Four Hiking Trails You Need To Visit Right Now:

Four Hiking Trails You Need To Visit Right Now:

 By Magnus de Pencier

As the leaves fall and weather turns brisk, there is no better time to get out with family and friends alike and explore the beautiful trails in the Kingston Region! (Abiding by social distancing guidelines, of course).

 

 

Trail #1: Lemoine Point

Roughly a 21-minute drive from Kingston City Hall, this 4.7-kilometre trail is usually home to a plethora of dog walkers, runners, and families. Over the course of the trail, one will find themselves walking through beautiful cedar forests (pictured above), alongside the waterfront, and even a few beaches with large flat pieces of limestone that you can sit on if you wish to take a break. You’ll also find several picnic tables right down by the water (these must be booked on the CRCA website: https://crca.ca/), and public washrooms on both the north and south end of the trail. In terms of wildlife, one can expect to see Garder Snakes, Blue Jays, Bumblebees, and Chipmunks, to name a few!

 

Trail #2: Nicholson’s Point Woods

This trail, though a 26-minute commute from Downtown Kingston, is worth it. It’s 2.2 kilometres is jam-packed with old relics such as abandoned cars, freshwater springs on the north side of the loop, mossy limestone, and so much more. The trail is very well kept and maintained with gravel to ensure accessibility of all hiker skill level, except a little hairy at times for kids in strollers. Lighthouse Park, an access point on the trail, offers a great view of Amherst Island across the water. Overall this wheel-shaped loop is worth the visit. 

 

Trail #3: Frontenac Park

The Tetsmine Lake Loop in Frontenac Provincial Park is an hour outside of Kingston, 11.1 Kilometers in length, and so far the most challenging yet rewarding trail on this list. Frontenac Park is regarded as one of the top provincial parks in the Kingston region. Its well-groomed trails, excellent camping spots, and fishing are top-notch. Along the Tetsmine Lake Loop, one can expect to see beaver ponds and long and winding ravines, and incredible lake views. On the trail, one can take a detour to Moulton Lake, a beautiful lake with high hills on both of its sides. One can also see signs representing the old history of Crab Lake Mine, an old minefield! Overall, although this trail is longer in length and certainly more challenging than the previous, from ravines to private campsite beaches, this trail has a lot to offer

 

Medium Trail #4: Gould Lake

This trail is roughly 40 minutes outside of downtown Kingston and 9.3 kilometres in length. It is located within the Rideau Approach+Mine Loop Conservation area. In the warmer weather, one can rent canoes and visit a swimming beach and picnic areas. In the winter, it offers an incredible network of trails, known for the scenic beauty. One of the trail highlights is the open pit from the former Mica Mines, which still has Mica chips all over the surface ground. Although this is a beautiful trail year-round, I especially recommend it in the warmer weather. 

 

To find out more about the best hiking in the Kingston region, I highly recommend checking out this website! https://www.thingstodoinkingston.ca/hiking

Minimalism: Reduce Before You Reuse

Most often when we discuss our ecological footprint, we like to talk about turning off lights before we leave the house, taking shorter showers, and washing clothes on a cold cycle. The fact is, there is an even greater conversation to be had. It’s not about how we USE the products and services around us, but our approach to ownership.

Enter Minimalism. A new lifestyle approach which focusses on REDUCING before we even have to reuse or recycle. People are buying 4 times as much clothing than they did 20 years ago. Whether fuelled by the fast fashion industry, or the ‘Apple consumer’ mindset of buying immediate device upgrades, Minimalism offers a lifestyle alternative which is known to increase personal happiness and our positive effect on the environment. You can read more about the relationship between Minimalism and the environment here!

How Can Algae Replace Water Bottles

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How Does Your Diet Impact Our Planet?

Happy Earth Day everyone! People are always cautious about how the food they eat will affect their body, but have you ever wondered how the food you eat affects the planet? Check out this article from NPR which touches on similar themes that CEEC 2017 speaker, Kip Anderson, spoke of to our incredible delegates. It just goes to show how incredibly connected everything, and the importance of being sustainable in every aspect of our lives!

Africa’s New Biofuel Literally Grows on Trees!

The Croton megalocarpus tree is common throughout much of East and Central Africa, and until now it has been used for little more than firewood.

The nuts of the tree have been shown to contain high concentrations of oil and protein, and they are now being used to produce a fuel that could serve as a clean alternative to diesel.

With an abundant supply of croton nuts available at minimal cost, a new industry is emerging with sky-high ambitions.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/28/africa/croton-nuts-biofuel-aes/index.html

Saving the Oceans One Step at a Time

Adidas has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a shoe design that utilizes one of the most detrimental forces against our ocean ecosystem- plastic waste. They are producing close to 7,000 pairs of these Eco-friendly shoes, with the ultimate goal of eliminating virgin plastic from their supply chain altogether. To find out more, check them out here.

Tesla’s Revolutionary Roofing

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October 28th marks the day that powering homes has changes forever. Tesla has unveiled their new solar roof tiles, bringing the possibility of solar energy onto all our houses. These tiles are stylish, more durable than clay, slate or terracotta, and of course come with the ability to power a standard home. To learn more about this incredible new technology, click here.

Homegrown: How to Grow a Forest in Your Own Backyard

This incredible Ted Talk from Shubhendu Sharma shows us that it is possible to have nature in our own backyards. Learn how to grow a 100 year old forest in just ten years through engineered soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart the natural growth process.

Wind Turbine Trees- A Green Solution for Urban Environments

 

A new type of greenery has been popping up all over France, but these aren’t your typical trees. The French based company New Wind has made traditional, loud wind turbines a thing of the past with their new sleek and modern design. The “trees” are 8m tall and each have 63 aeroleaves. Inside each “leaf” is a blade which can capture and generate wind electricity at speeds as low as 7km/h. Over the course of a year, each tree could power up to 83% of a standard household’s needs, or an electric car for over 1300km. Learn more about this green technology here.