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 email@example.com.
Hikes are listed below, and you can also access our printable version of scheduled Introductory Hikes.
Sunday March 11, 2018 Toronto Section
Terra Cotta Conservation Area, Map 14
This 7 km loop hike will take approximately 2.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 9:30 am Please meet at the kiosk in the main parking lot at Terra Cotta Conservation Area.
GPS Coordinates: 43.7217099,-79.9612913
Directions: Coming from King Street in Terra Cotta, go north on Winston Churchill.
Coming from 32 Side Road (also County Road 42) or Ballinafad Road, go south on Winston Churchill. Address: 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd, Terra Cotta, ON L0P 1N0
Hike Description: Come join us on a sweet hike, covering about 7 km and combining the trails at Terra Cotta, the Winston Churchill Side Trail, and the main trail. At times, the terrain will be easy and at times, there will be some added challenges. Depending on the weather, be prepared for some muddy sections and a few icy patches. Please bring some water and a snack. Your hike leaders are Rebecca Petre and Elizabeth Ganong. Lucky for us… it’s Terra Cotta’s Maple Syrup Festival! Stay after the hike to enjoy the various demonstrations and pancakes with real maple syrup. See maplesyrupfest.com for more festival details. Note: For entry into the conservation area, festival rates apply. It’s about $10 per person.
Hike Leader: Elizabeth Ganong firstname.lastname@example.org
647-271-8314 Text messages (647-271-8314) or email (email@example.com) preferred.
Saturday March 17, 2018 Caledon Hills Section
Island Lake, Orangeville,
This 10 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over easy terrain.
There is a dropout point after greater than 7 km.
No dogs please.
Depart: 9:30 am Once you go past the front gate (which is the main entrance to Island Lake Conservation Area), follow the paved road when you reach the fork ahead. Continue to the second driveway on your right which is the parking lot where we will meet. There are washrooms near the parking lot.
GPS Coordinates: 43.9305467,-80.0868126
Directions: From Highway 10 (just north of Highway 9), turn onto Buena Vista. Turn left onto Hurontario Street. (The main entrance is south of the Orangeville Reservoir.)
Hike Description: The sweetness continues! We start with a loop hike, following the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail (8.2 km). Depending on the weather, be prepared for some muddy sections and a few icy patches. Please bring some water and a snack. We end with a short hike into Island Lake’s Maple Syrup Festival (following the Sugar Bush Trail). At this point, you can re-energize by feasting on some pancakes with real maple syrup, take a wagon ride to rest your weary feet or watch a blacksmith at work. See maplesyrupfest.com for more festival details. Note: For entry into the conservation area, festival rates apply. It’s about $10 per person. If you buy your festival ticket online, your ticket is good for unlimited entry into all festival locations for the duration of the festival. (If you bought your ticket for the Terra Cotta hike on the 11th online, it covers you for this hike too!) Your hike leaders are Rebecca Petre and Elizabeth Ganong.
Hike Leader: Elizabeth Ganong firstname.lastname@example.org
Text messages (647-271-8314) or email (email@example.com) preferred.
Saturday March 31, Caledon Hills Section,
Hockley Valley Nature Reserve, Map 18, 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.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. from the parking lot on Hockley Rd near km 60.1 (east of 2nd line).
Directions: Take Hwy 10 north and just north of Orangeville, turn right on Hockley Rd.; follow for 5 km to parking lot on left. Or, take Airport Road north and turn left on Hockley Rd.; follow for 6 km to parking lot on right.
Hike Description: Didn’t hike much this winter? Ease back into hiking with this short loop in the Hockley Valley. We will cover the Main Trail and Tom East Side Trail, which will include some steep hills. Hiking boots are recommended. May still be snow and/or ice on the trail, so come prepared with icers. Bring your choice of hydration and snacks.
Hike Leader: Heidi Bischof firstname.lastname@example.org 905-782-0459 text or email preferred.
Saturday April 21, Toronto Section,
West of Terra Cotta Conservation Area, Map 14 Introductory,
This 6 km loop hike will take approximately 2.5 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. Boston Mills Road dead ends west of Mississauga Road. There is adequate parking on the side of the road and the trail loop begins here: km. 46.9 .
Directions: Approximately 5 km north of Brampton on Hwy 10 to Boston Mills Road. Turn West. The road dead ends approximately .5 km west of Mississauga Road.
Hike Description: Rockside Side Trail and Main Trail Loop. Most of the hike is through hardwood forest with approximately 1 km of trail on Heritage Road.
Hike Leader: Louise Carberry email@example.com 905-216-7559.