2019 FALL HIKES
September 26, 2019 – One
Devil of a Walk, Galt. Level 1. Pace: 2-3 km/h
(slow-moderate). ~ 8.0 km
Leader: Jamie. Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the parking lot (43.358822, -80.326309) in Victoria Park, Cambridge. The entrance to the parking lot is across from the house at 105 Salisbury Ave, Cambridge. The walk follows street sidewalks in an older and beautiful Galt area, community trails that pass along the Grand River and through an environmentally sensitive area . Check here for last-minute changes.
October 3, 2019
– Stratford Side Trail of the Avon Trail. Level 2. Pace: 2-3 km/h (slow-moderate). ~
10 (or 5) km
Leader: Jamie. Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the T.J. Dolan Natural Area parking lot at coordinates 43.370260, -80.995459. The parking lot is at the intersection of John St North and Centre St a bit north of the hospital. The walk consists of two loops: 1) around the Avon River in the T.J. Dolan Natural Area on the west side of the city (~ 5 km), 2) around Victoria Lake in the city (~ 5 km). On the second loop I plan a stop near Victoria Lake to enjoy a packed lunch (weather permitting). Bring water and lunch. Feel free to join in for the T.J. Dolan Natural Area loop only. Directions: Take Hwy 7&8/Ontario St west into the centre of Stratford, turn left onto Erie St/Hwy 7 (signs for London) for about 0.7 km, right onto Cambria St for about 0.8 km, right onto John St North for about 0.12 km. Details pertaining to this walk and maps are available at hember.ca/hikes/StratfordLoop.html. Check here for any last-minute changes.
October 10, 2019 –
Glasgow-Petersburg Hydrocut Loop. Level 2. Pace 2-3 km/h
(slow-moderate). ~ 9 km
Leader: Jamie. Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the Glasgow Street parking lot, 1670 Glasgow St, Kitchener (43.428911, -80.563366). We walk west on trails along the hydrocut to the Petersburg Regional Forest (the Pines Side), do a big loop, including the picturesque and short Kamikaze section (if it is open), and then return. Bring water and a snack. Directions: From the Ira Needles Bvd/Highland Rd roundabout (43.423006, -80.553006) go west on Highland Rd for about 350 m, turn right (north) on Glasgow St (43.421925, -80.556582) & travel about 1 km (across railway tracks) & turn left into parking area (43.428911, -80.563366). Check here for any last-minute changes.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
– Winterbourne/West Montrose
Area. Level 2. Pace: 2-3 km/h (slow-moderate). ~ 8 km
Leader: Jamie. Depart at 10:00 a.m. from Letson Park, West Montrose (43.585520, -80.479824). A car shuttle will be required so arrive with space in your vehicle for other hikers. The Grand Valley Trail takes us from Winterbourne (Short Street) along Cox Creek, the Grand River to Buggy Lane, and proceeds north through West Montrose before we return to Letson Park on a short section of the Kissing Bridge Trailway. Check here for any last-minute changes.
– Grand Valley Trail and Airport. Level 2. Pace: 2-3
km/h (slow-moderate). ~ 10 km
Leader: Jamie. Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the Walter Bean Grand River Trail parking lot [K.D. Woerner Family Trailway] (43.444636, -80.402164) near the end of Woolner Trail (formerly Zeller Drive). This hike involves a car shuttle so please arrive with room in your vehicle for at least two other hikers. After our car shuttle to the M.R. Good Family Walter Bean parking lot on Otterbein Road, we follow the Grand Valley Trail (GVT) through Natchez Hills (ESPA 24) [Will there be a golf course adjacent to Natchez Hills? See page 20 in this online PDF.] to the Fairway Road bridge (one of only a small number of segmental bridges in the province). At the bridge we leave the GVT and cross “the Grand” from Kitchener to Cambridge to Woolwich Township (no passports required). We proceed to the airport and stop at the Runways Café for lunch. After our nutrition break, we re-cross “the Grand” (yes, on the bridge) and walk to the Walter Bean Grand River Trail parking lot [K.D. Woerner Family Trailway] (43.444636, -80.402164) near the end of Woolner Trail for the final car shuttle. Check here for any last-minute changes.