Tuesday Hike News - Avon Trail Tuesday morning hike on January 1st, picture taken on Sandhills Road at km 75.3 of the trail. A dozen Tuesday hikers started out the New Year (2013) on the right foot.
Each Tuesday throughout the year the members of the Avon Trail Hiking Club meet with their guests for a morning walk usually on a small section of the 100 km Avon Trail - see Hike Schedule below. This walk is multi-purpose mostly to keep the hikers in trim between major hikes. It also serves as a way of keeping an eye on the trail for maintenance purposes but at the same time the walkers enjoy the camaraderie whilst taking in the country air. [Notes by Dennis and Picture by Julia]
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.
Friday, November 29, 2013 - Farm Machinery Christmas Parade 7:00 p.m.
Meet at McDonald’s, 709 Erie St, Stratford, ON. Parade starts in Avonbank at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the sights of decorated equipment. After the parade enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the old Avonbank Church. Hike Leader: Karen 519-393-6544 or Julia 519-305-2141
Saturday, December 7, 2103 - St. Mary’s Christmas Light Hike 5:30 p.m.
Car pool from McDonald’s, 709 Erie St, Stratford, ON. Meet hike leader Richard in St Mary’s at The Creamery at 6:00 p.m. Approximately 1 hour. Tour around the Flats and by the Cement Plant. Dress for the weather. Social afterwards at Merchants, St. Mary’s. Contact: Richard 519- 284-4969.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - Stratford Christmas Lights Tour 6:30 p.m.
Meet at Shopper’s Drug Mart, 211 Ontario St, Stratford, ON. Dress for about a 60 minute to 90 minute hike. Social afterwards at Bentley’s. Contact: Shirley 519-273-2513
Saturday, January 4, 2014 - Reserve snowshoes for January 18th hike
If you are planning on attending the January 18th snowshoeing activity and need snow shoes, please call the hike leader Ken to reserve your snow shoes. Otherwise please bring your own. Contact: Ken 519-625-1401
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Soups On
Meet at the Stratford Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Rd to car pool to T.J. Dolan Conservation area. Travel back to the Rotary Complex to enjoy the Soups On event. This is a fund raising event for the Alzheimer’s Society. Contact: Burnie 519-271-2845
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - Snowshoeing with Ken 9:30 a.m.
Meet at EB Games, Stratford. Tis is a weather-permitting activity. Watch this web site and/or e-mail for cancellation. Bring your own snow shoes or call Ken ahead of time. (See January 4 above for details). Ken is picking up snow shoes based on need. A pot of something warm will be available afterwards. Contact: Ken 519-625-1401
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Hike with Liz from the Start of the Avon Trail 9:00 a.m.
Meet at McDonald’s, 709 Erie St, Stratford, ON to car pool to the Tennis Courts in St. Mary’s. Hike will be 7 km, easy to moderate with parkland and road hiking. Bring snack, water and wear weather appropriate clothing. Liz 519-271-8794
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - Heart Burn Day 9:00 a.m.
Meet at the north side of the William Allman Memorial Arena, 25 Morenz Drive, Stratford. Approximately 3 km taking about 2.5 hours from the Stratford Side Trail to the Country Club and back, followed by a drive over to the Rotary Complex. Easy to moderate. Dress for weather. Bring cost for chili samplings at the Rotary. This is a fund raising event for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Contact: Bernard 519-273-1468.
Friday, February 14, 2014 - Valentine Hike
Meet at EB Games, Stratford or 6:30 pm at the Municipal Parking Lot in the Stonecroft Estates, New Hamburg. Take Haysville Rd south from Highway 7/8 to Stonecroft Rd to Bonaventure Dr. to the Municipal parking lot. This is a moonlit hike. Dress for the weather. Expect a 1.5 hour adventure through the bush. Flashlights are necessary. Should there be no moon, the hike may be cancelled. Check this website for updates. Singles and couples welcomed. Bring money for an optional hot drink following the hike. Contact: Bernard 519-273-1468.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - View Migrating Tundra Swans 8:30 am.
Meet at the northwest corner of Giant Tiger, 477 Huron St, Stratford to car pool to the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area (Wikepedia). Dress for the weather. It can be windy. Bring snacks and water. Hike is 7 km in length over the dikes at the Hullett taking about 2.5 hours plus 45 minute travelling time each way. Easy-level terrain. Contact: Bernard 519-273-1468.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Regular Members Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Meet at the Kiwanis Community Centre Complex, 111 Lakeside Drive, Stratford. Dale and Jane will be speaking on their hikes in the Rocky Mountains. Agenda includes a few business items plus our guests.
New hiking spots in the Ingersoll area consisting of easy to moderate walks totalling about 8 km.
This is a ‘Poker Rally’ hike series. Winner earns a free lunch on Karen, our president. Explanation: Hike Leader Karen carries a deck of cards. At the end of each of these four short hikes, you draw from the deck of cards. Karen will keep a tally of the number value of your card. The person with the highest accumulated numbers, wins with the Hike Leader paying for your Brunch at Jakeman’s.
Bring your Oxford County Seek and Explore Guide or download individual PDF trail maps provided in each of the four hikes listed below.
Meet by 9:00 a.m. at MacDonald’s, 709 Erie Street, Stratford, N4Z 1A2 to car pool.
Hike Leader: Karen 519-393-6544
Brunch is available only until 1:00 p.m.
Map Resource 1: Ingersoll (PDF) ... see other map links below
Map Resource 2: Two Ingersoll Trails Maps (PDF) ... see other map links below
Hike 1 of 4 - John Lawson Park Trail, 2.75 km, Easy/Family (Download PDF Trail Map)
This wide easy looped trail in Ingersoll follows the south side of the Thames River within the Town of Ingersoll.
Directions to trail: Accessed from Charles Street, West, at the bottom of Wonham Street, South, Ingersoll (Google Maps). Directions from Stratford: Take Oxford 6 (Embro Rd) south turning left onto Beachville Rd. Entering Ingersoll this same road changes names to Charles Street East and then to Charles Street West. Watch for signs to turn south towards the river at Wonham Street.
Hike 2 of 4 - Thomas Ingersoll Scenic Trail, 2.5 km, Easy/Family (Download PDF Trail Map)
This trail is in Ingersoll and follows a waterway from the Cheese Museum to the Gazebo in downtown Ingersoll. Directions from John Lawson Trail to the Thomas Ingersoll Trail (Google Maps): Take Charles back and turn right (south) on to Thames Street South until you turn left (east) onto King Street. We will leave some cars here and then head along King Street East turning right onto Harris Street pulling into the Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum parking lot, 290 Harris Street, Ingersoll, at Canterbury Street (Google Maps | Street View). After the hike, we will return to pick up cars at the Cheese Museum on Harris/Canterbury.
Hike 3 of 4 - Lawson Tract Trail, 2 km, Easy/Moderate (Download PDF Trail Map)
This Tract is located south of Ingersoll in a grassy, treeless area of about one hectare.
Directions from the Thomas Ingersoll Scenic Trail to the Lawson Tract: See route on Google Maps. Also, according to Ingersoll District Nature Club, "... Turn left (east) on McBeth Road and drive 1.5 km. Watch for #363685 on the left - signage is easily visible. There is a small parking area adjacent to the gate, and additional parking is allowed along the road.
Hike 4 of 4 - Trillium Woods and Jakeman’s for Brunch. 1 km (Download PDF Trail Map)
The Trillium Woods has a wide looped trail through a mature sugar bush with many of the trees labelled.
Located 0.5 km north of the Sweaburg Road east of the Village of Sweaburg and handily across the road from Jakeman’s Maple Products (454414 Trillium Line, Beachville, ON) where we head for brunch about noon.
Directions from the Lawson Tract to Jakeman’s: Return north on Culloden Line turning right onto Union Street – don’t go under the 401 – and pick up Curry Road to the left. Curry Road will take you right to Trillium Line where we turn south ( right) to reach the Trillium Woods and Jakeman’s Maple Syrup. See this route in Google Maps.