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 of all GHTC trails on 50th ANNIVERSARY PASSPORT HIKING LOG.pdf and email to firstname.lastname@example.org and get your name added to GHTC Walk of Fame.
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 & one of several work parties!
"Art in Hard Times" finds new home on Wellington Plaza River Trail. Thanks to GHTC member Jim Hoare and president John Fisher for the install and to "Art not Shame", Plaza property owner, and the Federal Govt My Main Street funding for making this possible.
The lead artist was Melanie Schambach whose forte is art based community building. A digital paint by numbers participatory process that involved dozens of people in its creation.
Visit https://artnotshame.org/2020muralprocess for a greater understanding of the themes and the process which is particularly suited to be displayed on this trail. GHTC and its partners are working to improve this trail by creating a "Welcoming Space for All."
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
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