Special Events & Challenge Hikes
All hikers are welcome to join our Special Events & Challenge Hikes. If you are not already a Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) member, we encourage you to consider becoming a member. Your membership would support the GOAL of the BTC set forth 50 years ago: A corridor of protected land along the Niagara Escarpment and the PLAN set forth at that time: Build a footpath to show the public the need for Escarpment protection.
April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28 (4 hikes), 8:30am-3:00pm
4,500 M of climb over 96 K Caledon Section, Map 18. Loop hike. Pace: Brisk; Terrain: Strenuous; Distance: 24 km. While we cover only 24 km at a moderate pace each day, this STRENUOUS terrain series covers many steep grades found along the Hockley Valley trails. The series is designed for experienced hikers wanting a head start to their season. Depart from parking lot at km 53.0 on 5th Line EHS just south of Hockley Road, west of Airport Road. No dropouts. No badge, just satisfaction! Leader: Tristan Goguen [email protected] or 416-250-5600, x205 (24/7). These are super series Challenge Hikes!
Saturday, June 23, 2018: Dufferin E2E, Hike 1 of 4: From km 0.0 to km 15.2 – Pre-Registration Required
Dufferin Hi-Land Section, Maps 19 & 20 (Edition 29). Car shuttle hike. No dropouts. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate with some hills; Distance: 15.2 km. Well-mannered dogs welcome. This hike will take us through the majestic Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. We will see McCarston Lake and will have a superb view from the Mono Cliffs.
Saturday, July 7, 2018: Dufferin E2E, Hike 2 of 4: From km 15.2 to km 29.4 – Pre-Registration Required
Dufferin Hi-Land Section, Map 20 (Edition 29). Car shuttle hike. No dropouts. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Strenuous with many hills; Distance: 14.2 km. Well-mannered dogs welcome. This hike will take us through the Boyne Valley. We will be treated to a spectacular view at Murphy’s Pinnacle along with enjoying the amazing topography of this section.
Saturday, July 21, 2018: Dufferin E2E, Hike 3 of 4: From km 29.4 to km 41.7 – Pre-Registration Required
Dufferin Hi-Land Section, Maps 20 & 21 (Edition 29). Car shuttle hike. No dropouts. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate with some hills; Distance: 12.3 km. Well-mannered dogs welcome. On this hike, you will experience one of many amazing parts of the Dufferin Hi-Lands section – Rock Hill Park. It is rumoured that gold is hidden in these crevices! From Rock Hill Park, we will hike through Kilgorie.
Saturday, August 11, 2018: Dufferin E2E, Hke 4 of 4: From km 41.7 to km 56.3 – Pre-Registration Required
Dufferin Hi-Land Section, Map 21 (Edition 29). Car shuttle hike. No dropouts. Pace: Medium; Terrain Moderate with some hills; Distance: 14.6 km. At the Land Owner’s request, dogs are not permitted on this section. This hike will take us through farmers fields and meadowlands, along with experiencing the magnificent Black Bank Creek.
Dufferin Hi-Land Two Day End-to-End Challenge Hike: May 12 and 13
The Dufferin Hi-Land section is on Maps 19-21 in your Bruce Trail Reference Guide, Edition 28. The parking lot, where we will meet both days, is 716599 1st Line EHS Mulmur. It is 6.0 km north of Hwy 89, on the 1st Line EHS, east of Hwy 10. The map reference is km 29.4 on Map 20. The GPS coordinates for the parking lot are: N44 08.53 W80 07.13.
Arrival time: 7:30am please
Bus Departs: 8:00am prompt
Cost is $40 with a $5 rebate to be given out at the registration desk on the morning of the hike for members.
Note: Event has been cancelled
This is a wonderful Special Event in Mulmur. Following a very successful inaugural event last year, the second annual Take a Hike for Headwaters is returning! Taking place on Saturday, June 2, 2018, this outdoor family suitable event provides participants with the choice of three richly rewarding routes along the beautiful and rolling trails of the Dufferin-Hi-land section of the Bruce Trail – The Challenge (approx. 3 hours) designed for the seasoned hiker, The Intermediate (approx. 2 hours) and The Family (approx. 1 hour) – and incorporates sections of spectacular private land opened up for this annual fundraising event.
The goal of this special event, Take a Hike for Headwaters, is to raise funds to purchase vital medical equipment for Headwaters Health Care Centre, the hospital serving the residents of the Dufferin-Caledon region.
Understanding that Headwaters Emergency Services are the ones depended on for full-time residents, week-enders and visitors to the area, the event organizers have chosen to focus their efforts on raising money specifically for the betterment of the HHCC Emergency Department.
“Although we work to get the message out, the general public doesn’t realize that the government does not provide funding to hospitals for medical equipment,” explains the Foundation’s Annual Giving Manager, Nicole Hand. “These annual purchases are made through the donations of generous people in our community, which in part come from events just like this one.”
Challenge hike starts will be staggered on the hour beginning at 8:30am for the longest route, 9:30am for the middle distance, and 10:30am for the family hike with participants expected to return to the start for lunch by approximately 11:30 am. Each hike route will have an experienced leader and sweep to ensure safety for all. Hikes will go rain or shine and we ask our guests to note that although this is a family friendly event, this hike is not appropriate for pets.
Volunteers with water and snacks will be stationed at pre-determined check points along the routes.
The registration fee is $50 for adults (18 years +), $25 for youth (5-17 years old), and children under 5 are free with an adult. Participants are strongly encouraged to collect pledges. Registered hikers will be provided with a link to their own personal fundraising page to share with family and friends.
Hikers will be treated to “fuel-up” snacks, prizes and a post-hike lunch at the start/finish location, Lyric Pond (Mulmur). Maps will be provided to all hikers on the day of this challenge hike event.
For more details and to register for this special event, visit www.hhcfoundation.com/events or contact Headwaters Health Care Foundation at 519.941.2702, ext. 2303.
Dufferin Hi-Lands 20K Challenge: Saturday June 23rd,
Note: This event is sold out.
We’ve packed as many hills in to 20 k as is possible in southern Ontario. Come out and give them a try. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at km 29.4 Dufferin Hi-Lands. Cost $15, includes checkpoints and badge.