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, 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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