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Upcoming hikes / Events January 2018


Thursday January 25th, 2018  Hiking: Iron Horse Trail, Park to Park 6 to 11km ♦︎

Easy walking, moderate pace. Up to 11 km out and back, choose your distance. 

Join us for this easy walk along the paved and level Iron Horse Trail. Parks, woods and paths through the heart of the cities. 
Leader: Bett 
Depart 10am from Waterloo park, at the splash pad / Lions Lagoon - enter off Young St from Albert St. Map link:
Follow the Iron Horse Trail from Waterloo Park to Victoria Park and on to Ottawa St. Kitchener. 
Map link: 
Lunch options include City Cafe bakery on Victoria St. or Ottawa St., or the Working Centre downtown Kitchener.



Saturday, January 27, 2018. 12th Annual Cross-Country and Snowshoe outing at Highland Nordic, Duntroon.

Travel time is approximately 2 hours

Charles Whitlock (GVTA) 519-742-7435 or mobile: 519-505-6298. Email:

Depart: Skiers will be picked up in Waterloo, at Conestoga Mall. ­Please arrive before 8:00 am. Park vehicles at the south-west corner of the mall, south of The Bay. Please park as far away from the building as possible.

The 12th annual ski trip to Highlands Nordic (, courtesy of the WRNSC and the Grand Valley Trails Association, will be on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Travel will be aboard a very comfortable Ayr’s coach bus.

Highlands is a great family destination, with 24 km of impeccably groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. Novice to expert skiers will find a trail to match their abilities. For a different pace, there’s also 7 km of snowshoe trails and a toboggan hill (bring your own toboggan, but no GT Racers or stand-on sleds). The ski centre also provides ski equipment rentals (both classic and skate), pro and service shops (they’ll even wax your skis), change rooms, waxing facilities and a full service cafeteria that offers hot soup and sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and fresh baked goods.

Trip cost includes bus fare and ski trail fee. The fee is non-refundable, unless the trip is cancelled. Advance registration is required. Registration and payment deadline is Sunday, January 14th.

Fee, inclusive of bus and trail for GVTA/Guelph/Avon/Thames members: Adults - $48; Children over 6 and Youths (18 and under) - $40; Fee for adults non-members is $55.

Make your cheque payable to the Grand Valley Trail Association, and mail it to:  Charles Whitlock, 210 Simeon Street, Kitchener, ON N2H 1T1.  Please include the number of participants, with their names, age group, contact phone # (mobile preferred) and e-mail address.

Skiers will be picked up in Waterloo, at Conestoga Mall. ­Please arrive before 8:00 am. Park vehicles at the south-west corner of the mall, south of The Bay. Please park as far away from the building as possible.

The approximate arrival time back to K-W is 5-6 pm (dependent on road/weather conditions).

To reserve your seats, contact Charles Whitlock at


Upcoming hikes / Events Febuary 2018



Upcoming hikes / Events March 2018


Saturday, March 17, 2018. Certified Hike Leader Course.


Hike Ontario, in partnership with the Grand Valley Trails Association, is offering a one-day Certified Hike Leader training course on Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Elmira.  GVTA will cover the costs for any person holding a current GVTA membership and willing to lead GVTA hikes. Registration is now open on-line through EventBrite at:


This course is provincially recognized and designed to give those interested in leading hikes the necessary knowledge to plan, advertise and safely lead day hikes within 2 kilometers of access to Emergency Medical Services support.


Course content includes:


Planning a Group Hike
Leadership Styles & Responsibilities
Risk Management
Utilizing Maps & Trail Guides
Environmental Appreciation


All course participants receive a manual covering the entire course content.

Cost: $60.00*  (PLEASE NOTE: This course is for experienced hikers)


Please contact Charles Whitlock, for the no-charge promotional code when registering for the course or for other related information. There are only 10 seats available.












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