2014 Spring/Summer Hike Schedule

Spring Hikers

Each Tuesday throughout the year the members of the Avon Trail meet with their guests for a morning walk usually on a small section of the 100 km Avon Trail. Tuesday walks are multi-purpose mostly to keep the hikers in trim between major hikes. They also serve as a way of keeping an eye on the trail for maintenance purposes and the walkers enjoy the camaraderie whilst taking in the country air. See number 3, below, for more information.


A Few Things of Interest

1. We car pool.
We want to have the least amount of cars on the road sides as possible – this is why we encourage car pooling with a rendezvous. But if you do not live in Stratford, consider meeting us at the end of the hike‘s location.

2. 6th Edition Guidebook
It comes with coloured maps and will be available at the members meeting March 20th and at the various outlets afterwards. The cost are $10 for members and $ 15 for others. The outlets are listed on The Avon Guide web page.

3. Hiking Each Tuesday/Tuesday Morning Rambles - Year Round
All are weather dependent. Meet in the parking lot (off Lakeside Dr.) at the William Allman Memorial Arena, 25 Morenz Drive, Stratford by 9:00 a.m. to decide hike locations. Casual easy hiking. Coffee time usually follows. Contact: Dennis 519-273-6798

4. Looking for Shorter Hikes?
Avon Trail has compiled some suggested walks in the Stratford and surrounding area. Look here.

5. Hike Meeting Locations
a) EB Games, Festival Mall 1067 Ontario Street, Stratford N5A 6W6
     (Google Maps | Google Street View)
b) Stratford McDonald’s Restaurant, 709 Erie Street, Stratford N4Z 1A2
     (Google Maps | Google Street View)
c) Elmira McDonald’s Restuarant, 45 Industrial Drive, Elmira N3B 3B1
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d) William Allman Memorial Arena, 15 Morenz Drive, Stratford N5A 1A1 [meet Lakeside Drive]
     (Google Maps | Google Street View)

6. Hike Rating System
a) Difficulty of Terrain: Easy, Moderate and Strenuous
b) Pace/Speed: Leisurely - less than 2 km/h; Slow - 2 to 3 km/h; Medium - 3 to 4 km/h & Fast - more than 5 km/h
c) Distance: Stated in kilometres (km). Some leaders may provide a time in hours (h) as a courtesy. Stated times are approximations. Some hikes may take longer due to any number of factors such as weather.




APRIL 2014

Arrow Right Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Morrison Dam Conservation Area near Exeter. Easy. Medium. 9 km/2 h
Depart at 8:30 am from McDonald’s Restaurant, Erie St., Stratford to car pool. Driving time to start is 45 minutes. Morrison Dam C. A. location is 71100 Morrison Line, Exeter at coordinates 43.35739,-81.45673. Follow a loop trail and see the home of the famous white squirrel. Bring water, snack or lunch to eat beside the Ausable River. Download Morrison Dam C.A. brochure. Contact: Dale (519) 271-4334 or thunter@cyg.net

MAY 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Trail Maintenance Blitz

Moderate. Medium. Varied lengths.
From 8:30 am to noon. Social & lunch after at 160 Romeo St. South, Startford. Calling all Trail Monitors! On this day all Trail Monitors walk as much of their section as time permits, doing light trimming/grooming and noting areas needing attention.
Contact: Bernard (519) 273-1468 or berngowa@rogers.com

Many Hands Make Light Work



Arrow Right Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Flanagan’s Corner to Lake McCarthy. Moderate. Medium. 6.4 km/2 h
Depart at 9:00 am from EB Games, Festival Mall, Stratford to car pool. Hike from km 37.7 to km 44.1 of Avon Trail. Walk along creek and through sugar bush ending up at Forest Road. Bring water and snacks. Contact: Luke (519) 276-9939 or lukehdb@gmail.com

Arrow Right Friday, May 16, 2014 - Trout Creek/Wildwood Hike. Moderate. Medium. 11 km/3.5 h
Depart at 9:00 am from McDonalds, Erie St., Stratford to car pool. Please call Liz if not car pooling. Hike from km 7.0 (Road 122) to km 18.1 (Line 29) Walk along the south side of Wildwood Lake thru rolling hills and forest. Bring water, bagged lunch, snack & insect repellent. Contact: Liz (519) 271-8794

Arrow Right Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Loop Hike at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. Moderate. Medium. 10 km/3 h
Depart at 9:00 a.m. from EB Games, Festival Mall, Stratford. Late lunch at Peter Cellar’s Pub, Mono Cliffs Inn (County Rd #8), 367006 Mono Centre Road L9W 2Y8. Two hour drive each way making it an all day hike. Uneven terrain in places, steep climbs in others . Hike a beautiful part of the Bruce Trail with its old growth cedar and ferns; climbing rocky and steep paths, thru some crevices and mixed hardwood, climbing to the top of the Escarpment. Bring water, snack, supportive hiking footwear, walking stick. Contact: Richard (519) 284-4969 or richrose@rogers.com

Arrow Right Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Garage and Bake Sale Fundraiser
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Where: 3 Woods Street, Stratford N5A 2T8 [corner of Woods and Birmingham] (Google Street View). Donations gladly accepted, bring your good stuff, sale proceeds to go toward Avon Trail projects. For example, to buy materials for building boardwalks. Contact: Julia (519) 305-2141 or mjvmjv@rogers.com

JUNE 2014

Arrow Right Saturday, June 7, 2014 - Floradale Reservoir. Easy. Slow. 7.2 km/2 h
Depart at 8:45 am from EB Games Festival Mall, Stratford to car pool or OR depart at 10:00 am from McDonalds Restuarant, Industrial Drive, Elmira. One hour drive each way; no shuttle required. Enjoy a path of towering conifers, fields awaiting fresh growth, a maple syrup forest and the always dramatic Floradale Dam & reservoir alive with bird life. Bring water, snack and insect repellent. Contact: Robert (519) 576-7410 or robsen14@bell.net

Arrow Right Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Nafziger Road to Notre Dame Drive. Moderate. Medium. 7.8 km/2.5 h
Depart at 9:00 am from EB Games, Festival Mall, Stratford. Optional lunch at Schmidtsville Restaurant, 3685 Nafziger Rd, Wellesley N0B 2T0. Walk through hardwood forests, pastures, along the bucolic Nith River, eventually crossing Bamberg Creek near Wellesley. Contacts: Ken (519) 273-1323 or Terry (519) 273-2233

Arrow Right Saturday, June 21, 2014 - Silver Creek Hike. Moderate. Medium. 9.5 km/3- 3.5 h
Depart at 9:00 am from EB Games, Festival Mall, Stratford. Hike Road 106 to Nafziger Rd. Amble alongside Silver Creek a short distance through hardwood bush & a white pine grove, then near Lisbon cemetery walk through woodlots and pasture lands. Bring water, bagged lunch, snack & insect repellent. Contact: David at pinetree@sympatico.ca

JULY 2014

Canada Day ParadeArrow Right Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Canada Day Parade. Easy. Slow (stop and go)
Time and meeting place to be determined. Avon Trail members are invited to join the fun and walk in the parade together behind the Avon Trail banner. Bring water, backpack, hat and walking stick. Contact: Bernard (519) 273-1468 or berngowa@rogers.com

Arrow Right Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Lake Victoria Walk and Potluck Garden Party. Easy. Leisurely. 3-5 km/1 h
Depart at 3:00 pm from 26 Glendon Road, Stratford N5A 5B3 (Google Street View). Bring a lawn chair, plate/cup/cutlery and either a salad, casserole or dessert. Punch and coffee provided. Contact: Shirley (519) 273-2513


Corn FestArrow Right Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Corn Fest and Potluck Social. Moderate. Medium. 6 km/2 h
Depart at 1:30 pm from EB Games, Festival Mall, Stratford to car pool to farm. Campbell Farm: 516346 – 11th Line, East Zorra, Tavistock. (west of Hickson one concession). Half way drop off point can be arranged. The hike will take the route of a new trail along the Thames River. Afterwards enjoy the highlight of summer - fresh corn on the cob and hot dogs which are provided. Also bring a lawn chair, plate/cup/cutlery and either a salad or dessert. Punch provided. RSVP by August 11, 2014 to Bernard at berngowa@rogers.com or (519) 273-1468