The trails have really been beautiful this year. There have been so many winters in this city in the recent past where the ravines for the most part were a mixture of slush and mud. With a combination of cold weather and fairly constant snowfall in 2018, the conditions have been near perfect for hiking, trekking, walking and even cross country skiing. Fresh white softly packed snow is the norm and the half frozen waterways like the Don River have really been pretty. Come along for Saturday Morning Rambles Feb 17 – March 24. For details and to register visit http://www.torontowalking.com/additional-hikes/
Both Punxsutawney Phil and Wiarton Willie saw their shadows pointing to another six weeks of winter, however, Shubenacadie Sam was shadow free, predicting an early spring. German settlers who settled in Pennsylvania associated the shadows of animals, including hibernating hedgehogs, with an extended winter. Groundhogs are native to North America and they first pop out of their burrows early in February, quite similar to Hedgehogs, so the folklore conveniently passed itself over to this species.