Hiking Speed & Terrain Rating Info

Guests are welcome on our guided hikes. Choose a hike suited to your 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) which are explained in the charts below. 

Speed of Hike

 Slow 2 to 3 km/hr
 Moderate 3 to 4 km/hr
 Brisk/Fast 5+ km/hr

Terrain of Hike

Level 1  Well defined trails, gentle inclines. Hiking boots not required. Beginner-friendly; recommended for newcomers to club activities.
Level 2Generally on trail. May be hilly, with light bushwhacking, some rough spots or obstacles. Boots recommended.
Level 3Rough terrain (one or more of extensive bushwhacking, steep sections, long climbs and descents, beaver dams or other obstacles, rock scrambling). Boots, experience and a high level of fitness essential.

Upcoming events

  • Register

     Meet 1:30 at Speed river bridge on Victoria Rd. Hike on the north side of Speed to see the Mill ruins on Marden Creek and south side on GORBA trails to see  house ruins and Guelph Lake.

     2hrs Level 1. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Tuula cell 519-829-9929 salocanini@yahoo.ca

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Guelph+Off+Road+Bicycling+Association/@43.5876428,-80.2754951,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9a0b180ece19:0xdda5f4abc09253e7!8m2!3d43.5876428!4d-80.2733064

    • 24 Jul 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk along part of the O.R. (Ontario Reformatory) Side Trail, and then along part of Radial Line Trail Section 1, beginning at 7:00 pm.

    Choose either the 30 minute walk or the longer 60 minute walk.

    Meet prior to 7:00 pm in the parking area outside the Barber Scout Camp at 733 Stone Road E, Guelph.

    (The laneway of 733 Stone Road E is on the south side of Stone Road, immediately east of the railroad track, between Victoria Road and Watson Road.  You will not see a 733 sign at the roadside; there is a small blue "Barber Scout Camp" sign on the telephone pole just east of the railroad track.)

     30 min or 60 min  Level 1.   Speed: Slow

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Barber+Scout+Camp/@43.5451557,-80.1981949,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9b64f244cc4b:0xf256cdd9bdeec9e6!8m2!3d43.5451557!4d-80.1960062

    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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     Hike has been rescheduled from Sat July 27 to Sun July 28.

    Meet 1:00pm at the Guelph covered bridge on Gordon Street for a loop hike in Limehouse. Come see the Hole in the wall, and heritage lime kilns restored. Bring water and snacks. Or meet at the school in Limehouse at 1:30 pm . Optional pub stop in Acton after.

    2hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/The+Covered+Bridge/@43.5399857,-80.2438008,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9adb695bffff:0x15802e8a0616186b!8m2!3d43.5399818!4d-80.2416067

    • 31 Jul 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk on the trails of Silvercreek Park, beginning at 7:00 pm.

    Choose either the 30 minute walk or the longer 60 minute walk.

    Meet prior to 7:00 pm at the Silvercreek Park parking lot  (southeast corner of Wellington Street / Edinburgh Road).

     30 min or 60 min  Level 1.   Speed: Slow

    Leader: Jim Hoare James.W.Hoare@gmail.com  or 519-835-5284
    • 4 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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     A pretty trail along the banks of the Credit River.  Meet at the Covered Bridge parking lot, 114 Gordon St. for a 9:00 A.M. departure to the trail head.  Arrival at trail head about 9:45. Trail head is the corner of Dominion St. and Forks of the Credit Rd. north of Belfountain., BT map 15, Km. 8.8. Bring at least 2 L. of water, raincoat, snacks and lunch. No dogs please. No drop out point. Contact leader if joining hike at trail head.

    10km, ~3hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Ron  ronaldcherry002@gmail.com, 226-338-8969.
    • 5 Aug 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Great day to do in town garden sighting walk/hike, check neat garden updates. Meet in Guelph Youth Music Centre parking lot on Cardigan Street opposite junction with London Road for 2 p.m. hike start.

    2 hrs Level 2, Speed Moderate & easy

    Leader: Sue Bard 519-836-6570

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Guelph+Youth+Music+Centre/@43.5507257,-80.2564,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9aeb4db32a23:0xb58ba40bcc8c4a2e!8m2!3d43.5507218!4d-80.2542059

    • 7 Aug 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk in the Guelph Arboretum, beginning at 7:00 pm.

    Choose either the 30 minute walk or the longer 60 minute walk.

    Meet prior to 7:00 pm at the Arboretum Centre parking lot  (enter from College Ave).

     30 min or 60 min  Level 1.   Speed: Slow

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell


    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/The+Arboretum/@43.5434556,-80.2175947,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9b3c037d402f:0x3189be6ad837951f!8m2!3d43.5397396!4d-80.2156368

    • 10 Aug 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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    Departure from west side of Guelph covered bridge, on Gordon St. at 1:30pm or meet at trail head First Line Nassagaweya (County Rd 29) at intersection of Arkell Rd for a 2pm start. Hiking west to east through RLT sections 3&4 woodlands, gentle terrain across private lands.  First part ends as section 4 comes out on Guelph Line. Carpooling would be required to get those only going one way back to start and/or covered bridge. Recommend parking on 1st Line SOUTH of Arkell Rd.

    4km  or 8km Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Jim Hoare James.W.Hoare@gmail.com  or 519-835-5284

    https://www.google.ca/maps/search/First+Line+Nassagaweya++at+intersection+of+Arkell+Rd+/@43.502719,-80.0698897,14.08z

    • 11 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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    A pretty hike along the Bronte Creek at the foot of Mt. Nemo. Wear footwear appropriate and long pants to protect against ticks, for walking trails that may be overgrown. Bring water. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Guelph Covered Bridge to car pool to 6207 Lowville Park Rd, Burlington, ON L7P 0A6.

     6 km, 1.5 hrs + carpool 30 minutes Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Vanessa Hyland, 519-803-6301, kathleenvhyland@gmail.com

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/The+Covered+Bridge/@43.5399857,-80.2438008,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9adb695bffff:0x15802e8a0616186b!8m2!3d43.5399818!4d-80.2416067

    • 12 Aug 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Meet at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot for a 7:00 PM departure. Bring a camera that you are comfortable using. We will carpool to the parking lot by the splashpad, on the north side of Kortright Rd, west of Edinburgh Rd. We will explore this circular trail, at a slow pace, taking lots of time to find some great photographs. We will aim to be back at the parking lot, as the evening light dies.

    1.5 to 2 hrs Level 1. Speed easy

    Leader: Bob Fanning                          519 822 5181 fanbobam@gmail.com

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/The+Covered+Bridge/@43.5399857,-80.2438008,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9adb695bffff:0x15802e8a0616186b!8m2!3d43.5399818!4d-80.2416067

    • 14 Aug 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk on part of the Marden Tract and on part of the Kissing Bridge Trail, beginning at 7:00 pm.

    Choose either the 30 minute walk or the longer 60 minute walk.

    Meet prior to 7:00 pm, parking at the trail head at fire number 5534 Silvercreek Parkway North  ( 1 km north of the City of Guelph ).

     30 min or 60 min Level 1.   Speed: Slow

    Leader: Jane Shifflet janeshifflet@hotmail.com

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    • 17 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Meet at 1 pm at Guelph GORBA trail head on Victoria Road. We will hike past the dam along the GORBA Trail . Bring water snacks and dress appropriately.

     2 hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Guelph+Off+Road+Bicycling+Association/@43.5876428,-80.2754951,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9a0b180ece19:0xdda5f4abc09253e7!8m2!3d43.5876428!4d-80.2733064

    • 18 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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    Meet at 9:30 a.m. just inside the entrance to Len's Mill Store parking lot,234 Victoria Road S. We'll have a lovely loop hike to the Correction Centre,  trails around the ponds and to the O.R. Sidetrail. 

     2-3hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Suzanne Gates 519-265-3962

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Len's+Mill+Store/@43.5516869,-80.2234126,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9b1a5f404adf:0xa803265d43182205!8m2!3d43.551683!4d-80.2212185

    • 20 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    This is a Caledon Bruce Trail Club sponsored hike.

    This 13 km loop hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain.
    There is no dropout point.
    No dogs please.  There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
    Depart: 9:30 am Crawford Lake Conservation Area, outer parking lot.  Note there is an admission charge : $7.50 per adult; $6.00 per senior(65+), is rate at time of printing.


    Directions:  Take Guelph Line south,  just past Conservation Road you enter Crawford Lake Conservation Area on the left.  Park in outer lot.  
    Hike Description: We will hike the Crawford Lake ST, the Leech-Porter ST across the Nassagaweya Canyon, and take the main Bruce Trail circling back to the Visitor Centre.

    Hike Leader: Susan Atkinson susanatkinson19@gmail.com
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    • 21 Aug 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk in the woods on Preservation Park trails, beginning at 7:00 pm.

    Choose either the 30 minute walk or the longer 60 minute walk.

    Meet prior to 7:00 pm at the parking lot for the Hanlon Creek Splash Pad (on the north side of Kortright Road, north of Preservation Park)

    30 min or 60 min Level 1.   Speed: Slow

    Leader: Paul White fpwhite@sympatico.ca

    https://www.google.ca/maps/search/kortright+rd+splash+pad+guelph/@43.5115424,-80.2262916,16.56z

    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Rockwood has a unique geological history that has left it with glacial bluffs, potholes and caves. We will hike along the pothole trail to the largest cave where a fossil may be seen. After official hike ends, hikers may continue to explore trails on their own or rent canoes/kayaks at the beach. Leader has free admission pass for first 18 people registered on GHTC's website. Park outside of Conservation, on Mary St close to Falls St to meet leader for a 9:30am departure.

    1-1.5hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Gayle ghtchiker@gmail.com

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/43%C2%B036'47.5%22N+80%C2%B008'53.7%22W/@43.61318,-80.14825,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d43.61318!4d-80.14825

    • 25 Aug 2019
    • 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
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    From the trail head we will hike south mainly on GVTA trails along the Grand River, to make a 12.5 KM loop back to the trail head.  From the pedestrian bridge on the SC Johnson Trail which connects Paris with Brantford, we may spot a Heron or two.  Scenic river views while walking a quiet winding trail through Carolinian forests.

    Meet the leader in the south parking lot of the Guelph YMCA, 130 Woodland Glen Drive, Guelph, for an 8:45 A.M. carpool departure - please arrive at least 10 minutes early.  Arrive at the trail head for an approximately 9:30 A.M. start.  Bring water and snacks, bug spray.  No dogs please.  Option for lunch at The Cobblestone Pub in Paris.

    Trail head is at the west end of Powerline Rd., south of Paris, east side of the Grand River.  Park in the large, free parking lot there. Trail head map: https://goo.gl/cqMiDj

     ~3hrs, 12.5km Level 2, Speed Moderate, 4km/hr

    Leader: Ron  ronaldcherry002@gmail.com, 226-338-8969.

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/130+Woodland+Glen+Dr,+Guelph,+ON+N1G+4M3/@43.5060956,-80.2384579,17.59z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b851f59722323:0xd8750b6e9843ba3f!8m2!3d43.5066399!4d-80.2368365

    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk on the trail in Howitt Park, and then investigate where Silver Creek disappears, beginning at 7:00 pm.

    Choose either the 30 minute walk or the longer 60 minute walk.

    Meet prior to 7:00 pm at the Howitt Park parking lot at 163 Inkerman Street, Guelph.

     30 min or 60 min Level 1.   Speed: Slow

    Leader: Suzanne Gates 519-265-3962

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/163+Inkerman+St,+Guelph,+ON+N1H+3E1/@43.5338271,-80.2647354,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9ab1b032761b:0xe0a02dcf6cf84456!8m2!3d43.5351276!4d-80.2635595

    • 2 Sep 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    This is an interesting, somewhat challenging section of trail to hike. Often has wet areas, beautiful added boardwalks help; however, recomend wearing water protective footwear along with seasonal protection. Bring water, snacks as need. Meet point on western part York Road parking, east of Guelph's covered bridge by soccer pitch for 2 p.m. departure. Trailhead parking available southeast of intersection Blackridge Road before Townline Road, east of Hespeler, if advantageous (allow travel time hikers carpooling from Guelph.).

     

    2 hrs Level 2, Speed Moderate & easy

    Leader: Sue Bard 519-836-6570; Jane Haack jhaack@sympatico.ca
    • 8 Sep 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    This photo hike will be an exploration of the initial section on the Radial Line Trail including the blue side trail by the Eramosa River. We will meet at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot for a 2pm carpool to the starting point on Victoria Rd.  Bring a camera that you are comfortable with, fresh batteries and a memory card with room for perhaps 50 or more high resolution pictures. Do not be put off by overcast skies or light drizzle, etc.  There can be some great photo opportunities even if the day is not bright and sunny.

    2 to 3 hrs Level 1. Speed easy

    Leader: Bob Fanning                          519 822 5181 fanbobam@gmail.com

    carpool location

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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     Join Mike on his traditional hike through the loops of Hockley at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park including a couple of moderate climbs to catch scenic views of southern Ontario, weather permitting. Dropout point after 10km. Mike will meet you 9:30a.m., downtown Brisbane, hwy 124 and Trafalgar Road. Possibly a Guelph rendezvous around 9a.m. may be arranged upon notification with Mike. Bring water, snack, sunscreen, repellent and a lunch.

    10-15km Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Mike Curtis Erin 1-905-877-4134

    Brisbane carpool location

    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    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 1:00 at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street for carpooling to trail head.

    10km Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell

    Covered Bridge carpool location

    • 22 Sep 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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     A little gem close to town, a bit of everything, wee hills, ravines. wetlands, deep forests and deceptive paths.

    Meet at the Guelph Y parking lot 1:30 pm for carpooling.

     1.5-2hrs Level 2, Speed Moderate

    Leader: Tuula 519-829-9929 salocanini@yahoo.ca

    Guelph Y carpool location

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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    Meet at the Guelph Covered Bridge on Gordon Street for a 9.00 am departure. Hike the Radial Line Trail to the Smith Side Trail and return. Bring water, lunch and snacks.

    18km 4 – 5 hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Terry Spittles email terryspittles@msn.com

    Guelph Covered Bridge carpool location

    • 29 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Meet 1pm at the east end of James St. (off Gordon) and we will hike along the river at the bottom of Cutten Fields and continue out on Section one to Stone Road and back.

    2.5 - 3hrs. Level 1- easy

    Leader: Gitta  519-822-2568 ghousser@gmail.com
    • 5 Oct 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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    Meet at intersection of Nassagaweya 5th Line at 30 Side Road. We will start 1:30p.m. with the easier and child friendly Sugar Shack loop. Those who wish a longer hike can continue to figure 8 through Scout Camp part of the Radial Trail and Blue Springs Sidetrail. Possibly a Guelph rendezvous around 1pm may be arranged upon notification with Leader.

    2 or 5km Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Jim Hoare James.W.Hoare@gmail.com  or 519-835-5284

    trailhead location

    • 6 Oct 2019
    • 8:50 AM - 2:30 PM
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    Scenic views, lovely cedar forests.  Meet in the S.W. corner of the parking lot fronting Victoria Rd., at Len's Mill Store, 234 Victoria Rd. S. by 8:50 AM for carpool departure at 9:00. Arrival at the trail head at about 9:30. We will hike two loops and side trail to Rattlesnake Point. Hiking boots essential. Bring 2 L. water, bug spray and sun block, raincoat, lunch and snacks. Lunch on the trail at Rattlesnake point. No dogs please, no dropout point. Contact leader if joining hike at trail head. A park admission fee will apply. $7.75 pp for adults, $6.75 pp for seniors. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/QZHbDYPZrvEmXSDT8

    ~15km, 4hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Ron  ronaldcherry002@gmail.com, 226-338-8969.

    carpool location

    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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    Hike the Cataract Rail Trail between Elora and Fergus. Meet at the Canadian Tire Store parking lot on Woodlawn Ave. for a 9.30 am departure. Carpool to Fergus and hike the loop. Bring water and snack.

    9 km 2 - 3 hrs Level 1, Speed Moderate

    Leader: Terry Spittles email terryspittles@msn.com

    Canadian Tire carpool location

    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    This area is so pleasant to hike ravines surrounded with the beautiful fall colours. Start point is at trailhead section 7 on Third Line, south of Acton, west of the railway crossing. In Guelph meet point is at the covered bridge parking lot by the Boathouse on Gordon south of Welington Streets. We depart 2p.m. to carpool to hike start point. Bring water, snacks as need.

     2.5-3 hrs Level 2, Speed Moderate

    Leader: Sue Bard 519-836-6570

    Guelph Covered Bridge carpool location

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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    Meet at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot for a 1:30 PM departure. This will be a hike following a combination of trails in the area of Cataract, including the Elora Cataract Trailway, The Meadow Trail, the Bruce Trail and the Quarrymans’ side trail, to make a loop of about 4 km. Bring a camera that you are comfortable using. We will be taking lots of time to find some great photographs, finishing in time to be home for dinner.

    2.5 to 3 hrs Level 1. Speed easy

    Leader: Bob Fanning                          519 822 5181 fanbobam@gmail.com

    Guelph Covered Bridge carpool location

    • 20 Oct 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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    Section 6 is most interesting and attractive along the Radial Line Trail any season, especially with the Kong Hill lookout. Meet 1:30pm on west side of the Guelph covered bridge, on Gordon Street to carpool to Nassagaweya 6th Line & Pineridge trailhead for a 2pm hike start east to Dublin Line then return. Bring water and snacks.

    2.5-3hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Jim Hoare James.W.Hoare@gmail.com  or 519-835-5284

    Guelph Covered Bridge carpool location

    Trailhead location

    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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    Meet at 1:00 pm at the Guelph Humane Society for a 2hr loop hike along the Speed river and the John Woods side trail. Bring water and snacks. Dogs welcome

    2-2.5hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell

    Trailhead location

    • 27 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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