Tuesday Hikes

The Tuesday Hikers have been active in the spring and fall since the early 1990s. Now there are Tuesday hikes year round. As the name suggests, we meet at various locations on Tuesdays.

The Tuesday Hikers have neither speed nor distance as their objective. Most of the hikes are under 12 km in length and the pace is around 3 km/hour. We enjoy exercise, fresh air, conversation and the scenery. We frequently enjoy an optional refreshment stop after the hike.

There is a voluntary collection of a loonie or toonie at each hike which is sent to the Bruce Trail Conservancy to support the Trail.

Details of the Tuesday hikes are published in the quarterly newsletter, the Caledon Comment, available to members, and are on this website. Weekly reminders are also sent by way of a email list. To have your name put on the Tuesday Hikers email list, or to receive further information, contact info@caledonbrucetrail.org .

See our on-line list of Scheduled Hikes (or access our printable version)

 

What’s a Tuesday Hiker? By Joan Richard

When I first joined the Caledon Club about a two years ago, I started to hear stories about the Tuesday hiking program that had existed for quite a few years.

One of the features of the Tuesday hikers was their collection each week for a donation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy. For their generosity, and for their longevity, the Tuesday hikers were awarded the Isabel East Award last June by the Caledon Club.

But there’s more. Rather than a group resting on its laurels for successful hikes and fundraising in the past, the Tuesday group has forged on to new adventures, seeking out new members and new trails.

This September the group could be found in the Beaver Valley, where about 20 stalwart hikers explored the Duncan Crevice Caves Provincial Nature Reserve and Metcalfe Crevice. They even had the excitement of quickly and quietly walking through a field containing a bull and many loudly mooing cows. Fortunately, the bull was pretending not to notice us.

Another day, in spite of the best efforts of the Tuesday coordinator, Marilyn Ross and the leader of the day, Roger Broadwell, to encourage people to postpone, 14 hikers set out on a piece of the end-to-end in a drizzle, which turned to a deluge, and it basically rained all day. The only other hikers we saw out that day was an even larger group from the Dufferin Hi-Lands Club. It was a very wet but still cheerful bunch who gratefully arrived at their cars. My boots took days to dry.

So if you are looking for a weekday hike, you will find a welcome with the Tuesday group. Although they have been around for a long time, they are open to new ideas, new members and new adventures. Take a look at the schedule and consider coming out.

 

 Scheduled Hikes

 

Tuesday March 21: Niagara Section,
Grimsby, Map 5,
This 13 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium 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. Beamers Falls overlook parking lot, 121 Ridge Rd. W. Grimsby.
GPS Coordinates: 43.183662/-79.571866
Directions: QEW south. Turn off at Exit 71 – Christie St./ Regional Road 12. Turn right onto Christie St., turn right onto Ridge Road west. The parking lot will be on the right.
Hike Description: Scenic hike from Mountainview Conservation area to Beamers Falls. The hike will take us through forested areas across the top of the escarpment with scenic views over Grimsby and will end at Beamers Falls. It is a bit challenging at the beginning.
* Option for wine tasting after the hike. There are several wineries on Mountainview Road, after the hike if anyone is interested, we can visit one or two.
* There is also a Pub in Grimsby called the Judge and Jester for refreshment after the hike. If anyone is interested in one of these options please let me know by Sunday afternoon so I can make reservations.
Thank you.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday March 28: Toronto Section,
Limehouse, Map 12,
This 14 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is a dropout point after 7 km. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Limehouse Ball Park.
Directions: Fifth Line, between Sideroad 22 and Sideroad 17. Shuttle to Canada Goose parking lot. Dropouts can be arranged at 7 or 9 km.
Hike Description: A varied hike using parts of the Black Creek, Canada Goose and the new Todd Bardes Meadowland Side Trails along with the Main Trail. Pub lunch in Georgetown.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell 416-578-1744 (day of hike) bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday April 4: Caledon Hills Section,
Forks of the Credit, Map 15,
This 10 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: 10:00 a.m. Roadside parking at km 8.8 on the north side of Forks of the Credit Road at Dominion St.
Directions: Head north on Hwy 10 to Forks of the Credit Rd. (just north of Olde Baseline Road) and then west to Dominion St. (about 1 km west of McLaren Rd).
Hike Description: A nice loop hike in the park. Bring a snack or lunch for a break on the trail.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday April 11: Caledon Hills Section,
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
This 7 km loop hike will take approximately 3 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 parking area on the 3rd line EHS, approximately 1 km north of Hockley Road.
Directions: the 3rd Line EHS runs north from Hockley Road, between Hwy 10 and Airport Road.   Hike Description: We will hike a figure 8 loop starting at the Isabel East Side Trail, on the main trail to the Tom Snell Side Trail and returning on the Glen Cross Side Trail.
Hike Leader: Louise Carberry 905-216-7559 before 10 p.m. louise.carberry@rogers.com

 

Tuesday April 18: Blue Mountains Section,
Black Bank/Devil’s Glen, Map 21/22,
This 13 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium 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. by the cemetery on Mulmur-Nottawasaga Townline, east of Lavender Hill Rd.
GPS Coordinates: 44.268772/-80.157369
Directions: From Shelburne, at Highway #124 and #89, go north on 124 about 9.5 km, then turn right onto County Road 21 towards Honeywood. Turn left onto Centre Road, then right onto Mulmur-Nottawasaga Townline, through Lavender to the parking area by the cemetery.
Hike Description: From km 0, the start of the Blue Mountain Section of the BTC at Lavender, we will shuttle to Sideroad 9/10 and hike back to Lavender. Bring water and snacks
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday April 25: Iroquoia Section,
Rock Chapel to Arboretum, Map 8,
This 13 km loop hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a medium 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. Rock Chapel parking lot. A fee applies.
Directions: From Hwy 6, go west on Hwy 5 (Dundas St.) to Rock Chapel Rd. Turn left and follow to the parking area on left.
Hike Description: We’ll pass Borer’s Falls and then use the Main Trail and the Ray Lowes Side Trail into the RBG Arboretum, visiting the interpretive centre and walking along the shoreline of Coote’s Paradise. Expect to see many signs of spring.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell 416-578-1744 (day of hike) bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday May 2: Iroquoia Section,
Kerncliff Park, Map 9,
This 13 km “there and back” hike will take approximately 4.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is a dropout point after 5 km. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. City View Park in Burlington, south-east corner of Dundas St. and Kerns Rd. City View Park is about 3 km east of Waterdown. From Dundas St. drive south on Kerns Rd. 400 meters to the second entrance to the Park. Turn left to parking. (Might be called “New City Park” in some maps). Near km 75.7 on Map 9.
Directions: From Hwy 401 come south on Guelph Line to Dundas. Turn right and go 3 km to left turn at Kerns Rd. From QEW come north on Guelph Line to Dundas. Turn left, go 3 km to Kerns Rd.
Hike Description: We will hike the Main Trail and side trails in the Kerncliff Park / Waterdown area.
Hike Leader: Peter Leeney 905-301-4091 peter.leeney@utoronto.ca

 

Tuesday May 9: Iroquoia Section,
Crawford Lake and Forestry Tract, Map 11,
This 12 km loop hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium pace. Terrain is flat alternating with rocky; hiking boots are strongly recommended.  Bring water and lunch/snack. No dropout point.  No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart:  9:30 a.m. from the parking lot of Scout Camp Manitou, 7484 Twiss Road opposite BT km 102.6.
GPS: 43.4479, -79.9574.
Directions: From Hwy 401 exit at Guelph Line (#312), immediately turn right (west) on Reid Sideroad 1.3 km, left (south) on Twiss Rd. 5.0 km to Camp Manitou gate on right, 250 m to camp parking lot.
From QEW/403, take Guelph Line north 14.8 km, turn left (west) on Derry Rd. (Halton Rd. 7) 1.5 km, then right (north) on Twiss Rd. 2.0 km to Camp Manitou gate on left, 250 m to camp parking lot.
Hike Description: We’ll follow the main trail north through Crawford Forestry Tract, along the escarpment edge overlooking Nassagaweya Canyon to km 108.5, then south on the Crawford Lake Side Trail to the boardwalk for lunch.  Finally, we will continue south to the cars.
Hike Leader: Bill McDonald 519-489-0485 (cell 226-600-4280) rec@sweettalker.ca

 

Tuesday May 16: Dufferin Hi-Land Section,
Split Rock Narrows & Mono Cliffs, Map 19,
This 14 km loop hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium 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. Splitrock Narrows parking lot.
Directions: From Hwy 10 between Orangeville and Primrose, go east on 25th Sideroad to 2nd Line EHS. Turn north and go approximately 2 km to the parking lot on the right. If you wish a shorter hike (10 km), meet us at the junction of 25th Sideroad and 2nd line EHS (at stile), roadside parking, at approximately 10 a.m.
Hike Description: We’ll explore side trails in the Splitrock Narrows property and in Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. There should be lots of spring wildflowers.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell 416-578-1744 (day of hike) bjeuler@rogers.com

 

 
Tuesday May 23: Beaver Valley Section,
Eugenia, Map 26,
This 14 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:00 a.m. Johnston’s Sideroad, km 70.1 map 26, where the main trail crosses the road. There is a small parking area on the north side of the road.
GPS Coordinates: 44.316011/-80.548148
Directions: From the corner of Highway 10 and 4 in Flesherton, go north on Highway 10 and turn right onto County Road 32. Turn right onto Johnston’s Sideroad.
Hike Description: Part of the Falling Waters hike in the Beaver Valley. We will shuttle to Eugenia Falls to begin the hike and hike back to Johnston’s Sideroad, passing Hogg’s Falls at the end of the Beaver Valley on our way. * Please note the earlier meeting time of 9 a.m.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday May 30: Dufferin Hi-Land Section,
Boyne Valley, Map 20,
This 14 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4.5 hours and is at a medium 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. BTC parking lot on 1st Line E. at the 29.4 km point of Dufferin Hi-Land section.
Directions: North on highway 10, north of Orangeville to Primrose, continue north through Primrose, east on 5 Sideroad, north on 1st Line E., parking lot is on east side of 1st Line E. about 3 km. north of 5 Sideroad.
Hike Description: Hike the main trail through Boyne Valley Provincial Park and along the Boyne River from 15.2 km. to 29.4 km. of the Dufferin Hi-Land section of the Bruce trail. We will meet at BTC parking lot at 29.4 km point and shuttle to parking lot at 15.2 km point.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 (prefer text) shapirors@msn.com