Winter 2019/20 Hiking Schedule:
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Under Covid-19 rules, the maximum number of people to gather continues to be 25.
To avoid the confusion of registration for each snow shoe event, if more than 25 arrive at the Trailhead, there will be a 2nd leader prepared to leave on the trail 15 minutes after the first group.

TO AVOID A LARGE GATHERING WHEN YOU ARRIVE PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL START TIME. YOU’LL BE CHECKED IN BY THE LEADER.

We appreciate your full cooperation as we try to enjoy ourselves during these difficult times while at the same time respecting Covid regulations.

Snowshoers will meet at the Trailhead at the designated time.
Members will no longer need to sign a waiver at each event. The Waiver each member signs when joining Nature League, or renewing their membership, will suffice for the year.

Please still check in with the leaders at each event for a head count.

Please wear your mask when checking in at the Trailhead and remember to social distance while on the trails.

Come prepared with lunch, a beverage, suitable clothing, proper equipment and, if possible, a cell phone. Any questions should be directed to the leader of each walk. Please no pets. If you need more details on how to get to the hiking location please contact the hike leader.

If the weather conditions are unfavourable you will be notified the morning of the event.

Wednesday, December 2

Cranberry Golf Course & Georgian Trail

Meet at Trailhead 10:15 a.m.
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.

Easy start to winter snowshoeing. terrain flat. Drive west on Hwy 26 past Cdn. Tire to Harbour St. Turn left and proceed to parking lot at the end.

Leader: Noella Rusk; cell 705-816-6635; email noellarusk@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 9

Stayner Rail Trail

Meet at Trailhead
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.

Drive south from Wasaga Beach on Hwy.26 to Stayner, past the high school on left, to Brock St. on left. Turn left, go to Elm St., turn left and proceed to end and park at side of road. We will follow level trail N.W. until we decide to turn

Leader: Rose Feaver; cell 705-446-5204; email rose@roseincollingwood.com

Wednesday, January 6

Swiss Meadows

Meet at Trailhead
Start time 10:30 am,

Mostly level, some undulating sections – 4.6 km. Take Scenic Caves Rd. to the top, past the parking lots to Swiss Meadows Blvd. Turn right and follow to the stop at Maple Lane. Turn right, proceed to the end and park at side of road.

Leader: To be determined

Wednesday, January 13

Nottawasaga Bluffs

Meet at Trailhead - There is a voluntary payment box should you wish to make a donation to the Trail.
Start time:10:00 am

Moderate terrain with one hilly section. Some rocky terrain. 4k.
Drive south on Hwy 124 to just before Singhampton. Turn left at the sign to Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation area (Milltown Road), then left on Ewing Drive, then left at next Nottawasaga Bluffs sign. Follow the road to parking lot on the right hand side.

Leader: Robert Brand; Cell 705- 994-3384, no email; text only

Wednesday January 20

Osler Bluff Ski Club 795534

Meet in Parking Lot 10:00 a.m. (beside the snowmaking reservoir.)
Start Time: 10:15

Groomed trails; trail is flat but provides variety with bridges beautiful groves of trees and beautiful view of the Escarpment. Approximately one hour.
Directions from Collingwood: take Mountain Road to Grey Rd. 19/Simcoe Road 34. Turn left and continue straight on Collingwood Clearview Townline (past Poplar Side Road) and follow to Osler Bluff Ski Club. Drive past the main entrance to Osler Bluff Ski Club to Osler View Drive. Turn left onto OBD and continue to Snowflake Lane. Turn left on SL and follow to the reservoir and the parking lot.

Leader: Judi Sheppard Leader: 705-444-3153; email: law@judithsheppard.ca

Wednesday, January 27

11th Line (town trails)

Meet at Trailhead
Start time: 10:30 am.

Moderate terrain with one hill. Drive west on Mountain Rd. to 11th line. Roadside parking is limited.

Leader: To be determined

Thursday, January 28

Loree Forest Night Trail – Full Moon

Special Event
Maximum 25 Members

Meet at Trail Head
Start Time: 5:30 pm

One hill to climb then flat terrain Drive west on Hwy 26 to Grey Rd. 2. Turn left and drive to side road 21. Turn left and proceed to Loree Forest entrance and park on north side of road.
Bring Head Lamp or Flashlight if possible, and a hot drink.
Leader: To be determined

Wednesday, Februray 3

Wasaga Nordic Blueberry Trails

Meet at Trailhead
Start time: 10:00 am.
Ski/Snowshoe fee applies $8.00 and skis or snow shoes are mandatory.

4K , Flat until start of loop, then steep hills. Going down, becomes flat again. Take Hwy 92 east through Wasaga to traffic lights before the bridge at the river (plaza on right with McDonalds, Tim Hortons) Cross the bridge to River Rd. W, and drive approx. 4k, and then turn right at the sign for Wasaga Nordic (across from police station). Turn left into entrance of park.

Leader: Robert Brand; Cell 705-994-3384; no email , text only

Wednesday, February 10

Mingay Tract – Creemore Nature Reserve

Meet at Trailhead
Start time 10:15 am ,

Terrain moderate with some hills. Distance 5 km
Take Hwy # 124 to Duntroon. Turn left on Hwy 91 and continue along 91 for approx 2.5 km. Turn Right onto Concession Rd. #6 and drive along Con.#6 for about 10km. passing Side Rd. 15-16 intersection on the way until you reach the T intersection at County Rd. #9. Turn right and drive .5 km. to Concession #6 on the Left ( Road veers off suddenly to the left up a steep hill). Proceed to the parking area. Room for approx.. 8 cars.

Leaders: Lois & Gary Cauthers ; 705-466-2272; email: glcauthers@rogers.com

Wednesday, February 17

Lora Bay

Meet at Trailhead
Start Time : 10:30 a.m.

Flat terrain with a couple of short hills.
Drive west through Thornbury to sign for Lora Bay. Enter and proceed to parking lot at club house.

Leader: Lynda Eades, 519-599-5842 email: clovhill63@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 24

Ganaraska Trail Wasaga Beach

Meet at Trailhead
Start Time : 10:30 a.m.

Hwy 26 W to County Rd 92 to Oxbow Park Drive. Continue on Oxbow Park Drive to Woodland Drive.
#30-42 Woodland Drive.
Description: Soft sandy 5.1 km. walk with some steep areas. Sand dunes are the attraction at the beginning of trail. Beautiful vistas along the way to sit and have lunch and enjoy nature. There is also access to a dirt road through the woods that makes for very easy hiking.

Leader: Noella Rusk; Cell 705-816-6635

Wednesday, March 3

Mad River Trail

Meet at Trailhead
Start Time : 10:30 a.m.

From Collingwood, take Hwy #124 south through Duntroon to the Glen Huron Rd. ( Concession #8). Turn left ( south) taking Concession #8, drive through the village of Glen Huron, (just before the water wheel) and park on the right hand side of the road.
The trail begins adjacent to the Hamilton Bros. old feed mill building on the west side of Concession #8.
Walk Description: This is an easy walk along the river valley through trees to the base of Devils Glen Ski Club and returning on the same route. ( 2 km. each way)

Leader: Rose Feaver; cell 705-446-5204 email: rose@roseincollingwood.com

Winter Walk Schedule:

These walks will be at a slower pace and shorter. Snowshoes will not be required, unless we get large amounts of snow, but poles and grippers are recommended.

We limit our numbers to 10 walkers and registration is required.

We start from the start area of the walk at 10.30 a.m. Please have masks with you for when needed . Register each week with Migs and Marlene by 8 p.m. the Monday before. If you register and you find you are unable to come please call us as early as possible so that someone from the waiting list can take your place.

Email:Migs migsbak18@hotmail.com and CC Marlene dmesson@yahoo.com

Wednesday, December 2

Clendenan Dam

Start time 10.30

Note: The location of this walk has been changed from Kolapore Uplands Wilderness Trail which is inaccessible at this time.

Directions from Collingwood: Take Hwy 26 towards Thornbury. Turn left at Gray Rd 2 and then take an immediate right towards Clarksburg. Continue across the main street, go over the bridge and a little way up the hill look for 10th line on your left. Turn left and go to the end and turn right into the parking lot. Directions from Thornbury: Follow the main street to Clarksburg. Proceed to Clarke St. and turn right. Go over the bridge and a little way up the hill to 10th line on left. Turn and drive to the end turning right into the parking lot. Note - ignore the sign saying bridge is closed we don’t go over that bridge.

Wednesday, December 9

Tomahawk Golf Course

Start time 10.30

Note: The location of this walk has been changed from Clendenan Dam

A walk on the golf course and then to the trails through a wooded area beside the course. This is an easy walk through beautiful bush.
Directions: Drive through Thornbury towards Meaford. Continue to Goldsmiths fruit and vegetable market on the left, just past Thornbury, at the 10th line. Turn left on the 10th line and continue to the first right turnoff. Take that right turn and continue to the golf course entrance. Do not block the entrance if workers are coming and going. Parking on the right hand side of the road is best. Please remember to have a face mask with you.

You can register for this walk on Wednesday after the weekly walk starting at 4pm.

Wednesday, January 6

Collingwood Rail Trail from the Water Tower

Start Time 10.30
From 1st Street go South on Hurontario to the lights at Huron Street. Turn left and go through the next set of lights and then turn into the Curling Club parking lot on your right. Park under the water tower. This is an easy flat trail sheltered by trees.

Wednesday, January 13

11TH Line Trails

Start Time 10.30
A variety of flat trails with only one hill.
Directions from Collingwood: Drive west on Mountain Rd to 11th line. Turn right, drive to the end. Roadside parking.
Directions from Thornbury: Take Hwy 26 to Collingwood. Drive west on Mountain Rd. (the extension of 1st street0 Continue to 11th line and turn right, drive to end and park.

Wednesday, January 27

Collingwood Habourview Park from Birch Street Parking Lot

Start Time 10.30>
Directions from Thornbury: At Hwy 26 and 1st Street turn left. Continue east to Birch Street and turn left at the Beaver and Bulldog. Go to the end and park. Don’t run over the ducks!!!

Wednesday, February 3

Bayview Park Thornbury

Start Time 10.30
An easy walk along lakeshore and Georgian Trail. At the west end of the trail bridge there is a Nature League/Georgian Trail sign. Directions: Take Hwy 26 to Mill St North in Thornbury. Park in the lot across from the Town of Blue Mountains Administration Building.

Wednesday, February 10

Mad River Trail from Glen Huron

Start Time 10.30
Take Hwy 24 from Collingwood through Duntroon to the Glen Huron turn on your left. Drive into Glen Huron to the left turn, go around to the left and park on the right side of the road. Be sure not to block driveways.

Wednesday, February 17

Little Joe Park Meaford

Start Time 10.30
Take Hwy 26 to Meaford. Go through the first light and then as you begin to go down the hill look for Little Joe Park sign on the left. Go down into the park to the parking lot.

Wednesday, February 24

Georgian Trail at Arrowhead

Start Time 10.30
A walk along the Georgian Trail from the Craigleith Depot towards Arrowhead Rd. Option of going through the woods.
Directions: Park at the Craigleith Depot at Hwy 26 and Blue Mountain Rd.

Wednesday, March 3

Georgian Trail and Black Ash Creek

Start Time 10.30
Meet in the Canadian Tire parking lot Collingwood close to Pet Valu. A flat trail walk along the creek and up the Georgian Trail.