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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...
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Making TorontoHiking More Mobile Friendly

 Updated: 27 Feb 2015 The Problem With 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...
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Heat Holder Socks Review

Heat Holder Socks Review
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  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...
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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 n...
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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 t...
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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 precipitat...
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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 a...
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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 ...
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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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TorontoHiking Blog

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Through these three blogs, I hope all of us with a love of hiking and the outdoors can communicate that to each other and to others. By giving people access to some of the things they may need for hiking, perhaps more people will be encouraged to hit...
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