Often we overlook our own immediate area when searching for a connection with nature. Many cities including London Ontario have areas that maintain a sense of wilderness surrounded by development. We are fortunate to have many such areas that give us a break from the pounding traffic and nicely manicured lawns that surround such natural landscapes.
Two I would like to mention are the Sifton Bog and the Medway Valley Heritage Forest.
From Wikipedia I have borrowed a brief paragraph to outline the uniqueness of the bog. To learn more click on the link.
The Sifton Bog is one of the most southerly acidic bogs in Canada. It contains a number of rare species including four types of carnivorous plants. Among the latter are the sundews Drosera intermedia and Drosera rotundifolia  and the purple pitcher plant Sarracenia purpurea. The central bog vegetation is dominated by Sphagnum and Chamaedaphne calyculata (leatherleaf), with a few short larches(Larix laricina) and black spruce (Picea mariana).
There are over 10 km of trails through the Medway Forest. It is quite popular and found a short distance from the university almost in the centre of the city. It is worthwhile to take the time to explore the many trails through the forest.
Don is a former educator and having worked for a Canadian airline, he enjoys travel that is mildly