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.

 

 

 

Thursday August 2: Albion Hills,
Introductory Hike,
This 9 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 11:00 a.m. After entering through the main gate off Hwy 50, park in the Cedar Grove 1 lot where there is an information kiosk.
Directions: Enter the main entrance of the Albion Hills Conservation area on the west side of Highway 50 just south of Palgrave.
Hike Description: We will hike the red loop trail which meanders through lovely woods, by ponds and near wetlands. Chance to see some big old growth trees within the park. Note there is an entrance fee to the park around $6.50. Bring a lunch for a break on the trail. This is a joint hike with the Toronto Bruce Trail club.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey tjshelvey@yahoo.com 416-320-8555.

 

Sunday September 9: Caledon Hills Section,
Palgrave Forest north , Map ORTA Map 1, Introductory,
This 9 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:30 a.m. Palgrave Forest parking lot on the south side of the road.
GPS Coordinates: 43.960580 , -79.863394.
Directions: Take Hwy 50 south 0.8 km from Hwy 9 and turn west onto Finnerty SR. Drive 750 m to the Palgrave Forest parking lot on the south side of the road.
Hike Description: Enjoy a nice loop hike in the Palgrave Forest. Bring a snack or lunch for break on the trail. This is a joint outing with the Oak Ridges Trail hiking club.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey tjshelvey@yahoo.com 416-320-8555.

 

Saturday October 13: Toronto Section,
Terra Cotta Conservation Area, Map 14, Introductory,

This 6 km loop hike will take approximately 2 hours and is at a leisurely pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. We will meet at the designated parking area on Boston Mills Rd., West of Mississauga Rd.
Directions: Take Hwy 10 north of Brampton to Boston Mills Rd. Turn Left (west). Mississauga Rd. is the 4th concession west of Hwy 10.
Hike Description: We will hike the main trail and the Rockside Side Trail.  There is some road walking on this section.
Hike Leader: Louise Carberry louise.carberry@rogers.com 905-216-7559.

 

Sunday October 14: Toronto Section,
Limehouse, Map 12, Introductory,

This less than 5 km loop hike will take approximately 2 hours and is at a leisurely pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:30 a.m. Ball Park parking lot on Fifth Line south of the village of Limehouse .
Directions: From Hwy 401 take Trafalgar Rd. north for 10 km to 22 Sideroad just north of where Trafalgar Road merges with Highway 7. Turn left onto 22 Sideroad then after about 3 km you will bear left to pass over a narrow bridge over the railway tracks in the village of Limehouse. Continue a short distance on and turn left (south) onto Fifth Line. Continue down Fifth Line until you see a Recreational Baseball Park on your left (east side). We will meet in the Ball Park parking lot. The hike leader’s car will have a Canadian flag attached to the window behind the driver’s door.
Hike Description: This hike is designed to give new hikers a sense of what hiking on the Bruce Trail has to offer. We will walk into the Limehouse Conservation Area, down into the valley along the Black Creek Side Trail and then up the main Bruce Trail to examine the lime kiln restoration. We will then reverse back down the main trail through the interesting “Hole in the Wall” feature and back to the cars in the parking lot. Hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes suggested. Bring water and a snack. Please consider carrying these in a knapsack or fanny pack to be more comfortable. Please arrive at meeting place at least 15 minutes before hike begins.
Please register with the hike leader.
Hike Leader: Robert Gillespie robert_gillespie@bell.net  email only.

 

Sunday October 28: Toronto Section,
Silver Creek, Map 13, Introductory
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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 4 km. No dogs please.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Scotsdale Farm parking lot.
Directions: Take Trafalgar Rd. exit off Hwy 401 and travel north on Trafalgar Rd. through Stewartown and continue to lights at merge with Hwy 7. Turn left at lights and continue traveling north for about 4 km where Hwy 7 carries on to left and Trafalgar Rd. exits on right. Continue north on Trafalgar Rd. and after about 2 km turn right into Scotsdale Farm. Drive east along the gravel road to the parking lot on the left in front of the farmhouse. The hike leader’s car will have a Canadian flag attached to the window behind the drivers seat. We will leave all cars at the meeting place while we complete this loop hike.
Hike Description: This hike is designed to give new hikers a sense of what hiking on the Bruce Trail has to offer. We will hike from Scotsdale Farm along the Bennett Heritage Trail to join the main trail just south of 27 Sideroad and then return to Scotsdale Farm via the Maureen Smith Side Trail. Hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes suggested. Bring water and a snack. Please consider carrying these in a knapsack or fanny pack to be more comfortable. Please arrive at meeting place at least 15 minutes before hike begins. Please register with hike leader.
Hike Leader: Robert Gillespie robert_gillespie@bell.net  email only.

 

 

 

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