Spring Activities 2018:

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Walkers meet On Wednesdays at Metro parking lot to car pool (unless noted otherwise). Please note car pool times for each event.

For carpooling the leader will meet participants in the N. E. corner of the Metro parking lot in Collingwood. If the weather conditions are unfavourable the decision on whether or not to continue with the outing will be made by those who show up. If cancelled those showing up may wish to adjourn to a local café to socialize and enjoy a coffee.

Walks start at 10:30 am at Trailhead, unless stated otherwise, and will last about 2 hrs. Come prepared with lunch, a beverage, suitable clothing, sturdy footwear and, if possible, a cell phone. Please no pets. All participants must sign the waiver before the activity. Each leader will have a waiver form with them.
Any questions should be directed to the leader of each walk. If you need more details on how to get to the hiking location please phone the hike leader. Bring a friend to encourage new memberships!

Need a ride to a walk or meeting?

Collingwood: Clare Capon 705-446-9874
Creemore: Gary Cauthers 705-466-2272
Wasaga Beach: Carole Hill 705-429-2869

March 28th, 2018

Breedon’s Maple Syrup Operations

Near Alliston - Details to follow.
Direct questions to Marlene Esson 705-445-5793.

*** July 11th, 2018

Tour of Hop Growers-Nottawa.

*** Cancelled and re-scheduled to July 11th.
Direct questions to Marlene Esson 705-445-5793

April 24th, 2018

Spring Social

All Saints Anglican Church
32 Elgin Street, Collingwood

Social 5-7 p.m.

Join us for snacks and refreshments to help kick off our great 2018 spring program. This event is a perfect time to renew acquaintances before the spring activities begin. Note cards will be available for purchase.

We encourage you to bring a friend!

Note: Date changed to Apr 24.

May 2nd, 2018

Duncan Caves
Town Trails

Due to unsatisfactory trail conditions, it is necessary to relocate our May 2 Hike and instead use the town trails.

We will meet at the Arboretum at 10:15am (North end of Hickory Street - large lot for parking). The walk will be to the end of Hens & Chickens Trail and return - about 1-1/2hrs.

Optional lunch at Crystal Buffet.

Leader: Esmond Clarke 705-293-6639.

Note: Location changed to Town Trails.

May 9th, 2018

Nordic Skiing Pretty River Park-Upper

Car Pool time: 10:00 a.m.

Directions: Follow 6th. St. West to Osler Bluffs Rd. (Grey Rd. 19,) turn left and then right when 19 turns right. Proceed up the hill to the 2nd Line, turn left and continue to end. Park in small lot or on road. Beautiful mixed woodlands, hopefully good trillium display, picnic on escarpment edge with sweeping valley views. Approx. 5.3 k., good footing, minor slopes, return on road allowance.
Moderate difficulty.

Leader: Beth Theis 705- 627-2606

May 10th, 2018

Spring Speaker

John Millar: Water First.

Water First is a Canadian charitable organization addressing water challenges in First Nations communities through education, training, & collaboration. John Millar is the Founder & Executive Director.
Collingwood Library 2nd floor meeting room, 55 St. Marie St.
10:00 a.m. Coffee 10:30 a.m. Presentation.
Members and public welcome.

May 16th, 2018

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre (near Midland.)

Car Pool time: 9.00 a.m.

We will carpool to Wye Marsh and meet in the parking lot at 10:00 a.m. The trails are good for all skill levels. There are boardwalks, observation tower and amphibian and raptor areas. A trumpeter swan re-introduction program is in place. Cost per person is $7.50 to be collected by the leader before we enter the centre. Bring your lunch and a drink.

Leader: John Capon 705-446-9874.
More information to come on driving tips to get to the centre.

May 23rd, 2018

Pretty River Park-Lower

Car Pool time: 10:00 a.m.

Directions: Follow Conc. 10 south from Mountain Road to Sideroad 30/31. Turn right and continue to large parking lot on left, from here we will proceed to roadside parking at the trailhead. Mostly wooded, hilly, not rocky, babbling brook, lunch by small kettle lake. Approx. 3.5 k., moderate difficulty.

Leader: Jim Richardson 705-445-2613.

May 30th, 2018

Nottawasaga Bluffs.

Car Pool time: 9:45.

Directions: Follow Hwy 124 south to Singhampton, at outskirts turn left at the conservation area sign (Milltown Rd) left again on Ewing Road, left onto Sideroad 17/18 and follow road to the end. Parking area is a short distance to the left. Pleasant 2.9 k. loop, mostly level with a few mild slopes, mixed forest, replanted area, walk along escarpment overlooking farmland and wooded area.

Leader: Caroline Moerschner 705-445-0267.

June 6th, 2018

Margaret Paul Side Trail

Car Pool time 9:45.

Directions: From Collingwood, take the Mountain Road to the roundabout, then Scenic Caves Road to the top of the mountain, and continue on to Banks. Turn right at Banks and head north on the 4th Line to the 18/19 Sideroad. Turn left and continue along the 18/19 Sideroad to the 5th Line where the walk begins. Moderate difficulty; a rocky road at the beginning can make footing a little difficult, and there is a short steep hill at the end, otherwise the trail, largely through scenic woodlands and by a lovely stream is very gentle. Length of walk is approx. 4.2 k.

Leader: Jill Bates 705-293-2936.

June 9th, 2018

Garlic Mustard Pull

Meet at Collingwood Labyrinth on the Harbourview trail (near the Arboretum)
at 9:30 a.m.

Details of what to bring will be sent out by email closer to the date.

Wednesday June 30th to Friday June 15th, 2018


Leaders: Jerry Finczak & Laura Horton

Three days of hiking/walks (or whatever one may choose to do) takes place June 13 to June 15 2018.

Our Stay will be at the Coach House Inn in Tobermory.
Single Occupancy - $98.31 per night, hst incl. ($98.31 x 2 nights = $196.62)
Double Occupancy - $134.47 for 2 people, per night, hst incl.($134.47 x 2 nights = $268.94)
This would include 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and of course your accommodation. Jerry will be collecting $15 (cash) per person to cover gratuities for all staff. BYOB and bring an appetizer for the Happy Hour.

Booking is open now and will be until June 2, 2018.

Space is limited to 46 people. Due to the popularity of this outing all attendees must be Nature League members.

To book call Ruth Vance at 1-519-596-2361 and let her know you are part of the Nature League Group. Once you have registered with Ruth please email Laura Horton at hortonlauralee@gmail.com and advise her whether you will be hiking, walking or doing your own thing.
Check –in time is after 1:00 pm and cancellation policy is 12 noon the day prior to arrival. Please advise Laura at hortonlauralee@gmail.com of cancellation.

June 20th, 2018

Nottawasaga Lookout

Car pool time:10:00 am.

Directions: From Mountain Rd. take Conc. 10 south, turn right at County Rd. 91, proceed to end (Townline,) turn right, drive to end and park roadside.

Leisurely 2 km. walk taking approximately 1 hour through scenic woods and past some interesting crevice caves-a popular exploration site. Some sections of trail have been worn to the usual exposed tree roots and rocks by excessive foot traffic but generally the footing is good.
Afterwards, optional lunch at nearby Mylar and Loreta's.

Leader: Esmonde Clarke 705-444-3430

Note: This is a change from the Town Trails walk originally scheduled

June 27th, 2018

Walk and BBQ

For walk: Car pool time: 9:30 a.m. Directions: Take Hwy 124 south through Duntroon, keeping straight when #124 turns right, through Glen Huron, up the hill, turn right on Sideroad 12/13 and proceed to the 2nd intersection (Conc. 10.) Turn left, go about 0.6 k. to stile on left and park at the roadside. Easy linear walk-cross stile, proceed on edge of field (watch for poison ivy) to view point, enter woodland with many mature trees. We will walk as far as we like and then return in time for the BBQ. Leader: Esmonde Clarke 705-444-3430.

For BBQ: Gary and Lois will host a BBQ for members of the Nature League again this year. Please arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at noon. Sausages and buns are provided. Bring your own salad/dessert/beverage if you wish.
Please call Gary or Lois @ 705-466-2272 if you need directions.

July 11th, 2018

Tour of Hop Growers-Nottawa.

Direct questions to Marlene Esson 705-445-5793

July 18th, 2018

Pot Luck Supper on the Beach at Fritzy Nydam’s cottage

At 151 Cameron St., Thornbury. 3:00 pm swim and socialize. 5:00 pm supper. Bring your own contribution to the meal, swim suit, plate, cup, cutlery, chair, and beverage. Tea, coffee and before dinner snacks will be provided.

Please let Fritzy know by the 15th if you are going to be attending this event. 705-445-5941 or nydam@bell.net

Hwy 26 to Thornbury, go through the lights on Hwy. 26 to the 4th street (Peel St.) Turn right, proceed to the second street (Cameron) and turn left.