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 November 6: Toronto Section,  
Hilton Falls, Map 11,
This 11 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. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Hilton Falls Conservation Area parking lot. Note: there is a parking fee, Adult $6.75, Senior $5.75 at time of writing.
Directions: From Hwy 25, north of Hwy 401, turn west on Regional Rd. 9 (Campbellville Rd.) and go to the conservation area on the north side of the road. From Guelph Line, north of Hwy 401, turn east on Regional Rd. 9 and go to the conservation area on the north side of the road.
Hike Description: Hilton Falls Conservation Area trails.
Hike Leader: Susan Atkinson 519-831-9474 susanatkinson19@gmail.com

 

Tuesday November 13: Caledon Hills Section,  
Palgrave Forest North, Map 17,
This 9 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. Palgrave Forest parking lot on the south side of Finnerty SR.
Directions: Take Hwy 50 south 0.8 km from Hwy 9 and turn west onto Finnerty SR. Drive 750 m to the Palgrave Forest parking lot on the south side of the road.
Hike Description: Enjoy a nice loop hike in the Palgrave Forest.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday November 20: Caledon Hills Section,  
Forks of the Credit and Belfountain, Maps 14/15,
This 15 km loop hike will take approximately 4.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Forks of the Credit Rd. and Dominion St.
Directions: From Hwy 10 go west on Forks of the Credit Rd.
Hike Description: This is a double loop, using trails in Forks of the Credit Conservation Area for approximately 9 km, then in Belfountain Conservation Area for a second loop.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell phone day of hike only 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday November 27: Toronto Section,  
Scotsdale Farm, Map 13,
This 9 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. Scotsdale farm parking lot.
Directions: Take Hwy 401 west to Trafalgar Road (exit 328). Follow Trafalgar Road north to Hwy 7, turn left (West) on Hwy 7 about 4 km to Trafalgar Rd.  Follow Trafalgar Rd. north about 2 km to Scotsdale Farm on the right side of the road.
Hike Description: Pretty loop hike incorporating a mixture of main and side trails. Please note that this hike has some very rocky sections that may not be suitable for all hikers.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday, December 4: Iroquoia Section,  
Waterdown, Map 9,
This 11 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. City View Park, southern parking lot, near City View Park Side Trail, km 77.
GPS Coordinates: N43.352308/W79.862585
Directions: City View Park is in Waterdown, off Highway 5, Dundas Rd., at Kerns Rd.
Hike Description: Park at City View Park in Waterdown, shuttle to parking lot at Old Guelph Side Trail at Clappison’s Corners and hike back to cars. Refreshment stop after.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 shapirors@msn.com

 

Tuesday, December 11: St. Jacob’s Waterloo County,
This 1 km “there and back” hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a medium pace over easy terrain. There is a dropout point after greater than 7 km. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Parking lot at 35 Albert Street E. St. Jacob’s.
GPS Coordinates: 43.538889/- 80.549444
Directions: From Hwy 6 North, turn left onto Marden Rd./ Wellington County Rd. 30 (signs for Wellington Rd. 30/Maryhill. 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 and stay on Sawmill Rd. In 500 m turn left onto King St. North into St. Jacob’s. Once across 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. Continue on the Parkway; it will become Hwy 86. At the roundabout by St. Jacob’s, take the 3rd exit onto Sawmill Rd. towards St. Jacob’s. After 500 m, turn left onto King St. North, St. Jacob’s. After crossing the bridge turn left onto Albert St. Parking lot is on the left.
Hike Description: A “there and back” hike along the Conestoga River and the Mill Race in St. Jacob’s. The village will be decked out for Christmas and the holidays so you may want to include a bit of shopping after the hike. We will hike there and back on the Health Valley Trail then feed the chickadees as we stroll along the Mill Race Trail. The birds will be happy to eat out of your hand. Afterwards for those that would like to stay for lunch and/or refreshments we will book a table at The Stone Crock Restaurant. Home baked Christmas treats will be served! Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader.
Please let me know if you plan to stay for refreshments. I will make reservations for 1 p.m. at the Stone Crock.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, December 18: Caledon Hills Section,  
Albion Hills, Map 17,
Holiday Lunch,
This 9 km shuttle hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Royal Event Centre parking lot (washrooms available).
Directions: The Centre is 4.3 km north of King Rd. on Innis Lake Rd.
Hike Description: We will shuttle to Duffy’s Lane and Old Church Road 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 Sunday night if you will be staying for lunch.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 Cell phone day of hike only; 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday, January 8: Toronto Section,
Scotsdale Farm, Map 13,
An easy loop hike of 10 km (about 3 hrs) at a medium pace on variable terrain. Hiking boots and icers recommended, but take snowshoes if snow conditions are suitable. No dogs. Bring a drink and snacks.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. from the Scotsdale Farm parking area.
Directions: The entrance to Scotsdale Farm is 1.5 km north on Trafalgar Rd. from Hwy 7 (passing the hamlet of Silver Creek) and on the east side of Trafalgar Road. Follow the gravel road to the parking area.
Hike Description: The hike will start at Scotsdale Farm then proceed to include the Bennett Heritage Side Trail, passing the beautiful Snow’s Creek and Silver Creek, taking us back through forested escarpment territory on the main Bruce Trail. In total it will be approximately 10 km. Take hiking boots + icers, but if we get snow be prepared for snowshoes. Refreshment stop afterwards.
Hike Leader: Hamish Duthie: 519-822-8686 evenings, or email: hduthie@uwaterloo.ca

 

Tuesday, January 15: Iroquoia Section,  
Burlington Bay,
This 8 km “there and back” hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Discovery Centre at Spencer Smith Park (parking fee). Meet inside the centre where there are washrooms.
Directions: Lakeshore Rd. west of Brant St. in Burlington.
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.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 Cell phone day of hike only; 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday, January 22: Iroquoia Section,  
Mount Nemo, Map 10,
This 9 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is a dropout point after 6 km. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Mount Nemo Conservation Area parking lot off Guelph Line at Colling Rd.
GPS Coordinates: N43.418144; W79.861377
Directions: From the north: Hwy 401 to Guelph Line. Go south on Guelph Line for 12 km. Parking lot is on the left.
From Toronto area: Hwy 403/Queen Elizabeth Way. Exit at Guelph Line/ Halton Regional Rd. 1. Turn right onto Guelph Line. Go north on Guelph Line for 9.6 km. Mount Nemo will be on the right.
Hike Description: A winter hike with great views over the escarpment. We will loop through the conservation area using the north and south loop trails and Quarry Access trails. Weather permitting we can lengthen the hike by double looping or partially looping the trails. Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader. Please check your email before leaving home. Hike may be cancelled by 7:30 a.m. due to inclement weather.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, January 29: Iroquoia Section,  
Webster’s Falls/Crooks Hollow, Map 8,
This 11 km “there and back” 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. Webster’s Falls Parking Lot – at the end of Fallsview Rd., accessed from Harvest Rd., via Short Rd. Please note there is a parking fee.
GPS Coordinates: N43.281708 / W79.937090
Directions: From Clappison’s Corners ( Hwy 5&6 intersection), go west on Hwy 5. Turn left onto Oldfield Rd. Turn right onto Harvest Rd. Turn left onto Short Rd. and left onto Fallsview Rd.
Hike Description: From the parking lot at Webster’s Falls, we will access the Spencer Adventure Trail along Spencer Creek, through Crooks Hollow, then loop around Christie Lake and return to the parking lot. If there is enough snow, bring snowshoes if you like. Icers are always a good idea. Bring water and snacks. Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader. Please check email before leaving home. Hike may be cancelled by 7:30 a.m. due to inclement weather.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, February 5: OPEN. Check website for updates

 

Tuesday, February 12: Toronto Section,  
Hilton Falls, Map 11,
This 10 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Hilton Falls Conservation Area parking lot.
Directions: Exit Hwy 401 at Hwy 25 (exit 320) and drive north 1.7 km to 5 Sideroad just past Tim’s, then drive west for about 5 km. Look for Hilton Falls on the north side.
Hike Description: Nice fairly flat loop hike. Admission fee applies. Lunch after at the Trail Café in Campbellville.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday, February 19: Iroquoia Section,  
Waterdown, Map 9,
This 13 km “there and back” hike will take approximately 4 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. City View Park in Burlington near km 77 on Map 9.
Directions: From Hwy 401 come south on Guelph Line to Dundas St. Turn right and go 3 km to left turn at Kerns Rd. From the QEW come north on Guelph Line to Dundas St. Turn left, go 3 km to Kerns Rd. Park is at south-east corner of Dundas St. and Kerns Rd. From Dundas St. drive south on Kerns Rd. 400 meters to the second (south) entrance to the Park. Turn left to parking. (Might be called “New City Park” in some maps).
Hike Description: We will hike the Main Trail and Side Trails in the Kerncliff Park / Waterdown area. Fine views over the Escarpment.
Hike Leader: Peter Leeney 905-301-4091 before 10 p.m. peter.leeney@utoronto.ca

 

Tuesday, February 26: OPEN Check website for updates

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