Fall 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 cafeĢ 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
Wasaga Beach: Carole Hill 705-429-2869
Creemore: Gary Cauthers 705-466-2272

Wed. Sept. 5th, 2018

Town Trails

Meet at parking lot behind sewage plant (Birch St. North) 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.

Wed. Sept. 12th, 2018

Loree Forest

Car pool time: 9:45 am.

Directions: 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 end where road turns to the left and becomes 21st Sideroad. Continue about 0.5 km. to parking on right hand shoulder opposite house no. 729150. Trail starts with short, steep hill, then mostly level with good footing. Reforested areas and natural woodlands. Great views over Georgian Bay. About 5.5 km. which can be shortened.

Leader: Rosemarie Beldowski 705-443-8812.

Thurs. Sept. 13th, 2018

Annual General Meeting

Trinity United Church, 140 Maple St.

The speaker is Joanne Fleming
The topic is the importance of trees

10:00 am Social / Coffee
10:30 am Meeting
Optional lunch $13:00
RSVP for lunch to Migs Migsbak18@hotmail.com

Wed. Sept. 19th, 2018

Kolapore Uplands Wilderness

Car pool time: 9:45 am.

Directions: Follow 6th St. west to Osler Bluffs Rd. (Grey Road 19,) turn left, and then turn right when 19 goes up the hill, follow to Grey Rd. 2. Turn left and proceed to the next crossroad (Townline.) Turn right, drive approx. 2 km. and park in small parking lot on left and along the road. 1.5 hour walk on mostly level, well maintained trails through hardwood forest.
Rating: Easy.

Leaders: Laura Horton and Jerry Finczak 705-444-5384.

Wed. Sept 26th, 2018

Nordic Skiing Walters Falls

Car pool time: 9:45 am.

Directions: Take Hwy. 26 west to Cty. Rd. 40, turn left and continue to the T-junction at the end. Turn right to Walters Falls, go left on Victoria Street and right on Front Street to the parking lot at the end. Approx. 4.8 kms., moderate difficulty, very pretty walk along stream, some hills and rocky areas.

Leader: Migs Baker 705-445-4097.

Wed. Oct 3rd, 2018

Mingay Conservation Area

Car pool time 9:45 am.

Directions: Take Hwy 124 south to Duntroon. Turn left, proceed to Conc. 6, turn right and drive to end at County Rd. 9. Turn right, then left on continuation of Conc. 6. Drive up the hill and on a short distance to the parking area on the right. Very pretty area- winding stream in valley set in rolling wooded hills. Approx. 1.5 hour walk, good trail in valley and on hills, moderate difficulty.

Leader: Jill Bates 705-293-2936.

Wed. Oct. 10th, 2018

Duncan Caves

Carpool time: 9:45 am.

Directions: Follow 6th St. west to Osler Bluffs Rd. (Grey 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 right and then left on to the 9th Sideroad again. Continue down into the valley and up the hill, to small parking lot on left. Park in lot and at side of road. Scenic 5 Km. walk, hilly, great views, forest and field, lunch by stream, 3 stiles to navigate. Moderate difficulty.

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

Wed. Oct. 17th, 2018

Metcalfe Rock

Carpool time: 9:45 am.

Directions: 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 km. to the parking lot on the left. 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:Jim Richardson 705-445-2613.

Wed. Oct. 24th, 2018

Nottawasaga Bluffs

Car Pool time: 9:45 am.

Directions: Follow Hwy. 124 south to Singhampton, at outskirts turn left at the Conservation Area sign (Milltown Rd.,) left again at Ewing Rd., then left on Sideroad 17/18 and follow road to the end.. Parking area is a short distance to the left. Pleasant walking on well maintained trails, mostly level with a few mild slopes- approx. 1.5 hours. Mixed forest, escarpment views, rock crevices.

Leader: Caroline Moerschner 705-445-0267.

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Swiss Meadows

Car Pool time 10:00 am.

Directions: Drive west on Mountain Rd. to roundabout, exit at Scenic Caves Rd., follow the road up the hill, past the Scenic Caves Lodge. Continue to Swiss Meadows Blvd. Turn right and follow to the end. Turn right on Maple Lane, drive to the end and park. We walk along the escarpment for an hour, then retrace our steps-approx. 4.6 kms. (can be shortened.) Short rocky section at the beginning, then mostly level, good footing, beautiful views. Rating: easy.

Leader: Esmonde Clarke 705-444-3430.

Wednesday Nov. 14th

Fall Speaker

Collingwood Library ( 2nd Floor )
55 Ste. Marie Street

Mark Zelinski

The Heart of Turtle Island

Award-winning photographer Mark Zelinski has travelled to all seven continents of the earth to create many internationally acclaimed photography books. His lifelong appreciation of The Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve has inspired him to create his ninth book, which brings exquisite focus to the environmental treasures of the Escarpment, and to the diverse native and settler communities that thrive along its rugged, curving path. Mark will speak on his 5 year photographic journey along the Escarpment.

10:00 a.m. Coffee
10:30 a.m. Presentation