2024 Spring Nature Walk Schedule:
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The Nature Walks are at a slower pace as we stop to look at the flora and fauna. Bring cameras, binoculars, ID apps and books. Check in at the trailhead with the leader for a head count. Have your cell number and emergency contact information available for the leader. There will be lunch options after the walks depending on the weather. These will be confirmed in the walk reminders sent out the week of the walk.

All start times are 10:30 am at the trailhead unless noted otherwise. If cancellation is required, you will be informed by email normally from Debra Friendly, by 8:30 am. (note time change). Be sure to check your email before setting out!!

March 20

Harbourview Park Collingwood

Start time: 10:30am
Take Birch St. north off First St. to the end, parking near the boat ramp. We will walk along the path to the Labyrinth, continue on the boardwalk to the lookout and looping back to our cars.
Leader- Migs Baker migsbak18@hotmail.com 705-445-4097 cell-705-441-0309

March 27

Collingwood East Circuit

Start time: 10:30am
We will meet at the Collingwood Museum at St. Paul and Huron St., where we will join with the hikers to walk the trails together. Robert Brand has planned a 7km easy walk with interesting sites taking in views of Georgian Bay and the Pretty River. Walkers can do less than the 7km, turning back as needed.
Leaders: RobertBrand c-705-994-3384
Migs Baker- migsbak18@hotmail.com 705-445-4097 c-705-441-0309

April 3, 2024

Richard’s Maple Syrup Farm Priceville
11th line trails.

Note: Change of location from Richard's Maple Syrup

Directions: From Collingwood drive west on Mountain Rd. (an extension of first St.) to the 11th line. Turn right and drive to the end. Park on the side of the road.
The trails are mainly dry with some muddy patches. Only one hill at the beginning.
Start time: 10:30am
Optional lunch at Journey’s Blend
Leader: Migs Baker migsbak18@hotmail.com 705-445-4097 c-705-441-0309

April 10, 2024

Osler Bluff Trail.

From Collingwood take 6 th St. to the stop sign at Osler Bluff Rd/Simcoe Rd 34. Turn left and continue past the entrance to the ski club to Osler View Dr. Turn left and continue to Snowflake Lane. Turn left and continue to the reservoir and the parking lot. These are groomed flat trails with a variety of bridges, groves of trees and beautiful views of the escarpment.
Leader: Migs Baker migsbak18@otmail.com 705-445-4097 c- 705-441-0309

April 17, 2024

Sunset Point Trail

Head east on First St. past Loblaws and Sobeys. Park in the lot just past Sobey’s near the Iron Skillet. We will walk the waterfront on the Collingwood Trail System to the RiverTrail looping back to the cars.
Leader: Fritzy Nydam nydam@bell.net 705-445-5941

May 1, 2024

Clendendan Dam

From Collingwood take Hwy 26 towards Thornbury. Turn left on Grey Rd. 2 and then take an immediate right towards Clarksburg. Continue across the main street, go over the bridge and up the hill. Turn left on the 10th line and drive to the end to the parking lot. From Thornbury take the main street through Clarksburg to Clarke St. and turn right. Go over the bridge and up the hill. Turn left on the 10th line and drive to the end to the parking lot.
An easy walk over the dam and then following the trail along the Beaver River. Spring flowers will be sprouting and waterfowl nesting.
Leader: Migs Baker migsbak18@hotmail.com 705-445-4097 c-705- 441-0309

May 8, 2024

Castleglen Estates

From Collingwood take 6th St. North to the stop sign at Osler Bluff Rd. Turn left and continue less than 1km. to Grey Rd. 19. Turn right and continue up the mountain. In 2kms you will see a large sign in the field for Castleglen Estates. Turn right onto Osler Lane. At the stop sign turn right onto Northmount Cr. Stay on it as it curves up the mountain. Just past #172 Northmount turn right onto Castleview Rd. Park in the driveway at # 123 Castleview Rd.
We will walk the trail back to the lake and up to the Castle ruins and continue the trail out to the 12 th line, returning on the same route. Trilliums and other wildflower will be poking up and perhaps the loons will have returned.
Leader- Migs Baker- migsbak18@hotmail.com 705-445-4097 c-705-441-0309

May 15, 2024

Ecopark Stayner

From Collingwood take Hwy 26 towards Stayner. Just before Stayner turn left onto Nottawasaga S/R 27/28. Drive 1.4km., turn right onto Mowat St. for a short drive to the Park entrance.
An informative walk/talk at the at the Ecopark. Learn the many features of the Park and the Nature League’s contribution to its development.
Leaders: Lois and Gary Cauthers glcauthers@rogers.com 705-446-2272

May 22, 2024

Spring Speaker Event
Trail – Nipissing Ridge, Craigleith

A Grass Roots Approach to Climate Change

Spring Speaker: Catherine Daw

Catherine Daw is chair of the Collingwood Climate Action Team and will be talking about the Climate Emergency and the progress of local, on the ground Climate Action work. This will include talking about the role of local citizens in accelerating the level of change. Catherine is well known in Collingwood and an informative, interesting and entertaining speaker.

Nature League will host a Spring Speaker event on Wednesday May 22 at the Collingwood Public Library, 3nd floor, 55 St. Marie Street.

Everyone is welcome.

Please join us for complimentary coffee and cookies at 10.00 am, speaker presentation to follow at about 10.30 am.

Note: This event replaces the scheduled walk "Nipising Ridge - Craigleith"

May 29, 2024

Kolapore Uplands Wilderness Trail

From Collingwood take 6 th St. to the stop sign at Osler Bluff Rd. Turn left and in less than 1km turn right on Grey 19. Continue for approx. 7 km to the stop sign at Grey Rd 2. Turn left and continue 5km to Osprey-The Blue Mountains Town Line. Turn right and drive 2km and park in a small lot on the left or on the road.
This is an easy walk through the managed forest. We will see many species of ferns and spring wildflowers.
Leader: Marlene Esson dmesson@yahoo.com 705-445-5793.

June 5, 2024

Mad River from Glen Huron

Take Hwy 124 south from Collingwood through Duntroon to the sign to Glen Huron. Turn left and drive into Glen Huron. Turn left onto Station St. and park along the road.
This is an in-out mostly flat trail to Devil’s Glen ski club passing the Mill Pond along the river’s edge.
Leader: Margaret Donahue mgdonahue@yahoo.com 705-444-1012

June 12, 2024

Standing Rock, Singhampton

From Collingwood take Hwy 124 to the lights at Duntroon Side Rd. (Simcoe County Rd. 91) Turn right and proceed 5km to the T intersection at Clearview/Osprey Town Line. Turn right and continue 2km to the parking area at the end.
This is an easy loop with shaded glades and open areas with great views and rock formations.
Leader: Migs Baker migsbak18@hotmail.com 705-445-4097 c-705- 441-0309

June 19, 2024

Epping Beaver Dam

Take 6 th St, from Collingwood to Osler Bluff Rd. Turn left and continue less than 1km to Grey Rd 19 and turn right and continue for 7km to the stop sign at Grey Rd. 2. Turn right and continue to the town of Ravenna where you turn left onto County Rd, 119. Continue to Grey Rd.13. Turn right and continue to the first turn to with a sign to Epping, Side Rd. 19.
After turning left continue over the bridge crossing the Beaver. Continue on Side Rd. 19 crossing Grey County Rd. 7. In ½ km look for Bruce Trail signage on your right. Park on the side of the road.
This is a varied walk beginning in open country with wildflowers and shrubby growth. When we reach the beaver dam we will look for wildfowl and other birds. We walk beside the pond, crossing a bridge into open bush and continuing to farm fields. We will turn around and take the same trail back to our cars.
Leader: Marlene Esson dmesson@yahoo.com 705-445-5793

June 26, 2024

Tom Thompson Gallery and Trail

From Collingwood go west on Highway 26 approximately 33 kms. to 840 First Ave W. Owen Sound. We will visit the Gallery and walk on one of the moderate trails in the area.
Leader:Migs Baker- migsbak18@hotmail.com 705-445-4097 c-705-441-0309

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