Tuesday Hikes

The Tuesday Hikers have been active in the spring and fall since 1986. 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 October 29: Rattlesnake Point & Crawford Lake,
Map 11,
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area Parking lot, lower level. Entrance fee per person $7, seniors $6. Directions: From Hwy 401 exit 312, take Guelph Line (Rd. 1) north. Very soon, go right (east) on Campbellville Road 3.5 km, right (south) on Appleby Line 5.5 km, right into Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area.
Hike Leader(s): Bill McDonald
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 15 km loop
Description: From Rattlesnake Point we will hike the Rattlesnake Point Side Trail, the main trail and the Crawford Lake Side Trail to the Visitors’ Centre at Crawford Lake. We will have a rest/lunch stop here before looping back to Rattlesnake Point.
Afterwards: refreshment/pub stop.
There is no dropout point. No dogs please.

 

Tuesday November 5: Scotsdale Farm,
Map 13,
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Scotsdale Farm. The entrance to the farm is from Trafalgar Rd. about 1 km north of where it separates from Hwy 7.
Hike Leader(s): Barbara Euler
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 13 km loop hike
Description: A loop hike using the Bennett Heritage Side Trail, the Main Trail and the Great Esker Side Trail. If the conditions are poor, we will omit the second side trail and reduce the hike to 9 km. Refreshment/pub stop in Georgetown after.

 

Tuesday November 12: Dundas Valley – Main Trail Head Waters Trail,
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Iroquoia – Dundas Valley Conservation Area. Meet at the Gatehouse Museum parking lot. Enter from Sulphur Springs Rd., just east of its’ junction with Mineral Springs Rd. Directions: From Clappison’s Corners, intersection of Hwy 5 and 6, travel west on Hwy 5. Turn left onto Brock Rd. At Bullocks Corners turn right onto Hwy 8. Turn left onto Weirs Line, turn left onto Governors Rd., turn right onto Sulphur Springs Rd. Parking lot immediately on the left.
Hike Leader(s): Doris Harper
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 14 km
Description: Looping through Dundas Valley Conservation area using the Headwaters Trail and part of the Bruce Trail. Along the way, we will pass the historic Griffin House, rolling hills, forests, meadows, deeply cut valleys and sparkling streams.

 

Tuesday November 19: Hockley Nature Reserve,
Map 18,
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Take Highway 10 or Airport Road north to Hockley Rd. The 3rd Line is midway between these two main roads. Meet at the designated parking area on the 3rd Line about 2 km north of Hockley Road.
Hike Leader(s): Louise Carberry
Pace: Leisurely – 3 km/hour or less
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 10 km
Description: We will hike the Isabel East Side Trail, the Main Trail, The Cam Snell Side Trail and the Glen Cross Side Trail. The terrain is undulating and mostly hardwood forests with several streams flowing in the ravines.

 

Tuesday November 26: Culham Trail – Mississauga,
10:00 AM – 1:15 PM
Location: Streetsville Arena – 335 Church St., Streetsville – lower lot near ball diamond.
From Hwy 401 go south on Mississauga Rd. Pass Argentia Rd. and at the next lights, turn left to stay on Mississauga Rd. Follow 3 km into Streetsville (where Mississauga Rd. becomes Queen St.) and turn left on Church St. Or from QEW or Hwy 403 go north on Erin Mills Pkwy. Just south of Erin Mills Town Centre Mall, turn right on Eglinton Ave. W, then left at lights on to Mississauga Rd. Follow for 2 km to right turn at Church St.
Hike Leader(s): Tessa Shelvey
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing
Distance: 8 km
Description: Nice easy walk along the Credit River. We will hike north for approximately 4 km and then return the same way. Cell on day of hike 416-320-8555.

 

December 3: Kelso Conservation Area
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Map 11, Kelso; 9:30 am from Kelso Conservation Area parking lot at NW corner of Steeles and Bell School Line. Take Hwy 401 west toward Milton. Exit at Regional Rd. 25 South. Turn right (west) on Steeles Ave. Follow for 4 km to Bell School Line and paid parking lot on right.
Hike Leader(s): Peter Leeney, cell phone 905-301-4091
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 9 km “there and back”
Description: We will hike along the edge of the Escarpment in Kelso Conservation Area. Fine views over the Escarpment.

 

December 10: Holiday Lunch,
Caledon East, Map 16,
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Meet at the Royal Ambassador Event Centre parking lot, 4.3 km north of King Rd. on Innis Lake Rd. (Washrooms available)
Hike Leader(s): Barbara Euler (cell phone on day of hike only 416-578-1744) bjeuler@rogers.com
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing
Distance: 9 km shuttle hike
Description: We will shuttle to Duffy’s Lane and Old Church Rd., then walk through part of the Albion Hills CA on the Humber Valley Heritage Trail to the Caledon Trailway which we will follow back to our starting place for a leisurely lunch at the elegant Consulate Dining Lounge overlooking Innis Lake. Please let me know (by e-mail) by Sunday night if you will be staying for lunch.

 

December 17: 4Th Annual Waterloo County St. Jacob’s Health Valley and Mill Race Trail & Christmas Luncheon Hike,
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Village of St. Jacob’s. The village will be decorated for Christmas; you may want to do some last minute Christmas shopping.
Directions: From Guelph and surrounding area: From Hwy 6 north, turn left onto Marden Rd./Wellington County Rd. 30. In 4.6 km turn right onto Wellington County Rd. 86. In 3 km turn left onto Ariss Valley Rd./Township Rd. 52. In 10 km turn left onto Katherine St./Waterloo Regional Rd. 23. Turn right onto Sawmill Rd./Waterloo Regional Rd. 17. In 6.2 km, at the roundabout take the second exit to stay on Sawmill Rd. In 500 m turn left onto King St. North, St. Jacob’s. After crossing the bridge take the next street left onto Albert St. Parking lot will be on the left.
From the 401: Take the Hwy 8 exit to Kitchener. Continue on 7/8 Conestoga Pkwy to Waterloo (take the right branch of the highway). The Pkwy will end once through Waterloo and will become Hwy 85. At the roundabout in St. Jacob’s take the 3rd exit onto Sawmill Rd. After 500 meters turn left onto King St., St. Jacob’s. After crossing the bridge take the first street left onto Albert St. Parking lot will be on the left.
Hike Leader(s): Doris Harper – harpt7c@gmail.com
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing
Distance: 10 km
Description: We will hike there and back along the Health Valley Trail and then an additional 3 km on the Mill Race Trail. You can drop out after the Health Valley Trail.
The Health Valley Trail hike meanders along the Conestogo River. The Mill Race Trail follows along a millrace used to divert water from the Conestogo River to supply energy to the Snyder flourmill. Here we can feed the chickadees that are eager to eat seeds and nuts right out of your hand.
Lunch will be at the Stone Crock restaurant in St. Jacob’s. I will book the private party room for 1 PM so we can all sit together.

  • Please let me know by Sunday December 15th if you plan to join us for lunch.

 

January 7: to be determined
9:30 AM
Hike Leader(s): Doris Harper

 

January 14: OPEN – check website for updates

 

January 21: Hilton Falls,
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Hilton Falls Conservation Area parking lot
Hike Leader(s): Tessa Shelvey Cell # 416-320-8555
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing
Distance: 10 km loop
Description: Nice winter hike. Trail is a flat gravel path. Icers may be needed. Admission fee applies. Lunch after at the Trail Café.

 

January 28: Burlington Beach
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Meet at the Discovery Centre at Spencer Smith Park – Lakeshore Rd. west of Brant St. in Burlington. Washrooms available. Parking fee.
Hike Leader(s): Barbara Euler (cell phone on day of hike only 416-578-1744) bjeuler@rogers.com
Pace: Leisurely – 3 km/hour or less
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing
Distance: 8 km loop hike
Description: A walk along the Waterfront Trail. Nice views over the lake and lots of water birds. We will finish in time for lunch at Pepperwood Bistro.

 

February 4: to be determined
9:30 AM
Hike Leader(s): Doris Harper

 

February 11: Mono Cliffs Winter Hike,
Map 19
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Meet at Mono Centre Community Hall parking lot. From Hwy 10, go east on RR 8 to 2nd line EHS.
Hike Leader(s): Barbara Euler (cell phone on day of hike only 416-578-1744) bjeuler@rogers.com
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 13 km loop hike
Description: We will explore a number of the trails in Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. Snowshoes or icers may be appropriate. If weather is poor, hike will be shortened to 9.5 km. Refreshments after.

 

February 18: Palgrave Forest
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Map 17, Palgrave Forest & Wildlife Area. Take Hwy 50 south 0.8 km from Hwy 9 and turn west onto Finnerty Sideroad. Drive 750 m to the Palgrave Forest parking lot on the south side of the road.
Hike Leader(s): Tessa Shelvey – Cell # 416-320-8555
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 9 km loop
Description: Enjoy a nice loop hike in the Palgrave Forest. Bring a snack or lunch for break on the trail.

 

February 25: OPEN – check website for updates

 

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