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Hike with Jim Hoare

The Guelph Hiking Trail Club builds and maintains trails from Cambridge to Limehouse, and from Guelph to West Montrose.

We are a volunteer organization begun in 1970 and incorporated in 1974. We organize hikes, publish newsletters, and produce a Handbook of maps of our trails. We welcome visitors on our hikes and on our trails.

We hope to meet you on the trails!

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The City of Guelph has completed assessment of the tree plantations in the Arkell Springs Grounds. Tree removal activities have begun, and selected portions of the trail may be temporarily closed, to ensure the safety of workers and trail users during this period. Selected trails will be closed to ensure the safety of workers and trail users during this period. Trail closures will be posted and we ask for your patience and cooperation in staying out of those areas. Updated information will be provided as we receive it from the City. Please watch for and obey any signs posted by the City or GHTC.

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New Infrastructure Work on the Arkell Springs Loop Trail in Section 2 RLT
We will be monitoring any closures in this area. We will share details from the City. Please adhere to any signed closures. City staff will let us know when tree cutting and construction are finished. We will issue bulletins as work progresses.

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Get out on the trails and join others on the Club's wide variety of scheduled hikes this summer and autumn. Check out the latest Newsletter.

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  • Saturday, September 17th Annual Hanlon Creek Boardwalk Work Day
    9am to 5pm Meet at Park/Trail Entrance, across the street from 60 Terraview Crescent. We’ll be working in cooperation with both the City of Guelph and with University of Guelph's Project Serve, rerouting a section of trail and doing repairs on a lot of sections of boardwalk throughout the Hanlon Creek/Preservation Park area. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes (safety shoes preferable), bring work gloves and a hammer, crowbar or wheelbarrow if you have them. Lunch will be provided,
    Leader: Dave Culham 519-716-8273

  • Sunday, September 18th Starkey Hill - Memorial Bench Dedication
    1:00pm 4km Join GHTC members for a walk around Starkey Hill trails to a bench installed in the memory of Barbara McKivor. Barbara was on GHTC Executive in the early to mid 1990s. She was also a GHTC hike leader in 2013. Meet in Starkey Hill parking lot for a 1pm departure.
    Leader: Dave Culham 519-716-8273 Level 2. Speed Moderate

  • Saturday, October 1 Annual Jack Scott Memorial Hike
    1:30pm 5km Meet at intersection of Nassagaweya 5th Line at 30 Side Road. We will start 1:30pm 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.
    Leader: Jim Hoare 519-835-5284 Level 2. Speed Moderate

  • Sunday, October 2 Kid's Hike - Kettle Ponds Trail
    1:00pm 90min Introduce the young people in your life to the fun of hiking as we hike through fall colours! Meet for 1:00pm departure. The hike starts in the parking lot of the Bishop MacDonnell Catholic Secondary School on Clair Rd, west of Gordon St, in the south end of Guelph. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. No strollers and no pets please. Refreshments provided. For details and registration, please call Jackie at 519-224-0672 or LVMYWORK@GMAIL.COM
    Leader: various GHTC certified hike leaders Tortoise and Hare hikes offered.

These are just snap shots that make up parts of a complete schedule that is full of interesting hikes and hiking related events. Check the current newsletter or review the calendar for the complete schedule.

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Kids' Hike
Photo by Peter Jaspers-Fryer

Summer on the Trail
Photo by Gitta Eizinger Housser

Some Guelph Hiking Trail Club projects
are supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation - Guelph Chapter.