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The slideshow galleriy in both Jasper National Park and Algonquin Park Adirondacks members blogs were asking for a password to gain access. Both galleries have been redone and are working properly now. Sorry for any inconvenience.
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Adventure slideshows redone

In the Adventure section of the website, there are 30 slideshow/photo albums that had yet to be updated to a responsive format. This weekend I was able to update all of these along with the "Birds of Ontario" album to a new responsive photo album/slideshow.The albums can be viewed individually by...
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Site Speed

I know that the website has been very slow this past week. Part of that has been the huge load on the server as a result of a large number of people visiting the site. Another part of that is due to the new features included on the site.In addition, its...
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Welcome to the new TorontoHiking!

Today is the day we launch version 9 of TorontoHiking.com and I’ll tell you it’s a big sigh of relief to reach that stage. That doesn’t mean that the work is all completed. Some things can’t be done until the site is live. An example of that are the logins by...
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Newsfeeds News-Features Change

The RSS feeds included in version 8 of TorontoHiking have been removed in the new version 9. There were four categories of newsfeeds. Weather and Traffic consisted of links to weather information in a dozen places along the Bruce Trail There were no working traffic newsfeeds.Ecology had no current working RSS feeds.Travel...
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Drone Waterfall Videos

 With drones all the rage these days, it's exciting to share with you some waterfalls video taking by drones in flight over the area. We first noticed this drone video of Tiffany Falls on youtube.Recently we received an email from Alex informing us that he had a few professionally edited videos...
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Algonquin Peak Adirondacks

​Climbing Algonquin Peak (elevation 1559 m) - the 2nd-highest peak in the Adirondacks, NY. Photo album by Josie Li
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Jasper National Park

​10 people from 3 cities. 130 kilometres of hiking. 7 days at Mount Robson and Skyline Trail of Jasper National Park. An experience of a lifetime! Photo album by Josie Li.
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Slow Spring Predicted

​We all know that the spring we want is long overdue. But spring is typically volatile with a variety of weather and this year promises to be no different even if a bit late in arriving. Temperature and rainfall will be variable through April which will mean a later spring than usual. For Ontario, expect below normal temperatures across the no...
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Why a Cold Long Winter Might Be Good

Okay I haven't completely lost my senses and I'm looking forward to Spring as much as you are. But there are some benefits for hikers from the long cold winter. If we get a good cold winter that lasts for many months, that can help cut back pests and diseases, and that's good for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. You can celebrate thi...
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Winter 2014 Outlook

​Predictions are that Ontario will see a more typical winter than last year with some warm spells but also with several Arctic outbreaks especially in January and early February. We can already see this in the first week of January. The storm track from the Ohio Valley promises to be more active this winter. This means above normal precipitati...
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Spring 2012 Review

As February draws to a close, it's time to change our winter theme to a spring look. This has been a record mild winter with a record small snowfall in Southern Ontario. What are the implications for hiking this spring?Hiking: The trails should be open earlier for spring hiking. Trails could be drier than normal with reduced spring runoff and ...
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L18 Thorold tunnel hole

On Friday August 26, I hiked the Bert Lowe Side Trail in hike L18 Thorold South Old Welland Canals with my friend, John, to check out the new version of the Bert Lowe ST. At one point this side trail crosses under Highway 406. Entering the square tunnel at the south end, we noticed an inch or two of slimy water in the end of the tunnel du...
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Lyme Disease

Now that Spring has arrived (okay, it snowed today!) you should be aware of the dangers of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the corkscrew-shaped bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi. In Ontario, these bacteria are spread by the bite of blacklegged ticks (formerly called deer ticks), Ixodes scapularis. The blacklegged tick can be found...
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New tohi website

Welcome to the new TorontoHiking website. What began a year ago has finally come to fruition. Yes, it's been a long haul and well over 1000 hours or work -lots was fun, some was challenging, some rewarding and some just tedious. In any case I'm pleased to unveil it and happy with the result. The basic design graphics will change with the four seaso...
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Six paths to hike through the Toronto City

If you live in Toronto or the suburbs, boy do you have some awesome hiking trails that you can explore. Whether you are looking for an easy hike or a tough hike, a short hike or a long hike, there's something within a four-hour radius and there're some great hikes that...
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New Hiking Guide for Caledon

Nicola Ross has written a new guide to hiking in Caledon. The new guide, Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes, includes detailed instructions about 37 different loop routes all in Caledon. The book is 192 pages long, is full of colour photos, great maps and info and where to have lunch or...
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Update: Making TorontoHiking Responsive

Work is progressing on making this website responsive -meaning it will display properly on phones and tablets without having to pinch and zoom.So far we have accomplished the following:1) The 60 trail guides have all been redone in responsive mode.2) The long 8-item icon row in the hikes page has been...
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Making TorontoHiking More Mobile Friendly

 Updated: 27 Feb 2015The ProblemWith more and more hiking enthusiasts visiting this site on mobile devices, particularly tablets, it is becoming apparent that this website is not particularly mobile friendly.One of the main problems causing this is that the site template that gives the site its look is not a mobile...
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Heat Holder Socks Review

 The socks are thick thermal socks with a fleece-lined fuzzy inside and a soft smooth outside. The manufacturer claims that "they are over 7x warmer than regular cotton socks and 3x warmer than ordinary thermal socks. They are better than heated, electric or battery operated socks because you can just put...
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