Autumn is in the Air!

THIS ISSUE: We prepare for our Annual Summit, held in conjunction with the Maitland Trail’s 40th Anniversary and their “Camino de Rio Maitland”. We report on the current training opportunities available with the 'Seniors' Hike Initiative' for adults 55 years and older, as well as those found on our online Course Calendar. We also make a call out for potential volunteers, announce the 2015 Hike Haliburton festival, and update you on next month’s Ontario Hiking Week! 

As always, stay happy and healthy in the great outdoors, hikers. We wish you Happy Trails!


Hike Ontario Annual Summit

September 25-27, 2015

Our Annual Summit is only a few weeks away! Held in partnership with the Maitland Trail’s "Camino de Rio Maitland", this great event will take place over the course of 3 days in the Goderich area.

It all starts off with a Hiker’s Pub Night on Friday, September 25th at ‘Joe Friday’s Pub & Restaurant’. The action continues on all day on Saturday with various hikes, the Hike Ontario AGM, and a fresh, locally-sourced ‘Harvest Feast’ banquet diner. Sunday is full of activity with more great hikes and ends off with an optional get-together at The Beach Street Station Restaurant.

We hope you plan to join us for this milestone event!

For more information, please visit the Maitland Trail Association event page HERE.

To register for this event, click HERE. Don’t delay, there are only a few tickets remaining!


Hike Haliburton

Hike Ontario is proud to once again support one of Canada’s largest hiking festivals! Held this year from September 17-20, there will be over 75 guided hikes, entertainment, food and surprises around every corner.

For more information or to register, please go HERE


Seniors’ Hike Initiative

There is still capacity to hold additional Safe Hiker & Certified Hike Leader training courses through our Senior’s Hike Initiative for participants 55 years of age or older.

Due to a generous grant from the Ontario Sports and Recreation Communities Fund, Hike Ontario has been able to further reduce the prices of these courses (normally $50 or $75 to $15 or $40).

If you are new to hiking, an experienced hiker wanting to help others, or involved with a Seniors’ Centre or group that would like to foster a hiking program in your organization, get in touch with us at to start developing a Seniors' Hiking Initiative in your area.

Please contact Hike Ontario President Tom Friesen (tomfriesen@hotmail.com) for additional assistance.


Mood Walks: Part 2!

"Mood Walks for Youth in Transition" has begun with the hiring of Jasmine Ferreira as the project manager. An experienced social worker, she has strong experience in managing projects and working with young people in educational settings. The project continues with a Steering Committee meeting on Wednesday, September 23. Expect that we will be training young people to be Safe Hikers in early 2016.


Upcoming Training Courses

Did you know you can view all of Hike Ontario’s public training courses on our online Course Calendar? Whether you’re interested in the introductory ‘Safe Hiker Program’, aspire to guide others as a ‘Certified Hike Leader’, or wish to expand your skills to ‘Wilderness Hike Leader’ – we have you covered.

To see all the future training courses that will be offered in the next 3 months, be sure to check out our website HERE.


Calling all Volunteers!

Support the growth of hiking by supporting Hike Ontario. As a non-profit organization, we rely almost entirely on volunteers to meet the increasing public interest for simple, inexpensive, and healthy methods to stay fit and enjoy.

If you or anyone you know is interested in some great opportunities, just let us know. Volunteers are always welcome. We are looking for people with skills in marketing, public relations, fund raising, writing, and advocacy. Many of these roles are a great fit for post-secondary students, seasonal workers, and retirees.

You can read through our website's Volunteer section to learn about the positions that are available HERE.

If you require additional information, believe you can assist Hike Ontario in some other role, or would like to make a donation, please contact us at info@hikeontario.com.


Ontario Hiking Week

During the first week of October (1-7), Hike Ontario sponsors Ontario Hiking Week - an annual province-wide event. With a wide variety of trails for hikers of all ages and levels of skill, Hiking Week in Ontario is a great time to experience our amazing natural heritage.

The early autumn season is a great time to go on hiking. The foliage is a stunning array of colours, the mild daily temperatures and cool nights limit the number of bugs encountered, and the land is alive with wildlife preparing for winter.

Every year, many different trail & hiking clubs host free guided hikes all over the province. We encourage every Ontarian to "lace up your shoes, get outside and take a hike"!