Sunday March 15 – Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton 10 AM

When: 10 AM Sunday March 15

What: Westfield Heritage Village is a recreated Pioneer town with 35 historical buildings. Lots of architecture photography. The Village’s annual Maple Syrup Festival will be operating on this date. Buildings will be open to the public. 

Village website is

Directions from Toronto: Take QEW west to Burlington, take Hwy. 403 west towards Hamilton. Take Hwy. #6 north to Hwy. #5. Turn left on Hwy. #5 and then right on Hwy. #8 to (Kirkwall Road (also referred to as Regional Road 552) just past Rockton. Turn right and follow 1.5 kilometres. Driving time is about an hour from QEW/Highway 427

Admission is $12.00, Seniors $10.00

Sunday March 1 – Ontario Place Winter Lights Festival

When: Sunday March 1st 6:00 PM

Where: Ontario Place, Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto.

What: Ontario Place Winter Light Exhibition – a collection of lighted outdoor artworks, set in the natural winter environment of the Ontario Place grounds. 

Subject Matter: Night photography, cityscapes, Ontario Place architecture, people

More Info:

Meet at the West Entrance, at the south end of the pedestrian bridge over Lakeshore Blvd. Access the footbridge from the CNE grounds immediately east of the Better Living Center, east side of Ontario Drive.

Sunset is at 6:06 PM. Although the weather may be cloudy, if we are lucky, we will get some colour in the sky at sunset. In any event, we will have the “blue hour” and then night conditions.

Admission is free. Tripods and flash are permitted.

Parking – There may be parking on site, but recommend larger lots on the CNE grounds immediately to the north. Enter northwards from Lake Shore Blvd via Ontario Drive, or come south from Dufferin Street through the CNE grounds. Parking fees seem to vary depending on what’s going on at Liberty Grand and the Better Living center.

Ontario Place amenities that will be open – skating rink, bonfire, food concessions. This is a very family friendly venue.

Dress warmly – the campfire is a great place to warm up. 

Watch the ECC web site for change of plans in the event of freezing rain or serious bad weather. Or text Paul at 416 571 6175.

Reminder – Hamilton Museum of Steam Technology Sunday February 23rd

Reminder: Our outing to the Steam Museum is this Sunday, February 23rd. The Steam Museum is located at 900 Woodward Ave, Hamilton. Take the QEW over the Burlington Skyway. After crossing the skyway bridge, take the first exit to the right which is Woodward Ave. Turn left at the end of the ramp, cross over Nikola Tesla Blvd. The museum driveway is the first on the left after crossing the bridge. Google Maps says driving time from QEW/427 is roughly 40 minutes. Our booking begins at 10:30 AM. We have exclusive use of the facility until the public opening at noon. Tripods are allowed until 12 noon, but to protect the wood floors in the powerhouse (which date from 1859) please ensure that they are kept on the carpeted areas, or bring something soft to place under the legs. Our photo permit allows us to photograph for non-commercial use only. If anyone has not registered, there is still time to sign up to attend. Contact Paul at I will collect admission at the door – as we have met the minimum number, the cost will be about $6 per person I have cc’d those who gave their email – If anyone is looking for others to carpool with, you can reply via Reply All and see who might be interested. Hope to see you there!

Alley Walk – Wednesday January 22 2020

What: Alley Walk and Photo Exhibit

When: Wednesday January 22nd, 9:30 AM

Where: Meet on the Southwest corner Bloor and Spadina. If coming by car – There is a city parking lot south of Bloor between Lippincott and Borden, which is east of Bathurst and west of Spadina. TTC may be easier.

We will have time to take in Theresa Bryson’s exhibit at the Miles Nadal JCC, then do a tour of alleyways between Spadina and Palmerston Aves. Coffee on Bloor. Lots of street art – some just recently painted – and quaint architecture and “detail shots” in some very pretty back alleys.

Sunday February 9 – Southern Ontario Orchid Society

Here’s an opportunity for floral and macro photography.

Where: 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto – Toronto Botanical Garden

When: Sunday February 9th 9-11 AM

What: Southern Ontario Orchid Society – Annual Show and Sale – 9,000 square feet of orchids on display

Admission price of $20 allows photographers advance access before the show opens to the public at 11AM. Use of Tripods is permitted until 11AM; at that time tripods must be packed away but the admission remains valid for the public session.

Purchase your ticket in advance – before February 8th – directly from the SOOS Website at 

Let’s plan for lunch at the Edwards Garden Cafe, right next door.

February 23 – Hamilton Steam Museum

What: Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology

When: Sunday February 23 10:30 AM

Where: 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton (take QEW – Woodward is the first exit after crossing the Skyway Bridge)

The Hamilton Museum of Steam is an exquisitely-preserved 1859 steam water pumphouse, the original Hamilton Waterworks. 

We have an exclusive booking from 10:30AM – 12:00. Admission will depend on numbers attending but is likely to be roughly $10-$12 Admission remains valid when the museum opens to the public at 12:00 noon.

Tripods with soft feet (rubber or bring coasters) can be used until the museum opens to the public at 12:00.

This is a great place for macro photography, machinery and industrial photography, and architectural photography. The museum grants access to photography for non-commercial purposes only.

To ensure we meet the minimum number for the booking, please confirm your attendance with Paul Cordingley either by email or at the Monday meetings.