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Upcoming Hikes / Events May 2017

 

Thursday. May 18th, 2017 St. Jacob's Circuit   Moderate terrain and speed. About 8km

Leader : Bett  bettfitzpatrick@gmail.com ♦︎ Depart 9:30 from the far back of the parking lot by the river, off Albert St.  From KW heading north through St. Jacob's take the last road to the right before the bridge, which is  Albert St. and follow it to the parking lot. Go to the far end where you will see the trail. Allow time for market traffic and probable construction in St. Jacob's  43.539112, -80.549711 Map link:  https://goo.gl/maps/TS5vQLEb6R52   Circuit includes river trails, St. Jacob's, and the dam. Muddy spots possible, boots recommended. Bring water and snack. Lunch locally, possibly the Harvest Moon afterwards

 

Friday May 19 to Monday May 22, 2017. Victoria Day Weekend in the Lower Bruce Peninsula  15km/day

Leader: Greg Vincent ♣︎ (519) 579-8210 or email:  vincent.greg@gmail.com

The Spring flowers will welcome us to the trails of the Lower Bruce Peninsula. We stay and have our meals at a comfortable resort at Red Bay. Each day we will hike the Bruce Trail and its side trails to form loops with great views of Georgian Bay and its islands. The carpet of trilliums is the best along the length of the Bruce Trail. This outing is restricted to those joining us at Wildwood Resort for the weekend. Please contact Wildwood for a reservation 1-800-697-8550.

 

Saturday, May 27, 2017 – Jesuit Centre-Guelph Lake Loop. Level 2. Pace: 3-4 km/h. ~12 km

Leader: Jamie Hember  ♣︎ 519-745-1375.

Depart at 10:30 a.m. from the workshop/farm parking lot (or near it) at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph. This walk follows footpaths along Marden Creek and the Speed River to Guelph Lake and Dam where we have lunch (weather permitting). We return on the Royal Recreation Trail, pass through part of Riverside Park (bring some cash in case the concession stand is open & you like ice cream) and then return to the Jesuit Centre via the tranquil and picturesque Marymount Cemetery. Sturdy hiking boots recommended. Bring water and lunch. Directions: At the intersection of Woodlawn Rd and Woolwich St, Guelph (cemetery on right) turn left and follow Hwy 6 for about 0.7 km. Immediately past the entrance to Marymount Cemetery turn left into the Jesuit Centre (43.571052, -80.280388). Follow the Jesuit Centre road past the first building (on left) and watch for signs for the Workshop (Ignatius Farm 43.570647, -80.285652) to the left or more parking straight ahead at 43.571708, -80.285656. Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes for more information and last-minute changes.

 

Tuesday, May 30 at 7 pm: GVTA Annual General Meeting at the Edelweiss Tavern, 600 Doon Village Road, Kitchener

Business Meeting, Social & Guest Speaker

The guest speaker, Anne Crowe, will speak about the initiative to create a multi-use trail all along the Grand River.

To help in the planning of the AGM, please RSVP by Friday, May 19 by emailing acotekennedy@gmail.com

 

Upcoming Hikes / Events June 2017

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017 – Crawford Lake Loop. Level 2-3. Pace: 3-4 km/h. ~ 12 km

Jamie Hember  ♣︎  519-745-1375.

Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the Bruce Trail parking spot on Twiss Road at km 102.5, B.T. Map 11, Ed. 28.0 (43.447993, -79.953740). Parking is limited to six vehicles so car-pooling is required. We walk 2.5 km of the Bruce Trail through the rugged Crawford Forestry Tract and see if anyone can spot the walking ferns. Crossing Guelph Line and entering Crawford Lake C. A., we start a 7-km loop continuing the Bruce Trail along the west edge of Nassagaweya Canyon with views of the Milton Outlier. This time we will not descend into the canyon and walk over to Rattlesnake C. A. We circle back past the Crawford Lake Visitor Centre, view the spectacular, larger than life wooden carvings, and walk around the meromictic lake. Then we retrace our first 2.5 km back to Twiss Rd. Sturdy hiking boots are required and hiking pole(s) are suggested. Bring lots of water and lunch. Directions: From Hwy 401 take exit 312 (south). Almost immediately turn right

onto Reid Side Road & proceed 1.3 km, turn left onto Twiss Road & proceed about 5.1 km. Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes for more information and last-minute changes.

 

 

June 9 to June 11, 2017. The 15th Annual Excellent Orchid Adventure - 10km/day

Leader: Greg Vincent ♣︎ (519) 579-8210 or email:  vincent.greg@gmail.com

Please join Jeanette and Greg as we explore the Tip o’ the Bruce, Tobermory in search of orchids and other flowers. Our search will extend to Flower Pot Island (cost approx. $50.00 for the glass bottom ferry and Parks Canada fee)

The wildflowers in the Tobermory area at this time of year are wonderful and our slow paced walks will focus on these flowers and the area’s great views. We stay and have our meals at a comfortable hotel overlooking Little Tub Harbour.

This outing is restricted to those staying with us at the Princess Hotel in Tobermory for the weekend - the hotel fills quickly. You will need a car to access this outing. Please contact the Princess for a reservation 1-877-901-8282.

 

 

Saturday, June 10, 2017 – Health Valley/Avon Trail, St. Jacobs. Level 2. Pace: 2-3 km/h. ~ 8 km

Leader: Jamie Hember  ♣︎  519-745-1375.

Depart at 9:00 a.m. from the parking lot behind the St. Jacobs Fire Hall, 3 Water Street (Google Maps 43.539146, -80.549918). We will walk along the Conestogo River and Martin Creek for about 4 km and return the same route. This footpath is one of the popular Woolwich Township trails and exists due to the generosity of landowners. The trail is maintained by Woolwich volunteers and members of the Avon Trail. Bring water and sturdy hiking footwear is suggested (no sandals). Directions: Enter St. Jacobs from Waterloo on King St., turn east (right) onto Albert St. East. Travel about 0.2 km & just before Albert St bends right to become Water St. follow the parking signs into the parking lot (north side of firehall) & drive to the back of the parking lot to the trail head. Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes for more information and last-minute changes.

 

Saturday, June 17th, 2017. Thames Valley Trail End-to-End Hike # 3/6-Oxford Street West to Greenway Park. Thames Valley Trail Map # 3.  Distance 20.5 kms. Pace 4 kms/hr. GPS, in the area of, 42.973796, -81.272559

Leaders: Charles Whitlock ♣︎ 519-742-7435  walkaway.treks@sympatico.ca; Jim Vanderlip ♣︎ 416-925-9134 7-10 pm  jvanderlip@sympatico.ca

Depart: 9.00 am, from the parking area in Greenway Park in the City of London. The meeting point is on Greenside Avenue to the north of  Springbank Drive. This parking lot is slightly less than 1 (one) kilometre west of Wharncliffe Road. GPS 42.973796, -81.272559

This is the 3rd of 6 hikes on the TVTA. Today's hike will be through relatively flat parkland hiking with some hilly terrain in Warbler Woods. Today we car shuttle back to the Oxford Street West parking area at Komoka Provincial Park where we finished our hike on April 30th. Shared-parking cost of $15.00/vehicle.  The hike will take us along busy country roads through beautiful Warbler Woods and then along lovely municipal trails alongside the Thames River and passing Storybook Gardens and the sight of the Victoria Boat Disaster. Charles mobile on day of hike 519-505-6298

 

 

Sunday, June 18th, 2017. Thames Valley Trail End-to-End Hike # 4/6 -Greenway to Fanshawe-Thames Valley Trail Maps 3 and 4. Length 19 kms. Pace 4kms/hr GPS 43.032054, -81.190380

Leaders: Charles Whitlock  ♣︎ 519-742-7435  walkaway.treks@sympatico.ca; Jim Vanderlip ♣︎ 416-925-9134 7-10 pm  jvanderlip@sympatico.ca

Depart: 9.00 am, from the Ted Early Sports Centre parking lot on Clarke Road, 700 metres south of Kilally Road and 250 metres south of the entrance to the Fanshawe Conservation Area in the City of London. 

Hike distance is 19 kilometres at a pace of 4 kilometres per hour.

This is the 4th of 6 hikes on the TVTA. Today we car shuttle back to the Greenway Park parking lot where we finished the hike on the 17th of June. The hike today is relatively flat and will follow the Thames River across more of the City of London on municipal trails and streets to finish our 2017 hikes on the Thames Valley Trail at the entrance to the Fanshawe Conservation Area. And you guessed it! The Ted Early parking lot is not on the trail by 250 metres (What a bonus for the ardent hiker). Charles mobile on day of hike 519-505-6298

 

 

Sunday, June 18, 2017 Niagara Glen 10 km

Leader: Greg Vincent  ♣︎ 519-579-8210 or email:  vincent.greg@gmail.com

Depart 10:00 am. Meet for a 10 am departure from the parking lot for the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, 3050 Niagara Parkway, half way between Whirlpool Golf Course and Botanical Gardens. If unsure of this area check Google Maps and leave extra time to find the parking area 

Talk about geology, history, plants, trees, gigantic trees! This hike has them all! The Niagara Glen is located in perhaps the best example of Carolinian Canada beside a raging river, amazing rock formations and a world famous whirlpool. The hike is not long however the path can be challenging and slippery, trekking poles a good idea. You will need hiking boots. Remember that we descend into the Glen which means that after the Whirlpool we must ascend out of the Glen. You will need a car to access this hike.

 

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017. Car hike Level 3. Peninsula Club, Lions Head Region (Map 39) 18.6 kms Pace: 4km/hr. Terrain: Challenging. Car Shuttle. No drop outs. Sturdy hiking shoes. Bring swimsuit (optional)

Depart: 9.00 AM. Map 39 at km 104.6 (GPS: 45.108700, -81.311953)

Leader: Charles Whitlock ♣︎ 519-742-7435 walkaway.treks@sympatico.ca

Do join me for two days of walking along Georgian Bay. Come and explore our vast and varied Peninsula section. We will have an opportunity to swim and relax on the shores of Georgian Bay. This is a rugged and remote trail with rough terrain. Sturdy walking footwear is required. Do bring lots of water and bug dope. Bring swimsuit (optional). Poison Ivy may be present. Car shuttle in effect to start of hike. We will start our walk from Richardson Side Road (45.02046, -81.28379) and travel north.

Directions: From Ferndale head north on Hwy 6 to Lindsay Road 5. Turn right. Pass Cherry Hill Road to stop sign. Turn left on East Street. Drive towards Cape Chin North Road turning right to destination. Look for a bald headed hike leader!

Bruce Trail Waiver sheets will be used. We welcome all hike-leaders in training associated with Hike Ontario.

 

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017. Car hike. Level 3. Peninsula Club, Dyer’s Bay. Maps 39/40.

18 kms. Pace 4/km/hr. Terrain: Challenging. Car Shuttle. No drop outs. Sturdy hiking shoes. Bring swimsuit (optional)

Depart: 9.00 AM. Map 39 (ed28.0) at km 104.6 (GPS 45.108700, -81.311953)

Leader: Charles Whitlock ♣︎  519-742-7435 walkaway.treks@sympatico.ca

This portion of Georgian Bay is one of my favourites. Why? I spend most of my summer time walking these trails that offer great vistas. Join me as we visit the tiny but popular hamlet of Dyer’s Bay, the Michiganders Arc, Cottrill Lake Side Trail, Lille Potholes and a swim at Devil’s Monument. This is a rugged and remote trail with rough terrain. Sturdy walking boots are required. Bring swimsuit (optional). Bring lots of water and bug dope. Poison Ivy will be present. Car shuttle in effect to start of hike to Lindsay Road 40 at GPS 45.19208, -81.34352

Bruce Trail Waiver sheets will be used. We welcome all hike-leaders in training associated with Hike Ontario.

Directions: (Same as June 24, 2016) From Ferndale head north on Hwy 6 to Lindsay Road 5. Turn right. Pass Cherry Hill Road to stop sign. Turn left on East Street. Drive towards Cape Chin North Road turning right to destination. Look for a bald headed hike leader!

 

 

 

 
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