Hike Schedule

Summer/Fall 2017 Weekend Hike Schedule

All km trail references are to Edition 28 of the Bruce Trail Maps and Trail Guide.

Hike Rating Criteria:

Pace:
Leisurely – 3 km/hr or less
Medium – 3 to 4 km/hr
Brisk – 4 to 5 km/hr
Fast – 5+ km/hr

Terrain:
Easy – Mostly flat and usually good footing
Moderate – Some hills and/or some poor footing
Strenuous – Hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing

Friday, August 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Changing Light Series, Hike 1

All things and everything are constantly changing, impermanent. Never is a moment, an individual or the trail the same. Change may be imperceptible or, in this case, obvious. Same section, same times, 3 hikes, changing light. Dufferin Hi-Land, Map 19.  Pace: Easy; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 6.5 km. Meet at km 10.0 roadside parking on 1st Line, just north of 25 Sideroad. From Hwy. 10 go east on 25 Sideroad, then north on 1st Line. Suitable for all hikers and families. We will explore the changing light, the effect on the landscape and the hiker. Bring water, sturdy footwear, camera, bug spray. Leaders: Bryan and Carol Foley bryfoley50@gmail.com or 519-942-6488

Saturday, August 19, 8:30am – 3:00pm: Iroquoia End-to-End, Hike #2 of 6

Iroquoia Section, Maps 6, 7 and 8. Car shuttle. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 23 km. Meet at Tiffany Falls Conservation Area parking (km 45.0). We’ll shuttle back to km 22.0 (Veevers Park) and hike back, taking in Felkers Falls, Red Hill Valley, Escarpment and Chedoke Radial Rail Trails. From Hwy 403 going west up the escarpment past Hamilton, take Exit 64 following Mohawk /Rousseau road north. Turn right on Wilson St.  Continue for approximately 1.7 km to Tiffany Falls parking on the right (Conservation Area parking fee). Well-mannered dogs welcome. Proper shoes/boots a must. Bring lunch snacks and water.  Leaders: Pat Foley pfoley@ilap.com and Tristan Goguen 416 250 5600 ext 205

 Friday, August 25, 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Changing Light Series, Hike 2

All things and everything are constantly changing, impermanent. Never is a moment, an individual or the trail the same. Change may be imperceptible or, in this case, obvious. Same section, same times, 3 hikes, changing light. Dufferin Hi-Land, Map 19.  Pace: Easy; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 6.5 km. Meet at km 10.0 roadside parking on 1st Line, just north of 25 Sideroad. From Hwy. 10 go east on 25 Sideroad, then north on 1st Line. Suitable for all hikers and families. We will explore the changing light, the effect on the landscape and the hiker. Bring water, sturdy footwear, camera, bug spray. Leaders: Bryan and Carol Foley bryfoley50@gmail.com or 519-942-6488

Saturday, August 26, 8:30am – 2:30pm: Iroquoia End-to-End, Hike #3 of 6

Iroquoia Section, Maps 8 and 9. Car shuttle. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 19.6 km. Meet at the tunnel at Hwy 6 (km 64.6). We will shuttle to Tiffany Falls parking (km 45.0) and hike back, along the way capturing three waterfalls – Tiffany, Sherman and Borer’s.  From Hwy 403 going west up the escarpment, take the Hwy 6 north exit. Exit on York Rd and go west to Old Guelph Road. Turn right (north) and continue for about 1 km, then around the bend where the road becomes Patterson Rd. Look for a sharp right turn onto Old Guelph Rd and follow around to parking at the end. Well-mannered dogs welcome. Proper shoes/boots a must. Bring lunch snacks and water. Leaders: Pat Foley pfoley@ilap.com and Tristan Goguen 416 250 5600 ext 205

Friday, September 1, 7:00-9:00 pm: Changing Light Series, Hike 3

All things and everything are constantly changing, impermanent. Never is a moment, an individual or the trail the same. Change may be imperceptible or, in this case, obvious. Same section, same times, 3 hikes, changing light. Dufferin Hi-Land, Map 19.  Pace: Easy; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 6.5 km. Meet at km 10.0 roadside parking on 1st Line, just north of 25 Sideroad. From Hwy. 10 go east on 25 Sideroad, then north on 1st Line. Suitable for all hikers and families. We will explore the changing light, the effect on the landscape and the hiker. Bring water, sturdy footwear, camera, bug spray and HEADLAMPS. Leaders: Bryan and Carol Foley bryfoley50@gmail.com or 519-942-6488

Sunday, September 10, 11:00am-3:00pm: Hardy Lake Provincial Park – Wilderness Trail

Pace: Easy; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 8 km. Meet at 9:30am sharp at commuter parking lot at Hwy 9 interchange on Hwy 400 or at 11:00 at Hardy Lake PP. Take Muskoka Rd. 169 west from Gravenhurst to 1 km west of Walkers Point Rd. (total distance from Gravenhurst on Muskoka Rd. 169 is 17 km). Trail parking is on the north side of the road. We will explore the wilderness loop trail around Hardy Lake. Lunch and swimming at the Skinny Dipper Bridge at half way point. Leader: David Francis at 905-936-4446 or cell phone on day of hike 416-579-5432

Saturday, September 16, 8:30am-2:30pm: Iroquoia End-to-End, Hike #4 of 6

Iroquoia Section, Map 9. Car shuttle. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 18 kmMeet at km 82.3 roadside parking where the Main Trail crosses Guelph Line just south of Number 1 Sideroad.  Please exercise extreme caution! From Hwy 403 or 401 follow Guelph Line to just south of Number 1 Sideroad.  We will shuttle back to km 64.6, then hike back to Guelph Line. Well-mannered dogs welcome. Proper shoes/boots a must. Bring lunch snacks and water. Leaders: Pat Foley pfoley@ilap.com and Tristan Goguen 416 250 5600 ext 205

Sunday, September 17, 2017 11:00am – 3:30pm: Dufferin Hi-Land Annual Urban Hike

Pace: Moderate; Terrain: Easy; Distance: approx 15 km. Explore a part of Toronto and its history you may not be familiar with. Meet at Lambton Arena, 4100 Dundas St W. From the west, come across Dundas St W, turn left on Howland Ave (just past the Humber River bridge). From the east, come across Dundas St. W. or St. Clair to Dundas, turn right on Howland Ave (just past Dundas-Scarlett Rd- St. Clair intersection). Meet at back of the arena We will stop for lunch at a 16th Century English monarch’s bar and grill, then continue exploring. Bring water, appropriate clothing and footwear. Contact Bryan or Carol Foley bryfoley50@gmail.com or 519-924-6488

Saturday, Sept 23, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Peninsula End-to-End, Hike #4 of 9 – Crane Lake

Sunday, Sept 24, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Peninsula End-to-End, Hike #5 of 9 – Cypress Lake

For detailed information and to register, contact the Hike Leader, Rick McCoy at 519-829-4143 (evenings) or rickpmccoy@rogers.com

Saturday September 30, 8:30am – 3:00pm: Iroquoia End-to-End, Hike #5 of 6

Iroquoia Section, Maps 9/10. Car shuttle. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 20.2 Km.

Meet at roadside parking on Twiss Rd (km 102.5). From Hwy 401, take Guelph Line South.  Continue on Guelph Line, to Conservation Road, then west to Twiss Road and south to the bottom of the hill. Roadside parking is on the east side. We will shuttle back to km 82.3, then hike from Guelph Line back to the Calcium Pits on Twiss Road, taking in Mount Nemo, Cedar Springs and about 8 km of road work. Well-mannered dogs welcome. Proper shoes/boots a must. Bring lunch snacks and water. Leaders: Pat Foley pfoley@ilap.com and Tristan Goguen 416 250 5600 ext 205

Sunday, October 1, 10:00am – 2:00pm: Bruce Trail Day

Family-friendly and novice hikes will depart from the parking lot at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park (3rd Line EHS, just north of Mono Centre Rd) starting at 10:00am.

Sunday, October 1, 10:00am – 1:00pm: Keyhole Loop Hike

Blue Mountain Section, Map 22. Loop hike. Pace: Leisurely; Terrain: Moderate to strenuous, hilly with some rocky climbs; Distance: 6 km. Meet at the Water Wheel in Glen Huron We will carpool to the trail at 10:00am sharp. We will explore the Nottawasaga Bluffs and Keyhole trails near Glen Huron. Leader: David Francis 905-936-4446 or 416 579 5432 on day of hike

Saturday, October 7, 8:30am – 3:00pm: Iroquoia End-to-End, Hike #6 of 6

Iroquoia Section, Maps 10/11. Car shuttle. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 19.4 km. This is the final hike of this series. Meet at the entrance of the Hilton Falls Conservation Area on the north side of Campbellville Road, just west of Appleby Line (near km 121.7). From Hwy 401, turn north on Guelph Line, then turn right  on Campbellville Rd and continue for approx 3.8 km to the entrance of  Hilton Falls Conservation Area. Due to paid parking, we will park a few cars here and shuttle the balance to Twiss Rd parking (km 102.5), then hike back to Hilton Falls, taking in Nassagaweya Canyon and Kelso bluffs. Well-mannered dogs welcome. Proper shoes/boots a must. Bring lunch snacks and water. Pub stop to follow.

Leaders: Pat Foley pfoley@ilap.com and Tristan Goguen 416 250 5600 ext 205

Saturday, October 14, 9:00am – 12:00pm: Glen Haffy Loop

Caledon Hills Section, Map 17. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 10.2 km. Loop hike. Meet at roadside parking on Coolihans Sideroad (km 35.1). We will hike north on the Main Trail, looping back on the Glen Haffy Side Trail. Bring water and snacks. Well behaved dogs welcome (Please bring a leash). Leaders: Helen Bailey helenbailey@dynamichcs.com  or 289-231-4566; Margery Cruise, margery.cruise@gmail.com or 519-217-5414

Saturday, Oct 21, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Peninsula End-to-End, Hike #6 of 9: Barrow Bay

Sunday, Oct 22, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Peninsula End-to-End, Hike #7 of 9: Hope Bay

For detailed information and to register, contact the Hike Leader, Rick McCoy at 519-829-4143 (evenings) or rickpmccoy@rogers.com

Saturday, October 28, 9:00am – 3:00pm: “To the Top” of the Dundas Valley Loop

Dundas Valley Conservation Area (Map 8). Loop hike. Pace: Brisk; Terrain: Moderate to Strenuous; Distance: approx 22 km. Meet at the upper end of the Old Ancaster Inn north side parking lot. From Hwy 403 going west up the escarpment past Hamilton, take Exit 64 following Mohawk /Rousseau Road north. Turn right on Wilson St, continue for 0.75 km to the next traffic light. Turn left on Montgomery Dr, then another left onto Old Dundas Road. The parking lot is on the right hand (north) side of the road, about 75 m past the Old Ancaster Inn. We will hike from there to the top of Dundas Valley and back, taking in the lovely hamlet of Mineral Springs and a number of rolling  trails throughout the Conservation Area. Also look forward to the last of the Fall colours in the area. Leader: Gilles Gagnon, 289-237-5663, bluewater.gg@gmail.com

 Sunday, October 29: Canadian Forces Base Borden

Loop Hike. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Easy.  Distance: approx. 4 km. Part of this hike is in an urban setting so caution regarding traffic should be exercised.  Included in the hike will be a visit to Borden’s Worthington Park which has an outdoor historical tank exhibit. Should be fun for kids of all ages, so don’t forget your cameras. Bring water. Well-mannered dogs welcome. CFB Borden also has an excellent military museum. This won’t be included in our hike, but a visit after the hike would be worthwhile. CFB Borden is a Canadian Armed Forces community so on very rare occasions, depending on the activities taking place at the base, they exercise controlled access to the facility.  You may be asked your purpose for visiting at the entrance and be asked to present some photo ID.  Valid driver’s licence or provincial health card or passport should be adequate.  For information on meeting times and location contact Jim Preyde at 705-817-5960 or duffhiland@hotmail.com

 

Saturday, Nov 4, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Peninsula End-to-End, Hike #8 of 9: Sydney Bay

Sunday, Nov 5, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Peninsula End-to-End, Hike #9 of 9: Colpoy’s Bay

For detailed information and to register, contact the Hike Leader, Rick McCoy at 519-829-4143 (evenings) or rickpmccoy@rogers.com

Sunday, November 5, 11:00am – 3:30pm: Mulmur Lookout Picnic
Dufferin Hi-Land Section, Map 20. Car shuttle. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Strenuous; Distance: 14 km. There is no dropout point. Meet at roadside parking where the Primrose Loop Side Trail crosses County Rd 19 (Prince of Wales Rd). From the intersection of Hwys 10 and 89, continue north on County Rd 19 for approx 2 km. We will shuttle to the BTC parking lot on 1st Line East (29.4 km), then hike back through the Boyne Valley, stopping for a picnic at the Mulmur Lookout. Bring lunch, water, snacks. Refreshment/pub stop to follow. Leader: Cynthia Archer archercynthiab@gmail.com or 416-573-4236

Sunday, November 5, 10:00am – 1:00pm Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve

Caledon Hills Section, Map 18. Loop hike. Pace: Leisurely; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 6 km. Meet at Bruce Trail parking lot opposite Black Birch Restaurant on Hockley Road, 250 m east of 2nd Line EHS. We will explore the trails through the Nature Reserve. Leader: David Francis 905-936-4446 or 416 579 5432 on day of hike

Saturday, November 11, 9:00am – 2:00pm: Toronto End-to-End Hike #1 of 4

Toronto Section, Map 14. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 13.7 km. Car shuttle hike. Meet at roadside parking on Tenth Line (km 38.5; N43.709749°,W79.962893°). From Hwy 10, turn west on Regional Rd 12/Olde Baseline Rd. Continue to junction with Winston Churchill Blvd, turn left/south and then right/west at the next intersection, Ballinafad Rd, then left/south onto Tenth Line. Parking is about 2 km on a large bend where the Walking Fern Side Trail departs from the road and Main Trail. Due to closure of parking around the Cheltenham Badlands, we will shuttle back to km 2.5 of Caledon Section and enjoy a bonus hike through the Badlands, then on to the Terra Cotta Forest. Bring lunch, water, snacks. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Leader: Les Babbage 416-763-8854 or hikerles@gmail.com

Saturday, November 18, 9:00am – 2:00pm: Toronto End-to-End Hike #2 of 4

Toronto Section, Map 13. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 12.0 km. Car shuttle hike. Meet at roadside parking on Sixth Line (km 26.2; N43.658281°,W79.985371°). From Georgetown take Hwy 7 west past the first intersection with Trafalgar Rd to 22 Sideroad. Turn left, then right onto Sixth Line. Parking is about 2 km west where the Main Trail leaves the road. We will shuttle back to km 38.5, then hike back through Silver Creek and Scottsdale Farm. Bring lunch, water, snacks. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Leader: Les Babbage 416-763-8854 or hikerles@gmail.com

Saturday, November 25, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Toronto End-to-End Hike #3 of 4

Toronto Section, Map 12. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 14.6 km. Car shuttle hike. Meet at roadside parking on 15 Sideroad (near km 11.9; N43.584709°,W79.969888°). From Regional Rd 25 at Speyside, drive 0.5 km east on 15 Sideroad. Park where the Speyside South Side Trail leaves the road. We will shuttle back to km 26.2, then hike back through the Limehouse Conservation Area and Speyside Sanctuary. Bring lunch, water, snacks. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Leader: Les Babbage 416-763-8854 or hikerles@gmail.com

Saturday, December 2, 9:00am – 1:30pm: Caledon Hills
Caledon Hills Section, Map 18. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: approx 11.2 km. Meet at 7th Line Bruce Trail parking lot on 7th Line, just off Airport Rd, approx 2km north of Hwy 9. We will hike to km 50.0, where the trail crosses Airport Rd, and back. Bring water and snacks. Well-behaved dogs welcome. Leader: Helen Bailey helenbailey@dynamichcs.com  or 289-231-4566

Sunday, December 3, 9:00am – 2:00pm: Toronto End-to-End Hike #4 of 4

Toronto Section, Maps 11 and 12. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 12.4 km. Car shuttle hike. Meet at the entrance to Hilton Falls Conservation Area on Campbellville Rd (near km 0.0; N43.505705°,W79.961589°). From Regional Rd 25 north of Hwy 401, drive about 5 km east on Regional Rd 9/Campbellville Rd. We will park cars as needed at the Hilton Falls CA parking lot, shuttle back to km 11.9, then hike back through the Speyside Resource Management Area and along the escarpment cliffs to Hilton Falls. Bring lunch, water, snacks. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Leader: Les Babbage 416-763-8854 or hikerles@gmail.com

Sunday, December 3, 1:00 – 4:00pm: Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

Dufferin Hi-Land Section, Map 19. Loop Hike. Pace: Leisurely; Terrain: Easy to Moderate; Distance: 6 km. Meet at the Mono Cliffs Provincial Park parking on 3rd Line EHS, Mono.  From Airport Road take Dufferin Road 8 west to 3rd Line EHS, then north to parking. We will explore the many trails in the park. Leader: David Francis 905-936-4446 or cell phone on day of hike 416-579-5432

Saturday, December 9, 9:30am-3:00pm: Humber Valley Heritage Trail

Humber Valley Heritage Trail, Map 17. Car shuttle. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Easy; Distance: 12 km. Meet on Humber Station Road at the intersection of the Caledon Trailway and the northern terminus of the Humber Valley Heritage Trail, about 3 km north of Old Church Road. We will carpool to the HVHTA parking lot along the Emil Kolb Parkway. This is a beautiful trail where you will see a variety of terrain and signs of wildlife. Bring water and lunch plus appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.  Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Leader: Bob Slack  519-215-7696 or bslack14@yahoo.ca

Saturday, December 16, 9:30am – 1:00pm: Mono Cliffs Loops

Dufferin Hi-Land Section, Map 19. Loop hike. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Easy; Distance: approx. 10 km. Meet at Mono Community Centre hiker parking area on County Rd 8/Mono Centre Rd. From Hwy 10 north of Orangeville, follow signs for Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. When you reach the 50 km/hr zone as you enter Mono Centre, look for the driveway to the parking lot on your left. We will hike the many side trails in Mono Cliffs. Route and distance will be determined by weather/trail conditions, but expect lookouts, ponds and trees preparing for winter. Dress for the weather. Snowshoes or icers could be needed. Bring water and snacks. Well-behaved dogs welcome. Leader: Les Babbage 416-763-8854 or hikerles@gmail.com

Saturday, December 23, 9:00am – 12:00pm: Boyne Valley Loop

Dufferin Hi-Land Section, Map 20. Loop hike. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: approx. 8.4 km. Meet at roadside parking on County Rd 19 (Prince of Wales Rd), 2 km north of the intersection of Hwys 10 and 89 where the Primrose Sidetrail crosses the road. Please dress for conditions and bring equipment as appropriate. Well-mannered dogs welcome. Leader: Helen Bailey helenbailey@dynamichcs.com  or 289-231-4566

Saturday December 30, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm: Dufferin Hi-Land “Annual Walk off the Turkey Hike”

Dufferin Hi-Land Section, Boyne Valley, Map 20. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate to Strenuous Distance: 16 km with a 8 km short option. Meet on County Rd 19 (Prince of Wales Rd) where the Primrose Side Trail crosses the road (approx 1 km west of km 17.8). We will walk to km 23.9 and back; the shorter hike will hike the Main Trail to km 19.9 and return by way of the Boyne Valley Sidetrail. Bring water, lunch. Dress appropriately, snowshoes may be necessary. Call if in doubt. Well-behaved dogs welcome. “Turkey Sandwiches not welcome!” Pub stop to follow. Leaders: Bryan and Carol Foley 519-942-6488 or bryfoley50@gmail.com