Nature Walks

These walks will take place on our BTC managed properties in the Caledon section and will focus on the biodiversity of these properties. If you’re interested in conservation or shorter, less strenuous activity, these walks may be what you’re looking for.

 

Thursday May 7: Hemlock Ridges Nature Walk, Map 18,

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Category: Nature Walks
Location: Hockley Valley – Directions: Airport Road (Dufferin County 18) to Hockley Road, then west on Hockley Road to 5th Line EHS. Turn south on 5th Line to parking lot on left – OR

Hwy 10 to Hockley Road (north of Orangeville), then east to 5th Line EHS, south on 5th Line to parking.
Hike Leader(s): Gary Hall 
Pace: Leisurely – 3 km/hour or less
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 3 km

Description: This first in the Nature Walk series will take place on the BTC’s beautiful Hemlock Ridges property in the Hockley Valley. The walk will cover the main trail, Hemlock Ridges Side Trail, Hockley Heights Side Trail and Glacier Valley Side Trail. Bring binoculars, camera and nature guides in order to identify and record flora and fauna of this nature reserve.

 

Thursday May 14: Caledon Hills Section, Hockley Nature Reserve, Spring Flower Photography Hike 

The pace will be leisurely, over easy terrain. This loop hike will be up to 7 km long and last approximately 3.5 hrs. No dropout point, No dogs please. Refreshment/pub stop afterwards. 

Depart: 9:30 a.m. from the 3rd Line parking area about 1.2 km north of Hockley Road.

Directions: Take Hwy 10 north of Orangeville to Hockley Road (Dufferin Road 7), turn right (east), then drive approx. 6.2 km to the 3rd Line at Glen Cross then turn left to the parking area (43.990484, -80.047547) 

Hike Description: We will walk up to 7 km on the Glen Cross Side Trail, Main Trail and Isabel East Side Trail stopping frequently to identify and photograph spring flowers. Bring a macro lens if you have one. Please register beforehand with Hamish so he can contact you in case of inclement weather. 

Hike Leader: Hamish Duthie, hduthie@uwaterloo.ca 519-882-8686 evenings before 9 p.m.

 

Thursday May 21: Tall Timbers, Scarlett and Moule Easement Nature Walk,

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Category: Nature Walks
Location: Parking lot on north side of 5 Sideroad Mono – km 44.3. Directions: Airport Road north of Mono Mills to 5 Sideroad Mono. Turn east on 5 Sideroad for about 500 metres to parking lot on left (north side of road).
Hike Leader(s): Gary Hall 
Pace: Leisurely – 3 km/hour or less
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing
Distance: 5 km

Description: Enjoy a nature walk on three BTC managed properties: Tall Timbers, Scarlett and the Moule Easement. Bring your binoculars, cameras and nature guides and help identify flora and fauna on these three wooded BTC properties.

 

Thursday May 28, Songbird Nature Reserve,

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Category: Nature Walks
Location: Because of limited roadside parking on Airport Road, we’ll meet at km 31.6 on Innis Lake Road, north of Finnerty Sideroad and carpool to 29.4 on the Airport Road at the entrance to the Songbird Side Trail. Directions: Airport Road north of Caledon East to Finnerty Sideroad, then east on Finnerty to Innis Lake Road.
Hike Leader(s): Gary Hall 
Pace: Leisurely – 3 km/hour or less
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 2 km

Description: This third in the Nature Walk series will take place on the BTC’s beautiful Songbird Nature Reserve. Bring binoculars, camera and nature guides in order to identify and record flora and fauna of this nature reserve. There should be a good variety of flora and fauna to observe.

 

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