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 June 25: Caledon Hills Section,  
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
This 12 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4.5 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: 9:00 a.m. 7th Line parking area.
GPS Coordinates: N43.960477 W79.979773
Directions: 7th Line parking is just off of the east side of Airport Rd., just north of Highway 9.
Hike Description: Meet at 7th Line parking – access trail km 42.2, shuttle to parking at 4th Line EHS, km 53.9, hike back to cars on main trail. (meeting time is 9 a.m.)
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 shapirors@msn.com

 

Tuesday July 2: OPEN – check website for updates

 

Tuesday July 9: Grand Valley Trail,
Carolinian Crest, Map GVT 7-8,
This 13 km loop hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium pace over easy terrain.
There is no dropout point. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Brantford Powerline Rd., west of Oak Park Rd., GVT Carolinian Crest section km 53.3
GPS Coordinates: 43.1742, -80.3510
Directions: From Hwy 403 exit 30, go north on Oak Park Rd. 0.5 km, then take Powerline Rd. 22 left (west) 0.8 km to the end.
Hike Description: We’ll hike the Trans Canada Trail, view the Eagle’s Cry plaque about the Six Nations legend of the Peacemaker, and return via the Grand Valley Trail along the Grand River. This is an area of hackberry forest, provincially significant wetlands, and former oak savannah, with several rare plants and animals.
Hike Leader: Bill McDonald 519-489-0485 (cell 226-600-4280) rec@sweettalker.ca

 

Tuesday July 16: OPEN – check website for updates

 

Tuesday July 23: Caledon Hills Section,  
Hockley Valley South, Map 18,
This 10 km shuttle 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. from the parking lot on Hockley Road east of 2nd Line near km 60.1 Map 18.
Directions: Take Hwy 10 north and just north of Orangeville turn right (east) on Hockley Road. Drive 3 km to parking lot on north side.
Hike Description: From the parking lot on Hockley Rd. we will do a car shuttle east to parking area at 5th Line EHS. We will hike back on the south side of Hockley Valley. Expect some hills.
Hike Leader: Peter Leeney 905-301-4091 peter.leeney@utoronto.ca

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Tuesday July 23: Sydenham Section,  
Bognor Marsh, Silent Valley, Map 30,
This 12 km “there and back” 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. Bognor Marsh Conservation Area parking lot on County Rd. 18 (Derry Line) Rockford/Owen Sound
GPS Coordinates: N44.538525 W80.782217
Directions: From Hwy 6 north; travel north on Hwy 6 to Rockford. At the traffic lights turn right onto County Rd. 18 (Derry Line). After 11 km, parking area will be on the left.
From Toronto area; Hwy 10 north to Hwy 89. Turn left onto ON-10/ON-89. After 5 km turn right onto Owen Sound St./ON-10 (signs for Dundalk). Follow for 47 km, then turn right onto Artemesia Holland Townline for 18 km. Turn left to stay on Grey Rd 29. Turn left onto Grey County Rd. 18 (9 km). Bognor Marsh on the right – 2.7 km.
Hike Description: Come and explore the BTC property of Silent Valley Nature Reserve and view the wildlife at Bognor Marsh. There are several interesting sites to explore in Silent Valley, including the ruins of the Wilson Homestead, the remains of a Cessna 205 that crashed in 1970 and fossils.
We will use the Bognor Marsh Side Trail to access the main trail. We will hike 3 km to Silent Valley, explore all the side trails, return to Bognor Marsh for a picnic lunch and hike the boardwalk around the Marsh to view any birds, turtles etc. The drive may be long, but the scenery is well worth a day in nature! Bring a packed lunch, snacks, lots of water, bug repellent and sunscreen. Cold drinks will be provided post hike.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

 

Tuesday July 30: 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 Road (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. Two hills. Bring a snack or lunch for a break on the trail.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday August 6: Rockwood Conservation Area,
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. Parking lot in the conservation area. There is an admission fee; $7 adults, $5.50 seniors.
Directions: From Guelph Line, go east on Hwy 7 to Falls St. Turn south to the entrance to the park. After going through the gatehouse, turn left to the parking area near the washrooms.
Hike Description: Spend a relaxed day in this recreational area on the Eramosa River. We’ll explore the interesting geological features including potholes and caves (challenging climb into North America’s second largest pothole is optional) as well as some of the history of the area as evidenced by the ruins of the Harris Mill.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838; Cell phone day of hike only 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday August 13: Iroquoia Section,  
Smokey Hollow to Royal Botanical Gardens, Map 9,
This 10 km shuttle hike will take approximately 3 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. Royal Botanical Gardens parking lot.
Directions: From Plains Rd. west, turn south on Botanical Rd. or Spring Garden Rd.
Hike Description: We’ll follow Grindstone Creek from the falls at Smokey Hollow through Hendrie Valley arriving at the Garden Cafe in the RBG Centre where we have a reservation for lunch.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838; Cell phone day of hike only 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday August 20: Grand Valley Trail,
Big Creek to Onondaga,
This 10 km shuttle hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Front St. near Brant Rd. 54 in Onondaga, Grand Valley Trail Carolinian Crest km 16.8
Directions: : From Hwy 403 exit 55, go 16 km as follows: south on Rd. 52 (Trinity Rd.) 1.2 km, turn right (west) on Rd. 2 = Wilson St. 6.5 km, turn left (south) on Rd. 8 = White Swan 3.7 km, continue on Rd. 8 = McBay 1.5 km, turn left (south) on Rd. 8 = Painter Rd. 2.0 km, turn right (west) on Rd. 54 1.3 km, turn left (south) on Front Street. Park on roadside.
Hike Description: We’ll shuttle to the start point, Big Creek Rd., at km 6.4, then follow the Grand Valley Trail across country to our meeting point. This hike passes through Carolinian forest and Six Nations land, near the home of poet Pauline Johnson, with views of the Grand River and possible sightings of bluebirds, osprey, maybe even an English-style hunt with horses and hounds. Caution: vegetation is often lush and close – gaiters can help avoid ticks.
Hike Leader: Bill McDonald 519-489-0485 cell 226-600-4280 rec@sweettalker.ca

 

Tuesday August 27: Blue Mountains Section,  
Devil’s Glen, Map 22,
This 12 km loop hike will take approximately 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. Parking lot at km 30.1 Map 22.
GPS Coordinates: N44.361302 W80.208208
Directions: Take Hwy 10 North. At Primrose turn left then in 5 km turn right on County Rd. 124. Follow for 30 km. In Singhampton turn right and follow #124 for 4 km to parking on the right.
Hike Description: We will follow the Main Trail south then return on the Mad River Side Trail to our starting point.
Hike Leader: Peter Leeney 905-301-4091 peter.leeney@utoronto.ca

 

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