Scheduled Hikes

Contact us if you’d like to come on any of the hikes listed below, or if you’d like more information.


Monday, January 1, 2 pm

New Year’s  Day Hike

Level1, Moderate Pace

1 to 1.5 hrs

Work off some of the holiday cheer,andclear your head by joining us to hike or snowshoe at the Falls Reserve

Conservation Area. Dress according to the weather. Meet and park at the Falls Reserve gate (free with MTA

membership card.)

Contact Wendy(519) 525-6976 orSjani(519) 524-9136


Saturday, January 6, 9 am

Maitland Trail – Sharpes Creek to Cherrydale

Level2, ModeratelyFast Pace

1 to 2.5 hrs

Start from 80965 Sharpes CreekLine (just South of Bishops Road). If weather is suitable, we will carpool to

Cherrydale roadand hike backon the Maitland Trail (approximately 2.5 hours). If the weather is poor, we will

hike or snow shoe in and backout for 1 – 1.5 hours.

Contact: Patrick Capper(519)


Sunday, January 14, 1 pm

Naftel’s Creek: Snowshoe orHike

Level 1, LeisurelyPace

1 – 1.5 hrs

Naftel’s Creek Trail leads through mixed conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. Directions: Drive

south of Goderich on Hwy 21 for approximately 7 km. Naftel’s Creekaccess point and its parking area are on

the left (east) side of the highway. Carpooling is encouraged.

Contact: Sjani Craig (519) 524-9136

Sunday, January 21 1 pm


Point Farms Provincial Park

Level2, Moderate Pace

1.5 hrs

If snow conditions are right, we’ll go exploring on snowshoes and hopefully go up the ravine trail – It’s

exceptionally beautiful in winter. Also, we will stop at the site of the historic hotel referred to in the Newsy News article.

Contact: Anne Storey(519) 529-3050


Lantern Making Workshops

Saturday, January 27 &

Sunday, January 28

10 am to 4 pm

Kick-off to Goderich Winterfest 2018, come make your own lantern to help light the trail! Attend one or both

lantern making workshops at the Parks Department Shed on Parsons Court. Please register early for the

workshops topreventcancellation andensure aspaceby calling or texting PaulaHarris. If you leave a message

include your name, number of participants (adults/children), contact information and which day(s) you

prefer. Costs are $10 for a regular lantern or $15 for an oversized one, payable to Paula atthe workshop. All

are welcome including children with a hands-on adult helper. The finished lanterns canbe placed in Maitland

Woods during the day on Friday, February2nd to help light the trail.

Contact: Paula Harris (519) 441-2558


Terrain Rating:

Level 1:  Well defined trails, gentle inclines. Good walking shoes recommended.

Level 2:  Generally on trail.  May be hilly, light bushwhacking, some rough spots or obstacles.  Boots recommended.

Level 3:  Rough terrain. One or more sections of extensive bushwhacking, steep sections, long climbs and descents, beaver dams or other obstacles, rock scrambling.  Boots required. Fit, experienced hikers only.  Long pants & sleeves recommended.

A reminder for all participants of any MTA led hike.

All participants are required to sign a waiver which states:

I acknowledge that this activity of the Maitland Trail Association, in which I am participating, involves risks that are beyond the control of the Association. Notwithstanding the acknowledgement of such risks, I hereby release the Maitland Trail Association, Hike Ontario its contractors, employees, volunteers, agents, assigns and executors from all claims for the damage howeverso arising as a result of my participation in this or any other activity organized by the Association.

I agree to pay the costs of any emergency evacuation of my person or belongings that may be necessary. I affirm that I am aware of the nature of this activity, its distance, duration and degree of difficulty and that I am properly equipped and physically able to participate. I have no medical or other conditions that might preclude my participation. I agree to follow the directions of the leader. My signature below confirms that I am at least 18 years old, that I have read this document, I am signing voluntarily and that I fully understand its effect. I understand that this document must be properly completed before I will be allowed to participate in the event.


Leisurely:  2-3km/hr

Moderate:  3-4km/hr

Brisk:  +5km/hr