The Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area is holding it's 2nd Annual TD Songs of Summer Music and Art festival on Fri. Aug 10th and Sat. Aug 11th.
This festival is a free two-day event from afternoon – evening. The event will have multiple stages, with over 40 performances, plus multiple interactive art zones throughout the downtown area.
The OCC is excited to once again be participating in this event. You will find our booth at the corner of George St and Lakeshore Rd. across from the Towne Square clock. We will be there on Fri. Aug 10th & Sat. Aug 11th from 5pm to 10pm.
This is a perfect opportunity to practice your Street Photography skills and we hope that everyone will stop by our booth to say hi!
Due to the Environment Canada Special Weather Statement, the outing has been pushed back a week to January 20.
When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Where: Meet at Niagara Falls Parking Lot by 7:00 pm or at the QE Park by 6:00 pm to carpool.
Cost: Approx $20 + HST for parking, optional $5 per vehicle donation, collected at Dufferin Islands exit if you drive through.
Directions: Take 403/QEW to Niagara Falls. Parking Lot address is 6635 Niagara Parkway
About 60 minutes drive time from Oakville.
What to bring:
When: Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Meet at Christie Lake parking lot by 9 AM or at the QE Park by 8:00 am to carpool
Cost: $10 for driver and vehicle, $5 each passenger,
collected at front entrance gate
Directions: Take Hwy 403 west to Hwy 6 north to
Hwy 5 (Dundas) west. Address is 1000 Dundas St. W.,
Dundas, ON. About 30 minutes drive time.
The Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area is holding it's inaugural year of the TD Song of Summer Music and Art boutique festival this Saturday, Aug 19th.
This is a celebration of the community and the cultural arts that are near and dear to residents. The festival will feature multiple genres of music, delicious food and drink, visual art displays, performance art and crafts.
The festival is a free one-day event from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. The event will have six stages, with over 40 performances, plus multiple interactive art zones throughout the downtown on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
The OCC has been asked to participate in this exciting new event which will be a great opportunity to promote both our Club and our Capture Oakville event.
Our booth will be located at George St and Lakeshore Rd. and we will be there from 2:30pm to about 8:30pm.
This is a perfect opportunity to practice your Street Photography skills and we hope that everyone will stop by our booth to say hi!
Old planes and cool cars on the tarmac at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, what's not to like? Co-lead by Brian Gibson and James De Haan.
The start time is 9 AM, this is one outing you want to get here early as it will get busy as the day goes on.
What to bring with you:
Sunscreen, and lots of it, you will be out in the open.
Wide angle lenses, even 80-200 Telephoto lenses.
The cost is $13 HST included which gets you admission to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
When: Meet up at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area for 10 AM (meet up at QE Park at 9 AM for the car pool option). How to get there, take the QEW to Grimsby, get off at highway 12, go south to Ridge Road west, turn right and go west to Quarry Road and follow the signs go Beamer Memorial Conservation Area and park by the tower. Upper Beamer falls is a short hike away and is a ramp waterfall. Other highlights include the potential sighting for hawks and turkey vultures, hiking along the local trails and landscape photography overlooking Grimsby and Lake Ontario. They have a couple of bird feeders setup. The tower is used daily by the Niagara Peninsula Hawk Watch organization. The link below can show you the current counts by species. Cost: Free What to take: Sturdy footwear, hiking boots or shoes. Bug spray (it’s mosquito season) Sunscreen A good tripod Wide angle or normal lens for falls and landscape Long telephoto for birds and wildlife Neutral Density filters, an ND8 or ND10 will slow the shutter speed to give you that silky water look at 200 or 100 ISO (depending on camera brand). For further information please visit: Beamer Falls Conservation Area http://www.niagaragreenbelt.com/listings/73-natural-habitats-a-features/631-upper-beamer-falls.html Niagara Peninsula Hawk Watch Bird Counts http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/ytd.php
Devil's Punchbowl is a ribbon waterfall 37 metres (121 feet) in height and a crest width of 3 metres (10 feet). Located at the Devil's Punchbowl Conservation Area in Stoney Creek, the area actually contains two separate falls: the Upper Falls is the classical shape, while the Lower is the ribbon type. Known at one time as Horseshoe Falls, it is the third highest waterfall in Hamilton.
The Devil's Punchbowl does dry up often and has water flowing after rainfalls and during the winter snow melt. Often when water is flowing, it is a trickle- however, this is still an impressive sight, as this thin ribbon waterfall falls 37 metres before making contact with anything.
Above from : http://cityofwaterfalls.ca/devil_punchbowl.html
I have visited the area on Dec 21st and it is accessible with some water flow. I will update as we get closer to the time. There are trails to the bottom which allow you to walk to the base of the falls for some dramtatic views. However, wintery conditions could make this difficult. These trails may require about 45 minutes with some elevation changes.
It is possible to also visit the historical Battlefield House in Hamilton after this venue.
How to get there
To reach the Devil's Punchbowl by car, exit from the QEW onto Centennial Parkway South.
Merge onto Centennial Pkwy N/RR 20 S
Continue to follow RR 20 S4.7 km
Turn left onto Ridge Rd
Destination will be on the left
This year, the OCC Fall Colours outing will be on Sunday October 5th 2014 at the Terra Cotta Conservation Area.
Entry fee is $5.00 (pay at the entrance booth). This ticket will also get you into Belfountain Conservation Area only 10 minutes away if you would like to venture to that location also. The trip is approximately 45 minutes heading north-east on Winston Churchill.
There is fine landscape photography on offer with bodies of water to enhance the view. There should be some good opportunity for macro photography along the trails also.
Pack you landscape (wide angle, grad filters etc.) and macro gear. Don't forget a tripod.
The Terra Cotta Lane trail is roughly 4km and ranked as beginner - well groomed trail with almost no elevation changes.
Dress for what seems to be a cool Fall season and where comfortable shoes. Hiking boots are not necessary.
Car-pooling can be arranged via communication through this forum or email - let me know if you are interested and it will be arranged. The usual starting point will be the QEP Parking lot.
The venue for British Car Day© is Bronte Creek Provincial Park, conveniently located at the Burloak Drive exit off the Queen Elizabeth Way. The south entrance is for non-British cars & spectators, while the north entrance is reserved for British car exhibitors and vendors.
Show cars gain access to the park via the north maintenance/service entrance, at the bend where Burloak Drive becomes Upper Middle Road, from 8:00am onwards. The spectator gates open at 9:00am and Participant's Choice judging begins in earnest. The judging wraps up at 1:00pm and the awards ceremony begins around 2:00pm.
Entry fee to the park for spectators is $16 per car (or use your Parks Ontario season pass). There is no limit on the number of people in the car. Please pay using cash if possible. Car pool to split costs.
Entrance fee (paid at the venue) is $13.00 CAD.
From 9am to 10am we will have full opportunity to photograph at the venue with tripods and flash. After 10am, you can stay but no tripods allowed.
If you would like to have more exclusive use of the venue, we can book an additional hour from 8am - 9am, but we need at least 10 people and the cost would be an extra $5.00 a person ($18.00 total for those attending from 8am). You will have an opportunity to commit to the 8am time by signing up AND PAYING for it at the February 24th Regular meeting of the OCC.
Celebrate the 105th Anniversary of the first flight in Canada by the Silver Dart with 50% off admission at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. We weren't the first country to take to the skies, but our contribution to aviation has been significant. On February 23rd, Canadians honour the pioneers who opened the skies as a way to connect people and move goods safely and quickly within our large nation and around the world
Carpool from QEP parking lot - leaving at 9.30am.
Entrance fee (paid at the venue individually) is $6.00 CAD because of the 105th anniversary mentioned above!
Tiffany Falls Location: Hamilton (43.2413N 79.954W) just off of Wilson St. E from Main St. W
Sherman Falls Location: Hamilton (43.239N 79.974W) just off of Old Dundas Road, a few minutes from Tiffany Falls.
Meet at the QEP Parking lot at 9.30am Sunday 12th January for car pooling.
Suggested ghear: Tripod, wide angle lens, good winter boots.
One last outing for the year as a group? Meet at the Nelson Ave parking lot on Lakeshore Rd. by Discovery Landing. Dress warmly, bring a tripod and your best night and street photography gear and technique.
To reach Albion Falls by car, exit on Dartnell Road from the Lincoln Alexander Parkway. Go south on Dartnell, then go left onto Stonechurch Road East. Turn left onto Pritchard Road, then left again onto Mud Street. You will find two parking lots available on either side of Mud Street where it connects with Mountain Brow Boulevard.
We will met at the QP Car Park for 8:45am and then move on to the Falls as a group / car pooling. Or you can meet us there for 9.30am. GPS Locator:
Mono Cliffs contains a significant section of the Niagara Escarpment, including crevice caves, an upland limestone plain, and talus slopes. The park features two prominent masses of rock, separated by erosion from the main rock body. When this occurs, the resultant feature is called an outlier. Here you will encounter two large 'outliers' separated from the main escarpment edge.
Botanists have also noted that the local vegetation includes a particularly rich diversity of ferns. Many of the natural features in the park are fragile.
This park is part of the Niagara Escarpment Parks System, and the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. The park offers excellent trail system for hiking.
The park has a number of cliff faces along the Niagara Escarpment itself. Along the Cliff Top Trail is a sturdy set of stairs which descend about 30m down the rock face to a wooden path that runs between the cliff face and a small outlier, providing excellent views of the rock, ferns, and cedars. Also along the Cliff Top Trail is a viewing platform that extends out over the cliff edge, with a great view to the north east across the park to the farms and valleys beyond. In the north west corner of the park you can find McCarston's Lake.
What to Wear:
With fall weather upon us, we suggest a layered approach to your clothing, as it may be cooler in the morning, and warming up as the day goes on. Wear comfortable and supportive footwear, i.e. hiking shoes/boots are highly recommended as we plan to venture onto the many trails of Mono Cliffs.
What to Bring:
Water, snacks/lunch, camera, lenses (wide angle and telephoto/zoom lenses), memory cards, lens filters (recommend a polarizer, neutral density, gradual neutral density, etc. for shooting landscapes), and a monopod or tripod is recommended. Sturdy camera bag / backpack for carrying your gear.
Bear in mind this is a hike, covering three-(3) or more kilometers, so it pays to plan your gear choices accordingly.
What to Expect:
Since this Outing is geared more to a casual walk in the woods, it is not considered difficult.
The trails in Mono Cliffs are well maintained, and they are not difficult, however, various stretches of the Bruce Trail cover undulating terrain. While not considered steep, some elevation gains should be expected. The trails in general offers some good vantage points, both escarpment and lakeside vista being available for photographing landscapes.
How to Get There (from Oakville / Toronto area):
Location: Fourteen-(14) km northeast of Orangeville, four-(4) km east of Mono Centre.
Take QEW to 403/410, merge onto 410 North until it becomes Highway 10. Continue North on Highway 10 and continue North of Orangeville.
Turn right on Mono Centre Road (Dufferin County Rd.#8) and follow it east for eight-(8) kilometers until you get to Mono Centre. Continue North on 2 Line East until the road ends. Park on the side of the road outside the park entrance.
Plan for a total travel time from Oakville of just over one hour.
British Car Day is hosted annually by the Toronto Triumph Club, on the third Sunday of September. Since its inaugural event in 1984, it has grown in leaps and bounds, and now draws over 1,000 British cars and 8,000 spectators. The event is the largest, one-day, all-British car event in North America, with visitors from throughout the northeast United States, the Maritime provinces, Quebec, and Manitoba. We have even had visitors from Alberta, Texas, the UK, and New Zealand.
The spectator gates open at 10:00am and Participant's Choice judging begins in earnest. Last year, there were well over 1,000 vehicles, in 52 classes of cars, commercial vehicles, and motorcycles, running the whole range from Mini to Rolls-Royce, from Austin to Zephyr and everything in between. Many people bring their daily drivers, or projects-in-progress, just to line up with the many concours-class cars in their class. This is the opportunity everyone looks forward to, to chat, to scrutinize, and plan for next year. It's a car show and it's also a big end of season social event, and a great opportunity for some classic car photography!
ATTENTION OCC MEMEBERS:
Please find enclosed the flyer for the British Auto Day Outing planned for Sunday, September 15
Car day details: Event Cost $16.00 per car (no limit how many per car)
Registration: Tour information and questions can be directed to Bernie Cook
email@example.com - RSVP to Bernie Cook - "Please put 'British Car Day' in the subject line of your email"