Spring Activities 2019:

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Walkers meet on Wednesdays at Home Hardware (High and Sixth street) lot to car pool (unless noted otherwise).* Please note car pool times for each event.

For carpooling the leader will meet participants in the Home Hardware 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 10:30am at Trailhead, unless stated otherwise, and will last about 2hrs. 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?
Clare Capon 705-446-9874
Wasaga Beach: Carole Hill 705-429-2869
Creemore: Gary Cauthers 705-466-2272

* Please note the change in car pool location.

Wednesday March 20

Georgian Trail (Arrowhead Road)

Start time: 10:30 am.

Terrain flat.

1.. To reserve your soup bowl call 705-445-0217 or email seiggelhouse@rogers.com
2. We have a dog so Please if you open a gate to our backyard, close and latch it securely behind you.
3. We are at 209440 Hwy 26 west of Collingwood, just east of Arrowhead Road across from the Provincial Park. We are the pink house, south of the highway.
4. There is some parking in our driveway or you can drive past our house, turn left onto Arrowhead Road and park there. The trail crosses Arrowhead Road just south of the highway. Walk back along the trail, toward Collingwood (east) to our back gate off the trail.

Leaders: Doreen and Eddy Seiggel: 705-445-0217
Soups on: Doreen and Eddy’s assisted by Chris Dudley

Wednesday March 27

Outing to Dickey Honey

A family run honey production facility in Innisfil township. Tour will include classroom time then a tour of their new state of the art production, packaging and distribution building. You will see how honey is extracted, sample products and peruse the store for health and beauty products, and honey and bee keeping supplies.

Details will be supplied later by email.
Marlene Esson 705 445 5793

Tuesday April 23

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 2019 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!

Wednesday May 1

Town Trails

Meet at parking lot behind sewage plant at First and Birch Sts. at 10:15 am.
Walk starts and ends at the amphitheatre where we will have our picnic lunch. Easy walk-approx. 1.5 hours, level, safe footing, along the shore, Sunset Point, various trails.

Leader: Jean Reed 705-443-8738

Wednesday May 8

Spring Speaker Mark Zelinski

Collingwood Library, 3rd. Floor,
55 St. Marie St.
10:00 am. Coffee
10:30 presentation.

Saturday May 11

Blantyre-Wildflower Identification Walk

Car Pool time: 9:45 am.

Directions: Take Hwy. 26 west and turn onto Grey Rd. 40. Proceed west on 40, passing 7th Line where we will leave shuttled cars, then proceed on 40 west, turn right on Grey Rd. 12 (next Line,) drive to Blantyre and park. We follow a meandering trail 3.6 km. through cultivated fields and hardwoods, passing a small waterfall, to the 7th Line. Our previously shuttled cars will return us to Blantyre.
Easy walking and we’ll be looking for wildflowers.

Leader: Robert Brand 705-444-2692.

If you wish to volunteer to leave a car at the finish point of the walk. Please call Esmonde Clarke 705-444-3430 to arrange.

Wednesday May 15

Margaret Paul Side Trail

Carpool time: 09:45 a.m.

Nordic Skiing

From Collingwood, take 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. 3.5 kms.

Leader: Jill Bates 705-293-2936

Wednesday May 22

Oliver Creek

Carpool time:09:45 am

Take Hwy. 124 south through Singhampton and Redickville to Dufferin Cty. Rd. 17 at Masonville., turn left and park at the side of the road. Meet at 10:15 am. and follow to trailhead. 2.6 km. loop- hilly, not rocky. Very pleasant walk, views, stream, endangered butternut trees.

Leaders: Chris & Martien Coffeng 705-293-6639.

Wednesday May 29

Metcalfe Rock

Carpool time: 09:45 am.

Follow 6th St. west to Osler Bluffs Rd. (Grey Rd. 19,) turn left, and then right when 19 goes up the hill, follow to Grey Rd. 2. Cross Grey Rd. 2 and continue (road now called Sideroad 9.) At the 10th Line turn left and go approx. 1.5 kms. to the parking lot on the left. At times it is interesting to watch climbers challenge the steep rock face.
We start along the road, then turn and climb the escarpment (ladder in place at one steeper section.) We follow the top to some wonderful views, then descend to a firepit for our lunch. Total distance about 1.7 kms. Short but rugged in spots

Leader: Robert Brand 705-444-2692.

Wednesday June 5

Kolapore Uplands

Carpool time: 10:00 am.

Follow 6th St. west to Osler Bluff Rd. (Grey Rd. 19,) turn left, and then right when 19 goes up the hill, follow to Grey Rd. 2 and turn left. Proceed approx. 1.5 kms., to Kolapore north parking lot on the left. We will follow a loop which takes us up a fairly challenging hill to a ridge with views both sides and a good flower display. Another part of the trail has a short rocky section where a stick could be useful. The walk will take approx. 1 1/2 to 2 hours, not including lunch time, depending on the group.

Leader: Robert Brand 705-444-2692

Saturday June 8

Garlic Mustard Pull

Time: 10:00 am. to 1 pm.

On Saturday, June 8th, the Nature League is holding a “Garlic Mustard Pull” at the Town Trails in Collingwood.

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolate) is a noxious weed that is threatening native Ontario plants, like trilliums and trout lilies, as well as many other species. The leaves of garlic mustard emit a strong garlic smell when crushed. Second-year plants produce white flowers with four petals. This invasive species arrived in Canada in the 1800s as an edible herb. It can be found in moist forests, wooded stream banks, floodplain forests, roadsides and trail edges, and, yes, maybe even in your garden. It is also very common on the Town Trails of Collingwood so like last year this is where we plan to pull out these weeds.

We will meet at the Labyrinth from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are asking schools and members of the public to help.

Wednesday June 12 to Friday June 14

Tobermory Trip

Leaders: Jerry Finczak & Laura Horton
Three days of hiking/walking (or whatever one may choose to do) and we want YOU to share your expertise and be part of the prep this year. Would you like to lead (or co-lead) a hike? What about a nature walk, a museum trip, shopping trip or garden tour? Do you have botanical tidbits to share? New roads to view, hidden gems to share? With our combined knowledge, there’ll be something for everyone! Please help in the planning.

Our Stay will be at the Coach House Inn in Tobermory. This year there are 32 rooms available first come first served.

Price has not changed --- SAME as last year.
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).

Reservations: starting Monday March 25, please email Ruth Vance at info@coachhouseinnresort.com with the following information:

  1. your phone number (to provide credit card information or if no email access),
  2. If you would like the same room as last year (and to reconfirm those who may have reserved last year),
  3. If you are single or double occupancy and your roommate’s name.
  4. Ruth does have quite a few credit card numbers with current expiry dates (on hand from last year). If you want Ruth to use that information, please provide your okay to do so.
  5. She will then confirm by email (or phone if requested).

Included: 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 Hours.
Booking starts Monday March 25 and will be open until Monday June 3, 2019.
Space is limited to 32 rooms. Due to the popularity of this outing all attendees must be Nature League members. To book email or 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. And let her know of your interest to lead/plan/organize an outing.

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 immediately.

Wednesday June 19

Siegerman Side Trail and Signage Ceremony

Carpool time: 09:45 am.

Drive west on 6th St., then right on Osler Bluff Rd. and continue to the lights. Turn left and take the Scenic Caves Rd. up the hill, through Banks and Ravenna (Road 119) to Cty. Rd. 13. Turn right and follow 13 to next curve, turn left (Sideroad 19,) follow, right on 3rd line, follow and turn into 316362 3rd Line, Kimbercote Farm and park.

After hiking the Siegerman Side Trail we will unveil the signage for the trees planted at Kimbercote Farm with Nature League’s donation from our Trivia Night Fundraiser. For those wishing a shorter hike there are other marked trails on the property. Lunch will be at the farm.
From the farm we start the approx. 3.2 km. loop with a long hill climb on road allowance topped by view to make it worthwhile, then return along a busy stream.

Note - time change: The Signage Ceremony will take place after lunch.

Leader: Migs. Baker 705-445-4097

Wednesday June 26

Walk and BBQ

For Walk Carpool time: 09:30 am.

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(Con. 10.) Turn left, go about 0.6 kms. to stile at 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, gracious 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 Cauthers will host a BBQ for members of the Nature League again this year. Please arrive at 11:30 for lunch at noon. Sausages and buns are provided. Bring your own salad/dessert/beverage if you wish.

Please call Gary/Lois at 705-466-2272 or email:glcauthers@rogers.com if you need directions.

Wednesday July 17

Potluck Supper

Time: 3 pm.

Potluck Supper on the beach at Fritzy Nydam’s cottage 151 Cameron St., Thornbury.
3:00 pm swim and socialize.
Bring your own contribution to the meal, plate, cup, cutlery, chair and beverage. Tea, coffee and before dinner snacks will be provided.

Please let Fritzy know if you will be attending the event by the 14th. Directions: Hwy. 26 to Thornbury, go through the lights on Hwy 26 to the 4th street (Peel St.) Turn right, proceed to the 2nd street (Cameron) and turn left.