Autumn has Arrived!

THIS ISSUE: We invite you to join Hike Ontario for our upcoming 2017 Summit, held in partnership with the 15th Annual Hike Haliburton Festival. We remind you about the Maitland Trail Association's El Camino event, encourage you to participate in Conservation Ontario's 'Healthy Hikes' initiative, and reveal news on The Avon Trail's 2nd Annual Wildwood Challenge. We also report on Bruce Trail Day and as well as next month's Ontario Hiking Week .

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


15th Annual Hike Haliburton Festival

Sept. 21-24, 2017

Hike Ontario is extremely pleased to partner with the Hike Haliburton Festival for our 2017 Summit & Annual General Meeting.

The Hike Haliburton Festival will have over 2,000 people participate in over 90 guided hikes throughout the beautiful Haliburton Highlands. Hikers of all ages and abilities will come from all over Ontario – and beyond – to take in the wonder of the Haliburton Highlands from September 21st-24th.

The Festival goes beyond just 'traditional hiking'; heavily integrating the arts, culture, heritage and foodie experiences to truly showcase the area. There are lots of great events happening throughout the Festival as well, which anyone can attend!

On Saturday, September 23 at 8:30 AM, Hike Ontario will be holding our Annual General Meeting, followed by several presentations and workshops throughout the day at the Fleming College - Haliburton School of Art + Design, including:

● Trails Open - Bill Mungall (10:00-10:45 AM)
● Successes in Landowner Relations - Bernard Goward (11:00-11:45 AM)
● Urban Poling – Frieda Baldwin (1:00-2:00 PM)
● Hike Leadership - Proactive Risk Management - Tom Friesen (2:30–3:30 PM)
● How To Build an Emergency Fire - Lewis Williams (3:30-4:30 PM)

The Closing Ceremony on Sunday 24 will take place at the Haliburton Highlands 'Biggest Picnic Ever', which takes place in Head Lake Park (Haliburton Village) and features local food vendors, craft beers, live entertainment, contests, and more!

To register for Hike Ontario's Annual General Meeting, please click HERE

To register for 'Hike Haliburton Festival' Hikes, click HERE


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/


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


2nd Annual Wildwood Challenge Hike

October 28, 2017

This event is open to hikers and will allow participants to go at their own pace.  The route will follow the entire Wildwood Lake circuit, a woodland trail of great natural appeal. The trail is well maintained but can be moderately challenging in spots.  The  Wildwood Lake circuit is 22km in length and is well marked.  Event organizers: Bruce Graham and Roselee Karlinski

Hike entry fee: $25.00.  Pre-registration is required.   Space is limited.  Detach and complete the form and send to the Avon Trail along with your cheque by October 15, 2017.  Funds go towards construction of paths and bridges on the Avon Trail.

Each participant will receive a detailed map and an emergency whistle on October 28th.  Two refreshment stations will be set up along the trail.  Upon completion, each participant will be given an event Certificate.

Meet at Wildwood Kiosk at the main entrance, 3995 Line 9, RR#2, St Marys, ON (intersection of HWY 7 & Perth County Road 9 (43.269440, -81.067693) at  8:20 am.  Bring water and lunch.  Wear appropriate footwear for trail hiking or trail running and dress in layers appropriate for the weather.  At a medium hiking pace this should take 6 hours, not counting rest stops.

For more info, please visit: avontrail.ca/event/second-annual-wildwood-challenge-hike/


Bruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada's oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of its nine Bruce Trail Clubs.

Each Club of the Bruce Trail Conservancy is hosting free guided hikes and family activities to help you explore the Bruce Trail and discover the amazing variety of life along the Niagara Escarpment.

Come and learn about our year-round hiking programs, trail maintenance opportunities, and what we are doing to establish a conservation corridor from Niagara to Tobermory.

Our Bruce Trail Day events will run rain or shine so dress for the weather and get ready for a great day on the Bruce Trail!

Learn more at: brucetrail.org/pages/bruce-trail-day


Ontario Hiking Week

October 1-7, 2017

Celebrate Ontario Hiking Week with us!

During the first week of October, 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"!

More information available here: hikeontario.com/news/ontario-hiking-week/