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Upcoming Hikes / Events April 2017

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Upper Doon/Pinnacle Hill Loop. Level 2/3. Pace: 2-3 km/h. 9 km

Leader: Jamie Hember ♣︎  519-745-1375.

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). The loop walk takes us to great heights in the Pinnacle Hill Natural Area (N. A.), through Topper Woods, along community trails & boardwalks in Doon Creek N.A. before circling back along closed Tilt Dr on the eastern portion of the Strasburg Creek drainage system and 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. Note that this walk is a repeat of the first component of the hike on April 8th. Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes for more information and last-minute changes.

 

Friday, April 14 to Monday, April  17, 2017 Easter at the Susquehannock Lodge.

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

 The Lodge is located in North Central Pennsylvania on Route 6 between Coudersport and Galeton, 1 mile east of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. There is no agriculture or industry in the area just great state forests, with good trails. Daily hikes of 15 km are lead on these trails. A highlight is the loop trail around the north rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The Lodge provides good accommodation and excellent meals for $70 to 75 USD per day. Please call Carol at 814-435-2163 for a reservation. More information and driving directions on hikevincent.wordpress.com 

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Doon to Kitchener via German Mills. Level 2. Pace: 3-4 km/h. 9 km

Leader: Jamie Hember  ♣︎ 519-745-1375. This walk involves a car shuttle.

Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the designated parking lot at McLennan Park, 901 Ottawa St S, Kitchener. Use the Ottawa Street entrance (43.422223, -80.490776) and drive southward to the second parking lot (43.418328, -80.486397) near the children’s wading pool & washrooms. The linear walk is through portions of Homer Watson Park (Cressman’s Woods), under (new) Manitou Dr. in ol’ German Mills, along Balzer Road Trail and returns to Mt. Trashmore (McLennan Park). Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring an adequate water supply. Note that this walk is a repeat of the second part of the hike on April 8th. Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes for more information and last-minute changes.

 

Saturday April 22, 2017 - GVTA-Pinnacle Section - Grand Valley Trail, Pinnacle. Map: 13. Distance 10 kms,   Level Moderate. 3/4km/hr pace. Duration 3/4 hours.

Leaders: Nick & Anita Kuret  ♣︎  Phone: 519-740-1449 or nickkuret@yahoo.ca

Depart: 9:30 am. Meet at the Elora community centre at 9:30am (GPS 43.683083,-80.435662) and car-pool to km 00 Middlebrock.

Hike along the Grand River, meadows, forest and the scenic Elora Gorge.

Hiking boots a must; bring water and a snack.

 

 

Sunday, April 23, 2017.  Kissing Bridge Trailway - 20km

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

Depart 9:00 am. Meet for a 9:00am departure where the railtrail crosses Regional Road 21/Arthur St. 500 metres north of the main intersection in Elmira. Ask Google Maps if unsure of the area.

Today we hike from outside of Guelph to Elmira. Good views of rich Ontario farmland. We should see Spring flowers along the way. We will cross the Grand River on the covered Kissing Bridge.

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017 Dundurn Castle Tour and Hamilton Waterfront Trail 9.3  km

Leaders: Anne Lowe ♣︎   519-893-6308 a.lowe@sympatico.ca ; Petra Suffling ♣︎ 519-487-4837 petrasuffling@gmail.com

Meet at the Deer Ridge Plaza, King St E. at the south end of Kitchener. Park behind the Tim Horton’s for an 8:30 am car pool departure.  A one hour guided tour of Dundurn Castle is scheduled for 10 am. Afterwards the grounds of the castle can be explored followed by a nearby hike of the Hamilton Waterfront Trail, 9.3 km. The terrain is waterfront level and has lovely views in nice weather. It can be exposed to sun, wind and rain.

Bring lunch, water and appropriate apparel for the weather. 

 Advance registration and a $9.00 tour fee are required. A minimum number for the tour to go ahead is 15.

Make your cheque payable to the Grand Valley Trail Association and mail it to: Anne Lowe 23 Guerin Ave. Kitchener, ON   N2A 1S9  by April 15th.

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017- End-to-End Hike #1/6 Thames Valley Trail-Southdel Road to Sharon Creek-Thames Valley Trail Map # 1. Length -19 kms/ Pace 4 K/hr. Relatively flat terrain with rural road walking.  GPS 42.885600, -81.40155

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 meeting point at the off-road parking area at the Sharon Creek Conservation Area on Springer Road south of the Village of Delaware to the west of the city of London. GPS 42.885600, -81.40155

Join Charles and Jim for another end-to-end in southern Ontario. We will hike for two weekends in the Spring of 2017 and one weekend in the Spring of 2018 to complete a walk along the lovely Thames River through the countryside of Middlesex County and the communities of London and St. Mary's.

This is the first of six (6) hikes to complete an end-to-end of the Thames Valley Trail from its junction with the Elgin Trail to its terminus at the junction with the Avon Trail in St. Mary's. We will be hiking the trail from south to north.

Today we car shuttle back to the southern terminus of the trail on Southdel Road and return to the Sharon Creek Conservation Area.  (GPS: 42.814852, -81.339771) Charles mobile on day of hike 519-505-6298

 

Sunday, April 30, 2017 Thames Valley Trail End-to-End Hike # 2/6 Sharon Creek to   Komoka Provincial Park, Gideon Drive entrance. Thames Valley Trail Map # 2.  Length 16.5 kms Pace-4 Kms/hr. GPS approximately 42.95307, -81.38415

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 Komoka Provincial Park on the north side of Gildeon Drive. From the intersection of Glendon/Oxford Street and Woodhull Road, just east of Kilworth turn south and travel 800 m on Woodhull. Turn south-west (right) on Gildeon Drive for 800 m. GPS 42.95307, -81.38415. Shared-parking cost of $15.00/vehicle.

We will car shuttle to the Sharon Creek Conservation Area where we completed our hike on the 22nd of April. This car hike will involve some road walking with gentle hilly areas in off-road conservation areas and Komoka Provincial Park.

This is hike 2nd of 6 to complete the Thames Valley Trail End-to-end. Charles mobile on day of hike 519-505-6298

 

Upcoming Hikes / Events May 2017

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Carolinian Crest Loop. Level 2. Pace: 3-4 km/h. ~ 14 km

Leader: Jamie Hember  ♣︎   519-745-1375.

Depart at 10:30 a.m. (note deviation from usual time) from the parking lot at the end of Powerline Rd (43.174480, -80.351000). Refer to GVTA Map 8, Ed. 7 km 53.3. This walk takes us along parts of the S.C. Johnson Trail (rail trail) and the Grand Valley Trail with views of the Grand River. Bring water, a packed lunch and a camera. Weather permitting, we will eat lunch on the edge of the Grand River. Near the river parts of the trail tend to be wet so quality hiking boots are suggested. Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes for more information and last-minute changes.

 

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017 GEO TIME TRAIL WALKABOUT for the Layperson

Janice Bock. ♣︎ No phone provided. You may contact Charles Whitlock 519-742-7435

Depart 11.00 am   (Jane's Walk Weekend)  Duration: 1 hr 40 mins

Do you know when the dinosaurs lived on Planet Earth?  What happened to them?  How old is the rock on the Waterloo Moraine?  This 4.5 km loop is for all ages.

Janice Bock is self-taught and will keep the language simple.  She has led a half dozen hikes on the Geo Trail in the last six months.

 

Walkability--some rolling hills.  You need to be able to walk 4.5 km in this time on our loop trail.

 

Parking--Columbia W becomes Sundew after the traffic circle.  Follow to lot beside 582 Sundew.

 

Start--Sign 16 on trail.  From parking lot and kiosk follow the pond past signs 1, 18 and 17.  At end of pond turn right down a short hill to Sign 16.  We will walk the loop clockwise 16, 15, 14........

 

Sunday, May 7, 2017. Navigation Course: Map, Compass & GPS. See Trail Marking advertisement for details.

For more information contact Charles Whitlock at walkaway.treks@sympatico.ca

 

Sunday, May 7, 2017 Kissing Bridge Trailway - 15km

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

Depart 9:00 am. Meet for a 9:00am departure where the rail-trail crosses Regional Road 21/Arthur St. 500 metres north of the main intersection in Elmira. Ask Google Maps if unsure of the area.

Today we hike from outside of Linwood to Elmira. Good views of rich Ontario farmland. We should see Spring flowers along the way. 

 

Saturday May 13, 2017 - Bruce Trail -Speyside area - Bruce Trail. Map: 12 Bruce Trail 28th addition . 12 km, Level Moderate 3/4km/hr pace. Duration: 3/4 hours.

Leader: Nick & Anita Kuret ♣︎  Phone: 519-740-1449 or nickkuret@yahoo.ca

Depart: 9:30 am.  Directions: Take 401 East, exit #320 in Milton, follow Hwy.25 North for 8 plus km to Speyside. At the traffic light turn left (15 Side road) for 300m, parking lot is on the left hand side. (GPS 43.578087, -79.077134) We will car-pool to the beginning of the hike.

We will hike up to the edge of the escarpment, there are splendid views of Kelso, Milton and Toronto. Walk through some crevasse and over the Dufferin Quarry Bridge. Hiking boots a must, hiking-pools a benefit. Must be able to hike 4 hours. It might be a hot day, bring lots of water and lunch.

 

  

Sunday, May 14, 2017 – Mother’s Day Huron Natural Area Loop Walk. Level 2. Pace: 2-3 km/h. ~ 9 km

Leader: Jamie Hember ♣︎ 519-745-1375.

Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the parking lot at 801 Trillium Dr., Kitchener  (43.398943, -80.481975). If you have never been to the HNA, you have missed a gem. It is part of the Strasburg Creek watershed. We should see some spring wild flowers and other wildlife. At one point, we leave the HNA by passing through the Neutral Nation Archaeological Protected Area, along a community trail in a new housing development and on to the historic Huron Road. In 1856 George Davidson planned to build the village of New Aberdeen in this location. We return to the HNA and complete the loop following a different path to the cars. This walk will be at a medium pace (not fast). Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes for more information and last-minute changes.

 

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.

 

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 43.018790, -81.183321

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. GPS 43.018790, -81.183321

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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