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Volume 40, #1 - March, 2012
wells. Thinning these trees will promote the growth of maple and ash saplings. The goal includes keeping the vista open so Guelph is visible from the hill’s high point.
Blackbridge to Lake Road, January 15, 2012 Due to uncooperative weather, what was originally to be a crosscountry ski or snowshoe outing on Section 3 of the Speed River Trail, turned into a pleasant hike for an energetic group. Photo courtesy of Bill Mungall, who also led the hike.
Starkey Trail Update By Kathy Somers Expect to see work on this trail and forest in 2012. The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) will be thinning the Starkey forest over the next couple of years. The plan is to thin every decade, moving toward a more naturalistic forest that favours regeneration of native species and diversification that improves its health and its value to us and wildlife. The Eastern White pine planted in 1972 gave quick protection of groundwater sources feeding Guelph’s
Do you remember the interpretive posts that were along this trail and the paper maps stocked in the box at the trail entrance? We still have some of these maps. The posts will be reinstated this spring with eleven interpretive stations explaining the surroundings. There will also be QR codes on the posts, enabling people with smart phones to read the interpretative material from our website. The GRCA has received a TD funding grant to address the wet spots on the looptrail and work is planned to begin in early 2012.
This spring our hiking club will have a work party to clean the parking lot of litter and debris. Those on our trail maintenance volunteer list will be contacted. If you’d like to add your name to this list, e-mail Dave at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dates to Remember Saturday, April 28 Doors/Trails Open - Guelph Saturday, May 12 International Trails Day See the Hike Schedule pages for details.
Join us for a SUMMER SOLSTICE POTLUCK PICNIC June 20 at 6:00 pm Riverside Park, Guelph Bring plates, cutlery, lawn chairs and your favourite food dish to share. Coffee and juice will be provided. Evening hikes around the park after we eat.
GHTC Newsletter Vol 40, #1, March, 2012 The GHTC Newsletter, published in March, July and October, is sent to all of the club members, other trail organizations, landowners who provide access for our trails, advertisers and club supporters. Opinions and views expressed in this newsletter are those of the individual writers or advertisers and do not necessarily reflect those of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club executive, members, or affiliated bodies such as Hike Ontario.
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President’s Greetings! I am pleased to report that this winter we have offered more winter hikes than ever. It has been great to see so many of you out enjoying them.
Thank you to our trail captains, hike leaders, volunteers, and executive for all of your hard work on our trails, hikes, and special projects. It’s a privilege to be your president and I look forward to another great year. Happy hiking! Kathy
Last year we found a more competitive rate for our third party liability insurance and the current fee is less of a drain on our resources. This insurer required that our Club adopt a policy that by May, 2012, a certified hike leader organizes and runs each hike (for coverage to be effective on that hike). The majority of our leaders were not certified so we arranged for Hike Ontario to provide a certification course to interested leaders on January 21. Now we have 14 newly certified leaders, bringing our complement to almost two dozen. As an incentive for leaders to use this training, we plan to refund the $25 course fee paid by these leaders after they have lead 3 or more hikes for our Club. If you are interested in being a hike leader, please contact us for more information. Gayle Jeffery has compiled the interesting and varied hike list for this newsletter. After a decade as hike coordinator, Susan Bard has stepped down from this position and Gayle began this role. Thank you so much Sue for the many, many hours you volunteered in this position. There are some other changes made to our Executive at November’s AGM: After her three year term as Secretary, Jane Shifflett is now our Social Activities Coordinator and Christine Bando is our new Secretary. Ben Polley is working on securing more newsletter advertising. Welcome to you all in your new positions! The November theatre hike (a Radial Line Trail hike, then live theatre in Acton) was well enjoyed, and participation doubled for the February theatre hike (an Elora Cataract Trail hike, then Caledon dinner theatre). Jane organized a skating party in January and invites you to join us on June 20 for a Club picnic. Contact her with your suggestions and ideas for future social events. Our Handbooks are running low and we plan to print a new edition of these map books this year.
Some of the happy participants at the Skating Party held this past January.
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Ann Middleton By Lynn Glover After more than three decades of volunteering as section leader for section one of the Radial Line Trail, Ann Middleton has decided to retire. Continuing a lifetime of walking that started with her father on the banks of the Big Head River in Meaford, she joined the Guelph Hiking Trail Club in the early 1970s. Shortly after that, Ann and her husband Sandy went on sabbatical to England where she joined a women’s walking club that saw her hiking as much as 14 miles a day, always stopping at a pub for lunch.
publications, as well as preparing recruitment material for prospective students. She is presently a downtown tour guide for the Guelph Arts Council’s history walks. “Being a section leader has been a great way to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors,” Ann says. “The only things I won’t miss are the soggy Tim Hortons cups and the doggy doo bags.” Stepping into her role as the new section leader for section one is Steve Mercer. With much appreciation the Club would like to thank Ann for her many years as a great volunteer.
It was upon her return that she became section leader, over the years coaxing her friends, husband and grandchildren to help trim shrubs growing over the trail, blaze trees, repair bridges and pick up garbage. Section leaders dispose of everything from beer bottles and cans to building materials, old tires, household garbage, lathe and plaster. Ann once even removed a large orange easy chair. Another sabbatical in the 1990s took her to Christchurch in New Zealand where, again, she joined a walking club. “We hiked the Port Hills, overlooking Christchurch on one side, and on the other Lyttleton Harbour, the site of an ancient volcano, as well as the port where Scott began his ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic. "But the most fun I’ve had hiking,” Ann says, “is doing the Bruce Trail with a group of eight friends over a period of three years. “We were very dilettante hikers, avoiding winter and summer hiking and seldom walking over 14 km a day. We had many adventures, the most memorable being the time we foolishly ignored the weather report. It was just after Christmas and we found ourselves in a remote spot in the Caledon Hills in a lightning storm that quickly degenerated into freezing rain. We got smarter after that.” Ann is a retired information officer from the University of Guelph, a position she held for 25 years. She wrote for @Guelph and other university
Peter Jaspers-Fayer initiated and maintains an events calendar providing an overviewS of club activities with details available by simply clicking on the hike title. In the accompanying article on the facing page, Peter describes how to incorporate this into your own appointment schedule.
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Seeing the GHTC Calendar of Events in Your Own Calendar Software By Peter Jaspers-Fayer Preface: Rather than attempting to type the long address strings below, you should copy/paste them from the online version of the newsletter. Without any installs or additional software, the calendar can be viewed via HTML at: https://firstname.lastname@example.org&ctz=A merica/Toronto&gsessionid=OK (Yes, that's a long string.) Weekly, Monthly, or other views are selectable. You can shortcut the above to your desktop, or to the quick-access bar at the top of your web browser. The iCAL (.ICS) format of the GHTC calendar is at URL: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/qcgpkohjt8i050fn84jap62ma8%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics (In some applications, the above link is sometimes prefaced with webcal://, instead of https://). Many programs can either import (one time) or "subscribe" (i.e. refer to) these ".ICS" files stored on the web. Having your calendar subscribe to it is better, because if the calendar is updated, your copy will be automatically updated too. For example: Google Calendar: - There is a new shortcut at the bottom-right of the HTML formatted version (the first link above - i.e. www.google.com), marked [+Google Calendar]. This will link the GHTC calendar to your own. You can show it individually, or overlaid on top of your own calendar(s). Outlook: If you use a Microsoft "Outlook" calendar, the instructions are at: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/view-and-subscribe-to-internet-calendars-HA010167325.aspx#BM2 University of Guelph Gryph "Zimbra" calendar: In http://mail.uoguelph.ca, - Click on Calendar - Click on the green "+" sign beside the work "Calendars" on the left - In the "Create New Calendar" dialogue that pops up: - Select a colour not in use. - Turn on "Synchronize appointments from remote calendar" - Copy/Paste the calendar's ICS URL above - Click OK Apple MAC: - See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2513
Apple iPad/i-etc.: - See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3634
For some others, see: http://lifehacker.com/399407/how-to-sync-any-desktop-calendar-with-google-calendar and http://chelseahockey.pucksystems.com/page/show/224569-how-to-subscribe-to-your-ical(Yes the latter ends there, even though it looks truncated) Blackberry: - Unfortunately, unless you sync your Blackberry with Google, I can find no method to-date. By the way, there are other calendars out there that you can subscribe to, including sports schedules, astronomical events, and hundreds of others at: http://icalshare.com/ My apologies if this is a bit technical. I volunteer to help anyone who has difficulty with the procedures above. E-mail me at: email@example.com Editors note: A link to the Hiking Schedule can be found at:: www.guelphhiking.blogspot.com/
New versus Old
New Members Night By Kathy Somers
Above and Beyond, a UK outdoor gear and camping speciality shop, report that sales of physical maps are still growing despite the popularity of GPS devices. Even with GPS navigation units decreasing in price, walkers, hikers and campers are still finding it hard to turn their backs on the physical map. Also, battery powered items are not always the most reliable pieces of equipment as they do, inevitably, run out of juice. They might also be dropped and damaged, or crash for no apparent reason. Of course a physical map is not indestructible either, but one can be considerably less careful when handling a good quality map or trail guide, and they never run out of battery power no matter how much they are used. But don't forget to pack a working flashlight just in case your return is delayed until after dark!
Hiking Safety Tips When looking for exercise or adventure, hiking is a highly recommended activity to enjoy regularly with friends and family. However, before setting off, always remember some simple safety tips. 1. Join a group. One of the most important hiking safety tips is never go alone. There are few extreme risks while hiking but there is always some possibility of injury or sudden illness. 2. Know your destination. The main aim is to avoid getting lost so a guide book, map, compass or GPS unit can assist in finding the proper way. 3. Keep hydrated. Water or other fluids such as sports drink, juice or anything that can help replenish energy are essential. Also, pack enough food to last the whole hike. 4. Carry the basics. Bring a lighter or matches, first aid kit, duct tape and a flashlight. Also, never forget your identification and health card. It is important to be properly prepared and to always exercise commons sense.
Some 25 to 30 people attended New Members Night on October 5, 2011. The presentations were on topics requested at New Members Night last year – how to warm up/cool down your muscles before and after hiking, how to walk with poles, and what foods & snacks are best to pack for a hike. Sue Nash from Body Innovations gave a demonstration of how to warm up prior to a hike (doing knee circles, hip circles and a gentle trunk twist), how to cool down after a hike (doing two kinds of calf stretches and quadriceps stretches), and how to walk with poles. Lisa Armstrong, registered dietitian at the Health & Performance Centre, spoke on what to eat before, during and after a hike: • If you will be eating 2 -3 hours before a hike, have a meal or snack consisting of protein and carbs. • If you are eating less than 2 hours before the hike, eat carbohydrates. • If the hike will be an intense workout equivalent to running for 90+ minutes, then avoid foods with fat such as fries, wings, nuts, peanut butter, cheese, etc both before and during the hike. • If the hike lasts only a couple of hours it is not necessary to snack/eat on the hike. • On longer hikes, trail mix and water are good snacks. •Sports drinks are not necessary unless the hike is an intense workout equivalent to a 90+ minute run. • If you will be vigourously exercising the next day, then eat a snack of carbohydrate with a bit of protein within 30 to 45 minutes after the hike, otherwise normal, good eating patterns are fine for refueling the body.
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GHTC Theatre Hike Wow! On November11th, ten people chose to do the first GHTC Theater hike and fully enjoyed all aspects to the highest degree! The hour long hike on Radial Line Trail section 7 was a cardio workout along the glacially developed ravines of Black Creek. It is beautiful here in all seasons and exceptional in the fall. One our hikers, Nils, was a previous manager of this section and he explained the reroutes and shared his knowledge of this trail development.
was good and while we waited for our food we had an extensive, interesting discussion of the play, English history and its personal influences.
The matinee performance of “Lion in Winter” was done well and it was sometimes humourous to see the dysfunctional family development among our “royalty” and how slow mankind is to “learn” from the past. Nils had worked “hands on” with the Acton Town Hall Theater renovation and gave us details of its development and a tour of the “cells” in the former jail on the main floor, formerly the police station. After the theater we walked to the local pub along Bower Street with Nils telling us more about the lovely heritage homes lining this street. The menu GHTC Newsletter - March 2012 - Page.7
Why Walk? By Marilyn McKellar We walk for many reasons, but lately there have been articles about new reasons to walk and interesting new arguments for you to walk or to use with others. Fitness, of course - I don't expect this is a secret to anyone. Walking will take some of that extra flesh and change it into muscles. You may not lose weight, because muscles weigh more than fat, but you will tighten up all those loose bits. And it's the fat that doesn't jiggle which is, it appears, important, so changing that is even better: less risk of heart disease and of diabetes II.
couldn't help with losses even if you walked with people who are not in similar positions. Most of us have losses of one kind or another. And the endorphins are good helpers here too. Walking with others can help solve difficulties between people. And walking is a good meditation to smooth out your knotty problems and give your mind space to expand. Originally published in the Toronto Bruce Trail Club Newsletter and reprinted with kind permission from the author.
Feeling good - Walking makes me happy. I not only feel fitter, I feel happier. This is because exercise produces endorphins and they are the hormones which make you feel contented. They are also the pain-relief hormones, so walking is like acupuncture without needles. Recent studies say that exercising outdoors is linked to reduced levels of stress. Prevention - Walking, as a weight-bearing activity, is known to help prevent osteoporosis. It also helps to prevent heart disease and Type II diabetes. Walking in green spaces is particularly good for you, according to new research, reducing stress, revitalizing, producing positive energy, and decreasing confusion, anger, and depression. Improving balance is another benefit, preventing falls. And staving off aches and pains is a further plus if walking is done with good shoes.
A good turn-out on a great day for the traditional GHTCâ€™s Boxing Day Hike. This year, Jim Hoare led the participants up and around the Starkey Hill trail.
Increased brain power - Physical activity affects the brain more than previously suspected. Walking can slow or prevent loss of grey matter with age and help with new brain cell creation. It also increases blood supply, including oxygen and nutrients, to the brain. And a new study says flat concrete sidewalks are not as good for brain health as uneven surfaces which require more feedback between brain and motion. Healing - Apart from the good things walking does for the back, it is recently being used to help with grieving. This is usually in "mourning walks" organized with other people in a similar situation, but there is no reason why walking outdoors
Clear the Cobwebs, Jan. 1, 2012. Bill Mungall led eight participants around the Sm ith loop. President Kathy provided greetings at the start and goodies at the end. Photo courtesy of Jim Hoare.
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New Mem bers Night - October, 2011. Sue Nash discussed warm ing up and use of poles while Lisa Arm strong talked about nutrition before, during and after hiking.
Kolapore Uplands, October 18, 2011. Bill Mungall led an enthusiastic group on this Valley Bagging Series hike.
The GHTC Kids’ Hike on Decem ber 18 was at Riverside Park. They divided into ‘Tortoise’ and ‘Hare’ groups with Peter Jaspers-Fayer leading the form er and Jim Hoare the latter contingent. Photo courtesy of Jim Hoare. The next Kids Hike is on Sunday, May 6.
Crawford Lake/Rattlesnake Point October 11 th provided splendid weather to hike beautiful trails dressed in glorious fall colours around the Nasagaweya Canyon! The turkey vultures and rock climbers entertained us at our breaks at strategic lookouts. The group, led by Gayle and Sue, lunched at Rattlesnake Point picnic areas while the park crew assembled a campfire for roasting hotdogs and marshmallows (a part of the Conservation Area's "Fall into Nature" weekends)
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Exercise for Brain Gain erobic exercise, the kind that enhances cardiovascular fitness, also helps older people stay sharp. Scientists at the University of Illinois showed that people over 60 who started an aerobic exercise program actually increased their brain volume as seen on MRI scans. This is important since reduced brain volume, a normal feature of aging, is linked to the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia. Related research findings from Brazil reported that in men age 65 to 75, six months of strength training provided cognitive benefits that could be seen in a variety of neuropsychological tests. Those investigators noted that, like aerobic exercise, strength training may improve blood flow to the brain, as well as other factors linked to cognitive improvements.
Some of he best evidence yet of physical brain gains from aerobic exercise came in 2010. One study funded by the National Institute on Aging and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, involved 120 sedentary older people without dementia who either walked briskly for 40 minutes three days a week, or else did stretching and toning exercises. After a year, MRIs revealed that the walking group had increased volume of the hippocampus, the part of the brain involved in memory formation, while the stretching group had normal age-related decreases in brain volume. In spatial memory testing, only the walking group showed improvements. Similarly, scientists at the University of British Columbia found that strength training, in addition to build muscle mass, can also benefit brain function. One of their studies, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2010), involved 155 women age 65 to 75 who did strength training for 40 minutes once or twice weekly for a year. This resulted in improvements in tests of certain cognitive functions which tend to decline with age. A follow-up study published in the same journal last year, reported that some of the cognitive benefits were sustained a year after the formal exercise program ended, at least among the women who remained physically active.
It was thought that some brain shrinkage is almost inevitable in later life, and that the aging brain does not grow new cells. However, this recent research has shown that even moderate exercise can not only keep the brain from shrinking, but may even increase its size, suggesting that exercisers may develop new brain cells and, presumably, connections between them. Such changes should result in a brain that is more efficient and adaptive, therefore less impaired by age-related changes. So keep on HIKING!
Petrol - A Bargain? hink a gallon of gasoline is expensive? A quick look at some comparative costs might perhaps help ease the pain at your next fill-up. Gatorade, 600ml @ $1.50 .= $2.50 per litre. Hortonâ€™s coffee, 400ml @ 1.60 = $4.00 per litre Evian water, 300ml @ $1.50 = $5.00 per litre. This much for WATER - and its not even carbonated? (Evian spelled backwards is Naive!) Pepto Bismol, 160ml @ $2.75 = $18.00 per litre
But have you ever wonder why printers are so cheap? Its so they have you hooked for the ink. PC World magazine reported that at $22 per quarter-ounce, an HP color ink-jet cartridge is more expensive, by weight, than imported Russian caviar. A liter of such ink would cost over $3,000. So, the next time at the pump, be glad your vehicle doesn't run on coffee, bottled water, antacid, or, God forbid, ink!
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GHTC St. Ignatius Trails Hike
Mont Blanc Highlights Hike the best portions of the Mont Blanc Circuit. Stay at the comfortable Chalet Savoy with its superb mountain views and outdoor hot tub. No need to transfer or carry luggage.
Hike the Inca Trail
Sept. 24th was a made-to-order day for hiking the wetland and other trails of this favourite area. We hiked the improved trail adjoining the cemetery, crossing the lovely new stone bridge that was built over a 2 year period and opened last year. It was great for photographs. Many butterflies and birds were flying about the trails, and frogs and crickets serenaded us. We hiked in and out of the woods, along wetlands, pastureland, to the Willow dome and the Old Hermitage, noting the New Hermitage location crossing to the Daffodil Trail and old gravel pit trails.
This stunning trek visits both the base camp and Kala Patar (5643m), a viewpoint recognised as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest.
We saw the clear waters of Marden Creek that were improved when the dam removal allowed return of fish life due to increased movement and lowered river temperature. This also increased turtle egg burial sites in the former pit land, and healthier Creek movement in the former beaver dam sites on the northern property border. We saw apple orchard studies (to improve organic production) as well as a “lessee” plowing his orchard fields on this lovely day. All were informed of the cosmos labyrinth and the regular labyrinth for investigation on another day if desired. Led & reported on by Susan & Gayle
Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit
GHTC Christmas in Elora Hike
Unrivalled history and spectacular scenery. Spend a few days in Cuzco and hike across mountains and through cloud forests, to the lost city of Machu Picchu. Extensions to Lake Titicaca & Amazon.
This special itinerary offers trekkers optimum acclimatisation and captivating views on Africa's highest mountain. Become one of a handful of groups to experience Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit's amazing tranquillity and panoramic scenery.
Galapagos Islands Experience the wildlife of these exotic islands! 10 and 18 day cruises available, as well special hiking itineraries and extensions to the Amazon jungle.
On December 17 th, Norm Sailian led 19 hikers along the Elora Gorge where we paused a number of times to watch four fast water kayakers and one rock climber. The water was high and fast and the temperature cold, yet it did not deter these activities! The river, gorge and Lover’s Leap were all impressive. The hike concluded at the fireside of the Metcalfe pub with hot chocolate, wine, snacks, and good conversation.
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If only I could get off my butt and go on a GHTC hike!
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100 Hikers: 100 Hikes Andrew Camani, an avid hiker and member of the Bruce Trail Concervancy, coerced acquaintances from many Ontario hiking clubs to describe their most memorable hikes. The result is an fascinating and eclectic collection of personal experiences from hikers of many ages, including some GHTC members, with about one-quarter covering the Bruce Trail and the remainder spanning the globe. Although subtitled From Tobermory to Kilimanjaro - the chosen venues range across all continents except Antarctica. Some of the unusual encounters described involve confrontations with rattle-snakes, snapping-turtles and even gorillas. This book of hiking tales, whose proceeds go towards supporting the Bruce Trail Concervancy, would be a great gift for any outdoor enthusiast - so keep it in mind for any upcoming special occasions. Copies can be ordered through the Bruce Trail web site. For a little light chuckle, check out the cover photo background and controversy at: hamilton.openfile.ca/hamilton/file/2011/05/hamiltonauthor-tells-100-hiking-tales
Granola Bars 1a cups rolled oats 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds b cup raisins or cranberries 2 tbsp sunflower seeds ½ cup chopped dates a cup unsweetened coconut ¼ cup brown sugar 1 tsp baking soda ½ bran flakes 3 tbsp honey 1 tsp vanilla 3 tbsp butter/margarine ¼ cup peanut butter Combine oats, raisins (or cranberries), bran flakes, coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dates and baking soda in bowl. In small saucepan melt butter; add peanut butter, honey, brown sugar and vanilla, and whisk until all sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth. Pour contents of saucepan over dry ingredients and stir well. Press lightly into greased 9X9 square pan and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Thanks to Brandie Firth who brought some bars to share on a GHTC hike and provided the recipe.
he Wednesday-night church service coincided with the last day of hunting season. Our pastor asked who had bagged a deer. No one raised a hand. Puzzled, the pastor said, "I don't get it. Last Sunday many of you said you were unable to make service because of hunting season. I had the whole congregation pray for your deer."
ne hunter groaned, "Well, it worked. They're all safe."
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HIKING SCHEDULE March through July 2012
Over the years the GHTC has enjoyed permission from the generosity of private landowners for footpaths through their property. The friendship, respect and trust of these landowners are the Club's most important assets. Let us continue to care for and properly use their property while maintaining the objectives of the Club. All hikers should check the GHTC web site www.guelphhiking.com for detailed advice and information on Terrain Rating System, Hike Speed, special seasonal instructions and other timely recommendations. • To avoid disappointment due to cancellation, please notify the hike leader if you intend to join a scheduled hike. • Cancelled or rescheduled hikes will be posted on the GHTC web site. The leader may choose to post a rain date here. Be sure to check for updates and impromptu hikes! • Occasionally it proves more convenient for a hike leader to select a meeting place that is not in Guelph. If you cannot arrange a ride to get there, call the hike leader who may know of someone who is willing to take you. In other out-of-town hikes the leader will meet at a local location to carpool. If the distance is considerable, offer to help pay for the gasoline. • It is important to stay with the group while hiking, alerting the leader of intentions to ‘drop-out' at the beginning a necessity and appreciated. NOTE: HIKE Dates and TITLES in BOLD are conducted by the Guelph Hiking Trail Club Sat M ar 03 GHTC SPEED RIVER TRAIL SECTION 2 LOOP 8 km This will be an easy skiing or snowshoeing venture on established track along a scenic part of the river with promise of lots of waterfowl and deer sightings. Meet 1:30pm at Guelph's covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street. Leader: Bill Mungall email@example.com Level 2. Speed Moderate Sun M ar 04 HALTON REGIONAL FOREST COM PLEX 10 km Meet 1pm near the south end Shoppers Drug Mart, at the NW corner of Clair Road and Gordon Street. This hike will require a car shutte. W e will hike from west to east, passing through Currie Tract, Mahon Tract, Turner Tract, Robertson Tract and Britton Tract. There is an extensive system of side trails all through here so we can shorten or lengthen the hike as we wish. Ensure you dress appropriately for the weather, especially warm boots. Leader: Dave 519-716-8273 Level 2. Speed Moderate Mon Mar 05 RBG, BORERS FALLS AND RAY LOW ES ST, LOOP Contact Errol MacKenzie firstname.lastname@example.org or 905 627-9497 before 9pm for details.
IBTC Medium 4
W ed Mar 07 GLEN MORRIS TO PARIS ~ 18km Contact Louise, email@example.com for details or iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html
IBTC Medium 2
Thu M ar 08 EXPLORE UP AND DOW N AROUND TOW N 2hr W ith the full moon shining on an evening hike, we will spot interesting structures around town much easier, using stairs, foot bridges and streets around the core by the two rivers recreational trails. Parking is available along Cardigan Street or at the parking lot opposite the end of London Road, next to the Youth Music Centre, for a 7pm start at the Goldie Mill Park. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570 Level 2. Speed Moderate Sat M ar 10 SNYDER'S FLAT, BLOOM INGDALE 7 km Meet at Canadian Tire on W oodlawn for a 10:00 am departure and car pool to hike start point. Alternately meet at the grassy area just west of the Mennonite Church in Bloomingdale at 10:30. W alk this scenic loop side trail of the Grand Valley Trail where Jacob and Maria Schneider settled in 1806 along the Grand River. Some muddy spots Bring water, no pets. Leader: Terry (519) 265-6203 Level 1. Speed Moderate Sun M ar 11 KOLAPORE UPLANDS XC SKI ADVENTURE 15 km Easily the best place to cross country ski in Ontario with semi-wilderness challenging in spots and hilly forest, courtesy of the University of Toronto Outing Club. Reasonable fitness and XC ski skills needed. Lunch stop in Thornbury. Confirm with Bill, 519-836-5567. Depart Guelph 8:30am, 90 minute drive. Leader: Bill Mungall firstname.lastname@example.org Level 3. Speed Moderate.
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Mon Mar 12 OAKVILLE, SIXTEEN MILE CREEK TRAILS, LOOP Contact Errol MacKenzie email@example.com or 905 627-9497 before 9pm for details.
14km IBTC Medium 4
W ed M ar 14 "W ALKERS ON SPEED" SERIES - A W ALK THROUGH GUELPH 2 hrs W e will start our "W alkers on Speed" series of hikes at Victoria Road and will follow the Speed River through Guelph to the Humane Society off of W ellington. Meet at 8:45 at the parking area outside the Humane gates and we will car shuttle to Victoria Road. Leader: Jane Shifflett 519-822-3229 Level 1. Speed Moderate W ed Mar 14 AGREEMENT FOREST, CAMPBELLVILLE Contact Mickey MacDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org for details or iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html IBTC Medium 2 Thursday, M arch 15
Linda Mahood and Vic Satzewich "Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The W ay of St. James)" Zehr's Community Room, Imperial and Paisley Roads 7-9pm Sat M ar 17 CALEDON TRAILW AY 15 - 20 km 5-6 hrs W e will explore the Caledon Trailway, part of the National Trail, an abandoned rail-line between Caledon East and Terra Cotta. This will be an easy hike over 5 or 6 hours. Bring water and a lunch. W e will meet near Georgetown around 9:30am Call Mike for details of the rendezvous place. Leader: Mike Curtis 1-905-877-4134 Level 2. Speed Moderate Sun M ar 18 HANLON CREEK CONSERVATION AREA 2-3 hrs *Note: This hike has changed since originally published in the previous newsletter. Meet in the parking lot in front of the new ‘Legends' restaurant at the SW corner of Kortright and Edinburgh at 1:30pm. W e will hike from there through Preservation Park, down to wander the web of trails in the Hanlon Creek Conservation Area. Plan for a bit of extra time afterward if you wish to join me at Legends for a soup or roasted fries. Leader: Dave 519-716-8273 Level 2. Speed Moderate Mon Mar 19 NIAGARA, FORT GEORGE, HERITAGE ST, GEN. BROCK ST LOOP Contact Errol MacKenzie email@example.com or 905 627-9497 before 9pm for details.
14km IBTC Medium 2
W ed M ar 21 "W ALKERS ON SPEED" SERIES - SPEED RIVER SECTION 1 2 hrs Today is a loop hike of Section 1 and the John W oods Trail. Meet at 9:00am at Humane Center parking area. Leader: Jane Shifflett 519-822-3229 Level 1. Speed Moderate Sat M ar 24 TORONTO BT LIM EHOUSE LOOP 2+ hr This area always intrigues any season with its novel "Hole in the W all" and heritage lime kilns being refurbished. Bring water and snacks. Poles are helpful with some up and down passages. Meet 1:00pm at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street for carpooling to trail head. Leader: Norm 519-836-3668 Level 2. Speed Moderate Sat M ar 24 DOW NTOW N GUELPH, ALONG ERAM OSA RIVER 90 Min. See the nightime street life of downtown as you have never seen it! Pub stop at end. Meet at covered bridge parking area 11:00pm. Leader: Bill Mungall 519-836-5567 Level 1. Speed Moderate Sun M ar 25 CRIEFF HILLS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2½ to 3 hrs Meet at 1:30pm at the "Y" parking lot to explore the woodland trails in Crieff, just south of Guelph. Some hills. Bring water, snacks. Leader: Mary Henderson 519-827-1814 firstname.lastname@example.org Level 2. Speed Moderate Sun Mar 25 LYNN VALLEY TRAIL For more details see Grand Valley Trail Association website www.gvta.on.ca
22 km Level 2. Moderate
Mon Mar 26 TORONTO, SILVER CREEK TRAILS, LOOP Contact Errol MacKenzie email@example.com or 905 627-9497 before 9pm for details.
IBTC Medium 4
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W ed M ar 28 PRESERVATION PARK 2 hrs A weekday hike in our own Preservation Park. Meet at 10am in the parking lot of the "Fat Duck" at the SW corner of Edinburgh and Kortright. Boardwalks may be icy/slippery. Leader: Mary Henderson 519-827-1814 firstname.lastname@example.org Level 2. Speed Moderate W ed Mar 28 W ATERDOW N W OODS Contact Connie Rusynyk, email@example.com, 905 689 2203 or iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html IBTC Medium 2 Thu Mar 29 "Mount Trashmore" For more details see Grand Valley Trail Association website www.gvta.on.ca
9-10km Level 1. Moderate
Sat M ar 31 IRON HORSE TRAIL, W ATERLOO 8 km The Iron Horse Trail was once the Grand River Railway link between Ottawa Street in Kitchener and Allen Street in W aterloo. From the railway museum parking lot on Father Bauer Drive off Erb Street W est we'll start 10am to walk along the fourth converted rail-to-trail to beautiful Victoria Park. On return lunch awaits us at Yukiko's, 30 W illiam Street W est. For car pooling, meet 9:15am at the covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570; Donald Level 1. Speed Moderate Sun Apr 01 HALTON AGREEM ENT FOREST 3 hrs W e enter on the 6th Line of Nassagaweya and hike along fire road and parts of Bruce Side Trail. Meet at Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street at 12:30 to car pool. Bring water/snacks. Trails may be wet. Leader: Norm 519-836-3668; Gayle 519 856-1012 Level 2. Speed Moderate M on Apr 02 SPEED RIVER SECTION 1 2 hrs Meet for a 6pm. departure at the parking outside of Guelph Humane Society. W e will follow SR Sect 1 to Niska Rd. and return on the John W oods Side trail. Leader: Norm 519-836-3668 Level 1. Speed Moderate M on Apr 02 IGNATIUS OLD GROW TH FOREST TRAIL 5 km This trail stretches eastward across Highway 6 North to Victoria Road. The trail crosses a mosaic of farm field, wetland, meadow, and regenerating forest. Marden Creek runs through the site to its confluence with the Speed River, which borders the trail for about a 2 km stretch. Come prepared with footwear for muddy conditions. Arrive early or stay later to walk the labyrinth or the Stations of the Cosmos, both spiral walks. Meet in the parking lot beside the labyrinth at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, 5420 Highway 6 North @ 6:15 pm. Leader: Vanessa 519-821-5335 or firstname.lastname@example.org Level 1. Speed Moderate W ed Apr 04 "W ALKERS ON SPEED" SERIES - SPEED RIVER SECTION 2 AND 3 3 hrs Longer hike today as we follow the Speed River . W e will see a ruin, jump some streams, climb over an electric fence, go through a spooky forest and through a cedar tunnel. Meet at Blackbridge Road in Cambridge at 8:45am. W e will car shuttle to the start of the hike. Leader: Jane Shifflett 519-822-3229 Level 2. Speed Moderate W ed Apr 04 PRESTON TO HESPELER Contact Louise, email@example.com for details or go to iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html IBTC Medium 2
Fri Apr 06 STRATFORD - CONSERVATION AREA 8 km This is another lovely area to hike in Stratford. Carpooling can be arranged to leave Guelph by 9am when contacting the leader. Or meet 10 am in the parking lot of the Stratford Art Gallery at 54 Romeo Street South to walk along the Avon River on the Avon side trail. Lunching is an option at Tango, 104 Ontario Street, if desired. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570; Donald Level 1. Speed Moderate Sat Apr 07 LAURA BAILEY M EM ORIAL TRAIL, GUELPH 7 km Hike start time 10am. Meeting place Grange and Victoria Plaza. This is a combination of trail and road walking in the east side of Guelph. Bring water, no pets. Coffee at Planet Bean an option afterwards. Leader: Terry 519 265-6203 Level 1. Speed Moderate M on Apr 09 CAM BRIDGE TO PARIS RAIL TRAIL 10 km The recreational hiking trail along this converted roadbed of the Lake Erie and northern Railway leads from Cambridge south to Paris. The hike starts 10am on trails around Churchill Park on W ater Street, south Cambridge. Bring water, snacks and lunch. GHTC Newsletter - March 2012 - Page 15
Contact the leader for carpooling arrangements to leave Guelph by 9:30am. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570; Donald
Level 1. Speed Moderate
M on Apr 09 EASTER M ONDAY IGNATIUS GREAT AUK TRAIL 1½ hrs The predominant feature of this trail is the "Provincially Significant" Marden South W etland Complex. The trail was named in honour of the Great Auk, a flightless bird that became extinct in the mid-19th century. Great Auks walked slowly and sometimes used their wings to help them traverse rough terrain — appropriate qualities for trail hiking. Come prepared with footwear for muddy conditions and for exploring the trail through the gravel pit. Meet in the parking lot beside the labyrinth at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, 5420 Highway 6 North @ 6:15 pm. Leader: Vanessa 519-821-5335 or firstname.lastname@example.org Level 1. Speed Moderate W ed Apr 11 "W ALKERS ON SPEED" SERIES - M ILL RUN TRAIL 2 hrs Starting in Hespeler at 9am we will follow the Mill Run Trail past old renovated mills, go under 401 and walk through Riverside Park in Cambridge. Please call the leader for meeting instructions. Leader: Jane Shifflett 519-822-3229 Level 1. Speed Moderate W ed Apr 11 SPEYSIDE LOOP 14km Contact Peter McSweeney 905 335-3192 email@example.com email preferred, or iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html IBTC Medium 4 Sat Apr 14 HILLSIDE, KITCHENER 6 km Discover this naturalized setting hiking along Laurel and Forwell Creeks at Hillside next to the hustle ‘n bustle. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Start time is 10am from the parking lot eastside of Marsland Drive. Contact the leader for carpooling arrangements to leave Guelph by 9:30am. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570; Donald Level 1. Speed Moderate Sun Apr 15 RIVERSIDE PARK TO GUELPH LAKE 2½ hrs Meet in the parking lot at the end of Marilyn Drive (Riverside Park) at 2:00 pm to walk the trails along the river to Guelph Lake and return. Leader: Mary Henderson 519-827-1814 firstname.lastname@example.org; Christine Bando 519-822-8332 Level 2. Speed Moderate Sun Apr 15 RLT SECT 1 AND 2 24 km Hike from Victoria Rd to the top of Starkey Hill and back, using alternate trails, where possible. Meet 8:00 am in the Park at Victoria Rd and the river. Leader: Bob Fanning 519 822-5181 Level 2. Speed Moderate M on Apr 16 IGNATIUS BACK-40 TRAIL 1½ hrs All come explore the W illow Dome, bee hives, hermitages, Marden Creek and old gravel pit on this hike that will pass by the barns and fields of the community-share agriculture program. Come prepared with footwear for muddy conditions and for exploring the trail through the gravel pit. Meet in the parking lot beside the labyrinth at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, 5420 Highway 6 North @ 6:15 p.m. Leader: Vanessa 519-821-5335 or email@example.com Level 1. Speed Moderate M on Apr 16 EVERTON M ILL 6 hrs, max. Junk-Out Day: In appreciation of the many hikes GHTC has held over the last 7 years on GRCA's Everton lands, we are cleaning out all of the ancient scattered metal and glass trash beside the trails close by Road 49, originating from a very old sawmill on their land. (Old bottles in abundance for collectors of these!) Bring gloves and eye protection. Bring along recycle bins, garbage barrels and duffel bags or old backpacks if you own these, as we will haul out and sort trash for recycling. W e may want to use your vehicle trunks or backs of vans and SUV's for hauling trash to Rockwood CA. Meet at the dam in Everton at 1:30 (or show up anytime later) and stay as long as you wish or are able. Leader: Bill Mungall firstname.lastname@example.org Level 1 event. W ed Apr 18 "W ALKERS ON SPEED" SERIES - LINEAR TRAIL 2 hrs At 9am today we discover where the Speed River meets the Grand River as we follow the Linear Trail. W e will walk from Riverside Park in Cambridge to Preston Arena and return along the trail. Contact the leader for a meeting area in Guelph. Leader: Jane Shifflett 519-822-3229 Level 1. Speed Moderate
W ed Apr 18 ROCKW OOD CONSERVATION 1½ hrs Hike the Rockwood Conservation area trails and view some of the 200 glacial potholes found here. W e'll pass by one of the 12 GHTC Newsletter - March 2012 - Page 16
caves and the ruins of a woollen mill as we follow the Eramosa River that will take us to Rockwood's Main Street. Refreshments after are optional. Park on Falls Street in Rockwood for a 6:30pm start or call for Guelph car pool location. Leader: Gayle 519 856-1012 Level 1. Speed Moderate W ed Apr 18 W ATERFALL HIKE DUNDAS VALLEY Contact Connie Rusynyk, email@example.com, 905 689 2203 or iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html IBTC Medium 3 Sat Apr 21 BRUCE TRAIL, BEAVER VALLEY/BLUE MT. For more details see Grand Valley Trail Association website www.gvta.on.ca
16.6 km Level 2/3. Moderate
Sat Apr 21 M IKE'S TRADITIONAL SPRING HIKE 10 - 16 km 3-5 hr This is a guarantee to be a great hike looping along the Bruce in the Scotsdale Farm near Georgetown. Meeting place is on Trafalgar Road just north of Hwy 7 by the Cango gas station at 10am. A five minute drive takes us to Sideroad 27, Halton Hills, and the Bruce Trail. W e'll start with the Great Esker side trail and hwy 7 loop. Time and weather permitting, we'll hike through Scotsdale Farm, finishing about 4 pm W ear proper footwear, seasonal clothing and sun protection. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Leader: Mike Curtis 1-905-877-4134 Level 2. Speed Moderate Sun Apr 22 BRUCE TRAIL, BIG RIVER, SYDENHAM For more details see Grand Valley Trail Association website www.gvta.on.ca
15.2 km Level 2/3: Moderate
Sun Apr 22 GHTC END2END 1 OF 3 16 km This is a series of three hikes to complete the GHTC trail, badges available to purchase upon successful completion, if so desired. On EARTH DAY we will enjoy a wide variety of scenery, especially the beautiful views along the river, as we hike back to Guelph. W hile the new boardwalk in Section 3 eliminates the majority of mud issues, being spring, there will be wet areas. Meet 10am at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street to arrange the car shuttle to the end of Section 3 at Black Bridge Road. Bring good footwear, plenty of water, and pack snacks/lunch. Leader: Dave 519-716-8273; Susan Bard 519-836-6570 Level 2. Speed Moderate M on Apr 23 IGNATIUS VILLA RUINS TRAIL 5 km This trail starts from the labyrinth located beside the Jesuit Cemetery at Ignatius Centre and stretches eastward across Highway 6 North to Victoria Road. The trail crosses a mosaic of farm field, wetland, meadow, and regenerating forest. Approx. 5 km. Arrive early or stay later to walk the labyrinth or the Stations of the Cosmos, both spiral walks. Come prepared with footwear for muddy conditions. Meet in the parking lot beside the labyrinth at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, 5420 Highway 6 North @ 6:15 p.m Leader: Vanessa 519-821-5335 or firstname.lastname@example.org Level 1. Speed Moderate Mon Apr 23 CRAW FORD LAKE-RATTLESNAKE, LOOP 15 km Contact Errol MacKenzie email@example.com 905 627-9497 before 9pm. Parking fee required. IBTC Medium 4 W ed Apr 25 ROBERTS SIDETRAIL LOOP 2 to 3 hrs At 9am in Silvercreek Conservation Area we will do a loop trail starting at Roberts Sidetrail going along the Bruce Trail and using other sidetrails. The area is beautiful but rocky so good footwear is required and poles are recommended. W e will carpool from a spot in Guelph. Lunch in Georgetown after our hike is an option. Leader: Jane Shifflett 519-822-3229 Level 2. Speed Moderate Thu Apr 26 STARKEY HILL SPRING W ILDFLOWER W ALK 1Â˝ hrs Meet at 6:30pm in Starkey Hill parking lot, south side of Arkell Rd., about 1km east of Arkell Village. W e will meander along trail looking for wild flowers such as Trilliums, Hepatica, Spring Beauty and Dutchman's Breeches. Leader: Gayle 519 856-1012 Level 2. Speed Casual Thu Apr 26 THEATRE HIKE 1 hr Another theatre hike, this time to catch Guelph Little Theatre's 8pm performance of 'The Glass Menagerie' written by Tennessee W illiams. W e can park at the theatre 6:30pm to hike to Victoria Road and return along the Royal Recreational Eramosa River Trail to sup at the Eggcetra before the play. Register with Susan at 519-836-6570; firstname.lastname@example.org, by Saturday, April 14 to guarantee a seat. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570 Level 1. Speed Moderate
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Thu Apr 26 AVON TRAIL'S STRATFORD SIDE TRAIL For more details see Grand Valley Trail Association website www.gvta.on.ca
Thu Apr 26 RIDEAU TRAIL - ROSEDALE RD. S. TO BURRITTS RAPIDS HIKE 11 OF 15 25km Fri Apr 27 RIDEAU TRAIL - BURRITTS RAPIDS TO KETTLES RD HIKE 12 OF 15 23km Sat Apr 28 RIDEAU TRAIL - KETTLES RD TO RICHMOND HIKE 13 OF 15 20km Sun Apr 29 RIDEAU TRAIL - RICHMOND TO CORKSTOWN RD HIKE 14 OF 15 23km Mon Apr 30 RIDEAU TRAIL - CORKSTOWN RD TO PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS HIKE 15 OF 15 22km All hikes level 3 Speed moderate. For more details see Grand Valley Trail Association website www.gvta.on.ca Leader: Jim Vanderlip 416-925-9134 (7:00-10:00 PM), Charles Whitlock 519-742-7435 or email@example.com, Gusti Matei 519-822-9745 Sat Apr 28 TRAILS OPEN - SMITH SIDETRAIL OF RADIAL LINE TRAIL 90 Min. Along this sidetrail you can relive Sir Adam Beck's futuristic dream of high speed electric tram service to every town and village in Southern Ontario; scan a panoramic view of the Guelph Spillway, and appreciate the century-old foresight of our ancestors in creating the Arkell Spring Grounds to supply most of Guelph's drinking water to this day. This is GHTC's contribution of a "Trails Open" event as an integral part of Guelph's Doors Open event, for a third year. Meet at 0624 Watson Road S, Guelph for a 10:30am, 1:30pm or 3:00pm hike. Leader: Various Level 1 Sun Apr 29 SILVER CREEK CONSERVATION AREA 10km Follow the Bruce Trail and side trails through the Silver Creek Conservation Area from Fallbrook Trail to Tenth Line, with an opportunity to have a quick look for pond life off the boardwalk, to enjoy the numerous spring wildflowers throughout the forest, and if it has been warm, you may hear frogs calling from places along the trail. A trip down the Walking Fern sidetrail may give you a chance to see uncommon ferns that are often only found on the escarpment. This trail does involve some steep climbs and rocky sections, but the scenery is worth it. Meet at 1pm in the covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon street in Guelph for carpooling out to the Silver Creek Education Centre parking lot. Wear hiking boots and bring water. Leader: Victoria MacPhail at 519-362-2783 or firstname.lastname@example.org Level 2. Speed Moderate Mon Apr 30 IGNATIUS GREAT AUK AND STATIONS OF THE COSMOS WALK 1½ hrs We'll explore the Marden Creek Wetlands and return to higher land to walk through several spiral walks such as the labyrinth and Stations of the Cosmos and end up at the Peace Pole. Come prepared with footwear for muddy conditions. Meet in parking lot beside labyrinth at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, 5420 Highway 6 N. @ 6:15 pm. Leader: Vanessa 519-821-5335 or email@example.com Level 1. Speed Moderate Mon Apr 30 TRIMBLE TRAIL, RAIL TRAIL, FORKS OF CREDIT PARK, LOOP Contact Errol MacKenzie firstname.lastname@example.org or 905 627-9497 Dundas before 9pm.
15 km IBTC Medium 4
Wed May 02 ARBORETUM AND GUELPH CONNECTING LINKS 2 hr 6.5 km See how nice it can be to hike or stroll in city parks. Meet at tGuelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon St. at 6:00pm. Leader: Stan and Jana 519-821-7996 Level 1, speed casual to moderate Wed May 02 MOUNT NEMO Contact Louise, email@example.com or go to www.iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html
15km IBTC Medium 4
Sat May 05 BRUCE TRAIL BETWEEN HOCKLEY ROAD AND DUNBY ROAD 15km For a challenging hike in beautiful Hockley Valley we will be hiking the Bruce Trail between Hockley Road and Dunby Road through fields and forests, enjoying the sights with an optional dropout at 7 km. Bring water, snacks, lunch and wear hiking boots. We will carpool at 9:00 am from Guelph's covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon. Pub stop after hike. Contact leader for optional dropout. Leader: Lynn Glover 519 780-0342; Terry 519 265-6203; Mary Sexton 519-265-8669 Level 3. Speed Moderate Sat May 05 SEATON TRAIL PICKERING For more details see Grand Valley Trail Association website www.gvta.on.ca Level 3/4.
Sun May 06 BRUCE TRAIL, NIAGARA, BALL'S FALLS For more details see Grand Valley Trail Association website www.gvta.on.ca Level 2/3.
Sun May 06 KIDS HIKE - ARBORETUM 1½ hrs Introduce the young people in your life to the fun of hiking in Guelph as we look for spring wildflowers and check out the woods GHTC Newsletter - March 2012 - Page 18
at the Arboretum. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the Tortoise or Hare hikes. Bring water and sunscreen. No pets. Refreshments. Meet at 1:00 pm at the Arboretum Centre parking lot, University of Guelph (the entrance to the Arboretum is on College Avenue, 4 telephone poles away from the stoplight at Victoria Road). For details and to register, please call Kathy at 519 836-9147 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Leader: Guelph Hiking Trail Club Members Level 1, hiking at an easy pace Sun M ay 06 GHTC END2END HIKE 2 OF 3 17 km The second hike follows along the "spillway" valley of Blue Springs Creek, a stream rated by Environment Canada as having the finest water quality of any watercourse in Southern Ontario, and the banks of the Eramosa River. W e hike from the Fourth Line to Guelph through the rolling countryside east of the city. The hike also passes through cedar and maple forests, swamps and along the spring grounds that supply most of Guelph's water via an aqueduct. This hike will commence on the Radial Line Trail which at times will follow the old electric railway right of way that briefly connected Guelph and the City of Toronto from 1917-1931. Meet 10am at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street to arrange the car shuttle to the 30 Side Road immediately east of the Fourth Line intersection, an area south of the Village of Rockwood. Bring good footwear, plenty of water, seasonal protection and pack snacks and lunch. Leader: Mike Curtis 1-905-877-4134; Susan Bard 519-836-6570 Level 2. Speed Moderate M on M ay 07 HANLON SW AM P 2 hrs Loop hike around the largest natural feature within Guelph, taken before mosquitoes proliferate. Meet at covered bridge parking lot on Gordon at 6:30pm. Leader: Bill Mungall email@example.com Level 2. Speed Moderate Mon May 07 DUNDAS VALLEY, LOOP Contact Errol MacKenzie firstname.lastname@example.org or 905 627-9497 Dundas before 9pm.
15 km IBTC Medium 4
W ed M ay 09 RADIAL LINE - SM ITH SIDE TRAIL 4 km Meet at Guelph's covered bridge on the east side of Gordon Street for a 6:00 pm. car pool. This is a loop along the Eramosa river, past the dam, through woods ands meadows. Bring bug protection. Leader: Norm 519-836-3568 Level 2. Speed Moderate W ed May 09 CULHAM TRAIL Contact Connie Rusynyk, email@example.com, 905 689 2203 Cell at time of hike: 905 520 6502 or go to www.iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html IBTC Medium 3
Sat May 12 SPRING ON TRAIL - KISSING BRIDGE TRAILW AY Some suggestions to participate are to hike, walk, bike, sing, yoga, race, look, listen, run for your chance to win prizes once you purchase your passport in support for this great event! 10am to 2pm. Check http://www.springonthetrail.ca/ for details. Sun M ay 13 M OTHER'S DAY AT THE ARBORETUM 4 km Spend some time together on Mother's Day, and enjoy a walk through the Arboretum. This is one of my Mom's favourite places to explore while visiting us in Guelph, and the trilliums should be out this time of year. Meet 1:30pm on Arboretum Road, at the parking lots that are accessed from College Ave. More of a stroll than a hike, this will be on level ground with good footing for almost the entire way. Leader: Dave 519-716-8273 Level 1. Speed Slow May 12-13 SYDENHAM CLUB END-TO-END 2012 For more details see www.dufferinbrucetrailclub.org or contact Doug at: firstname.lastname@example.org
M on M ay 14 RIVER & RUINS TRAIL 1Â˝ hrs A spring hike along this Bruce Trail side trail is back by popular demand! W e will walk through a spruce woodlot to the ruins of an old limestone house and hear the story of the Cleavers who built it. The side trail follows Bronte Creek near Lowville, alongside huge willow trees and carpets of spring flowers. Meet at the Gordon Street parking lot beside Guelph's covered bridge at 6:15 pm. Leader: Vanessa 519-821-5335 or email@example.com Level 1. Speed Moderate Mon May 14 W OODEND TO DECEW HOUSE PARK Contact Errol MacKenzie firstname.lastname@example.org or 905 627-9497 Dundas before 9pm GHTC Newsletter - March 2012 - Page 19
17 km IBTC Medium 3
Thu May 17 SPENCER GORGE, TW O W ATERFALLS & LOOKOUT For more details see Grand Valley Trail Association website www.gvta.on.ca
7 km Level 2. Speed Moderate
Fri May 18 VICTORIA DAY W EEKEND IN THE LOW ER BRUCE PENINSULA 1 For more details see Grand Valley Trail Association website www.gvta.on.ca
5 km or less
Sat M ay 19 W EST M ONTROSE TO ELM IRA 15 km Meet at Canadian Tire on W oodlawn for a 9.00 am departure and car pool to W est Montrose, alternately meet at W est Montrose (at the covered bridge) for 9:30. W alk the Kissing Bridge trail to Elmira and have lunch at a local Mennonite lunch spot. Return on the same trail. This hike is mainly on rail trail with some road walking as well. Bring water, snacks and lunch if you do not want to buy one. No pets. Hike will last about 5 hours Leader: Terry 519 265-6203 Level 2. Moderate Sat May 19 - Mon May 21 NIAGARA BRUCE TRAIL END TO END For more details see Niagara Bruce Trail website www.niagarabrucetrail.org M on M ay 21 LISTOW EL 10 km W e'll meet Donald 10am at the W aterworks Office on Main Street near the W ater Tower to do a Victoria Day morning hike along a converted rail-to-trail, crossing Middle Maitland River. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Contact the leader to arrange carpooling to leave Guelph by 9am Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570; Donald Level 1. Speed Moderate W ed M ay 23 ROYAL CITY RECREATION TRAIL 2 hrs Meet at Guelph's covered bridge on the east side of Gordon Street for a 6:30 PM start along the RRT. W e will head toward Victoria road on north side of Eramosa river and return on south side. Leader: Norm 519 836-3568 Level 1. Moderate 15.3 km
W ed M ay 23 GUELPH SPEED RIVER TRAIL Contact Barbara Forster (519) 836-7249 email@example.com or Iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html Level 2. Moderate
Sat M ay 26 BRESLAU 8 km Come discover the trail that crosses Hopewell Creek in Breslau. Turn off Victoria Street to W oolwich Street South. Turn right on Dolman Street to park in the Breslau Public School grounds located at 58 Joseph Street, cornering Joseph and Dolman Streets for a 10am start. Bring water and lunch. Contact the leader for carpooling arrangements to leave Guelph by 9:30am. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570; Donald Level 1. Moderate Sat May 26 Sun May 27 BLUE MOUNTAIN BRUCE TRAIL END TO END For more details go to Blue Mountain Bruce Trail Club website www.bmbtc.org Sun May 27 BRUCE TRAIL, MOUNT NEMO For more details go to Grand Valley Trail Association website www.gvta.on.ca
33 km x 2
15.3 km Level 2/3. Moderate
Sun M ay 27 RADIAL LINE SECTION 2 AND STARKEY HILL 3 hr 10km A recent re-route on this section of Radial Line trail and blue sidetrails to Starkey Hill will lead us through variety of terrain and vegetation. Meet at Guelph covered bridge parking lot East of Gordon street at 1:30 PM. Leader: Stan and Jana 519-821-7996 Level 2, Speed Moderate M on M ay 28 GOIN DOW N TO JACKSON 2 hr In Rockwood, that is, starting at end of Jackson St. Climbing up and down coral reefs of wooded valley east of Rockwood. Meet at covered bridge parking lot, e. of Gordon St. at 6:30pm. Leader: Bill Mungall firstname.lastname@example.org Level 2, Speed Moderate Mon May 28 NIAGARA GLEN, LOOP Contact Errol MacKenzie email@example.com or 905 627-9497 before 9pm. IBTC Medium 5
W ed May 30 SCOTSDALE FARM Contact Mickey MacDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html IBTC Medium 2
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Sat Jun 02 INTERNATIONAL TRAILS DAY - TBA W e hope to celebrate International Trails Day opening and hiking on a newly built Side Trail. Full details will be available closer to the hike date. Bring water and seasonal protection. This is a Tortoise and Hare hike, with a moderate speed group for faster walkers and an easy stroll group for those wishing a slower pace or time to take photos. Leader: Guelph Hiking Trail Club leaders Level 1, 2. Speed variable Slow, Moderate Sun Jun 03 GHTC END2END HIKE 3 OF 3 19 km The final hike finishes the Radial Line Trail where the Guelph Hiking Trail meets the Bruce Trail, Toronto Section, at the Limehouse Village. This section also has its share of cedar forests; but, it is significantly higher and hillier than previous sections. Be prepared for some good climbs through stunning hardwood forests. Congratulations to those successfully completing the full series of hikes. Badges will be presented at a refreshment stop in the town of Acton. Meet 10am at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street to arrange the car shuttle to the intersection of Fifth Line and Side Road 22 in the Town of Halton Hills, west of Georgetown, at the terminus of the Guelph Hiking Trail in the hamlet of Limehouse, situated south of hwy 7. Bring good footwear, plenty of water, seasonal protection and pack snacks and lunch. Leader: Mike Curtis 1-905-877-4134; Susan Bard 519-836-6570; Dave 519-716-8273 W ed Jun 06 KISSING BRIDGE TRAIL 1 Â˝ hrs Meet at trail head on Silvercreek Pkwy, south of W ellington Rd 30 (Marden Rd) for a 6:30pm start. Parking is limited. W e will have an easy in and out walk along stonedust trail through woods and fields. Leader: Gayle 519 856-1012 Level 1. Speed Moderate Sun Jun 10 ALONG SPEED RIVER, RIVERSIDE PARK TO NORWICH ST AND RETURN 5 km Two Rivers Festival - W alk #1 : Join GHTC to celebrate this first annual festival, hosted by OPIRG, Guelph Field Naturalists, W ellington W ater W atchers, Two Rivers Neighbourhood Assn and other local environmental organizations. Meet at Enabling Garden, on SW side of Guelph's Riverside Park at 10am. Some rugged walking along river's edge Leader: Bill Mungall email@example.com Level 2. Speed Moderate M on Jun 11 LAFARGE TRAIL, FLAM BOROUGH 2 hrs Explore the drumlins in a very hilly area. Meet 6 p.m. at the Guelph Covered Bridge parking lot by Gordon Street. Bring water and bug repellent. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570 Level 2. Speed Moderate M on Jun 11 DOW NTOW N GUELPH, ALONG ERAM OSA RIVER 4 km Two Rivers Festival - W alk #2 : Loop walk from Gordon to Victoria, featuring stories from along the river. See old electric train line to Toronto, and wooded cliffs of the Guelph Escarpment. Meet 6:30pm at the covered bridge parking lot on east side of Gordon. Leader: Bill Mungall firstname.lastname@example.org Level 1. Speed Moderate W ed Jun 13 SPEED RIVER TRAIL, SECTION 1 6 km Meet at the Guelph Humane Society at 7.00 pm for an evening hike along the banks of the Speed River. Depending upon weather could be muddy so be prepared. Bring water. Leader: Terry 519 265-6203 Level 1. Speed Moderate Sat Jun 16 HOCKLEY VALLEY 15 km Meet at 8:30 am at north corner of Zehrs / Zellers parking lot on Eramosa/Stevenson. Hike on main Bruce Trail and side trails in the Hockley Valley. Bring water & lunch. Dogs must be on leash. Some steep hills, hiking boots are recommended. Leader: Susan Atkinson 519-837-9470; Lynn Glover 519 780-0342 Level 2. Speed Moderate Sun Jun 17 FATHER'S DAY ON THE CULHAM TRAIL 11-14 km Join Dave and his Dad, whom the trail is named after, as they follow the Culham Trail along the Credit River, through the Riverwood Conservancy, up to Hewick Meadows, before returning to the starting point via a different route along Sawmill Creek. The vast majority of this walk will be along a gravel trail. Meet 9:00am, in the parking lot of Shopper's Drug Mart plaza at the NW corner of Clair Rd and Gordon Rd, to arrange carpool to our starting point on the University of Mississauga campus. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Leader: Dave 519-716-8273 Level 2. Speed Moderate June 16-17 SYDENHAM CLUB END-TO-END 2012 For more details see www.dufferinbrucetrailclub.org or contact Doug at: email@example.com GHTC Newsletter - March 2012 - Page 21
M on Jun 18 ROCKW OOD AREA 2 hrs Loop hike on private property in very deep gorges of the Guelph Spillway. Meet at covered bridge parking lot on Gordon St. Bring bug dope. Some rough footing and bushwhacking. Leader: Bill Mungall firstname.lastname@example.org Level 2. Speed Moderate W ed Jun 20 SUM M ER SOLSTICE PICNIC Meet at 6pm in Riverside Park for a potluck picnic. Bring plates and cutlery plus a favourite dish. Park near the playground equipment. After we eat you will have the opportunity to do a short or a long hike or simply talk with new friends. Coffee and juice will be provided. Leader: Jane Shifflett 519-822-3229 Sat Jun 23 M ITCHELL, THAM ES VALLEY 10 km Mitchell offers a lovely walk along the nature trail beside Thames River crossing W hirl Creek. Meet at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street to leave by 8:30am to start the hike by 10am Bring a lunch, water and seasonal protection Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570; Donald Level 1. Speed Moderate Sat Jun 23 ELM IRA TO FLORADALE 19 km Meet at Canadian Tire on W oodlawn for a 9:00 am departure and car pool to Elmira, alternately meet at Bolender Park on 86 at 9:30. W alk on the Kissing Bridge Trail to Floradale, continue on to the W oolwich Reservoir loop and return to Elmira. A combination of rail trail, road and regular trail walking. Bring water, snacks and lunch. This hike will last about 5-6 hours. Leader: Terry 519 265-6203 Level 2 - 3. Speed fast Sun Jun 24 INDIAN TRAIL OFFICIAL OPENING 2 km Bring the family for the official opening of Indian Trail a 1km connection between Eden Mills and Rockwood. W atch W ellington Advertiser close to date for details. M on Jun 25 CURIE TRACT, HALTON AGREEM ENT FOREST 1Â˝ hrs W e will be exploring the trails in the Currie Tract segment of the Halton Agreement Forest, which wind through beautiful forests and along the edges of vernal pools and wetlands. Meet in the southern part of Shopper's Drug Mart - Second Cup parking lot along Clair Road at 6:15pm for carpooling to the trailhead parking lot on Guelph Line (across the road from Mohawk Raceway; parking limited). Bring water and be prepared for hilly and muddy segments, depending on the recent weather. Leader: Victoria MacPhail at 519-362-2783 or email@example.com Level 2. Speed Moderate Sat Jun 30 SHADES M ILLS, CAM BRIDGE 10 km There are many trails to hike here through mature hardwood Carolinian forest along Mill Creek. Meet 10am in parking area inside the Conservation Area on the right, its entrance at 412 Avenue Road, east of Franklin Blvd in Cambridge or meet at the covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street by 9:15am to carpool by 9:30am There is a nominal GRCA admission fee. Bring water and lunch. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570; Donald Level 2. Speed Moderate Sunday, July 01, 2012 Speed River, Guelph Lake and FIREW ORKS!! 1Â˝- 2 hr Join in a lovely loop hike close to home along the Speed River to Guelph Lake depending on numbers as we will want to be back to enjoy the dazzling 9:00-9:30 p.m. Fireworks at Riverside Park. W ear proper footwear and seasonal night clothing. Bring water, snacks and a flashlight. Meet 7:30 p.m. at the Golden Griddle Parking Lot off W oodlawn Rd. E. Leader: Suzanne Gates 519-265-3962 Level 2. Speed: Casual/ Moderate. M on Jul 02 STRATFORD, T.J. DOLAN AREA 10 km W hat a great way to spend Canada Day with a walk around Lake Victoria and in the woods of T.J. Dolan Natural Area. This is a beautiful city with interesting architecture to note along the way. Park at the hilltop close to the Festival Theatre to start the hike by 10am Lunch is suggested at York Street Kitchen following the hike. Contact the leader to arrange carpooling. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570; Donald Level, 2. Speed Moderate Sat Jul 07 TORONTO BT SPEYSIDE LOOP 10 km Here is a lovely area close to home for a loop hike along Bruce main and side trails with variable terrain, rocky sections as well as a great lookout. W ear proper footwear and seasonal protective clothing. Bring water and snacks. Meet 1pm at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street for carpooling to trail head. Leader: Norm 519-836-3568 Level 2. Speed Moderate GHTC Newsletter - March 2012 - Page 22
W ed Jul 11 HIKE HISTORIC ROCKW OOD 1½ hrs Join us for an historic walking tour of old Rockwood buildings that have interesting architecture and history. See the Rockwood Academy (boys school) where they filmed Agnes of God, "The Candy Factory", once the home of Schneider's Reliable Sweets, and Saunder's Bakery, open since 1864 and visited by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. W e can conclude our walk with a stop for refreshments in Rockwood. Park on Falls Street in Rockwood for a 6:30pm start or call for 6:15 Guelph car pool location. Bring water and repellent. Leader: Gayle 519 856-1012 Level 1. Speed Casual Sat Jul 14 GUELPH SPEED RIVER 1½ hrs BOTANIZING AFTERNOON STROLL ALONG THE SPEED For details contact Dorothy nearer to hike date. Leader: Dorothy Scott 519-821-1786; Susan Bard 519-836-6570 Level 1. Speed Casual Sat Jul 21 BRUCE TRAIL BETW EEN HOCKLEY ROAD AND DUNBY ROAD 15km For a challenging hike in beautiful Hockley Valley we will be hiking the Bruce Trail between Hockley Road and Dunby Road through fields and forests, enjoying the sights with an optional dropout at 7 km. Bring water, snacks, lunch and wear hiking boots. W e will carpool at 9:00 am from Guelph's covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon. Pub stop after hike. Contact leader for optional dropout. Leader: Lynn Glover 519 780-0342; Terry 519 265-6203; Mary Sexton 519-265-8669 Level 3. Speed Moderate For more hikes go to other Clubs website: • Maitland Trail Association - maitlandtrail.ca/upcoming.htm • Halton Hills Bruce Trail Chapter - media6.magma.ca/www.torontobrucetrailclub.org/indexhttps.php • Halton Outdoor Club - outdoor.spectranet.ca/index.html • Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club - iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html • Thames Valley Trail Association - tvta.ca • Dufferin Bruce Trail Club - dufferinbrucetrailclub.org
OXFAM Trailwalker 2012 By Terry Spittles The Oxfam Trailwalker 2012 fund-raising event is scheduled to take place this summer between Friday July 13th and Sunday July 15 th. This is the fourth year it will be held in Canada and it follows a new route starting at Wasaga Beach and ending in Midland. The course is 100 km and the object is to complete it within 48 hours. A large part of the course is on the Ganaraska Trail. Teams, made up of four, must start and finish the course together. Oxfam Trailwalker began in 1981 as a military exercise for the elite Queen's Gurkha Signals Regiment in Hong Kong and has since grown into one of the world's leading sporting challenges. In just over 20 years, Oxfam Trailwalker has become a major international fund-raising event held in countries all over the world. In 2011, the event took place in thirteen countries: Australia , New Zealand,
Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, and of course in Canada. Since its inception, the Trailwalker raised more than $60 million internationally with thousands of people competing each year. The money raised goes directly to Oxfam’s critical humanitarian and development work around the globe. Oxfam Trailwalker truly is a global hike that changes the world In addition to completing the course, each team must collectively raise $2,500.00 as part of the challenge. Last year the Canadian event raised over $340,000. I will be on a team from the Ganaraska Hiking Club and am looking forward to the challenge. If anyone would like to sponsor an individual, or even volunteer, you can get more information on the Oxfam website: www.trailwalker.ca and follow the links. Tax receipts are issued for amounts in excess of $10.00 Thank you for your support and interest. I will let you know how I make out in a later newsletter.
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The slide show of Jan. 19th featured Doug and Jean Leiper showing pictures of their recent trip to Turkey, with Comfortable Hiking Holidays. Thirtythree people were in attendance and the Club raised $24 in donations. Raffle winners were Bob and Gitta Houser. Over 40 turned out on Feb 16th for Bill Mungalâ€™s month-long and most interesting canoeing/hiking adventure on and near the Horton River, NWT,. We are currently looking for presenters for the 2012/2013 season (contact Mike Curtis).