HALTON OUTDOOR CLUB BULLETIN BOARD
This Week's News
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 @ 9:20 a.m.
CYCLING TRIP UPDATE: Ride on the Lakefront Trail, starting in Burlington at the Beachway Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20th is on.
2. Sunday, June 23- MEC Paddlefest- Burlington
The MEC Paddlefest is a celebration of all things paddling related and this year it will be held at the Christie Lake Conservation Area, 1000 Hwy 5 West, Dundas. It is a festival with something for everyone and features informative clinics, kid's activities, paddling demos, a place to swap your gear, the latest gear and gizmos from paddling retailers and manufacturers, community paddling groups and gear giveaways. More info to follow as this is just a heads up. Please google the MEC Paddlefest Burlington to sign up for some great clinics at the very reasonable price of $10 plus tax per clinic.
This Week's Day Hikes
1. Monday, June 17- Toronto Island Loop- 10 km.
Meet at Toronto's ferry dock to catch the 10:00 a.m. ferry to Hanlon's Point. Hike around the Toronto Islands and return via Ward's Island Ferry. Toronto hikers can meet us at Union Station lower level near GO transit ticket office at 9:10 a.m. Hiking boots, no dogs. Medium loop hike- easy.
2. Thursday, June 20- Alexander Graham Bell Homestead- 6 km- 3 to 4 hours
Meet for a 10:00 a.m. start at the home of Alexander Graham Bell. From 403, go south to Brantford and exit left at Garden Ave N. This becomes Brant Rd.18. Turn right onto the Cockshutt Road which is also called County Rd 4 at the fourth set of lights. Turn left onto Tutela Heights Rd. Locates at 94 Tutela Heights Road. Hike the Grand Valley trail. Lunch at the Homestead Cafe or enjoy your own picnic lunch on the grounds. After lunch tour the Homestead. Cost is $5.25. Bring water, bug repellent and sunscreen. Hiking boots. Mod.-3.
3. Saturday, June 22- Mountsberg Conservation Area Loop- 13 km
Meet for a 1:30 p.m. start at the Mountsberg Conservation Area, Milborough Line, north of Campbellville Road. We will hike a loop including Pioneer Creek Trail, Sugarbush and Lookout Trails. Parking fee in effect or use your Conservation Area Pass. There is a reduced rate for Bruce Trail members. Wear hiking boots and bring a snack and water. Hike will not proceed if raining. Med.-3.
4. Monday, June 24-Caledon/Hwy 124/Alton ST. Loop- 12 km
Meet for an 8:45 a.m. exit at Trafalgar Rd./Hwy 401 parking lot, northeast corner. Move some cars to Hwy 124 and Alton ST. Map 15. Hike along ST to Alton and the Pinnacle and return. Hiking boots, no dogs. Med.-3
N.B. YELLOW BUS HIKES- The yellow bus hike to Forks of the Credit originally scheduled for Sept.8, 2013 has been cancelled. In its place, the Club is running a yellow bus hike to Backus Woods on Sept. 15,2013. If you have already signed up for the Forks of the Credit hike, we will transfer your cheque and registration over to this Backus Woods hike. See the upcoming June newsletter for further information.
Hiking America's Grand Circle: Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon- Sat. April 26 to Thurs. May 8, 2014
Gayle Laws plans to lead Club members(26) on a return visit to these spectacular canyons. There will be daily hikes on a variety of trails at four different national parks and day hiking around Page, Arizona. There are choices of easy/moderate or more strenuous trails to maximize your enjoyment. The trip price of this customized guided tour is $3120 US double occupancy (airfare not included. The tour includes 12 nights accommodation, land transfers in the US, 11 days of guided touring and hiking with 2 guides including the Monument Valley Navajo tour led by local native Navajo guides, all land transportation in the US and all entrance fees to parks, breakfasts, lunches water and snacks while on tour, option to spend the night at Phantom Ranch below the Grand Canyon rim, visit to Hoover Dam, tips to guides. Not included are dinners, and all meals in Las Vegas.
Reservations are confirmed a year in advance since this is a high tourist demand area. To reserve your spot, please send a deposit cheque of $850 made out to the Halton Outdoor Club. Final payment including flight cost is due 90 days prior to departure, directly to the travel agent, Teachers'Travel, and can be made by credit card. Your $850 deposit is refundable up until 90 days prior to departure, provided that someone is found to take your place. The final payment is non-refundable. Teacher's Travel can advise you about medical/cancellation insurance and can also make arrangements if you want to extend your trip. For a complete itinerary, please email Bonne at email@example.com . If you have further questions about this trip, please contact the leader at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yahoo! Those crazy Thursday night rides are back! Starting Thursday, June 6 and happening every Thursday throughout the season, both Trail Riders and Road Tourers can meet up and do an out and back along the Waterfront Trail. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Beachway Pavilion on the Burlington side of the lift bridge. The route is an out and back along the Waterfront Trail and you can go out as far as you wish and then turn around and come back. Optional pub/coffee stop afterwards. Ride always goes unless it is raining heavily, or there is extreme heat. Always check this web site bulletin board after 5:00 p.m. right before the ride to determine whether or not the ride is on.
TRIP UPDATE: Trip is on. Weather looks good. Hope to see you there.
Attention all Trail Riders and Road Tourers. Please always email the trip leader to let him/her know that you are coming. In addition, the trip leader will email you in the event of inclement weather forcing a trip cancellation. This helps to keep you all informed of last minute happenings.
1. Sunday, June 23-Niagara River Recreation Trail from Fort Erie to Chippawa and back- 46 km.
Meet at the parking area in Fort Erie at 9:20 for a 9:30 a.m. departure. Take the QEW-Fort Erie portion, and get off at exit #5, Gilmore Road. Turn left on Gilmore Road. Follow Gilmore until you reach the Niagara Parkway. Turn left at the Parkway and continue for about 1 km. Pass under the Railway Bridge. After the bridge look for Jarvis St. on the left. Opposite Jarvis St. is the free parking area on the right hand side of the Parkway. Please RSVP the leader: email@example.com
Weekly Monday Morning Training for the Findlay, Ohio ride Sept. 7-8
The rides for the month of June are all at Valley Park with a departure of 9:30 a.m. Distances range from 50 to 60 km. See schedule on link from home page for further information. Although for some riders, the goal is to participate in the Findlay trip, this ride is open to all who wish to get out and enjoy this great weather. Leader is firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Sunday, June 23- Kathy's ride - 30-50 km
We will meet at 9:00 a.m. at Kathy's home. Riders will do a pleasant loop ride which is mostly downhill on the way back. Bring your favorite snack for a social at Kathy's afterwards. Please RSVP the leader so that she knows you are coming and she can give you the address of where you are to meet: email@example.com.
See cycling schedule for other planned rides.
In Other News!
If you would like to join the Club, go to the home page and click on the “picture link” for “membership application” to call up an application form, and then fill it out, print it and send it to the Club for processing. Membership renewal forms will also be available in the September newsletter. The membership fees are as follows: $50 for an individual, $85 for a couple or family, and $30 for students. Annual membership expires Oct. 31 of each year. If you are a first time member, you are eligible for partial year membership fees when joining after May 1: $25 for an individual, $45 for a couple or family and $15 for students. These rates DO NOT apply to renewals or people who have been members in the past.
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