Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Centennial Park trail
Yesterday I went for a hike with my husband along the paths at Centennial Park that run along the Current River. Centennial Park, which was created in 1967 to mark the 100th year of Canada's founding, is down river from the Cascades and Trowbridge Park.
Centennial Park is a municipal park that is a jewel in the city. It's quite popular with a lot of people as there are many different things to do there. Hiking is just one of them.
I saw this beautiful quartz covered rock by the river when we went down a small trail to get closer to the water.
Bright orange and chocolate brown fungus ears sprang out of an old log by the path. These velvet ears were the size of dinner plates! We walked the path up to the swing bridge at Trowbridge that allows you to cross to the other side. Only 10 peopel are allowed on the bridge at a time, said the sign.
The canadian shield that is the bed of the Current River is marked by years of carvings and lichen designs.
A lichen wreath had wedded itself onto the rock surface under the shelter of some cedars.
This old spruce has been hollowed out by many creatures.
It would be a good tree for a scary tale.
The old tree was part of this forest.
Cedars have claimed their share of forest space. These cedars are close to the beginning of the trail system, just after the log museum that is full of old tools once used in the lumber camps of northern Ontario.
The cliffs on the other side of the river.
A white waterfall rushes to join the river. This waterway that joins the Current River is just north of Highway 17 (see the map above).