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Hike Leader Training

Do you want to lead your own group hikes?


When Hike Leader training is available we will post information about it on this page.  



GVTA Hike Leader Certification Requirements

  • Be a member in good standing with the Grand Valley Trail Association
  • Attend a training workshop by the GVTA to learn the standards of hike leadership
  • Apprentice on 3 already scheduled hikes by a certified hike leader
  • Be certified in Basic First Aid and CPR by either the Red Cross or St. John’s Ambulance
  • Be able to plan, publish and lead a hike for the GVTA with a certified hike leader as end person/sweep.
  • Lead at least 3 hikes per year to maintain certification
  • Practice the Trail Users’ Code
  • Be organized and able to complete administrative work (Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk, Incident Report)


Working Toward Hike Leader Certification

A GVTA Board of Directors Goal


The GVTA supports the concept of setting standards of hike leading. In addition, liability issues have led insurance companies to recommend that hiking associations across Ontario provide certification for hike leaders. The GVTA has taken the initiative, as have a growing number of hiking groups, by offering hike leader training and first-aid/CPR courses. In addition to Hike Leader Training offered by the GVTA Hike Ontario has a Hike Leader Certification Program.


The Board of Directors would like to thank and welcome all volunteer hike leaders for their energetic approach to planning and leading hikes. Guided hiking and other outdoor activities are published quarterly in the GVTA newsletter and in the members section of the website.

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