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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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  • Thu Jan 19 Trek and Tell
    Zehrs Paisley Rd Guelph 7pm.

    Check website and biweekly email updates for further information and if weather forces a cancellation.

    Walking Holidays in Britain

    Come and explore some of the many wonderful trails in Britain, from Devon to Scotland and back to Dorset, with stops in between. As we enjoy looking at the pictures from these different walks we can discuss the pros and cons of planning your own walks versus using the services of organizations such as HF, Ramblers and Make Tracks Scotland.

    Bob Fanning

  • Sat Jan 21 O R Side trail loop from Guelph Covered Bridge
    10km 2 – 3 hrs

    Hike along the Eramosa River to Stone Road (part of the RLT), then the OR Loop and then back to the covered bridge. Meet at the Guelph Covered Bridge for a 10.00 am departure. Hike may be shorter, depending upon weather conditions. Bring water and snacks.
    Leader: Terry Spittles email Level 1, Speed Fast

  • Sun Jan 22 Ignatius Ski

    If there is snow we will X-C ski the west trails at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Highway 6 north of Woodlawn in Guelph. Meet at 10 a.m. in Ignatius Workshop parking lot. You will need $5 for 'honour' box to ski. If poor or no snow, we will cross Hwy. 6 and hike East trails at no cost. Contact leader if you need to verify ski vs. hike
    Leader: Tuula 519 -836-1194 Level 2. Speed Moderate

  • Thu Jan 26 Speed River Trail, Section 2

    Take advantage of the re-opening of this section of the trail after hunting season. Photogenic section of the river. Skis or snowshoes only...we will do a loop. Meet at Guelph covered bridge lot on Gordon St for 9am departure.
    Leader: Bill Mungall Level 2. Speed Moderate

    10 km.

    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 east of Gordon Street for carpooling to trail head.
    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell Level 3 Speed Moderate

  • Sun Jan 29 Royal Recreational

    Meet at Guelph Covered Bridge Parking Lot at 1PM. We will hike the Royal Rec trail alongside the river over to Victoria Road and if trail conditions permit return on the opposite side of the river. You will be back in time to return home, grab your potluck and head over to the Winter party.
    Leader: Tuula 519 -836-1194 Level 2. Speed Moderate


    Our Winter Party for Hiking Club members is set for January 29 at the Union Hall, 611 Silvercreek Pkwy North.

    The theme of this year's party is a pot luck dinner with an Italian Flare. Lasagne, pasta, salad, Italian desserts would all be great. We will provide bread, butter, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Remember to bring your own plates, cutlery, cups and glasses. We hope to have a “spicy” good time.

    Social hour is 4:00 p.m. To 5:00 p.m., dinner to follow. We have games, quizzes and a very competitive soccer shoot out planned. Please feel free to dress as your favorite gondoliere, signorina, soccer star or your version of Sophia Loren.

    Please set the date aside and sign up early so that we know the numbers to plan for. There are no ovens or stoves at the hall so please make sure your dish is ready to serve. We are giving you almost a month to recuperate from the holidays. You should be ready by then to celebrate the midway point (hopefully) of winter.

    We look forward to seeing you all there. R.S.V.P. Susan Mcmillan: 519-821-2699

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.