Upcoming Hikes 2020

You are welcome to join any of the following hikes but you do so at your own risk.
Please consider joining and supporting hiking organizations such as the Grand Valley Trails Association, the Avon Trail, the Guelph Hiking Club, the Bruce Trail Conservancy, the Thames Valley Hiking Association, and the Elgin Hiking Trail Club. See Hike Ontario and the Ontario Trails Council for other suggestions.
Smoking is not permitted on hikes.
Dogs are not allowed on most hikes unless otherwise stated.
Hikes usually proceed "rain or shine". Exceptions would be if there is severe weather with road closures or imminent lightning storms.
Note that it states "Depart at ..." in each description. That means you must be at the designated meeting place well ahead of time.
Some hikes are loops while others are linear. Linear hikes require a car shuttle at the start of the hike and at the end of the hike. If it is a car shuttle hike, we usually meet at the end point. Come prepared to participate in the car shuttle and ensure there are at least two to three empty seats in your car. Also, you need room in the car trunk for back packs, etc.
Some of these hikes may be offered through a hiking organization in which case you must be prepared to sign a "Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk" form before the hike starts.


Hike Rating

To help you decide if a hike is suitable for you, I tend to use a hike rating system similar to that used by organizations such as the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Hike Ontario and the Grand Valley Trails Association. There are three aspects that describe or rate the hike. No attempt is made to provide a total time for a hike.

Pace (or Speed)

Leisurely = less than 2 km/h      Slow = 2 to 3 km/h
Moderate = 3 to 4 km/h              Fast = 5 km/h or greater
Currently my hikes tend to be at a slow to moderate speed.

Level of Difficulty (LOD)/Terrain

Easy or Level 1 – Well–defined trails, gentle inclines. Hiking boots not required, but trails may be wet. Is suitable for beginners. This level is recommended for newcomers if the distance is suitable.
Normal or Level 2 – Generally on trail. May be hilly, light bush whacking, some rough spots or obstacles. Sturdy hiking boots are necessary.
Strenuous or Level 3 – Rough terrain with one or more of the following: extensive bushwhacking, steep sections, long climbs and descents, beaver dams, rock scrambling or other obstacles. Boots, Level 2 experience, and a high level of fitness essential. Long pants and sleeves recommended.


Distance is stated in kilometres (km). [1 kilometre = 0.621371192 mile].


2020 Winter/Spring Hikes

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - Waterloo Loop. Level 1-2. Pace: 2-3 km/h (moderate to slow). ~10 km
Leader: Jamie. Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the the Lions Lagoon Parking lot (43.467058, -80.529213) in Waterloo Park (Google Street View). Some of this walk is on city community trails, some of which are ploughed/salted. Conditions may or may not require "icers" or equivalent.  It is suggested you carry your "icers" in your day pack in case you need them. There will be a brief  pit stop at Albert McCormick Community Centre before heading back to Waterloo Park. OPTION: Just south of Albert McCormick Commninty Centre we pass the Research & Technology Station (ION train). Those who do not wish to walk the next 1.5 km into Waterloo Park, could opt to board the LRT (fee $3.25) and disembark at the Laurier-Waterloo Park Station and walk a short distance to the parking lot. There are options for lunch in Uptown Waterloo after the walk. Check here for any last-minute changes, including early morning of the hike.