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
    The hike will be along recreational trails, crossing Woodlawn Road to Victoria Road. Crossing the river, the hike continues along trails on the east side of Ignatius property through wetlands, with boardwalks, and woods to barn ruins and back. Meet before 2 p.m. start in parking by Riverside Park carousel, east end Marion Drive. Dress accordingly for weather. Bring water and snacks.Leader: Sue Bard 519 836-6570 Level 2. Speed Moderate 2hrs


    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Meet at the Guelph covered bridge parking lot on Gordon Street, 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.

    Description :- This will be a hike following a portion of the Mill Pond Trail. There should be some interesting ice formations on the Mill Pond dam and on the pond itself. 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.

    Leader: Bob Fanning 519 822-5181 or fanbobam@gmail.com Level 1, easy pace 2-2.5hrs


    • 27 Jan 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    If there is snow we will X-C ski the west trails at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Highway 6 north of Woodlawn in Guelph. Meet at 1 p.m. in Ignatius Workshop parking lot. You will need $5 for 'honour' box to ski. If snow conditions are poor we can hike on the area at no cost.  Contact the leader if you need to verify ski vs. hike Leader: Tuula salocanini@yahoo.ca 519-829-9929

    Level 2. Speed Moderate 2hrs


    • 1 Feb 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM



    Happy New Year!!!  We hope you are recovered enough from the holidays to be ready for this year's Winter Pot Luck Party!!!

    We have some really good activities planned for this year as well as the usual wonderful dinner and socializing we have every year.

    The date is Friday, February 1 at the Union Hall at 66 Silvercreek Pkwy N.  Social Hour will begin at 5:30 and dinner will follow.

    We ask that you bring a main, appetizer, side or dessert.  It would be most helpful if you let us know your planned dish category so we can fill in the gaps.

    We will provide rolls, coffee, tea, wine, wine glasses, juice and serviettes.

    We also ask that you bring your own plates, cutlery and cups.

    Please RSVP to mcmillan.susan@gmail.com.

    We are pretty excited about our plans for this year and we hope you are all able to attend, you won't be sorry.

    Looking forward to seeing you all there.

    Susan McMillan

    • 3 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

     Celebrate the re-opening of the most scenic riverside Section (Sideroad 10 to Road 124) of the trail. XC skiis, snowshoes, or boots all welcome. Meet at 9:00 at Guelph covered bridge parking lot on Gordon St.

    Leader: Bill Mungall wmungall0809@rogers.com Level 2. Speed Moderate   4km


    • 9 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    This time we will travel the opposite direction to January’s hike. Again at this time of year it will be a weather-dependent hike. We could cross country ski or hike or both on the trail between Erin and Cataract. Start time is 1p.m. Call Mike for details.Leader: Mike Curtis Erin 1-905-877-4134 Level 1. Speed Moderate 3hrs
    • 13 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

     Beautifully groomed ski club trails just south of Guelph. XC ski only....$5 fee and well worth it. Meet at Guelph covered bridge parking lot on Gordon St. at 9:00am.

    Leader: Bill Mungall wmungall0809@rogers.com Level 2. Speed Moderate  3+hrs


    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Absolutely the best cross country ski trails in this region, free, and all on private lands, just west of Waterloo. XC skis only. 3 hours. Meet at 9:00am at Guelph covered bridge parking lot on Gordon St.Leader: Bill Mungall wmungall0809@rogers.com Level 2. Speed Moderate



  • Register
    Introduce young people in your lives to hiking. Meet prior to 1pm in the parking area just outside the Barber Scout Camp at 733 Stone Road E. Enter via the laneway on the south side of Stone Road E, immediately east of the railroad track (between Victoria Road and Watson Road).  You will not see a 733 sign at the roadside, instead there is a small blue "Barber Scout Camp" sign on the telephone pole on Stone Road near the laneway, just east of the railroad track. Refreshments provided at the end of the hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For details and registration, please email  hikes4kids@gmail.com or call 519-224-0672(Jackie) Rain date February 24Leader: various certified GHTC hike leaders tortoise and hare speed  90min


    • 18 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    The area to hike is in and about the river by streets, foot bridges and grounds around downtown, catching moon reflections in different ways on the river.

    Meet before 7 p.m. start time in parking by Guelph Youth Music Centre on Cardigan Street at junction London Road east. Dress accordingly for weather. Bring water and  light source if desired.

    Leader: Sue Bard 519 836-6570 Level 2. Speed Moderate  2hrs


    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    This hike has been changed due to GORBA trail closure. Instead we will hike Smith Side trail. Meet at trailhead on Watson Rd for a 1pm departure. Poles/icers may be required.
    2 hrs / Level 2. Speed Moderate / Norm 519-831-3657 cell


    • 2 Mar 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Meet at the Carousel at the end of Marilyn Drive in Guelph, for a 1:30 PM start. We will hike the trail on the east side of the river to Woodlawn Rd at a slow pace, taking lots of time to find some great photographs. We might cross Woodlawn Rd and continue towards Guelph Lake, depending on our pace. In either case we will return to the starting point along the west side of the river. We will aim to finish up in time to be home for dinner.Leader: Bob Fanning 519 822-5181 or fanbobam@gmail.com Level 1, easy pace



    • 9 Mar 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    X-C ski adventure close at hand. Meet at 1:30 p.m. at Guelph Covered Bridge parking lot on Gordon St. with ski equipment for a short walk to ski area. We will hike the Royal Recreation Trail from Gordon Street to Victoria Road and back if snow conditions are poor

    Leader: Suzanne Gates 519-265-3962 Level 2. Speed Moderate  2-3hrs


    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    We will explore the Caledon Trailway, part of the National Trail, an abandoned rail-line between Caledon East and Terra Cotta. This will be an easy hike over 5 or 6 hours. Bring water and a lunch. We will meet near Georgetown around 9:30am. Call Mike for details of the rendezvous place. Optional drop out after 8km at Ingelwood needs to be arranged in advance with leader.Leader: Mike Curtis 1-905-877-4134 Level 2. Speed Moderate

    15 - 20 km   5-6 hrs

    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    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.Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell Level 2. Speed Moderate  10km, 3hrs


    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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