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 Oct. 31: Dufferin Hi-Land Section,
Mulmur Hills & Boyne Valley, Map 20,
This 12 km shuttle hike will take roughly 4 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. Bring lunch and water. No dropouts. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. 2nd Line ECL Side Trail.
GPS Co-ordinates: 44.1458, -80.1013.
Directions: Go north on Hwy 10 to Hwy 89, right (east) on Hwy 89 2.7 km, left (north) on 1st Line E 4.6 km, right (east) on 8th Sideroad 1.3 km, left (north) on 2nd Line E 0.8 km. Park on roadsides, not blocking driveways.
Hike Description: From the start point at km 29.4 (BT Ed. 29), we’ll follow the main trail south to the Mulmur Lookout (km 21.9) for lunch, then return via the main trail, Oliver Creek Side Trail and 2nd Line ECL Side Trail. Easy surface and pretty creeks. The autumn leaf drop may reveal good views.
Hike Leader: Bill McDonald 519-489-0485 (cell 226-600-4280) rec@sweettalker.ca

 

Tuesday November 7: Toronto Section,  
Scotsdale Farm, Map 13,
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. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Parking lot at Scotsdale Farm.
Directions: The entrance to the Farm is from Trafalgar Road about 1 km north of where it separates from Hwy 7.
Hike Description: A loop hike using the Bennett Heritage Side Trail, the Main Trail and the Great Esker Side Trail. If the weather is poor, we will omit the second side trail and reduce the hike to 9 km.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell 416-578-1744 (day of hike) bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday November 14: Caledon Hills Section,  
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
Hike #2 in the Canada 150 series,
This 12 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. Parking lot on Hockley Road, just east of 2nd line EHS.
Directions: From Hwy 10/24 turn right (east) on Hockley Road (County Road 7). The parking lot is on the left, just past 2nd line EHS.
Hike Description: Tom East and Isabel East Side Trails and the main trail.
Hike Leader: Susan Atkinson 519-837-9470 before 10:00 p.m. susanatkinson19@gmail.com 

 

Tuesday November 21: Iroquoia Section,  
Mount Nemo, Map 10,
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. Kilbride Public School parking lot, off Panton St., Kilbride.
GPS Coordinates: 43.427278 -79.936830
Directions: Hwy 401 to Guelph Line. Exit south on Guelph Line/312. Turn right onto Derry Rd. Turn left onto Twiss Rd. Turn right onto Kilbride St. Turn right onto Panton Rd. and continue down the lane behind the school to the parking lot.
Hike Description: We will meet at Kilbride Public School and shuttle to Mount Nemo. We will hike the main trail and side trails as we hike back to Kilbride Public School. NOTE: there is an entrance fee for Mount Nemo.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com or dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday November 28: 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 lunch or a snack for a break on the trail.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday December 5: Toronto Section,  
Scotsdale Farm, Map 13,
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. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Scotsdale Farm parking lot.
Directions: Take Hwy 401 west to Trafalgar Rd. (exit 328). Follow Trafalgar Road north to Hwy 7, turn left (West) on Hwy 7 about 4 km to Trafalgar Road. 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. Some rocky footing. Pub lunch after.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday December 12: Caledon Hills Section,  
Palgrave Forest, Map 17,
This 11 km loop hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Palgrave Forest parking lot off Duffy’s Lane.
Directions: Go 11 km north of Bolton on Highway 50. Turn west on Patterson Sideroad. Continue west one concession to Duffy’s Lane, then north on Duffy’s Lane for about 2 km. Parking lot will be on the right.
Hike Description: A leisurely hike through the trails of Palgrave Forest and Wildlife Area.
Hike Leader: Gary Hall 905-880-4037 garyhall@rogers.com

 

Tuesday December 19: Woolwich Trails,
St. Jacobs,
This 10 km shuttle hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a medium pace over easy 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. from the large parking lot, 35 Albert St. E, St. Jacob’s, behind the QUARRY Building.
GPS Coordinates: 43.538889/-80.549444
Directions: From Hwy 401 exit at Hwy 8 Kitchener. Continue on to Hwy 7/8 Conestoga Pkwy to Waterloo. Continue on the Pkwy until the divided highway ends and it becomes Hwy 85. At the roundabout by St. Jacob’s, exit left onto Sawmill Rd./Regional Rd. 17. Turn left onto King St. into St. Jacob’s. Once you cross the bridge, turn left onto Albert St. and left into the parking lot.
Hike Description: A week before Christmas and the village of St. Jacob’s will be all decked out for the holidays and filled with the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. From the parking lot in St. Jacob’s we will shuttle to Northfield Dr. and University Ave. and hike back to St. Jacob’s and the parking lot along the Conestogo River and part of the Trans Canada Trail. At this time, those who wish can drop out and shop and/or explore the village, meet us for lunch at 1:30, or return home. The hike will continue on the Mill Race Trail to Three Bridges Rd. and back, another 3 km. After the hike we can have a light lunch at the Stone Crock Restaurant, in the village. Those that want can stay and do some last minute shopping and/or exploring. Special Christmas treats provided!
*** Please note that we will need to make reservations at the Stone Crock. I will make a reservation for 1:30 p.m. Please confirm if you will be staying for the light lunch by Sunday evening Dec. 17th.
Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader.
In case of inclement weather please check email before leaving home as the hike may be cancelled.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com or dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday January 2: OPEN. Check website for updates

 

Tuesday January 9: Caledon Hills Section,  
Palgrave, Map 17,
This 12 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Palgrave Forest parking lot off Duffy’s Lane.
Directions: Go 11 km north of Bolton on Highway 50. Turn west on Patterson Sideroad. Continue west one concession to Duffy’s Lane then north on Duffy’s Lane for about 2 km. Parking lot will be on the right.
Hike Description: From the meeting point, we’ll car pool to Old Church Road and Duffy’s Lane. The hike will proceed north on the Humber Valley Heritage Trail to the Caledon Trailway, then east on the Caledon Trailway to Palgrave where we will pick up the Oak Ridges Trail through Palgrave and into Palgrave Forest.
Hike Leader: Gary Hall 905-880-4037 garyhall@rogers.com

 

Tuesday January 16: 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. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Old Guelph Road Side Trail parking, next to the tunnel under Highway 6.
Directions: Just south of Clappison’s Corners on Highway 6, exit via York Road, turn right on Old Guelph Road and follow it to parking lot at the Old Guelph Rd. Side Trail.
Hike Description: Hike from City View Park in Waterdown west to the Old Guelph Side Trail, 11 km.
Beautiful hike along Grindstone Creek.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 text preferably shapirors@msn.com

 

Tuesday January 23: Caledon Hills Section,  
Glen Haffy, Map 17,
This 10 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. Coolihans Sideroad, off Airport Rd. km 35.1 on map 17 of the Bruce Trail Guide.
GPS Coordinates: 43.937035 /-79.936040
Directions: From Airport Rd turn east onto Coolihans Sideroad which is south of Hwy 9. Continue on Coolihans Sideroad for about 1.5 km to roadside parking area.
Hike Description: Hike and/or snowshoe through and around Glen Haffy Conservation Area. Using the main trail and Glen Haffy Blue, Green and Red Trails we will loop through the conservation area, passing the fishing ponds and return to our cars on Coolihans Sideroad.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com or dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday January 30: OPEN. Check website for updates

 

Tuesday February 6, 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. Refreshment stop afterwards.
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 approx 10 km. Take hiking boots + icers, but if we get snow be prepared for snowshoes.
Leader: Hamish Duthie: 519-822-8686 evenings, or email: hduthie@uwaterloo.ca

 

Tuesday February 13: Iroquoia Section,  
Dundas Valley, Map 8,
This 12 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. Gatehouse Museum parking lot.
GPS Coordinates: 43.236866/-79.998555
Directions: From Hwy 6 and 5, Clappison’s Corners intersection, travel west on Hwy 5, turn left onto Brock Rd., at Bullocks Corners, turn right onto Hwy 8, turn left onto Weir’s Line, turn left onto Governor’s Rd., then immediately right onto Sulphur Springs Rd. Parking lot will be on left at a bend in the road.
Hike Description: Hike or snowshoe this 10 -12 km loop hike through Dundas Valley. Using the main trail and combination of side trails we will loop through the valley, exploring some historical sites along the way. Remember to bring icers, snacks and water.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com or dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday February 20: Toronto Section,  
Scotsdale Farm, Map 13,
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. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Parking lot at Scotsdale Farm.
Directions: The entrance to the Farm is from Trafalgar Rd. about 1 km north of where it separates from Hwy 7.
Hike Description: A loop hike using the Bennett Heritage Side Trail, the Main Trail and the Great Esker Side Trail. If the weather is poor, we will omit the second side trail and the hike distance will be 9 km. Pub lunch in Georgetown.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell 416-578-1744 (day of hike) bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday February 27: OPEN. Check website for updates