Fall Hiking in the Hills

It’s been a hot and steamy Labour Day Weekend here in Southern Ontario, but with tomorrow being back to school and marking the unofficial start of fall, it’s time to share with you the hikes we have planned this season.

Thanks to our volunteer hike leaders, our hiking schedule has a lot to offer you over the next few months!

If you’ve been looking for a chance to earn your Dufferin Hi-land end-to-end badge, now’s your chance with the five Walking Wounded hikes we’ve got scheduled. Dave and Sally will also be finishing up their Toronto end-to-end hikes this fall.  You can choose to hike all of the hikes in an end-to-end series, or just pick the ones that interest you the most.

If you’re new to hiking, this fall we’ve also got four shorter introductory hikes to help you discover the joy of hiking.

And, nothing beats the fall colours in Ontario, making it an excellent time for a photography hike. This fall’s photo op is on Thursday, October 11th in the Dufferin Hi-land section.

To round out this fall’s schedule, we’ve got a few other ‘unthemed’ hikes planned that might catch your interest.

This year’s Bruce Trail Day will be celebrated on Sunday, September 30th at Glen Haffy Conservation Area.  Along with many other activities you can learn more about on our Bruce Trail Day webpage, we have seven short hikes you can choose from. The hike you choose will have you exploring (Glen Haffy or Gosling Forest), or learning (introducing yourself to hiking or expanding your knowledge of trees in the area).

If you’re up for something a bit more challenging, our Fall Colours End-to-End is also not far off, so don’t forget to register for this event. Hiking the entire Caledon Hills section on the Thanksgiving Weekend (October 6, 7, & 8) over either two or three days will earn you one of our special End-to-End badges.

Returning in October for its 5th year, is the Bruce Trail Conservancy’s Hike-A-Thon fundraiser.  Participants set a personal kilometre goal to hike the Bruce Trail throughout the month of October, so this is a good way to get some of us out on the Trail more.  If this isn’t the year for you to participate, support someone you know who is doing it.  And if you don’t know someone, then consider supporting Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club’s Social Media Coordinator Christine Elliott. Funds raised through the Hike-A-Thon support the acquisition of land in the Niagara Escarpment to help preserve a “ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever”.

As you can see, there are lots of hiking opportunities this fall. Hope you can find all the time you want to enjoy the season on the Trail!

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