Date – October 10, 2010 Thanksgiving Weekend
Location – Map 2 St. Catharines
Distance – 9.6 km
Hikers – Dean, Marlene, Benjamin, John, Jodi, Kirsten and Madeleine
Start – 16. 2 (Niagara - Woodend)
End – 25. 8 (Niagara – Brock University)
Direction – West (North)
Weather – Warm and sunny
Details – Steve and Elza have company so they say they’ll hike it on Monday. We meet at Harvest Barn for lunch after church and then park two vehicles at McDonald’s and drive in Klompmakers’ van to Woodend. We enjoy beautiful weather and fall colours.
Sites include abandoned remnants of the Third Welland Canal (1837-1931) with very high walls above the former locks, and an even earlier section (the Second?) behind Ball Avenue West. We have to wait for two yachts to go under the bridge at Glendale, then miss a turn along the Welland Canals Parkway Trail and make a 2 K detour. It’s actually a hot day, we realize, as we trudge up and down the pavement.