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Winter in Ontario, Canada

I remember the first Winter I spent in Ontario here - we went for a drive to Port Stanley and were amazed to see that Lake Erie had frozen! We were used to large bodies of water around Britain being salt water, and therefore not freezing in the wintertime, but here was this huge lake, frozen solid as far as the eye could see! Lots of people here in Ontario enjoy skiing, ice skating and other outdoor activities in the winter.

Canadian Winter in Ontario

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Lorne Greene - famous Canadian Actor - Ben Cartwright Bonanza

Lorne Greene, best known for his role of Ben Cartwright in the TV series Bonanza - Lorne Greene

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Bayfield, quaint village, live theatre, Bayfield - great shopping,

Bayfield - on Lake Huron, Bayfield - a pretty village has great shopping, live theatre, great restaurants

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Elora, Ontario

Elora is a great place for a road trip at any time of year, but it is super good for finding those unique Christmas gifts for loved ones - especially as the village is holding a Starlight Shopping event on November 22 & 23 - stores will be open until 10:00 pm.

Elora Ontario

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Its almost time to Snowmobile!

To ride a snow machine on the O.F.S.C. Trails (Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs), or anywhere off your own property, in the Province of Ontario, a driver's license and valid insurance is required by all riders.

Ontario Snowmobiling

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The Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, can be seen in the northern hemisphere, including here in Southern Ontario. These mysterious lights have always fascinated me and on the occasions that I have observed them, the sight has ...

Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights

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Sunnybrook Farm Garden-level Guest Suite

Sunnybrook Farm Garden-level Guest Suite in St Thomas, Ontario, is a great place for a quiet weekend away this winter - there's a cozy wood fire and a relaxing hot-tub where you can unwind after a busy work week.

Sunnybrook Farm hot-tub

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The beautiful Cardinal

In Canada, one the most distinctly plumed birds is the Cardinal. Of all the birds in Ontario, this brilliantly coloured bird is so spectacular that it is almost unmistakable. This is one of our non-migratory species so it is around the bird-feeders all year long, but shows up so well against the snow, in the winter time.

Snowmobile trail in Ontario

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Bird on the Balcony!

I saw this bird of prey on my balcony today October 21 around 3:30 pm. I live in North York, near Sheppard and Don Mills. I can't recognize this bird - actually I think it is the first time I have seen a bird of prey so close. Any help to recognize this bird is very welcome because I am very curious to know more about it!

Hawk sighted in Ontario

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Coming to Worship

Two Turkey vultures playing like a steeple.

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Up to 100 birds migrating along Don Valley

About 5 years ago I moved to a neighbourhood that edges onto the east side of the Don Valley, and I've noted that a couple times now I've seen a large

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Screech owl? Loves to play in sprinkler

Wednesday August 8, 2018 around 8:30 pm we turned on our sprinkler and this owl came for what we assumed was a drink.We shut sprinkler off so it would

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Owl Sighting

I saw this little guy this morning, he was about the size of a squirrel, sitting on my deck rail. I’m surprised how close he let me get. I'm not

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Hummers Hummers Everywhere

If one hummer is a delight, imagine have eight or nine flying around your head. These little wonders have taken up our back yard in Sault Ste Marie Ont.

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Flying over my house

I must have a nest close by. I see one hawk missing a lot of tail feathers scooping up the red winged blackbirds. They chase him all over. Recently

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Osprey over Chippawa?

Over my house in Chippawa Wednesday evening. There were two of them, one higher than the other, slowly circled around for 20 minutes then joined together

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Possum Sighting

Saw a possum (January 10/18) walking along the fence in my backyard in North Oshawa.

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Little lost chick

Peter G sent us these pictures of a little lost chick he found in his yard. There are no parents around and he can't see a nest where this little bird

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Sighting of two Wolves

We heard howling and yipping for over 6 months in the late evening or early hours of the morning, but previously always in the distance, this was up close! We got out of bed to look and there in the full moonlight and white snow background sat a large animal, about the size of a large Alsatian dog, tall long legs and a huge long brush tail.

Two Wolves sighted in Ontario

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I love Raccoons!

Elizabeth from Owen Sound, Ontario, wrote to tell us about her Raccoon encounter ...

Raccoon sighted in Ontario

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Cooper's Hawk

One of our readers saw this beautiful Cooper's Hawk in Woodstock, Ontario.

Cooper's Hawk sighted in Ontario

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Country House for Sale - St Thomas

This beautiful 6 bedroom home on 8.84 acres, with pool, hot-tub & river, is on the market! If you enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, this home may be for you! Your money can buy so much more in St Thomas, Ontario! This home is listed at $975,000 ...

house for sale in St Thomas Ontario

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African Lion Safari

Located near Rockton, Ontario, the African Lion Safari has always been an annual excursion for our family, especially when we have visitors from Europe staying with us. The African Lion Safari park is about an hour from Toronto and from London, half an hour from Hamilton and Kitchener, so it is easily accessible from the east or west.

African Lion Safari Rockton

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The beautiful Wood Duck

The Wood Duck is considered to be a "Perching Duck", meaning that although this bird feeds on the surface of the water, it tends to perch and build its nests in the holes of trees, rather than on the ground.

Wood Duck

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Canadian Actor Paul Gross

Born in Calgary, Alberta, on April 30th 1959, he is best known for his portrayal of Constable Benton Fraser in the TV series "Due South" and currently has another Canadian TV show, "Slings and Arrows".

Canadian Actor Paul Gross

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Point Pelee

If you want to go to the most southerly point of mainland Canada, then you have to go to Point Pelee. This area is rich in wildlife and I have been told that around half of the species of animals which are found in Ontario, can be found here at the Point!

Point Pelee Ontario

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Backyard birds of Ontario

Bird Watching is a fascinating hobby, enjoyed by young and old alike, and all that is required is a quiet spot to observe the birds and a pair of binoculars and a Bird book, such as the Peterson Guide or other field guide to help you identify the birds you see.

Backyard birds in Ontario

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The luscious Tomato

Have you ever wondered what kind of vegetable these are? Well, you may or may not be surprised to find that it is actually a fruit! In the summer, when they are sun-ripened and sweet, eat them raw, just like an apple, for a snack, delicious with just a sprinkle of salt if you like.

Ontario tomatoes

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St Thomas, Ontario - a great place to live!

Located south of the city of London, Ontario, and north of the village of Port Stanley on Lake Erie's north shore, St Thomas is in a great location for residents, vacationing families and tourists, with a small-town feel, this city has great schools, an airport and a new arena.

Ontario Red Tailed Hawk

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The Brilliant Blue Jay

The Blue Jays come to our bird feeder all year long and I love to hear their noisy call ... they let the other birds know when there are hawks flying around, they are like Mother Nature's early warning system ...

beautiful Canadian blue jay

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Red Tailed Hawks

As I travel around this area of Southern Ontario, I often see these majestic birds as they perch on fences and trees watching for their prey, and if I am lucky I will see them take off gracefully, catching a glimpse of their lovely brick-red tail feathers.

Ontario Red Tailed Hawk

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The town of St Marys, Ontario

St Marys has a population of 6,300 and is nicknamed "The Stone Town" because of it’s many buildings constructed of the beautiful local limestone, including homes, Churches and commercial buildings.

beautiful town of St Marys

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The Loon in Ontario

The Loon, sometimes called the Great Northern Diver, is found in Ontario, and is the size of a large duck.

Snowmobile trail in Ontario

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Kingsville, Ontario

The pretty town of Kingsville is located right on the north shore of Lake Erie and is well known for its mild weather, world-famous Jack Miner's Bird Sanctuary, and for Colasanti's Tropical Gardens. To other people, this small town is known as the most southerly town in mainland Canada.

animal prints in the snow

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Hawk?

I see these birds often flying over our property in Bradford, Ontario. Typically there are one or two. The last couple of days there have been 5

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Osprey over Chippawa?

Over my house in Chippawa one Wednesday evening in June. There were two of them, one higher than the other, slowly circled around for 20 minutes then

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Possums in Ontario

Hi there - I grew up close to the Bruce Trail in the Hamilton, Ontario area. Living close to the Niagara escarpment I was able to see a lot of different

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What is this in the mulberry bush

This bird has grey feathers with a black cap, we have a pair of them. They are about the size of a small Robin. I have not seen them before.

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What kind of bird is this.

This bird has been coming to my bird feeder for a few days now. It usually eats with the black bird in photo or with the doves. It flew away with a

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Possum

We have a possum in our yard in Collingwood Ontario. Never seen one in Canada before.

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Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks showing off in Grenadier Pond, High Park, Toronto. I have been told that these beautiful males will lose their colour in summer and become

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Animals

My wife, granddaughter and I had a sick fox living at the bottom our property in Napanee, the poor thing was suffering from mange. Due to the illness

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Mystery Cats

Colleen Bond On Easter Sunday April 1st 2018. We had left Haliburton village about 7:30 pm. Traveling down highway 21, about 7-10 minutes out of the town,

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Peacocks in Mount Albert area

They were crossing the road then went down the ditch line and into the forest. This was on Boag Road, 1 km west of Highway 48.

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Turkey Vulture Tree

Spotted this morning, April 23 2018, on my way to work (8:30am) in Guelph on 25 side road just west of Guelph line. The birds were just sitting in the

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Two Red Tail Hawks nesting in Wainfleet

This nesting pair has enjoyed my citidiot tendencies by me sprinkling bird seed EVERYWHERE in the OPEN so I can bird watch. And now the Red Tail Hawks

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Great Horned Owl nest

It was amazing to spot this beautiful bird and two young peeking out of their nest. This was in early March 2018, London, Ontario.

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Swans near Aylmer

Driving along Pressey Road near Walkers Line, just east of the town of Aylmer, Ontario, yesterday I saw a field of Swans on the south side of the road.

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Tundra Swans at the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area

Hubby and I went to see the Tundra Swans at the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area yesterday, Friday, March 23rd 2018. There were lost of people with cameras

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