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12 o'clock point, murray canal
12 O'clock Point, Murray Canal. January 5, 2009

County Road #64

Van Sicklen

Butler Creek Trail


Suburban development

sign-observation point
Sign near the lake at the bottom of Cedar Street, Brighton. February 12, 2009

Ontario Lakefront Trail

title: photos - trenton to cobourg

Murray Canal

presqu'ile point
Presqu'ile Point as seen from Shoal Point across the way. Shoal Point is not on the waterfront trail (it's a bit of a diversion from Lovett/Murray Canal) but you get  good view of the east shore of Presqu'ile Park, where we'll be heading to. It also feels desolate on a cloudy winter day, despite the houses dotted about.
January 8, 2009

murray canal-signThe railroad swing bridge on the Murray Canal.
January 5, 2009

murray canal, railroad swing bridge
murray canal, information board #1

Information boards on the "tugboat" on the Murray Canal near the Loyalist Parkway bridge. This is a good place for a picnic on a summer day. In winter? Well, you can watch the bits of ice float by. A few weeks after this picture was taken, the canal was frozen. January 5, 2009

murray canal, info board 2

(Right click, select "view image" and zoom in to read the boards.)

                   murray canal, beaver swimming

It looks like a cold swim for this beaver on the Murray Canal.
January 5, 2009

County Road #64

Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail sign

The highway along County Road #64 almost to Gosport is bleak. It's not recommended walking, with cars and truck whizzing past you every few minutes. January, 15, 2009

Sign, north side of County Road #64, east
of Murray Canal
. January 15, 2009

Brighton Speedway

Brighton Speedway sign

Above and left:
Brighton Speedway, south side of County Road #64.
January 15, 2009

Sign on a barrel, south side of County Road #64
January 15, 2009
Back off government"Back off Government" signs are relatively common to rural Ontario. They come from a  rather right-wing clutch of organizations representing landowners who feel they have a right to do pretty well what they want with their land and that government is interfering too much. Their rural revolution website is rich with purple prose and bad grammar:

"Throughout human History there are eras when every society experiences the darkness of injustice and the long shadows of oppression blanket the landscape. During these periods, collective oppression supplants individual liberty; coercion, intimidation, and wrongdoing become the lawful exercise of authority, and the brightness of prosperity and freedom is but a dim reminder to a bountiful past. Collective security and bestowed privileges become the hands that prey upon the unsuspecting common people and enslave them by deceptively removing their freedom to own, use, and enjoy the fruits of their industry: their private property. It is only when common people rise up and shine the light of knowledge into the deep recesses and crevices of unlawful authority does prosperity reign once again.

Rural Ontario is now home to darkness and our voice is silent and muted within the bureaucratic halls of power in Queen's Park and Parliament Hill. However, our dense urban neighbors voice resonates and echo's with a majority of ignorance, clamoring to deprive rural Ontario of our natural and historic rights, while the urban environmentalist, politicians, bureaucrats, and academics covet, and thirst after our priceless property. What price shall we place upon our property? The cost is our freedom."

Check out the last paragraph:. "Majority of ignorance," the U.S. spelling of neigbour, "our dense voices" all in one fine mess of a sentence. The basic message is that those city folk just don't get it, tied to their government desk jobs like they are, eh? Thankfully most farmers and landowners around me are more sensible than this. January 15, 2009

vansickle plaque
Van Sicklen cemetary

The Van Sicklen monument at Boes Rd. and County Road #64. January 15, 2009
(Right click and select "view image" to get a readable image of this plaque.) January 15, 2009

observation platform, constructed wetland
This platform is on the south side of County Road #64, just before Harbour Street leading into Gosport. A constructed wet
Sign, north side of County Road #64, east of Murray Canal. January 15, 2009 land is the last stage in a wastewater treatment process. Here's a good explanation of the process made by the Centre For Alternative Wastewater Treatment 
based at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario. January 26, 2009

sign-deg environment

DEG Environmental, on the north side of County Road #64. They remediate petroleum-hydrocarbon-impacted soils – which means they clean up soil from old gas stations, fuel spills, transformer leaks and the like. January 26, 2009

Butler Creek Trail

Butler Creek trail

The Butler Creek Trail is a short respite from the Brighton suburbs. January 26, 2009

Butler Creek Trail

This bench and stairway are the only"furniture" along the Butler Creek Trail. January 26,2009

butler creek, overflowing after rains

Butler Creek after prolonged rains and a thaw. Probably not a good time to walk the trail. February 12, 2009


Gosport-fishing hut road
Gosport-fishing huts

The road to the ice fishing village on the lake (left), just off the shores of Gosport. Right: The weather can get rough on the lake. One moment it's sunshine and the next there's a serious snowstorm blowing up. When this happens, the huts are not visible because of blowing snow. January 26, 2009

A snowdrift creates a peaked "mountain" beside a fence on one of Gosport's side streets. This is when when walkers have to check their sanity. Cold snow blowing straight at you and low visibility: tell me again, why am I out here? January 29, 2009


"Mini-lighthouse" just off the shores of Gosport. These guides for boaters are dotted along the shore of the lake. January 26, 2009

Suburban development

brighton watefront housesTo the west of Gosport and in the south part of the town of Brighton, the natural marshland has been eaten up by development. A large number of retirees have moved to this area to enjoy waterfront living. The new developments run in little clusters along the waterfront and up toward the town. It's a depressing area to walk in. There is still lots of evidence of the marshlands that have been filled and paved over. Many of the houses are grossly oversize. They block the waterfront from public use from the west end of Gosport to Ontario Street, not far from Presqu'ile Park. The area cries out for responsible urban planners.

These houses (left), just off Harbour Street are part of a development dubbed Presqu'ile Landing. At the developer's site, you can see pictures (all taken during the summer) of what they conceive of paradise. "
Welcome to Waterfront Living. It's a world of vitality and variety only an hour from Toronto, by car or train.  55 miles north of Rochester, New York by boat" reads the jumpy promo material. It's good to know where Brighton is: 55 miles north pf Rochester, of course. Many of the promo photos feature Presqu'ile Park in the background. That's because they've wiped out most of the natural surroundings everywhere else.

brighton, sign to presqu'ile landing

Right, the docks that will be home to many boats in the summer.
 Below, the Marina, slightly to the east of the docks, on Harbour Street.  February 12, 2009
brighton marina

Brighton, Sandpiper Street, east of Ontario street
Left: Sandpiper Street, north of Harbour and east of Ontario streets.

Below, unfinished work in the same development. Huge piles of
dirt lie around ready to build the marshy land up to standard. February 12, 2009
brighton suburbs, backhoe
brighton suburbs, piles of fill

brighton suburb, rectangular and hexagonal windows

Above: Looking southwest from the unopened part of Raglan street, with piles of dirt ready to fill in the soggy earth.

Right: Different shaped windows provide relief in otherwise drab walls. February 12, 2009

sign near presqu'ile park gate describing 1st settlers

This sign is near the entrance to Presqu'ile Park. Some argue that the first settlers were not British loyalists, but rather Scottish immigrants.

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