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.

 

Saturday September 9, Woodbridge,
Introductory Hike,
This 8 km loop hike will take approximately 2.5 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Meet in the Pierre Berton Library parking lot in Woodbridge.
Directions: The Library parking lot is located 350 m. east from the intersection of Islington Avenue and Rutherford Road.
Hike Description: We will walk the trails in Boyd Park. There is one hill.  Bring snack and water.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey tjshelvey@yahoo.com 416-320-8555.

 

Saturday September 9, Caledon Hills Section, 
Hockley Valley, Map 18, Introductory Hike,
This 8 km shuttle hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a leisurely pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.  There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. from parking lot on the 5th Line of Mono just south of the Hockley Road – address 873603 5th Line. From here we’ll carpool to the Bruce Trail parking lot on the 7th Line of Mono (just east of the intersection of the Airport Road and 7th Line).
GPS Coordinates: 43.993791 N 80.014111N
Directions: From Hwy 9 and Airport Road, proceed 7 km. north on Airport Road to Hockley Road, then turn west on Hockley Road for one concession to 5th Line Mono. Turn south on 5th Line then an immediate left to the parking lot – address 873603 5th Line. From Highway 10, take Hockley Road (north of Orangeville) and follow Hockley Road east to 5th line. Then south on 5th line to address 873603
Hike Description: This hike will mostly be on the Main Trail from the 7th Line of Mono to the 5th Line of Mono passing through 10 Bruce Trail managed properties. On the way, we’ll learn a little bit about each of the properties and the role the Land Steward plays in helping to manage the properties. Learn how to identify some of the invasive species that are located on our properties and what we can do to help eradicate them.
Hike Leader: Gary Hall   garyhall@rogers.com 905-880-4037.

 

Saturday September 16, Toronto Section, 
Map 14, Introductory Hike,
This 6 km loop hike will take approximately 2 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Boston Mills Road, approximately .5 km west of Mississauga Road km 47.5.  The road dead ends here and there is parking on the roadside.
Directions: Take Highway 10 north of Brampton to Boston Mills Road and turn left.
Hike Description: Rockside Side Trail and Main Trail Loop.  Depart 10am at the point where Boston Mills Road dead ends, approximately .5 km west of Mississauga Road. We will start on the main trail which is through a hardwood forest to meet the Rockside Side Trail on Heritage Road.  We will follow this back to the parking area.
Hike Leader: Louise Carberry louise.carberry@rogers.com 9052167559.

 

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.