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Friday, September 20, 2019

Sheppards Bush Walking Trails (Aurora, Ontario)


I work in an industrial part of town - in fact, the next street over is called "Industrial Parkway". But in behind my building is a hidden gem of a forest with multiple walking trails. It's called Sheppards Bush Conservation Area, and it is my lunchtime getaway from the constant buzz of the office.

Sheppards Bush Conservation Area

Sheppards Bush Conservation Area

Sheppards Bush is 65 acres of forested land, and along with the aforementioned trails, there are picnic pavilions, soccer fields, and historic buildings, including the original Sheppard family home.

Nokiidaa Trail Sheppards Bush

There is an offshoot of Sheppards Bush called the Nokiidaa Trail that I usually choose to walk on. It follows the East Holland River, with one main loop plus multiple links to other trails that join the three nearby towns. All together there are 20km of trails. This trail is the perfect place to walk your dog. Just look at these wide, groomed pathways:


Nokiidaa Trail Sheppards Bush

Or if you're like me and are escaping from work, it's the perfect place to see and pet other people's dogs. I can't help but toss off a "Hi, Pupper!" to every dog I see. And sneak a couple of photos if I'm fast enough. It's a very friendly place, but walkers tend to keep to themselves rather than stop and chat. Maybe it would be different if I had my own dogs with me.

Nokiidaa Trail Sheppards Bush

Nokiidaa Trail Sheppards Bush

Right now the leaves are just starting to turn, but in a month or so the colours will be spectacular. I'll sometimes run here at lunch time once it's cooled down, and there is nothing better than dashing along paths of crisp, colourful leaves. Here is a photo I took during a run last October:

Nokiidaa Trail Sheppards Bush

Amazing, isn't it?

There are also benches placed at intervals to take a break, eat your lunch, or just sit and watch the world go by.

Nokiidaa Trail Sheppards Bush

I'm always looking for new trails, and having this one so close to my workplace is a dream come true. Next weekend we're hoping to take the dogs hiking in Gravenhurst and I can't wait to share that one with you, too!

Nokiidaa Trail Sheppards Bush

Nokiidaa Trail Sheppards Bush





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