50 years is a long time for a community organization to be around. There has been no better time in the club's history to be thankful for the services provided by the club. People have flocked to the trails and it has brought much recognition to the hard work the club does to keep up these trails for everyone to use, not just members.
We have planned celebrations to mark our 50th anniversary that will send our club off into the next 50 years. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned in!
Introducing the "50th Anniversary Passport Program": Log your hiking from the End-to-End held April 30 through to the last End-to-End held this Fall. Send us a log of your hiking adventures, including name, date, location/trail, and approx. length of hike. We'll provide more details later in the year regarding submissions and awards!
The Guelph hiking trail club is taking the initiative to improve the underserved river trail behind the commercial Plaza's on the corner of Wellington Street and Gordon Street. A section of hiking trail south of downtown Guelph is getting a remake, thanks to the Federal Economic Development Agency’s funding commitment for “placemaking” projects across Southern Ontario.
artist impressions of planned design
Guided Hike Program
Hiking During Covid
Guelph Hiking Trail Club Covid-19 guidelines are based on recommendations from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and Ontario government with the intent of keeping hikers and our hike leaders safe. Please respect that the leaders are required to enforce these safety measures. MORE/LESS
Hike Leaders may choose to only allow fully vaccinated participants on their hike. For these hikes please bring proof of vaccination with you. The description of each hike that is posted on the GHTC website will indicate if this is a requirement.
The number of participants for a hike will be based on Government recommendations and hike leaders comfort level. Hike leaders may also wish to have masks worn at start of hike and keep a distance of 3m between non related members.
Choosing the Right Hike
Guelph Hiking Trail Club aims to have all hikers enjoy their experience and be safe.
If you have registered for a hike and cannot attend, please CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION by logging on, click on your name, then click on My registrations tab. Select the event you wish to cancel.
Featured Self Guided Hike
We had a great celebratory event on Saturday, and watched as Dr. Phil Gosling cut the ribbon on the newly dedicated Gosling Bridge, named in honour of his foundation's generous donation to our fundraising campaign last spring.
Phil Gosling was a key founder of the Bruce Trail Association and is also a long-time supporter of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club.
About 75 people attended the opening, and after a brief ceremony posed for a large group photo on the newly dedicated bridge!
On behalf of the five key partner organizations, thanks for your involvement in the campaign. We're confident the bridge will outlive all of us, a genuine demonstration of outstanding community support for our Guelph trail infrastructure.
GHTC is a volunteer organization that offers guided hikes of various lengths, throughout the year in Guelph and the surrounding area. We maintain over 80km of trails, thanks to private landowner permission, from Cambridge to Limehouse and from Guelph to West Montrose.
We offer general hikes, kids' hikes, photo hikes, trail end-to-end hikes and ski/snowshoe hikes.
Members get together for fall/winter slide show presentations and various social activities.
While most of our hikes and events are free and open to the public, consider supporting the Guelph Hiking Trail Club by becoming a member! Membership fees are $25 annually and tax-deductible. Membership fees and donations are used to pay for trail maintenance, newsletter production, and liability insurance.
Nicola Ross, the author of the Loops & Lattes series of hiking guides, will donate $5 to the Guelph Hiking Trail Club for every Loops &Latte book purchased on her website. See more of her books