Thanksgiving is a special time in Ontario. Not just because it is a long weekend (which is sweet on its own) or the fact that it’s the only socially acceptable time of the year to eat pumpkin flavoured anything, but more importantly because it signals the arrival of the fall colours. This year the girlfriend and I spent ours visiting her father in his new property just outside of Meaford on the Bruce Peninsula.
The one neat thing about area around Meaford is that there is an active military base there. As you can see from the pictures above, the base can be driven onto in your personal vehicle and right at the front gate there is an exhibit of old military hardware. Personally I like the Challenger tank that I was sitting on, I feel that it would really improve my morning commute to work. Sadly there was no-one with whom I was able to speak to about the price. Finally the other reason to get to the base is the Irish Mountain lookout which is located right before you arrive at the gates, it gives you some of the most spectacular views of the Georgian Bay in this area.
Finally no long fall weekend would be complete without a fall hike to see the splendors of fall colours. There is a small non-operative park in the area that is an absolute must; the Devil’s Glen Provincial Park. A small park that occupies a section of the Mad River valley on the escarpment and connects to the Bruce Trail. The viewing platform gives a fantastic view of the valley and the ski lifts on the property of the country club across the rift. Be warned that the decent down from the viewing platform to the Bruce trail is a long and steep one, not a fun thing to do if you’re tired and having to make your way back up to the top where your car is parked. Also a great tip is to make sure your camera battery is charged before you reach the bottom, or else you’ll be like me and have no pictures to show for your effort. But the pictures that I do have can be found here on my flickr.