New!! Online GHTC Trail Map

Online GHTC Trail map and Printable Trail section PDFs NOW available that show up to date Trail status. 
Members will be able to access these FREE of charge and access will be available to Non-members at a cost.

The online map includes a Menu, will list waypoints (green markers), trail segments (orange and blue segment markers), and other highlights such as bridges, parking areas, etc. Clicking on these reveals more information.

Trail sections are double sided printable PDFs, similar to section maps and Trail descriptions in GHTC hardcopy handbook.

See a sample section of map

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Guided Hike Program

Hiking During Covid

We still need to hike responsibly  and safely.

We delayed our June edition of the newsletter for a month to see how the guidelines concerning the pandemic would evolve. We are sufficiently confident given the general vaccination rates and health guidance that we can start to offer a “Guided Hike Program Lite” schedule but we are still working out all the details. We will publish a schedule on the GHTC website. We, like many other organizations, are figuring out how to restart after having been shutdown for the better part of 18 months.

Respect Trail Closures :  Check for closure information by visiting our website. Look for Trails, drop down to Reroutes and closures.

Choosing the Right Hike

Guelph Hiking Trail Club aims to have all hikers enjoy their experience and be safe.

With this in mind, hikers should choose a hike suited to their interests and physical abilities. Be honest with yourself in judging your abilities, remembering that we tire more quickly when walking on snow/rough terrain. Consult the hike description for the hike speed, length, and difficulty of terrain (if in doubt, contact the hike leader). MORE/LESS

To assist in choosing the correct hike, GHTC home page will now have three boxes of upcoming hikes. Easy hikes will be 4km/2hrs or less, and slow or moderate pace depending on terrain. Moderate hikes usually will be up to 8km and slow or moderate pace depending on terrain. Difficult hikes usually would be anything over 8km regardless of speed or terrain.

Leaders have authority to refuse a hiker participation if footwear is not suitable for trail conditions or if the leader feels the hiker's physical abilities would put hiker's safety at risk.

There is also a hike calendar that colour codes hikes by difficulty.

Upcoming events

Featured Self Guided Hike

James Street Trail BUILD A BRIDGE NEWS

Thank you campaign supporters! We reached our campaign funding goal.

BRIDGE installation now by Thanksgiving weekend

  • June/July Abutment installation completed.
  • Deck plank galvanizing has been delayed. Once they are ready contractor will attach to bridge frame, ship to trail and install.






GHTC Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2022

Guelph Hiking and Trail Club will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2022.  I know it seems pretty far away but we need to start now to present a celebration we can be proud of.

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.  Since March 2020 we have been in the position of having to find new ways to look after our health, both physical and mental.   Especially at the beginning of the pandemic, we discovered a quietness that let us hear nature, see more wildlife and the time to really enjoy it.    The club was not allowed to offer organized hikes, but our club's trails were there and still being kept up by dedicated volunteers.  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 want to plan a celebration to mark our 50th anniversary that will send our club off into the next 50 years.  We would like to have events happen all year long with a big get together or open house at some time in good weather.  We are still in the brainstorming phase looking for both ideas and people willing to help out with those ideas.e.g.the Historic Hike Baton.  If you would like to be part of the planning for this celebration please contact me directly.

Our club has a very diverse membership and wide age range. There is no "one size fits all" and we don't want to leave anyone out.  I'm sure that we can come up with a program with a selection of events that will provide a good choice for everyone.

Please forward your thoughts directly to me jhnfshr62@gmail.com  

Who We Are

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. 


Support GHTC activities and Trail improvements           

  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


Guelph Hiking Trail Club is a charitable organization Registration#11894 9395

PO Box 1, Guelph, ON, N1H 6J6 


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