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took a little drive up north to check out the culture/nature and ride on some new trails...

lots of bears where out in the hood, this one at the edge of town.



as we drove in picked up some blueberries.



and made some blueberry pancakes...



rode into town to a local place for a hearty bowl of poutine.



mmmm poutine... now i could ride all day.



headed off to the trail head, had to read the signs...



missed this article

https://www.timminspress.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1683614

the trails where awesome sauce. very fast and flowing. caught so good air.
bear tracks where everywhere.



if you needed a snack you just ate blueberries...

 

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Blueberries, Poutine, narrow buff singletrack and Shania Twain
Now that is what I call a tasty thread.
Excellent pics and write up...Thanks
 

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If there berries are plentiful, the MNR can't blame a "food shortage" for bears coming into town. Unless there are too many bears for the available food.

We've already had a cub wander thru our backyard in Apsley this summer.
 

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Great post! I've done a lot of canoeing in the Timmins backcountry, and the blueberries are good. In fact a friend of mine who worked in the industry for several years put me on to recent clearcuts as the best unnatural place in nature for finding a hell of a lot of blueberries. Never knew there was great riding to be had... good to hear!

P.S. If you want fresh berries, I guess it stands to reason that you have to be prepared for bear! Poutine is presumably a lot safer.
 

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Kay. said:
recent clearcuts as the best unnatural place in nature for finding a hell of a lot of blueberries.
I worked as a Jr. Ranger in '79 near Swastika/Matachewan (Kirkland Lake Area) and I couldn't believe the berries on the clearcuts. Huge compared to what you'd see in southern Ontario.
 

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Kay. said:
P.S. If you want fresh berries, I guess it stands to reason that you have to be prepared for bear! Poutine is presumably a lot safer.
Safer from Bears, Yes. But there has been Cougars sighted prowling around the chip and Poutine stands here in Barrie.

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Stosh (Canada) said:
Safer from Bears, Yes. But there has been Cougars sighted prowling around the chip and Poutine stands here in Barrie.

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2 legged or 4 legged?

Supposed sightings of the 4 legged variety around Peterborough.

There's a conspiracy theory going around that the MNR have "secretly" re-introduced cougars to keep the whitetail deer population down. Lots of sightings, but no photos yet.
 

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Stosh (Canada) said:
Safer from Bears, Yes. But there has been Cougars sighted prowling around the chip and Poutine stands here in Barrie.

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One was sighted in Caledon last year.
 

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People up in the valley used to burn sections of forest so that their Blue Berries would be able to grow back in their place.

Phillip Edward Islands up on the Georgian near Killarney is also a great place for berries. We ate blueberry pancakes for breakfast every morning, and snacked on blueberries whenever we got hungry.
 

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People up in the valley used to burn sections of forest so that their Blue Berries would be able to grow back in their place.
That's what my mother said about the area where they picked blueberries when she was growing up, that it needed to be burned over. A fire had gone thru the area west of Apsley around 1916.
 

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Logging is not as good as a good ground fire, but still pretty effective at producing berry crops a couple of years later.

With all the Berries available now: Blue, Black and Raspberry.

It's a wonder I still find lost gel packets in the bush. Berries the ultimate local energy food.:thumbsup:

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culture
appreciation and understanding of the arts; the skills, arts, etc of a given people in a given period; the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a religious, social, or racial group; improvement of the mind, manner, etc .

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