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Hike Ontario Leadership Opportunities

Hike Ontario Leadership Opportunities   Are you searching for a leadership opportunity which will positively promote hiking and trail development in Ontario? Hike Ontario has openings in important positions: President, Vice President, Fund Raising Chair and committee members. These important positions need to be filled so that provincial advocacy and programs like our Insurance program and Leadership courses can continue effectively. If you have a love of the outdoors, an appreciation of the magnificent system of trails that volunteers have created across Ontario and leadership skills we would love to speak to you. For more complete info[Read more]

Hunting Season’s Over and Two Hikes Cancelled

We’re heading in to the middle of February and we’re firmly into the throes of winter. That means, hunting season’s over for another year and all the trails are open for your hiking pleasure!

As always while you’re out enjoying our countryside, please be safe, be mindful of and respect the landowner’s wishes, and most of all have fun!!

On that note, there are two upcoming hikes that have been cancelled – the John Goldie Reserve hike on February 19, 2017 and the George Newton Tract hike on March 5, 2017.

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Winterfest Candlelit Winter Walk

Winterfest Candlelit Winter Walk – Maitland Woods Friday February 3, 2017 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM A one and one half kilometre portion of the trail in the Maitland Woods will be transformed by the flickering beauty of candlelight. After the walk, come in to enjoy a cup of hot cider or cocoa and a cookie (coin donation). The Maitland Trail Association organizes this annual event as part of the Town of Goderich’s Winterfest, and it is always a magical adventure. Participants can set out from the trail entrance at the east end of the Columbus Hall parking lot (Parson’s Court) anytime between 7:30 and 9:00 PM. Everyone who has their own c[Read more]

February Schedule

Friday 3rd from 7:30-9 pm

Level 1, leisurely pace, ¾-1 hrs

Winterfest Candlelit Winter Walk – Maitland Woods


Sunday 12th at 1 pm

Contact Beth Ross 519-524-8144

Level 2, leisurely pace, 2 hrs

Ross Property (near Benmiller): ski/snowshoe


Sunday 19th at 1 pm



Monday 20th at 1 pm

Contact Carolyn 519-524-5181   

Leisurely pace, 1 – 1.5 hrs

Family Day Scavenger Hunt


Saturday 25th at 1 pm

Contact Hugh & Colleen McGregor 519-524-8543

Level 2, leisurely pace, 1.5 – 2 hrs

Falls Reserve Conservation Area, Benmiller – Snowshoe or Hike


For more info go to Scheduled Hikes

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Lantern Making Workshops

For some extra fun at the annual favourite Candlelit Walk – kickoff to Goderich Winterfest 2017 – come make your own lantern to light the trail! Attend one or both Lantern Making workshops at the Parks Department Shed on Parsons Court, Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22 (two weeks before the Walk) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. To display your wonderful lanterns on the trail and participate in a short, fun lantern parade at 7pm, Friday, Feb. 3, bring your lanterns to the Knights of Columbus Centre where you will light, parade and then install them where you like along the trail. Remember to take them home with you after the walk. [Read more]

Reptiles at Risk Free Workshop

November 18, 2016 brings the opportunity to learn more about the species of reptiles found in Ontario and our area that are at risk and how you can help.

It’s hands on!

Reptiles at Risk Workshop Poster

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Hunting Season in Huron County begins soon & a reminder!

First the reminder: Hikers please remember there is no parking on Bishops Road when accessing the trail for our treks through the countryside along the trail. Second: Hunting Season! Starts October 1st and there will be some trail closures during the months the hunters will be out, in, and around the trails. Some restrictions to note: September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017:  Maitland River – geese and duck hunting is permitted.  Trails remain open due to the lower risk, but be aware. November 7 to 13 and December 5 to 11, 2016 – Maitland Trail closed for controlled gun hunting for deer. October 1 – December 31, 2016 ̵[Read more]

Maitland Trail Association’s now on Twitter!

We’re now on Twitter! Search for us using @MaitlandTrail on Follow us using the Twitter icon at the top of the page!

When you’re hiking during the upcoming Camino Maitland Weekend, use the hastag #CaminoMaitland2016 to add to and keep up with the conversation!

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G2G Trail: Crowdfunding Campaign Launched

The G2G Rail Trail has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money through the community and we need your help to complete it!  The teaser video on Facebook has reached 29,000 views being shared 1,392 times. This has helped us to start spreading the word about the campaign. Each trail segment and community can benefit directly from this $150,000 fundraising campaign. We’ve had a tremendous amount of support in the past from communities that are touched by the G2G Rail Trail experience. The 127 km route is made up of the amazing Kissing Bridge Trailway, Perth Harvest Pathway and the Lake Huron Route – this includes the GART[Read more]