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 most 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.

 

Sunday October 22, Toronto Section, 
Limehouse, Map 12, Introductory Hike,
This less than 5 km loop hike will take approximately 1.5 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:30 a.m. Limehouse Recreational Baseball Parking Lot.
Directions: From Hwy 401 take Trafalgar Rd (exit 328) north for 10 km to 22 Sideroad. Turn left 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 leaders 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. Since the ground on this 4 km hike is uneven and rocky (and may be muddy) in some sections, hiking boots or hiking shoes are preferable but since new hikers may not have access to all equipment, just be sure you wear comfortable walking shoes. The hike is short but you may wish to bring a bottle of water. If you do bring bottled water, snacks or extra clothes, please consider carrying these in a knapsack or fanny pack so your hands are free making walking more comfortable. Please arrive at meeting place at least 15 minutes before hike departure time. Pre-register by email for the hike with the hike leader.
Hike Leader:  Robert Gillespie robert_gillespie@bell.net  905-469-0950.

 

Sunday October 29, Toronto Section,
Silver Creek, Map 13, Introductory Hike,
This less than 5 km loop hike will take approximately 1.5 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 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 leaders 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 design to show new hikers what 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.
Hike Leader: Robert Gillespie robert_gillespie@bell.net 905-469-0950 email only.