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Tax receipts are issued for all donations over $10. We appreciate any donation and your support in helping us keep the trails open.

Hike with Jim Hoare

The Guelph Hiking Trail Club builds and maintains trails from Cambridge to Limehouse, and from Guelph to West Montrose.

We are a volunteer organization begun in 1970 and incorporated in 1974. We organize hikes, publish newsletters, and produce a Handbook of maps of our trails. We welcome visitors on our hikes and on our trails.

We hope to meet you on the trails!

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The City of Guelph has completed assessment of the tree plantations in the Arkell Springs Grounds. Tree removal activities have begun, and selected portions of the trail may be temporarily closed, to ensure the safety of workers and trail users during this period. Selected trails will be closed to ensure the safety of workers and trail users during this period. Trail closures will be posted and we ask for your patience and cooperation in staying out of those areas. Updated information will be provided as we receive it from the City. Please watch for and obey any signs posted by the City or GHTC.

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New Infrastructure Work on the Arkell Springs Loop Trail in Section 2 RLT
We will be monitoring any closures in this area. We will share details from the City. Please adhere to any signed closures. City staff will let us know when tree cutting and construction are finished. We will issue bulletins as work progresses.

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Get out on the trails and join others on the Club's wide variety of scheduled hikes this summer and autumn. Check out the latest Newsletter.

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  • Wed Apr 26 Great Auk Trail
    6 km, 1.5 hrs.

    7 p.m. Meet at Jesuit Cemetery, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, 5420 Hwy 6 N., N1H 6J2. (Not to be confused with Marymount Cemetery which is located on the adjoining property.) We will explore 1 of the 12 community-accessible trails located on this property owned by the Jesuit Community of Guelph
    Leader: Vanessa Hyland, 519-803-6301, Level 2. Speed

  • Sat Apr 29 Abandoned CN Line
    14km, 3 hrs.

    Guelph to New Elora-to-Kissing Bridge Trail - We will walk the old CN rail bed from Guelph as far as the OMAFRA Elora Research Station, where this meets the new County of Wellington-built trail to connect Elora/Fergus to our section of KBT. Meet at rear of Swiss Chalet, 138 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, N1H 1B2 for 9:30 departure.
    Leader: Vanessa Hyland, 519-803-6301, Level 2, Speed moderate


    Here is a lovely area close to home for a loop hike along Bruce main and side trails with variable terrain, rocky sections as well as a great lookout. Wear proper footwear and seasonal protective clothing. Bring water and snacks. Meet 9.00am at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot 114 Gordon St. for carpooling to trail head.
    Leader: Norm Sailian cell 519-831-3657 Level 2. Speed Moderate

  • Wed May 03 Starkey Hill Spring Wildflower Walk
    1 1/2hrs

    Meet at 6:30pm in Starkey Hill parking lot, south side of Arkell Rd., about 1km east of Arkell Village. We will meander along trail looking for wild flowers such as Trilliums, Hepatica, Spring Beauty and Dutchman's Breeches.
    Leader: Gayle 519 856-1012 Level 2. Speed Casual

  • Sat May 06 Acton to Guelph GO Bus Hike

    We will take the earliest GO bus for 25 minutes to Acton, and hike back to downtown Guelph on Radial Line Trail. Dropouts provided for at 20 km. Meet at Guelph VIA station no later than 6:50 a.m. to buy one way bus ticket to Acton.
    Leader: Bill Mungall 519 836-5567 Level 3, pace fairly brisk

  • Sat May 06 Magnificent Magnolia Bike Hike
    12km, 2.5hrs.

    Please join The Guelph Hiking Club for a free, casual bike ride to kick off Spring and enjoy the Magnificent Magnolia Trees in blossom. For added fun we're having a costume contest to brighten the day. We will ride about 12km to visit several Magnolia trees and other Spring blossoms, in and around Downtown Guelph. We will be riding mainly on quiet residential streets and trails. Make sure you pack your camera and get some beautiful shots! There will be prizes for the Best Dressed Cyclist, Most Outlandish Ensemble, and Best Spring Bonnet, so get your best outfit ready! The trip will begin at Speed River Cycle at 135 Wyndham St. N, at 1pm. We will finish with a garden party. Helmets are encouraged. For more information, please contact Suzanne at, or 519-265-3962 or
    Leader: Suzanne at, or 519-265-3962 speed casual

  • Sun May 07 Kid's Hike - Starkey Hill

    Parents, grandparents, caretakers...give yourself a break and let our experienced hike leaders take you and your children on a spring hike at Starkey Hill. Refreshments provided at the end of the hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. No strollers and pets please. Address: 735 Arkell Rd, Puslinch, ON N0B. Meet prior to the 1:00 pm. Hike start in the parking lot, on the south side of Arkell Road, about a kilometre east of the hamlet of Arkell. (Arkell Road is in the south end of Guelph and you can reach it by taking Gordon Street, Victoria Road (maybe construction still here though) or Watson Road. Turn east on Arkell Road and watch for the big sign that says Starkey Trail.) For details and registration, please email LVMYWORK@GMAIL.COM or call 519-224-0672(Jackie)
    Leader: various GHTC certified hike leaders Tortoise and Hare speed

  • Sun May 07 Lowville Trail
    6 km, 1.5 hrs + carpool 30 minutes

    Meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Guelph Covered Bridge to car pool to 6207 Lowville Park Rd, Burlington, ON L7P 0A6. A pretty hike along the Bronte Creek at the foot of Mt. Nemo. Wear footwear appropriate for walking trails that may be overgrown. Bring water.
    Leader: Norm Sailian cell 519-831-3657 Level 2. Speed Moderate

These are just snap shots that make up parts of a complete schedule that is full of interesting hikes and hiking related events. Check the current newsletter or review the calendar for the complete schedule.

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Kids' Hike
Photo by Peter Jaspers-Fryer

Summer on the Trail
Photo by Gitta Eizinger Housser

Some Guelph Hiking Trail Club projects
are supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation - Guelph Chapter.