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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://www.google.com/calendar/b/0/embed?src=nf38gftkrqtmpisa3nk3pjmfuc@group.calendar.google.com&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: pjf@uoguelph.ca Editors note: A link to the Hiking Schedule can be found at:: www.guelphhiking.blogspot.com/


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 wmungall0809@rogers.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 e.mackenzie@sympatico.ca or 905 627-9497 before 9pm for details.

IBTC Medium 4

14km

W ed Mar 07 GLEN MORRIS TO PARIS ~ 18km Contact Louise, llanglc401@rogers.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 wmungall0809@rogers.com Level 3. Speed Moderate.

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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 maryh57@gmail.com Level 2. Speed Moderate W ed Mar 28 W ATERDOW N W OODS Contact Connie Rusynyk, c.rusynyk@sympatico.ca, 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

12km

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 vhyland@rogers.com 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, llanglc401@rogers.com for details or go to iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html IBTC Medium 2

16km

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 vhyland@rogers.com 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 sweeney@cogeco.ca 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 maryh57@gmail.com; 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 vhyland@rogers.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 wmungall0809@rogers.com 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, c.rusynyk@sympatico.ca, 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

12km

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 vhyland@rogers.com Level 1. Speed Moderate Mon Apr 23 CRAW FORD LAKE-RATTLESNAKE, LOOP 15 km Contact Errol MacKenzie e.mackenzie@sympatico.ca 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 1½ 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; bardsue@sentex.net, 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

10 km

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 walkaway.treks@sympatico.ca, 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 victoriajoymacphail@hotmail.com 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 vhyland@rogers.com Level 1. Speed Moderate Mon Apr 30 TRIMBLE TRAIL, RAIL TRAIL, FORKS OF CREDIT PARK, LOOP Contact Errol MacKenzie e.mackenzie@sympatico.ca 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, llanglc401@rogers.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.

Moderate

13km

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.

Moderate

11.9 km

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 ksomersghtc@gmail.com. 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 wmungall0809@rogers.com Level 2. Speed Moderate Mon May 07 DUNDAS VALLEY, LOOP Contact Errol MacKenzie e.mackenzie@sympatico.ca 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, c.rusynyk@sympatico.ca, 905 689 2203 Cell at time of hike: 905 520 6502 or go to www.iroquoia.on.ca/hikes.html IBTC Medium 3

15km

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: cummingdl@sympatico.ca

21 km

M on M ay 14 RIVER & RUINS TRAIL 1½ 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 vhyland@rogers.com Level 1. Speed Moderate Mon May 14 W OODEND TO DECEW HOUSE PARK Contact Errol MacKenzie e.mackenzie@sympatico.ca 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 bcmforster@sympatico.ca 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 wmungall0809@rogers.com Level 2, Speed Moderate Mon May 28 NIAGARA GLEN, LOOP Contact Errol MacKenzie e.mackenzie@sympatico.ca or 905 627-9497 before 9pm. IBTC Medium 5

9 km

W ed May 30 SCOTSDALE FARM Contact Mickey MacDonald, mikmac@idirect.com 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 ½ 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 wmungall0809@rogers.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 wmungall0809@rogers.com 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: cummingdl@sympatico.ca GHTC Newsletter - March 2012 - Page 21

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