Introductory Hikes

If you are new to hiking or looking for a gentle way to ease back after an illness or injury, this is the place for you.  You will have an opportunity to learn how to follow trail blazes, chat with the leader and others about gear and make new friends.  There will be an optional refreshment stop after some of the hikes. Each hike is unique.  Choose the ones that appeal to you or attend them all!  Please arrive at meeting place at least 15 minutes before hike begins.  If you have any questions, email robert.gillespie@sympatico.ca.

 

Hikes are listed below, and you can also access our printable version of scheduled Introductory Hikes.

 

Tuesday, December 18: Caledon Hills Section,  
Albion Hills, Map 17,
Holiday Lunch,
This 9 km shuttle hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Royal Event Centre parking lot (washrooms available).
Directions: The Centre is 4.3 km north of King Rd. on Innis Lake Rd.
Hike Description: We will shuttle to Duffy’s Lane and Old Church Road then walk through part of the Albion Hills CA on the Humber Valley Heritage Trail to the Caledon Trailway which we will follow back to our starting place for a leisurely lunch at the elegant Consulate Dining Lounge overlooking Innis Lake. Please let me know by Sunday night if you will be staying for lunch.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 Cell phone day of hike only; 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday, January 8: Toronto Section,
Scotsdale Farm, Map 13,
An easy loop hike of 10 km (about 3 hrs) at a medium pace on variable terrain. Hiking boots and icers recommended, but take snowshoes if snow conditions are suitable. No dogs. Bring a drink and snacks.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. from the Scotsdale Farm parking area.
Directions: The entrance to Scotsdale Farm is 1.5 km north on Trafalgar Rd. from Hwy 7 (passing the hamlet of Silver Creek) and on the east side of Trafalgar Road. Follow the gravel road to the parking area.
Hike Description: The hike will start at Scotsdale Farm then proceed to include the Bennett Heritage Side Trail, passing the beautiful Snow’s Creek and Silver Creek, taking us back through forested escarpment territory on the main Bruce Trail. In total it will be approximately 10 km. Take hiking boots + icers, but if we get snow be prepared for snowshoes. Refreshment stop afterwards.
Hike Leader: Hamish Duthie: 519-822-8686 evenings, or email: hduthie@uwaterloo.ca

 

Sunday, January 13: Iroquoia Section,
Mount Nemo, Map 10,

This 9 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a leisurely pace over moderate terrain. There is a dropout point after 6 km. No dogs please.  There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Mount Nemo Conservation parking lot, off Guelph Line at Colling Rd
* there is a parking fee at the parking lot.
GPS Coordinates: N43.418144 / W79.861377.
Directions: From the north: 401 to Guelph Line. Go south on Guelph line for 12 km. Parking lot is on the left.  From Toronto area: 403 Queen Elizabeth Way, exit at Guelph Line/Halton Regional Rd.1. Turn right onto Guelph Line. Go north on Guelph Line for 9.6 km. Mount Nemo parking lot will be on the right. ** bring water and snacks.** Icers and gators are always a good idea in winter.
Hike Description: A winter hike with great views over the escarpment. We will loop through the conservation area using the north and south loop trails and Quarry access trail. Weather permitting we can lengthen the hike by double looping or partially looping the trails
Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader.
Please check email before leaving home in the morning. The hike may be cancelled by 7:30 AM due to inclement weather.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper harpt7c@gmail.com 519 589 4114.

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019: Iroquoia Section,  
Burlington Bay,
This 8 km “there and back” hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Discovery Centre at Spencer Smith Park (parking fee). Meet inside the centre where there are washrooms.
Directions: Lakeshore Rd. west of Brant St. in Burlington.
Hike Description: A walk along the Waterfront Trail. Nice views over the lake and lots of water birds. We will finish in time for lunch at Pepperwood Bistro.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 Cell phone day of hike only; 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday, January 22: Iroquoia Section,  
Mount Nemo, Map 10,
This 9 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is a dropout point after 6 km. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Mount Nemo Conservation Area parking lot off Guelph Line at Colling Rd.
GPS Coordinates: N43.418144; W79.861377
Directions: From the north: Hwy 401 to Guelph Line. Go south on Guelph Line for 12 km. Parking lot is on the left.  From Toronto area: Hwy 403/Queen Elizabeth Way. Exit at Guelph Line/ Halton Regional Rd. 1. Turn right onto Guelph Line. Go north on Guelph Line for 9.6 km. Mount Nemo will be on the right.
Hike Description: A winter hike with great views over the escarpment. We will loop through the conservation area using the north and south loop trails and Quarry Access trails. Weather permitting we can lengthen the hike by double looping or partially looping the trails. Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader. Please check your email before leaving home. Hike may be cancelled by 7:30 a.m. due to inclement weather.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, February 12: Toronto Section,  
Hilton Falls, Map 11,
This 10 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Hilton Falls Conservation Area parking lot.
Directions: Exit Hwy 401 at Hwy 25 (exit 320) and drive north 1.7 km to 5 Sideroad just past Tim’s, then drive west for about 5 km. Look for Hilton Falls on the north side.
Hike Description: Nice fairly flat loop hike. Admission fee applies. Lunch after at the Trail Café in Campbellville.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Sunday, February 24: Caledon Hills Section,
Caledon Rail Trail,

This 8 km “there and back” hike will take approximately 2.5 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.  There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart:10:30 a.m. Caledon Community Complex, 6125 Old Church Road in Caledon East.
Directions: Heading either north or south on Airport Road into Caledon East, turn East onto Old Church Road at the T-junction traffic lights in the centre of town.  Go approx. 0.5km to the Caledon Community Complex.
Hike Description: Nice, easy walk along the Caledon Railway Trail.  We’ll walk about an hour one way and then turn back the same way. Bring icers. Joint hike with the Oak Ridges Hiking club.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey tjshelvey@yahoo.com   416-320-8555.

 

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