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

    • 22 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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     We will hike the Dundas valley Conservation Area. Meet at the TD Bank parking lot on Clair Rd at 9:00 am for carpooling. We enter the park off of Governors Rd to the main parking lot. There is a fee of $10.00 per car. Spring flowers will be in bloom as we hike through this lovely area. Bring water and a snack or lunch.

    Level 2 - 6-8 km

    Leader ghousser@gmail.com


    Please register on GHTC website as GHTC website will email you if hike is cancelled.


    • 22 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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     Unfortunately this hike has been cancelled. Leader hopes to reschedule in Fall.

    The bridges of Madison County have nothing on Guelph! Starting from graceful Gow's Bridge, we'll follow the Speed, crossing 11 of Guelph's bridges (with brief commentaries). Our hike will take us through parkland and along the Gus Stahlman and Royal Recreation Trails and back, ending at the Boathouse. Meet at 9:30 am in Royal City Park (west side of Gordon).  Park along laneway near the McCrae Blvd end.

    Lunch, or just an ice cream cone optional.

    Leader: Michelle Wan ymaewan@gmail.com Level 1, Speed Moderate  13km, ~3hrs

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/McCrae+Blvd,+Guelph,+ON/@43.5363783,-80.2474778,17.64z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9ac5618d29d7:0xa544b801cdabbf07!8m2!3d43.5363167!4d-80.245712

    • 22 May 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    This hike was originally scheduled for May 1 and will be held instead of RLT 1 hike originally scheduled for this date.

    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk along the Spur Line Trail in Guelph, 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 Exhibition Arena parking lot on Division Street. Non members welcome.

    Leader: Cynthia cwp1953@gmail.com Level 1.  Speed: Slow

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Exhibition+Park+Arena/@43.550815,-80.2686932,15.22z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9a97536c2473:0x31c78a3b25ac207d!8m2!3d43.5523286!4d-80.2651491

    • 25 May 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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     Meet in Starkey Hill parking lot for a 1:30 departure. Carpool if you can since parking lot gets full. This is a 4km loop with some hills including highest point in Puslinch Township.

    Leader: Jim Hoare James.W.Hoare@gmail.com  or 519-835-5284 Level 2, Speed moderate

    4km

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Starkey+Hill+Conservation+Area/@43.545238,-80.1586487,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9cef06d2bdd9:0xf4d301853289d2b7!8m2!3d43.545238!4d-80.15646?hl=en

    • 26 May 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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     Meet at 1:30 pm at the parking lot for the Hanlon Creek Splash Pad (on the north side of Kortright Road, north of Preservation Park) . Come and enjoy some great hiking in the maze of trails.

    Leader: Suzanne Gates 519-265-3962 Level 2, Speed moderate  2hrs

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

    • 29 May 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk along the banks of the Speed River, 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 area just outside the Guelph Humane Society's parking lot. Non members welcome.

    Leader: Jim Hoare James.W.Hoare@gmail.com or 519-835-5284 Level 1.  Speed: Slow.

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Guelph+Humane+Society/@43.525278,-80.2655017,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b854db10189f5:0x85b3d4c8ff99c480!8m2!3d43.525278!4d-80.263313


    • 1 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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     Meet to car pool at the Canadian Tire Store on Woodlawn Rd in Guelph at 9.30am or West Montrose Covered bridge for a 10.00 am hike start. Hike to the Mennonite Donut & Deli in Elmira for lunch and return. Hike is mainly on the Kissing Bridge Trail but there will be some road walking. Wear suitable footwear and bring water

    Level 2, Speed Moderate  16 km 3 - 4 hrs

    Leader Terry Spittles email terryspittles@msn.com 

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Canadian+Tire+-+Guelph+North,+ON/@43.5670847,-80.2795328,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9a8024c1b1d5:0xb10376065f3e2872!8m2!3d43.5670808!4d-80.2773387

    • 1 Jun 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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     This hike is along recreational trails to Victoria Road, crossing on the bridge to hike along trails on the eastern Ignatius property through woods and wetland boardwalks to barn, mill ruins and return, hoping to spot late spring blooms. Meet before 2 p.m. hike start in the parking north of the Riverside Park carousel, east end of Marilyn Drive. Bring water, desired snack and seasonal protection.

    Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570, bardsue@sentex.net Level 2, Speed moderate  2-3hrs

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Marilyn+Dr,+Guelph,+ON/@43.562698,-80.2744531,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9a815a366cdd:0xb142e31bc98eaf42!8m2!3d43.562698!4d-80.2722644

    • 2 Jun 2019
    • 2:00 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 and 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.  4 or 8km

    Leader: Jim Hoare James.W.Hoare@gmail.com  or 519-835-5284 Level 2, Speed moderate

    Trailhead location with 2pm departure

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

    Carpool location 1:30 departure

    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


    • 5 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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     Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk along the Eramosa River, beginning at 7:00 pm.

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

    Meet prior to 7:00 pm on the east side (York Rd side) of Guelph's covered bridge. Non members welcome.

    Leader: Gayle ghtchiker@gmail.com Level 1.  Speed: Slow


    • 8 Jun 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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     Meet in Guelph Covered bridge parking lot for a 1pm carpool departure to Halton Agreement forest. We enter on the 4th Line of Nassagaweya and hike along fire road and on trails through the different Agreement Tracts. Bring water, snacks and bug spray.

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell Level 2, Speed moderate ~8km

    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

    • 9 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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     Meet in the Canadian Tire Parking Lot, 10 Woodlawn Rd. E., Guelph, for an 8:30 A.M. carpool departure to trail head. Return to Guelph between 3 and 4 P.M.

    Located in Hockley Valley, this section of trail is twinned with Route 2 of the Jeju Olle Trail in S. Korea. Walk a soft winding trail beside several Km. of clear flowing streams. Tall hardwood, pine and cedar forests. Many short and sometimes steep climbs, but no rocky climbs or descents.  Bring at least 2 L. water, bug repellent, sun screen, lunch and snacks. No dropout. No dogs please. Contact hike leader if you wish to meet at the trail head.

    Leader: Ron, ronaldcherry002@gmail.com, 226-338-8969 Level 2-3, Speed moderate 14km, hiking 3-4hrs

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Canadian+Tire+-+Guelph+North,+ON/@43.5670847,-80.2795328,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9a8024c1b1d5:0xb10376065f3e2872!8m2!3d43.5670808!4d-80.2773387

    • 9 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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     Come bike with me from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. We’ll meet at the Guelph Lake trail head, just north of Guelph on Victoria Road on Bicycles. Let’s enjoy the scenic Gorba trails along the river to the lake and a little beyond .  Bring water and snacks. Bike helmets recommended.

    Leader: Suzanne Gates 519-265-3962 Level 2, Speed moderate

    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

    • 12 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk in the woods along the Speed River toward Guelph Lake, 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 GORBA trail head, parking on the east side of Victoria Road, N, near the bridge over the Speed River. Non members welcome.

    Leader: Cynthia cwp1953@gmail.com Level 1.  Speed: Slow.

    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

    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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     As there was water on trail for May 5 date this hike has been rescheduled.

    We will walk the old CN rail bed from the OMAFRA Elora Research Station, to Guelph. Meet at rear of Swiss Chalet, 138 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, N1H 1B2 for 9:30am departure.

    Leader: Vanessa Hyland, 519-803-6301, kathleenvhyland@gmail.com Level 2, Speed moderate 

    14 km, 3 hrs.


    • 16 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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     Meet at 9:00 am at the trail head on Watson Road just south of Stone road. This is a loop along the Eramosa River past the dam through woods and meadows. Bring water and snacks

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell Level 2, Speed moderate 2hrs

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Smith+Property+Loop+Hiking+Trail/@43.5488086,-80.1856162,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9c8857fbd433:0x7ee3b6db870be973!8m2!3d43.5488047!4d-80.1834275

    • 19 Jun 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 Kortright Road, north of Preservation Park) Non members welcome.

    Leader: Jim Hoare James.W.Hoare@gmail.com or 519-835-5284 Level 1.  Speed: Slow.

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

    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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     This trail travels through the Beverley Swamp and Fletchers Creek along a lengthy boardwalk up the drumlins by pasture lands with great views accompanied by songbirds with late spring flowers. Meet for a 2 p.m. carpool departure from the TD parking area at the southeast corner of Clair and Gordon plaza to the Middaugh/Gore Road trailhead. Bring water, desired snack, seasonal protection and poles.

    Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570, bardsue@sentex.net Level 2, Speed moderate 2-3hrs

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/TD+Canada+Trust+Branch+and+ATM/@43.5003108,-80.1917598,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b849e5a980e2f:0xab0de9916acf187!8m2!3d43.5003108!4d-80.1895711

    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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     Explore the Arkell Springs SideTrail and learn how it joins with Sect 2. Meet 1:30pm at the Starkey Hill parking lot, south side of Arkell Road, east of Arkell. This will be somewhat of a loop hike using part of RLT section 2. Bring water and snacks

    Leader: Jim Hoare James.W.Hoare@gmail.com or 519-835-5284 Level 2 Speed    Moderate

    7.5 km (2-3hr)


    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Starkey+Hill+Conservation+Area/@43.545238,-80.1586487,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9cef06d2bdd9:0xf4d301853289d2b7!8m2!3d43.545238!4d-80.15646?hl=en

    • 26 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk along 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 at the trail head in Ariss.  (Drive north of Guelph on Elmira Road.  At the stoplight in Ariss, turn right onto Wellington Road 51, then turn right at Schuett Road which ends in the Trail parking lot.) Non members welcome

    Leader: Jim Hoare James.W.Hoare@gmail.com or 519-835-5284 Level 1.  Speed: Slow.

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Schuett+Rd,+Guelph%252FEramosa,+ON+N0B+1B0/@43.5745611,-80.3659665,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b917ff13cc96f:0x1c850613ac271aeb!8m2!3d43.5751538!4d-80.3644684

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 8:20 AM - 2:00 PM
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     Meet at least 10 minutes early for an 8:30 AM carpool departure from the parking lot of the Guelph Covered Bridge, 114 Gordon St. We will hike the Bruce main and side trails in Waterdown Woods and Kerncliff Park, map 9 BT maps edition 28. Nice views of the escarpment. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.  Bring 2 L. water, snacks, bug repellent, sun screen. Option for lunch in Waterdown after the hike. Contact hike leader if you wish to meet at the trail head.

    Leader: Ron, ronaldcherry002@gmail.com, 226-338-8969 Level 2-3 Speed    Moderate

    ~12km, ~3hrs

    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

    • 3 Jul 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk, location tba, beginning at 7:00 pm.

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

    Check back close to date for meeting location. Non members welcome

    Leader: Gitta ghousser@netscape.net Level 1.  Speed: Slow.
    • 6 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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     Meet at the Guelph covered bridge east of Gordon St. for a 10 a.m. departure to Scotsdale Farm. We will do a loop hike using the main trail and side trails of the Bruce Trail. Please bring water, snacks, lunch and wear suitable hiking footwear.

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell Level 2, Speed Moderate 9km
    • 7 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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     This will be a hike following a portion of the Mill Pond Trail. There should be some waterfowl, possibly including swans, on the Mill Pond. This outing is at the request of the group that enjoyed this trail on the Jan 26th outing.. In the summer the subjects of interest will be quite different. Bring a camera that you are comfortable using. We will explore the area, at a slow pace, taking lots of time to find some great photographs, finishing in time to be home for dinner. Meet at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot for a 1:00 PM departure. (Alternative meeting place – Milling Road, Cambridge just north of the River on the west side of Guelph Str. at 1:30 PM) Note that parking in Cambridge may be limited.

    Leader: Bob Fanning                          519 822 5181 fanbobam@gmail.comt Level 1. Speed easy

    1.5-2hrs

    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

    • 10 Jul 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Enjoy a Wednesday evening walk on the TransCanada Trail and paths in Guelph's Woodlawn cemetery, 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 columbarium, inside the main gates of Woodlawn cemetery at the corner of Marilyn Drive and Woolwich Street, Guelph. Non members welcome

    Leader: Cynthia cwp1953@gmail.com Level 1.   Speed: Slow
    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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     Meet in the parking lot of the K.D. Woerner Family Trailway of the Grand River Trail in Kitchener https://goo.gl/maps/dTHWMT6pqbQ2  for an 8:30 AM start. From there we will car shuttle to the trail head on Fountain Street in Cambridge https://goo.gl/maps/pFqjPiagVhE2 and hike back to the parking lot at K.D. Woerner Family Trailway. We will walk two flood plains of the Grand River, one on the west side and one on the east side.  Bring at least 2 L. of water, snacks, bug repellent and sun screen. No dogs please.

    Leader: Ron, ronaldcherry002@gmail.com, 226-338-8969 Level 2-3, Speed Moderate ~15km, 3-4hrs
    • 16 Jul 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    This is a Caledon Bruce Trail Club sponsored hike.

    This 12 km loop hike will take approximately 3.5 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 Parking lot is 1 Km north of Primrose, on RHS of County Rd 19.   

    Directions: Parking lot on County Rd 19, (Prince of Wales Rd), about 1 Km north of Primrose, on RHS of road.   
    Hike Description:  We will hike the Boyne Valley side trail through the Provincial Park and the Primrose Loop side trail, and part of the main Bruce Trail connecting them.   

    Hike Leader: Susan Atkinson susanatkinson19@gmail.com
    5198319474
    • 20 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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    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
    5198319474

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