Peter May , Sep 23, 1998; 11:26 a.m.
Robert, I'm not a Canadian, but was in Ontario in the Guelph area for a week earlier this summer. That's about 30-40 miles west of Toronto. Right around Guelph are a couple of decent sites - Guelph Lake park is pretty standard manicured park, but its a pretty lake with some nice wildflowers. The arboretum on the University of Guelph campus also has lots of photo ops if you're into wildflowers at all, and the birds are ok. The Kortright Waterfowl Park in Guelph has about 80 species of swans, geese and ducks, along with a bunch of deer, chipmunks, etc. in semi-natural settings, so you can get some decent nature shots there that don't look like they were taken in a zoo. Just north of Guelph is Elora Gorge Recreation Area, which has some nice scenic views of the Elora River. A bit further to the north (maybe 30 miles) is Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, which has some pretty forest, and some spectacular overviews of the countryside. If you're up for a longer drive, there are a bunch of national parks up in the Bruce Peninsula, which is about 100 mi. north of Guelph. Much more of a pristine forest feel to the area than most of the Toronto/Guelph countryside, which is mostly agricultural. Standard road maps will have all of the Recreational Areas, Provincial and National Parks marked. However, most of the recreational areas that I saw are rather short on nature and long on picnic facilities, ball fields, etc., so photo opportunities are limited. Its a pretty area - enjoy your trip.