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Tax receipts are issued for all donations over $10. We appreciate any donation and your support in helping us keep the trails open.

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

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Annual General Meeting

Thursday, November 19th, 7pm Zehrs Community Room, Imperial and Paisley Rds.

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  • Sunday, December 20th Free Kids Hike Smith Side Loop
    1pm 90minutes

    Introduce the young people in your life to the fun of hiking as we get outdoors in the holiday season and walk in the woods on the Smith Side Trail. Prior to the 1:00 pm hike start, meet inside the gate at the Smith Side Trail entrance at 0624 Watson Road South, Guelph. This is on Watson Road SOUTH, just south of Stone Road. There is parking along the east shoulder of the road. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the Tortoise or Hare hikes. Dress for the weather with coats, hats, scarves, mittens and sturdy footwear. No pets or strollers please. Refreshments provided after the hike. For details and to register, please call Kathy at 519 836-9147 or
    Leader: Various GHTC certified leaders Tortoise and Hare speeds

  • Saturday, December 26th Boxing Day Tradition Starkey Hill
    1:30pm 90minutes

    Join in some post-Christmas exercise on the nineteenth annual Boxing Day Hike! This starts by 1:30 p.m. at the Trailhead, south side of Arkell Road approximately one kilometre east of Arkell Village.
    Leader: Gayle Level 2. Speed Casual

  • Friday, January 1st President's Annual Clear the Cobwebs Hike Hanlon Creek Conservation Area
    1:30pm 90minutes-2hrs

    Come out and join the first GHTC hike of the year, as we walk off some of the treats we indulged in on New Year's Eve. This year we will meet at the Preservation Park parking lot on the north side of Kortright Rd, where the city's splash pad is. We will take a route through the Hanlon Creek Conservation Area that highlights all of the boardwalks in the area's extensive network of trails. This area can be icy, so ensure you come prepared for the conditions.
    Leader: Dave Culham Level 2. Speed Casual.

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.