Summer Sizzles with Hike Ontario!

THIS ISSUE: We invite you to celebrate 'Healthy Parks, Healthy People' by participating in a FREE guided hike. We share "A Long Distance Awards Story", remind you about Conservation Ontario's 'Healthy Hikes' initiative, Hike Ontario's upcoming 2017 Summit, and proudly announce the Maitland Trail Association's El Camino event.

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


Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Friday, July 21, 2017

Join us for a FREE Guided Hike

Location: Rondeau Provincial Park
Start Time: 10:00 AM

Instructions: Bring water, food/snacks; dress for the weather.
Contact Information – Tom (519-439-8900)


Location: Pinery Provincial Park
Arrive Time: 8:45 AM / Depart Time: 9:00 AM
Hike Leader/s: Pat & Tilman

Description: This day will include a hike on 3 loop trails at the Pinery Provincial Park. Total distance: approximately 12-15 km (at a Moderate pace).
Instructions: Meet in London for car pooling; We will meet at 9:00 AM at Sherwood Forest Mall parking area, North side close to Gainsborough Road near the flower shop. We will carpool to the Pinery. If you want to drive yourself let me know and be at the camp store by 9:45 am. Bring bug spray, sun screen, closed toed footwear, hat, water, snacks and lunch.  Bring your camera.
Itinerary: Start at the Pinery camp store Parking Lot. From here, we will hike to the 1st Loop (Riverside). Then proceed to 2nd Loop (Hickory). Hike back to the camp store for lunch, or on trail (depending on time). After lunch, we hike the 3rd Loop (Cedar), followed by a stop at the Visitor center. Then back for ice cream. The day use is good until 10pm if you wish to stay longer.
Contact Information – Pat (519-245-4862) / pat-tilman@rogers.com


Location: Port Burwell Provincial Park
Start Time: 3:00 PM

Instructions: Bring water, food/snacks; dress for the weather.
Contact Information – Brian (519-633-3064)


Location: Komoka Provincial Park
Start Time: 3:00 PM

Description: We are hiking several hills and there may be muddy sections.
Easy to moderate pace - it will be suited to the fitness level of all participants.
Instructions: Please meet at 2:45pm in the parking lot at 503 Gideon Drive, London, ON, N6K 4N8 to register beforehand. Bring your own water. Weather conditions may vary so please dress accordingly. Insect repellent is recommended.
Contact Information – Sue F (suzy7_0028@hotmail.com)


Location: Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Start Time: 6:00 PM

Instructions: Meet at furthest end of parking area "F"
Description: Tour the hiking trails of beautiful Bronte Creek Provincial Park and visit Spruce Lane Farm, a Victorian homestead.  Bring water, bug spray, and quarters for food for the farm animals!  This hike is suitable for families and individuals with dogs.
Length/Duration/Difficulty: Approximately 6 kilometers over two hours - leisurely pace. Terrain is mostly flat with one significant hill.
Contact Information – Carolyn T (nevd@rogers.com)


Ganaraska Hiking Trail: End to End

A Long Distance Hiker Award Story

This is the year that we not only celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation, but also the 50th anniversary of The Bruce Trail Conservancy and the Ganaraska Hiking Trail. And on June 24th a dozen hikers from Toronto Bruce Trail Club celebrated the official completion of their trek across the 500 km of the Ganaraska Trail – a fitting celebration of both trails....

Led by Alina Linlin and G Ross Richardson, this group of “end-to-end” enthusiasts (also including Jacqueline Van Dyke, Kara Kuo, Jane Clifford, Lina Cicchetti, Margaret Corner, Gurdev & Mony Soora, Imelda & Ernie Santiago) started their adventure in July 2016, hiking throughout the summer, fall, winter and spring. It took 24 hikes to cover the entire trail. Pictures of all those hikes can be seen at: https://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Bruce-Trail-Club/photos/

Prior to this achievement these “end-to-enders” had finished the Oak Ridges Trail Association in the summer of 2016. Some members of this group, having completed the entire Bruce Trail (885 km), the Oak Ridges Trail (285 km), and the Ganraska Trail (500 km) have qualified for all of Hike Ontario’s “Long Distance Hiker Awards”: Red Pine award (550 km total hiked with a least 150 km on at least 2 trails); the Trillium award (950 km total hiked with at least 150 km on at least 3 trails), and the Tamarack award(1500km total hiked with at least 150 km on at least 3 trails).

With the abundance of beautiful trails in Ontario, and for that matter Canada, there are always new journeys awaiting “end-to-end” adventurers. Always looking for another notch in her hiking boots, Alina Lin, Queen of the “end-to-end” hikes is currently leading this same group in a series of hikes along the Grand Valley Trails Association (GVTA), a 280 km trail that extends along Grand River from Lake Erie to Orangeville. Whether you’d like to come out and hike for the day or for the entire trail, you are welcome to join them, their hike schedule can be found on the Toronto Bruce Trail Club website or the Toronto Bruce Trail Club Meetup group.

(Credit to G Ross Richardson for the editing of the story)


Healthy Hikes is an annual health and wellness initiative of Conservation Ontario and proudly sponsored by Hike Ontario.

Each year, Ontarians are encouraged to boost their health by stepping into nature at any of Ontario’s nearly 300 Conservation Areas from May to October.

This year, Healthy Hikers can boost their health by stepping into nature from May 2 - October 31!


• Visit a Conservation Area

• Snap a fun selfie or nature image

• Share it on social media using the hashtags #HealthyHikes & #StepIntoNature

Give your health a boost!

For more information or to register, please go to healthyhikes.ca


15th Annual Hike Haliburton Festival

Sept. 21-24, 2017

Hike Ontario's 2017 Summit will taking place in conjunction with the 15th Annual Hike Haliburton Festival. Our Annual Meeting will occur on Saturday, September 23, 2017. There will be guided hikes, presentations, and workshops taking place from September 21st to 24th.


Maitland El Camino (Sept. 23-24, 2017)

In support of the Maitland Trail Association

El Camino Maitland (El Camino de Sinuoso Rio Maitland) is a 49km, 2-day hike along the entire Maitland Trail. It’s modeled after the somewhat-more-famous El Camino de Santiago de Compostella, the pilgrimage from southern France through the north of Spain to the Atlantic Ocean.

The event takes place September 23-24, 2017. Registration opens May 24th, so don't miss your chance to take part in this great experience.

For more information, please visit the Maitland Trail Association's event page here: http://www.maitlandtrail.ca/mta-el-camino-2017/