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■ fit ne ss On the path to fitness go for T a walk By Laura Mucklow here’s something calming about walking in the bush. The sound of leaves rustling and branches crunching underneath your feet. The damp, earthy smells of nature. The feel of the cool breeze against your skin. Sunlight peeking through the trees. “In Sudbury, nature is right on our doorstep, but we often don’t stop to enjoy it,” says Debra McIntosh, executive director of Rainbow Routes Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes the development and usage of non-motorized trails in Greater Sudbury. Sudbury has a wide variety of nature trails in the heart of the city. These trails are hidden gems, often tucked away behind busy streets and commercial strips. But, once you are on the trails, it is as if you have stepped into another world. The urban sounds dissipate and the sounds of nature take over. Trails provide healthy environments for people to get outside, get some exercise, connect with family and friends, have some fun and experience the relaxing effect of nature. But McIntosh says trails are not just for leisure time. They can also be active transportation routes. Some of the longer trails, such as the Junction Creek Waterway and the Trans Canada Trail, offer alternatives to those who want to leave their cars at home. “We all need physical activity” says McIntosh. “The idea is to try to work your physical activity into your daily life. If you can walk to work and walk back home, then you are done. I think people would be surprised at how quickly they can get places using the trails.” There are currently 31 formal trails in Greater Sudbury, which are easily recognized by large blue, green and white signs bearing the Rainbow Routes logo. The experiences and scenery these trails offer are as varied as the landscapes around the municipality. Several trails are wheelchair accessible and many are used by cyclists in the summer and skiers in the winter. Blueberry Hill is a popular one-kilometre loop that explores the rocky hillside behind the Carmichael Arena in Minnow Lake. A beautiful panoramic view of Minnow and Ramsey lakes awaits hikers at the hilltop gazebo. And as its name suggests, there are plenty of blueberries to munch along the way. McIntosh helped build the Kelly Lake trail, and it remains dear to her heart. The trail begins with a duck pond, playground and picnic area in Fielding Memorial Park, and continues for a few kilometres through groves of pine and birch trees with spectacular views of Kelly Lake. “I just love it because it is so diverse. There are swans and ducks and lots of other wildlife in this narrow strip of land between the highway and the lake,” she says. A casual stroll along the short boardwalk at Lily Creek, across from Science North, provides an opportunity to explore the wonders of wetland ecology without getting your feet wet. The Junction Creek Waterway Park affords residents in many parts of the city quick access to beautiful creekside trails with views of wetland wildlife. For a more challenging adventure, the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, accessed by South Bay Rd., contains 23 kilometres of rugged nature trails for hikers and mountain biking enthusiasts. For a spectacular waterfall view, A.Y. Jackson Lookout trail at Onaping Falls is a fabulous day trip. The site offers a fully paved wheelchair accessible trail, as well as a nature path over rocky terrain to a bridge with a close-up view of the falls. “We put trails in beautiful places to protect what is around them” says McIntosh. And with nature on our doorstep, it doesn’t take much effort to get out and enjoy it. Trail maps are available at all Citizen Service Centres and public libraries in Greater Sudbury, as well as on-line at www. rainbowroutes.com. SL Summer 2008 Sudbury Living 45

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Contents
Cover Story
People
Decor
Gardening
On the Town
Food
Drink
Fashion
Health/Fitness
Recreation
Arts
Northern Adventures
Calendar
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