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2019 Spring Hikes

2019 Woolwich Spring Hike Schedule

Thursday, APRIL 18, depart 10 am

Walk to the Airport on the GVT. Level 2. Pace: 2-3 km/h (slow-moderate). 12 km

 Leader: Jamie Hember (519-745-1375). Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the M.R. Good Family Walter Bean parking lot (Google Street View) near the end of Otterbein Road (43.460195, -80.420032). The Grand Valley Trail (GVT) takes us through Natchez Hills (ESPA 24) to the Fairway Road bridge (one of only a small number of segmental bridges in the province). Here 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, we re-cross “the Grand” and return to the Otterbein Rd parking lot using the Walter Bean trail only. NOTE: It is possible to shorten this walk from 12 km to 9 km on your own by placing a car in the K.D. Woerner Family Walter Bean parking lot (43.444795, -80.401927) at the end of Woolner Trail (formerly Zeller Drive) and avoid the longer walk back to the Otterbein Rd parking lot. Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes for last-minute changes.


Thursday, May 2, 2019, depart 10 am

NOTE: The same hike is also offered on Saturday May 18, depart 10 am

Woolwich-Waterloo & Avon Trail Loop. Level 2. Pace: 2-3 km/h (slow-moderate).

9 km Leader: Jamie Hember (519-745-1375). Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the parking lot (43.508366, -80.557796) outside the Country Bulk store on Apple Grove Road (near the St. Jacobs Farmers Market on Weber Street North). Initially we proceed westward for 4.5 km on the Avon Trail enjoying fresh, spring odours (“corral-number-5”) as we pass among farm buildings and across farmland following Martin Creek. Quality hiking boots are a must since the trail is rugged and potentially muddy. Passing through a sugarbush we cross into the City of Waterloo and leave the Avon Trail by heading eastward in Stamm Woodlot. Leaving the woodlot, we walk a section of the Trans Canada Trail through Benjamin Park before re-entering Woolwich Township and returning to our vehicles. You may wish to remain at St. Jacobs Farmers Market for lunch and other shopping. Note: This same hike is offered on Saturday, May 18th. Check www.hember.ca/grouphikes for last-minute changes.


Saturday May 25, 10 AM TO 12 noon

2 hour spring hike on the Grand Valley Trail from Victoria Street to Bridge Street.

Join Lisa for a spring hike along the Grand Valley Trail. Meet Lisa in the Stanley Park Optimists Natural Area parking lot on the west side of the Grand River behind the building at 2500 Shirley Dr., Kitchener (just off of Victoria St.)

Trail rating: earthen natural path on varying topography; suitable for intermediate hikers. Please note that the hike will be from Victoria Street to Bridge St and return. There will be no car shuttle before the hike.

Note: Please contact Lisa at 519 503-5725 or robnlisa@rogers.com to confirm meeting time and location. There is no rain date.


Saturday, June 1, 2019, depart 10 am

Winterbourne/West Montrose Area. Level 2. Pace: 2-3 km/h (slow-moderate). ~ 8 km

Leader: Jamie Hember (519-745-1375). 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 www.hember.ca/grouphikes for last-minute changes.


Saturday June 20, 6:00-7:30 pm

1.5 hour Summer Solstice Bike Ride on the Kissing Bridge Trailway

Please meet in the parking lot beside the trail at 6055 Middlebrook Road at 5:45 pm. We will ride west on the trail towards Elmira until 6:45 pm and then turn around and return to the start location by 7:30 pm.


Note: Please contact Ann at 519 465-8199 or aroberts@woolwich.ca to confirm meeting time and location. There is no rain date.


Hike Etiquette

  • please arrive 10 minutes prior to the hike start time to sign in and be ready for the the hike to begin at the indicated start time.
  • Contact the hike leader the day before or morning of the hike to confirm meeting location and start time.
  • Please confirm if pets are permitted on the hike before attending.

Date

Spring and Fall 2019

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