From the manicured to the wild
The flowerbeds full of tulips and other spring blooms did not impress my young thrill-seeker but his opinion of James Gardens changed when he saw the stairs (located in the back of the clearing by the washroom building). They climb 30 metres up towards the viewpoint overlooking the trail. In the clearing are small ponds straddled by footbridges where ducks and chipmunks cavorted when we visited. After touring the trails in the gardens section, we quickly reached the adjacent small forest of Lambton Woods, located southbound. After a 15-minute walk, the path turned onto a long footbridge leading to a bridge with benches. We stopped there to have a picnic. Below, the Humber River cascaded down, glistering in the sun. Some 40 metres above, trains rolled down tracks set on high pillars. The overall effect was stunning!