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Upcoming Hikes / Events September 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Powerline Road-Paris Loop. Level 2/3. Moderate pace (~3 km/h). 10 km
Leader: Jamie Hember 519-745-1375.
Departure Location and Time: Depart at 10:30 a.m. from the parking lot at the end of Powerline Rd (km 53.3, GVTA Map 8, Ed. 7.0 at coordinates 43.174462, -80.351088).
Description: The walk takes us along the GVT into and through the village of Paris. Paris: “the cobblestone capital of Canada”, famous for its local gypsum deposits (plaster of Paris) and is built around the confluence of the Nith River with the Grand River. We will stop at The Cedar House Grill & Martini Bar (12 Broadway St West) for lunch (menu) and then return to Powerline Rd via the S.C. Johnson Trail (rail trail). Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes/ for updates, last-minute changes and possible cancellations.
Upcoming Hikes / Events October 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017 – Spier/Shand Dam/Belwood. Level 2/3. Moderate pace (~3 km/h). 12 km
Leader: Jamie Hember 519-745-1375.
Departure Location and Time: Depart at 9:00 a.m. near Belwood Hall, 36 Queen St, Belwood (before km 30.4, GVTA Map 14, Ed.7.0 at coordinates 43.791372, -80.322609).
Description: This event is a linear, car-shuttle hike along parts of the Elora Cataract Trailway and the Grand Valley Trail. Please arrive with room in your car for at least two passengers and their gear. After the shuttle, we walk from Spier (km 22.3, GVTA Map 14, Ed.7.0) to the Shand Dam (built in 1942) before heading to the village of Belwood along the west side of the reservoir. Optional lunch at Super Snax (location / website / lunch menu) in Belwood. Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes/ for updates, last-minute changes and possible cancellations.
Friday, October 13, Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, 2017 - Bruce Penninsula National Park.Celebrate Canada 150 with a weekend trip walking the trails f the National Park at the “Tip o’ the Bruce” Tobermory.
Leader: Greg and Jeanette Vincent 519-579-8210 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hikevincent.wordpress.com
Departure Location and Time: Contact Leaders at above contact information.
Description: We will walk the “Grotto” and along the Georgian Bay shore. If the ferry is still running we will visit Flower Pot Island. We arrive Friday 13 October at our comfortable hotel overlooking Little Tub Harbour in Tobermory where we stay and have our meals for two nights. The walks will not be fast, lots to see and photograph. You will need a car to access this weekend.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Pinnacle Hill-Upper Doon Loop, Kitchener. Level 2/3. Pace: 2-3 km/h. 10 km
Leader: Jamie Hember 519-745-1375.
Departure Location and Time: Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the Walter Bean Grand River Trail parking lot at the intersection of Homer Watson Blvd & Doon South Dr (43.389818, -80.421629).
Description: This walk takes us to great heights in the Pinnacle Hill Natural Area, through Topper Woods, along community trails & boardwalks in Doon Creek N.A. before circling back along old Tilt Dr (closed & now a trail) on the eastern portion of the Strasburg Creek drainage system and then into Upper Doon. There will be hilly spots so the pace will be slow to moderate to accommodate the group. Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring water and a snack. Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes/ for updates, last-minute changes and possible cancellations.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Toronto, Tommy Thompson Park/ Leslie St. Spit “there and back” Leisurely Pace (No Pets)
Leaders: Greg Vincent email@example.com and Jeanette Vincent firstname.lastname@example.org
Departure Location and Time: 9:30 am at 1 Leslie St. Toronto, the entrance of Tommy Thompson Park .
Description: Walking on Lake Ontario! Today we will walk the length of Tommy Thompson Park out into Lake Ontario on the Leslie St. Spit. This “Spit” has been made from building rubble from an ever growing Toronto. Excellent views of Toronto and the Lake along our walk.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 2nd Annual Wildwood Circle. Moderate pace (~3.5km/h). 22 km
Hike organized by Avon Trail. Registration required - more information here
Upcoming HIkes / Events November 2017
Thursday, 16 November 2017. Trailblazing, Women in Canada since 1867.
Cultural & 12-kilometer Hiking Outing. Pub stop afterwards. Organized by the Niagara Bruce Trail Club, Brant Pedlars and Grand Valley Trails Association.
Leader: Charles Whitlock: (GVTA) 519-742-7435 or RSVP by Wednesday, November 6, 2017 to: email@example.com
Departure Time and Location: 10.00 AM. GVTA Map 9 at kms 9.3 on Alps Road, Cambridge. Ample parking at no charge. No washrooms. GPS: 43.326490, -80.386530. We will car shuttle to the start of the trail located in Glen Morris, Brant County. GPS 43.276311, -80.346245. Pota-Potty on site. No charge for parking.
Directions to meeting place: on Alps Street from Niagara Region. From Alexander Graham Bell Pkwy take ON24 going north to Glen Morris in Brant county. Follow Glen Morris Rd East to East River Road/County Rd 14/Regional Rd 14. Take Glen Morris Road West/County Rd 28 & Dumfries Rd/Regional Road 47 to Alps Road, turning right on Alps Rd.
Directions to meeting place on Alps Street from Waterloo Region. From Roseville travel, east on regional Rd 46 to Dunfries Rd/Regional Rd 47. Travel south turning left on Alps Road.
Description: Join the Niagara Bruce Trail Club, The Brant Pedlars and GVTA for this joint event. At the end of our hike we will visit the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village.
The exhibit at the Waterloo Museum explores what it means to be a woman in Canada throughout our 150-year history. The exhibit examines how women’s roles have transformed politics, work and everyday life. Adjacent to the museum is Doon Heritage Village, a “picturesque 60 acres living history village” where knowledgeable interpreters dressed in authentic 1914 clothing will be happy to help you explore this village. After the Museum, we will finish our day at the Edelweiss Tavern for refreshments and good cheer.
Cost: In the range of $10.00. Final price to be announced.
Upcoming Hikes / Events December 2017
Judging of our photo contest occurs during Holiday Season Dinner (see below).
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Saturday, December 2, 2017 - Grand Valley Trail, Map: 8. Paris, Ontario. Distance 10 kms, Level 2. Moderate pace at 3/4km/hrs.
Lunch in Paris at Cedar House Grill & Martini Bar. Oh la la…
Leader: Charles Whitlock Phone: 519-742-7435. Mobile 519-505-6298 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Departure Time and Location: 9:30 am. Meet at kms 59.4 Map 8 (ed.7.0). Cambridge-Paris Trail parking lot, off Willow St/East River Rd (Rd14) west of Green Lane (Rd55). GPS: 43.203970, -80.373060.
Description: Car shuttle to start of hike. Pre-registration for lunch by November 24, 2017 to hike leader.
We will walk along the Grand River from Paris to Glen Morris. The entire ridge along this portion of trail is “end moraine”. End moraines are ridges of glacial drift that would have been formed at the edge of ice-sheet. Moraines are rolling landforms, higher than the surrounding countryside.
Bring snacks, beverages and your favorite pair of comfortable walking shoes. Be weather-aware and dress accordingly.
Sunday, December 10th, 2017 GVTA’s Holiday Season Dinner at Rockway Golf Club
More details will be posted nearer to the event. Save the date on your calendar.