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The Urban Country Is Back… 5

Bicycling on Toronto Islands

Toronto Islands Cargo Biking – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country 

Well, we’re back. It wasn’t intentional, but I ended up taking a month-long break from blogging.

I wish I could say that I took a month off to volunteer in a developing country and change the world, but my excuse is much more mundane: I have been working very hard with my day job/business in technology consulting during the week, and my weekends have been dedicated to spending time outdoors while enjoying every single minute of the last half of our short Canadian summer.

I had also cracked the screen on my phone on a camping trip and went almost a month without a smartphone. That made it difficult to stay connected with Twitter, Facebook and the latest news/blogs. But my phone has since been repaired, and I am again connected to the online world.

I have spent most of my weekends on my bike and kayak – much of my time was spent on the Toronto islands. Now that my daughter is old enough to sit on the kayak with me, I have found myself spending more time on the water, and my daughter can’t get enough of the islands.

For those of you who don’t already follow my Instagram feed, here are a few photos that illustrate what I have been up to for the last half of the summer:

Photos from Toronto, Canada:

Bicycling in Toronto

After a company dinner, en route to company drinks – Photo by Peter Bojanczyk for The Urban Country

Kayaking at Toronto Islands

Kayaking on the Toronto Islands – Photo by Clemens Nolke for The Urban Country

Bicycling on Toronto Islands

My Dad on my Batavus bike, coming back from Toronto Islands – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

Kayaking in Toronto

Paddling back from Toronto islands – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

Algonquin Park Canoe Trip (August 2013)

Canoeing in Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

Canoeing in Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country 

Silent Lake Provincial Park Camping & Work Retreat

Kayaking at Silent Lake Provincial Park

Silent Lake Provincial Park Sunset – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country 

Kayaking at Silent Lake Provincial Park

Silent Lake Provincial Park Sunset – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country 

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Three of us on the kayak – Silent Lake Provincial Park – Photo by Dan Gagnon for The Urban Country 

Kayaking at Silent Lake Provincial Park

Silent Lake Provincial Park – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country  

Lake Erie Kayaking Trip (September 2013)

Kayaking on Lake Erie

Lake Erie kayaking – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

Bald Eagles on Lake Erie

Bald Eagles in Lake Erie – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country 

Kayaking on Lake Erie

Lake Erie kayaking – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

Hope all of you had a great summer as well!

James D. Schwartz is the Editor of The Urban Country and is based in Toronto, Canada. You can contact James at james.schwartz@theurbancountry.com or follow him on Twitter.

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  • Easy

    Would you ever live on the island?

    • http://www.theurbancountry.com James Schwartz

      I would love to live on the island. I would move there in a heartbeat if I had the opportunity. Unfortunately it’s very difficult to land a place there, as you probably know…

      • lagatta à montréal

        Lovely, James, and welcome back. I suppose you’ve seen the Jack Layton tandem bike sculpture. I haven’t been to Toronto for a couple of years now, so I haven’t seen it yet.

  • Eric J.

    Enjoyable pictures, thanks.

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