Respect the motorcyclists
Caledon hills in the northern Peel Region (my home county) and then the Dufferin County to the immediate north are a Mecca for motorcyclists, who like driving through many of their picturesque country roads. It is not uncommon to see 4 to 6 motorcyclists driving together in their characteristic Canadian straddle formation. On weekends, many motorcyclists are on a longer mission, that is, to use Highway 10 from Caledon Hills into Dufferin County and continue all the way north to Owen Sound, Wiarton and even to Tobermory at the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula.
While driving, please respect motorcyclists for they are very vulnerable to any of your risky and unpredictable maneuvering. Keep distance, don’t try to use their side of the lane, and over-take them giving them maximum protection. If you are coming out of a country road and there is a motorcyclist approaching the intersection from the main road, please do let him / her pass through the intersection even though he / she may be much farther away.
I am advising all this, because I have seen and heard of motorcyclists being hit by bigger vehicles, especially during weekends. Also, you want to avoid getting into confrontation with much heavier built motorcyclists of a group driving together J
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Beware of the vast toilets near the lakes
That serve not the humans, but geese. This applies to all areas of North America where Geese are proliferating. About 300,000 geese call southern Ontario home. Their droppings can be found everywhere on the grass near the lakes and Island Lake Conservation Area was no exception. In fact, there were more geese and therefore, more droppings on the grass lawns near the dock and the picnic areas there. The research says that large numbers of geese can carpet an area with droppings, leaving behind a new mess every six minutes.
Geese are being treated as pests in the Greater Toronto and the adjacent areas. Their eggs are oiled on regular basis so that they do not hatch and birds are also being trapped and relocated physically.
Be careful on the grass for you could easily be stepping on the droppings. Sitting on the grass lawn directly should be the last thing that you should do. Always carry foldable garden chairs or use the picnic tables provided by the Conservation Area administration.
Another warning: Do not let toddlers and younger children approach a brooding pair for the Gander can really get upset and charge.
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