconvincing reference to Dundas’s industrial past and it hides Spencer Creek from view.




Then we arrive at Main Street and the old Town Hall ...





... and the name changes to Governors Road.
But why should there be a Dundas Street in Dundas itself?

The answer is complicated, but it also explains why there are so many Dundas Streets in southern Ontario.

John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of the newly-created province of Upper Canada (now Ontario), had a military road built in 1793 (hence “Governors Road”).
It was the first modern road in Upper Canada.
Starting in what is now Dundas, it connected Lake Ontario (via Cootes Paradise) to the site of his planned provincial capital, London, Ontario.
He named this road after his good friend ...




Painting by Thomas Lawrence [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...s_Lawrence.jpg

... the Scottish Tory politician Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville (1742-1811).
Though Dundas’s achievements in Scotland made him worthy of a memorial in Edinburgh, he has never been as popular in the colonies.
He never visited Canada; he was fiercely opposed to abolishing slavery; and he was impeached in 1806 for misappropriation of public funds.
(He was acquitted but never held office thereafter.)

The muddy village of York (renamed “Toronto” in 1834) was chosen over London as provincial capital of Upper Canada in 1796.
Dundas Street was subsequently extended there.
So Henry’s surname lives on in all those Dundas Streets between London and Toronto.

And Dundas itself? From 1787 the first white settlers in the Valley had gathered in a village named “Cootes Paradise” after the nearby marsh.
This marsh had itself been named after a Captain Thomas Coote who enjoyed hunting waterfowl there.

A plaque in a field a little farther up Governors Road fills in more of the story...







So: the first water-powered mills in the Valley were constructed on Spencer Creek by Simcoe’s Dundas Street.
They called themselves “Dundas Mills” after the fine new road they were on, and a settlement grew up around them.

When a post office opened there, it called itself “Dundas Mills.”
Gradually, the settlement around the mills became the dominant one in the Valley.
And its abbreviated name “Dundas” replaced that of the existing “Village of Cootes Paradise,” though this didn’t finally happen until 1814.

So, counter-intuitively, Dundas Street gave its name to the town, rather than the other way around.




But these days, people driving down all those Dundas Streets are more likely to think of the quaint Valley Town than of Scottish Henry.

And happily, the beautiful marsh between Dundas and Lake Ontario is still called Cootes Paradise.
(Sorry, Captain: shooting the waterfowl is now forbidden.)

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Thank you of telling us so much about the local history, Why-Why!
Love the brick buildings and the last picture!
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Old December 9th, 2016, 09:08 PM   #74
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Glad you found the history interesting, christos and yansa.

And thanks for your likes, Skopje, gratteciel, and Romashka.

I read somewhere that Dundas was named after the street.
I didn't believe it, because I'd assumed like almost everybody does that the street was named after the town.
But when I researched it, what I'd read turned out to be true.
That was the reason for all the history.
So thanks for your patience. Less history to come!
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Old December 9th, 2016, 09:22 PM   #75
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Dundas Culture 1: The Carnegie Gallery




Dundas is a small town by Canadian standards, but it punches above its weight in the arts.
Enough fine artists and craftspeople live and work in the town for an annual Studio Tour.
And Dundas has also developed its own institutions—small-scale, but not necessarily second-rate—to support local artists and attract their potential customers.




One of these institutions is the Carnegie Gallery on the corner of King and Ogilvie Streets downtown.
As the inscription above its name shows, this building was once the Dundas Public Library.
It was funded by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation and opened in 1910.




By 1980 the Carnegie Library was no longer fit for purpose and was replaced by a modern building just up the street.
A group of local artists worked to save, restore, and refit the building as an artist-run, non-profit gallery to display and sell their work.

The Carnegie Gallery’s strength is in locally-produced pottery...







... but at this time of year, Christmassy gifts and ornaments inevitably dominate the displays:
















And there’s a new, narrow, light-filled atrium at the back of the Gallery ...




... just wide enough to hang a few larger pieces by local painters and photographers.

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Old December 12th, 2016, 09:52 PM   #77
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Many thanks shik2005, Leon, Hart van Zeeland, Romashka and other likers and visitors.

More Dundas culture to come very soon...and lots of snow pictures after that.
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Old December 12th, 2016, 10:14 PM   #78
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Dundas Culture 2: Dundas Valley School of Art




Just one block down Ogilvie Street (here a.k.a. Artists’ Way) from the Carnegie Gallery is the Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA).
It's Dundas’s most notable specialized educational institution.




A non-profit organization, DVSA was founded by two women in 1964, and moved to its present site in 1970.
It’s the leading art school in the Hamilton area.




The building is one of the oldest datable ones in Dundas.
It was constructed in 1836 as a Wesleyan Ladies College, and later served as an aircraft engine plant and a munitions factory.
It was completely renovated in 2011.




Every term it offers dozens of classes to people of all ages ...
... in painting, sculpture, pottery, drawing, photography, printmaking, art history, and many other kinds of visual art.

It also serves as an art gallery to the community.
The exhibits remind you that Dundas is an appealing location to artists for both its urban and natural landscape:
















In fact, to find a good urban subject you only have to look out of one of the School’s sash windows.

There’s a place to buy art and artists’ supplies, and a small art library:










The classrooms and studio spaces are roomy and have an atmosphere that is at once traditional, restful, and serious:






This feels like a good place for making art.

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I loved to see all this handicraft and art!
Thank you for showing us, Why-Why!
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Once again great, very nice updates
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