If you're looking to get festive this holiday season, look no further than Downtown Greater Napanee. Big Bright Light Season - and its 750,000 LED Christmas lights - on now and nightly throughout the holiday season.
With the paddling season nearing an end for another year, I took advantage of a beautiful late-October afternoon to paddle a stretch of the Napanee River that I hadn't yet visited.
While most leaves have fallen here in L&A, the drive from Napanee was still a pretty one. I took the scenic route to the boat launch on Curl Road in Stone Mills between Camden East and Yarker.
Hardcase, Lost Loop, Found Again, Ridgeline, Fraggled... kind of a strange combination of words.
But when their backdrop is a wooded recreational trail system, these terms describe feelings and connections of joy found within 160 acres of Lennox and Addington forest. Aptly named, these are a few of the most recent trails currently under construction in the northern reaches of the Naturally L&A Forest Trails in Flinton.
The fall colours have reached their peak here in the southern portion of Lennox & Addington County. If you want to see them, you'd better get a move on... the leaves are falling fast!
I took a mid-week drive with the goal of finding a top-10 list of viewing locations for a weekend road trip. However, the colours were fantastic along the entire route, so fantastic that it was impossible to narrow it down to a measly 10 places.
While growing up in Newburgh I spent a lot of time on the Cataraqui Trail, long before it was known by such a name.
My parent's property backed onto the old rail line that cut through the village. The tracks were still there back in the 80's, but I don't recall ever seeing a train moving in either direction.
My brother and I and other neighbourhood kids used to play and bike up and down the old tracks all the time, jumping into ditches, getting wet and dirty in the process. Long story short, we enjoyed every minute of it.
Lennox & Addington County is always a great place be, especially in the fall when the leaves light up the landscape.
This weekend we have a video crew visiting L&A during the peak of the autumn's transformation. Along with brilliant views of the tree line, they will also be filming some locals as they hike, cycle, ride, paddle and drive with the colours of the season as a backdrop.
To prepare for the visit, I had to pre-scout some areas to make sure that the leaves were looking good. Tough job, I know.
If you're looking for a fun, family outing this fall, there are plenty of apple-related adventures you can take in L&A County.
The views from the water this time of year are amazing. The brilliant colours of fall reflecting off still lakes and rivers are spectacular, and the cool autumn air makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
Autumn is my favourite time of year to hike a trail. The air is crisp, the views are spectacular, and if you're lucky you could see an abundance of wildlife along the way.
Autumn is my favourite season. The humidity of the summer is mostly gone, the nights are cool, and the days are still warm enough to keep the heavy jacket in the back of the closet.
With the exception of raking the lawn - and raking again, and again - there's nothing not to like about this time of year. Despite the work that goes along with keeping the yard in order, seeing the colours that Mother Nature unveils every fall is well worth it.
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