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here must have been something in the air in Ontario in the late 1960s and early 1970s as there was at that time a sudden outburst of hiking trail activity in the province. Envisioned in the early 1960s and opened in 1967, the 800 km long Bruce Trail set the standard for the rest of the hiking fraternity in Ontario. Within the next ten years hiking trails were planned, built and opened between Ottawa and Kingston (Rideau Trail), east from Goderich in the Maitland River valley (Maitland Trail),in the Thames River valley centred on London (Thames Valley Trail), in the Grand River valley centred on Kitchener-Waterloo (Grand Valley Trail) and in the Speed and Eramosa River valleys centred on Guelph (Guelph Trail), to name some of the major undertakings. Before Jill and John Leslie came to Guelph in the late 60s they purchased 1:50,000 scale topographic maps of the area and noticed on one an abandoned railway line following a couple of valleys east of Guelph. This was the electric Radial Line that ran between Toronto and Guelph until it was abandoned in August, 1931. In the interim, parts of the rail bed had become an unofficial hiking and skiing path. Jill became the sparkplug in efforts to turn this corridor into an official trail from Guelph to the Bruce Trail at Limehouse, near Acton. Originally Jill thought the Bruce Trail Club (BTC) might take this link on as a side trail, but after meetings with the Caledon Hills and Toronto Sections of the BTC and with Phil Gosling, one of the founders of the Bruce Trail who lived in Guelph, it became evident that the establishment of an independent trail club was the way to proceed. Armed with a list of Caledon Hills members living in the Guelph area, none of whom she knew, she sent a note out asking for expressions of interest in building such a trail. After follow-up phone calls, she called a meeting for September 29, 1970, that was attended by herself, Marshall Matson, Lorne Fischer, Gertrude Speers, Esme and Jim Hunt, Kathleen Brown,

Catherine Kopf, Jim Pierce and Sheila Washburn, all of whom loved the out-of-doors and were active in either the Guelph Field Naturalists, the BTC or both. With such an enthusiastic group it didn’t take much time to divide up the tasks and start ‘building’ the trail. Over the next year four meetings were held to discuss progress in obtaining land owners’ consent, building stiles and blazing the trail. By the autumn of 1971, with the help of some Toronto BTC members, with the encouragement of Phil Gosling and under the direction of “president” Jim Pierce, the now-named RADIAL TRAIL CLUB had almost completed the trail to Limehouse. At the December, 1971 meeting, the members present elected Florence Partridge chairman, Kathleen Brown vice-chairman and Esme Hunt secretary-treasurer, and they took on a new name, THE GUELPH TRAIL CLUB. Thus was the Club born. By the end of 1972, the membership stood at 200, so obviously there had been a latent need for such a formal hiking group and trail in the Guelph area. There certainly had been something in the air. In this 40th anniversary year of the Club we should remember, with thanks, Jill Leslie and her band of pioneers.

GHTC Presidents

From Then Until Now 1971 Jim Pierce 1972 Florence Partridge 1973 George Kouvarellis 1974/75 Henry Graupner 1976 Mimi Hamilton 1977/78 Bob Fanning 1979/80 Sandra Webster 1981/82 Dave Hull 1983/90 Mike Curtis 1991-1993 John Wood 1994/95 Jack Scott 1996 Barb McIver 1997 Jack Scott 1998/00 Mike Curtis 2001/03 Susan Atkinson 2004/05 Andy Cann 2006/09 Mike Curtis 2010 Kathy Somers.

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Happy Trails

By Susan Atkinson

stimulate and increase bone density, helping to ward off osteoporosis.

iking is good for the body, mind and spirit. Plus it's one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to exercise. It is low-impact, invigorating, accessible and always challenging. It's easy to start, addictive once you do, and requires very little gear for big health benefits.


All these muscles become toned, coordination, balance and joint flexibility improve, and stiffness becomes a thing of the past. But, equally importantly, an activity such as hiking can help delay the onset of sarcopenia – the gradual loss of muscle mass and strength that occurs with age.

Hiking and walking are quite similar, yes. But while a walk can be straightforward, hiking is an activity that is constantly changing. The physical unpredictability poses a greater challenge to a larger number of muscles resulting in a superior, more full-body workout. "Hiking involves movement through different elevations of terrain", says a trainer in Toronto. "These changes in elevation - from rough to rocky to hilly - challenge your muscles and your stamina. It's not simply walking on a paved path".

Anyone, at any age, can be a hiker. It's safe and low-impact, but if you're new to the activity, start off by conditioning your body gradually with some simple walks, and build up slowly to more challenging walks, including hills, for longer distances.

The moderate low-intensity nature of hiking, combined with the fact that it's typically stretched out over a prolonged period of time – say two to four hours – makes it the ideal calorie – burning workout. While hiking, a lot of oxygen is coming into the body, which helps to keep you in the fat- burning zone. While it's ruthless with calories, hiking is one of the gentlest forms of exercise for the body. "This kind of low-intensity activity doesn't put stress on the joints or the cardio-vascular system as much as some other activities do," says the trainer, who is also a chiropractor. She also says that hiking can actually help improve digestion and sleep patterns, as well as decease stress levels. Hiking engages several large muscle groups: the lower back, the glutes, and the full leg, (quads, calves and hamstrings). If you use a walking stick – which isn't cheating; it actually intensifies the workout- then you're also targeting your core abdominal muscles and the upper body (chest, shoulders and back). Similar to weight-lifting, this repetitive load-bearing activity - the load being your body, as you pull and propel yourself over challenging paths – can

Condensed from an article in Sears “My Advantage” magazine. Fall 2010

2011 Oxfam Trailwalker Canada


he Oxfam Trailwalker, an annual fund-raising event, is becoming a global phenomenon with fifteen events currently scheduled in twelve different countries. This year’s Oxfam Trailwalker Canada will take place on the weekend of July 22nd to 24th on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, starting near Barrie and ending in Orillia. The challenge is for a four member team to complete the 100 km in 48 hours. Each team must start together, stick together and finish together. The event is not just physically demanding, but it is also a fundraising challenge. When registering, a team commits to raising $ 2,500 and all proceeds go towards Oxfam Canada's efforts in making a difference in the lives of women and girls, men and boys living in poverty. Registration is now open. If interested, go to the Oxfam Trailwalker site at: and click on the Register Icon near the top of the page.

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lunch. No dogs, please. Wear hiking boots or running shoes. Leader: Mary Sexton, John Vanderpost, 519-265- 8669, before 9p.m.

Level 1. Speed Moderate.

Sunday, July 3 ABOUT GODERICH CYCLE 10a.m., 1-1 1/2 hr Pre-registration: Sjani Craig 1-519-524-9136 Monday, July 4 PROVINCE'S LANDS AT M ORRISTON 5 km Hills, hills, hills all are here in the deep woods just south of the 401. First GHTC hike held here in well over a decade. Meet at covered bridge parking lot off Gordon Street for 6:30p.m. carpool departure. Leader: Bill Mungall Level 2. Speed Moderate. Wednesday, July 6 IROQUOIA BT, JONES ROAD TO KIMBERLEY DRIVE Leader: Louise Langlais Level 2. Speed Moderate.

± 14km

Thursday, July 7 GUELPH LAKE HIKE 1½-2 hr For this hike on Guelph Lake trails meet at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street for 7p.m. carpool departure or at the trail. Bring bug repellant and water. No dogs please. Wear hiking boots. Leader: Mary Sexton, John Vanderpost 519-265- 8669, before 9p.m.; Lynn Glover 519-780-0342 Level 2. Speed Moderate. 1½ hr

Saturday, July 9 BOTANIZING STROLL ALONG THE SPEED RIVER HIKE For details contact Dorothy nearer to hike date. Leader: Dorothy Scott 519-821-1786

Level 1. Speed Casual.

Saturday, July 9 GUELPH TRAILS CELEBRATE NUNAVUT DAY Leader: Jamie Hember 1-519-745-1375

14 km Level 2. Speed Moderate.

Sunday, July 10 `THAM ES VALLEY TRAIL END2END HIKE - FANSHAWE PARK TO PLOVER M ILLS 19 km Today we hike through the Fanshawe Park CA along the shores of the man-made Fanshawe Lake. The trail is relatively even with some mild undulations. Be aware of a required nominal fee by Upper Thames Valley CA for hikers not members of the Thames Valley Hiking Club. After we exit the conservation area, we will follow a gravel road the distance to Plover Mills. Drop-out is available at 12 km. Meet 10a.m. at the hamlet of Plover Mills to the north of the Fanshawe CA. There is off-road parking on the north and south sides of Plover Mills Road, County Road 16 - Reference Map 5, TVT Guidebook. Leader: Jim Vanderlip 1-416-925-9134,; Steve McLean, Larry Haigh Level 2. Speed Moderate. Monday, July 11 TORONTO ISLAND LOOP ±10km Leader: Errol MacKenzie Dundas 1-905-627-9497 to 9p.m. Level 1/2. Speed Moderate. Monday, July 11 ARBORETUM ATTRACTIONS 1.5 hr Walk through the Gosling Wildlife Gardens to see how to plant your home gardens to attract more birds and wildlife to your own backyard. Then we visit the Arboretum's special "Gardens in the Park" and the "World of Trees". Meet 7p.m. at the Arboretum Centre parking lot accessed off of College Avenue, west of the stoplight at Victoria Road. Leader: Susan Atkinson, 519-837-9470; Level 1. Speed Moderate. Wednesday, July 13 PORT ROBINSON TO NIAGARA MERRITT TRAIL Leader: Errol MacKenzie Dundas 1-905-627-9497 to 9p.m. Level 2. Speed Moderate. Saturday, July16 GVTA GLEN MORRIS TO FIVE MAPLES Leader: Jamie Hember 1-519-745-1375

± 15 km

16 km Level 2. Speed Moderate.

Friday-Sunday, July 15-17 N AMERICAN LILY SOCIETY CONVENTION AND SHOW, RGB A sea of lilies will be on display in the Camilla and Peter Dalgleish atrium. With lily stems from across every division of the genus exhibited you are sure to see something new, unusual or rarely seen. The floral design section of this show rivals the best. Saturday, July 16 MTA ROBERTSON TRACT Leader: Cole Currie Goderich 1-519-524-2250. Sunday, July 17 MAITLAND CEMETERY 2p.m., Leader: Roger Goddard 519-612-1236 for more information. Level 2. Speed Casual.

10a.m., 2hr Level 1. Speed Casual. ±1.5hr

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Monday, August 1 LAFARGE TRAIL, FLAM BOROUGH PART TWO 11 km Another chance to continue hiking in this unique area! This part of the trail offers more great views with another steep climb among the drumlins. Meet at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street for 9:30a.m. carpool to Middletown Road for a 10a.m. start. (Watch carefully for the Concession Road 6 west road's access on the right off hwy 6. Continue some distance to Middletown Road on the left, to park on Middletown Road.) Bring lunch, water, sunscreen and bug repellent. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570; Donald Hughes Level 2. Speed Moderate. Wednesday, August 3 AGREEMENT FOREST Leader: Louise Langlais Level 2. Speed Moderate.

± 14km

Saturday, August 5 VALLEY-BAGGING SERIES: LUNCH IN HIDDEN VALLEY, ALDERSHOT 2 hr VALLEY-BAGGING along major escarpment valleys HIKE 8 of 18 continues in Grindstone Creek Valley territory! Meet Hidden Valley Park in Aldershot, Burlington for 10a.m. out-and-back walk through Hendrie Valley. Follow 403 to Waterdown Road, head south, turn right onto Plains Road, turn right on Howard Road, turn left on Lemmonville Road, proceed down the hill to the second parking lot on the left that is half way up the next hill. Look for Bruce Trail sign. Bring a lunch for a picnic in the park. This is not a potluck, but do feel free to bring extra items if you wish. Leader: Paul Toffoletti 1-905-634-2642 Level 1. Speed Moderate. Saturday, August 6 ARBORETUM AND GUELPH CONNECTING LINKS 7 km; 2 to 2.5 hr See how nice it can be to hike or stroll in city parks. Meet at the volleyball courts parking lot for west of Edinburgh Road by Wellington Street at 9:30a.m. Leader: Stan and Jana 519-821-7996 Level 1. Speed Casual to Moderate. Monday, August 8 IROQUOIA BT TIFFANY FALLS TO WOODLEY LANE Leader: Errol MacKenzie Dundas 1-905-627-9497 to 9p.m.

`±12 km Level 2/3. Speed Moderate.

Wednesday, August 10 VALLEY-BAGGING SERIES: NIAGARA, SHORT HILLS PARK LOOP ±14km VALLEY-BAGGING along major escarpment valleys HIKE 9 of 18 continues! Leader: Errol MacKenzie Dundas 1-905-627-9497 to 9p.m. Level 2. Speed Moderate. Saturday-Monday, August 13-15 BRUCE TRAIL SYDENHAM HIKE 1-3 9.6 km; 17 km; 11.7 km 12p.m. start HIKE 1 km 93.4 Map 32; 9a.m. start HIKE 2 km 64.7 Map 31; HIKE 3 km 93.4 Map 32. Leader: Jamie Hember 1-519-745-1375; Greg , Jeanette Vincent 1-519-579-8210 Level 2/3. Speed Moderate. Monday, August 15 CALEDON BT ALTON TRAIL TO BRIMSTONE Leader: Errol MacKenzie Dundas 1-905-627-9497 to 9p.m. Level 2. Speed Moderate.


Monday, August 15 ELM IRA LIONS TRAIL 7 km/ 2 hr Meet at the Canadian Tire Store on Woodlawn Road for 6.15p.m. car pool to Floradale for an enjoyable evening hike around the Woolwich Reservoir. Bring water, no pets. Leader: Terry Spittles, 519-265-6203, Level 1. Speed Moderate. Wednesday, August 17 GREENSVILLE, WEBSTERSFALLS, CHRISTIE CA LOOP ± 15km Leader: Errol MacKenzie Dundas 1-905-627-9497 to 9p.m. Level 2. Speed Moderate. Thursday, August18 GUELPH LAKE 1½-2 hr Here's another chance to hike more trails in the Guelph Lake area. Meet at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street for 7p.m. carpool departure. Bring bug repellant, snack and water. No dogs please. Leader: Mary Sexton, John Vanderpost 519-265- 8669, before 9p.m. Level 2. Speed Moderate. Saturday, August 20 GHTC SPEED RIVER TRAILS 8 km, 2.5 hr We will hike Section 2 of our Speed River trail and John Wood Sidetrails on Section 1. Meet for 9:30a.m.start at the Humane Society parking lot off Wellington Street west of the Hanlon. Leader: Stan and Jana 519-821-7996 Level 2. Speed Moderate. Sunday, August 21 VALLEY-BAGGING SERIES: DUNDAS VALLEY HIKE 10 km VALLEY-BAGGING along major escarpment valleys repeat HIKE 3 of 18 continues! There is a variety of hills and rocky sections to hike throughout the valley. Meet for 9:30a.m. carpool depart from the Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street. Bring a snack, water and wear hiking boots. No dogs, please. Leader: Mary Sexton, John Vanderpost 519-265- 8669, before 9p.m.; Lynn Glover 519-780-0342 Level 2. Speed Moderate.

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Our Pedestrian Trails Are More Important Than Ever By Bill Wilson, Hike Ontario President


edestrian pathways in the woods have been important to me for most of my lifetime. When I started building trails, I rediscovered the childhood sensation of quiet contemplative enjoyment and discovery outdoors. I also got exercise outdoors in the company of like-minded trail-building people. Overtime, I saw how our local trail became a unique opportunity to socialize together, to enjoy the wonders of a natural river valley, to gain free health benefits and could help people, particularly children, discover the diversity of nature. All these experiences remain as clear benefits of our walking and hiking trails - making them priceless assets in our communities. More recently, our pedestrian trails seem to be even more important. We are in an era of rapid urbanization combined with increasing outdoor education cutbacks. At the Hike Ontario Summit in Trenton last November, Terri LeRoux brought Nature Deficit to our attention and evidence of the estrangement of children from nature. These are troubling developments. Without access to natural areas such as our pedestrian trails, how can children begin to discover what a healthy environment looks like? How can they begin to appreciate our natural environment? How can they learn how to protect it, or vote for it? Pierre Elliot Trudeau said that; “It takes up too much time, being afraid.” And I do not dwell on these developments. Many of their causes are out of our control. They do prompt me to underline that Hike Ontario and its members for over thirty years have been a very direct and positive response to these developments.

Our pedestrian trails continue to offer direct contact with nature for all walks of life including our children. Our Ontario trail clubs continue to offer a safe experience with nature free of charge to the taxpayer. Hike Ontario offers many educational materials for safe hiking, young hikers, hike leaders and nature discovery. Our pedestrian trails and the expertise of our clubs are more important to society than ever. We are cradles of our community’s nature awareness and individual self-discovery. I urge you all to continue your trail efforts and stewardship. I invite many more volunteers to join your – our - excellent and valuable work. Reproduced, with kind permission, from the Hike Ontario website.

More Excerpts from the Hike Ontario Web Site Ontario is an incredible place to live and play and an even better place to hike!! If you are lucky enough to get outside and hike the trails of this great province, there are a few basic things that every hiker should know. Things like where to hike, what to do if you get lost and what rules are smart to follow. You can find all of this information on the Hike Ontario or GHTC web sites. Did you know? * Ontario, Canada's second largest province, covers more than one million square kilometers (415,000 square miles) - an area larger than France and Spain combined. * Ontario boasts more than 64,000 kilometers of trails * Ontario offers everything from gentle walking trails to rock faces for climbing * Many thousands use these trails everyday * Most major trails in Ontario include glacial landforms as one of their most interesting features. Some of the most significant are the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine and Sleeping Giant

It’s time to renew your membership in the Guelph Hiking Trail Club! Most existing GHTC memberships expire on August 31, 2011 - but please ignore this reminder if your membership card indicates that your current membership expires at a later date. By renewing you are actively keeping our trails open, supporting maintenance of the existing network and contributing to the development of new trails. The Club membership fee plus any voluntary contributions are tax deductible! Please complete this form and send it, with your cheque made out to the Guelph Hiking Trail Club, to

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