Scheduled Hikes

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

January Hikes


Sheppardton Tract: Ski or Snowshoe

Sunday January 26th 1:30 p.m.

Level 1, moderate pace, 1½ hours

This newly refurbished trail includes a parking lot now on Hwy 21, which hopefully we can arrange to have cleared for this event. Last winter the County did a major improvement harvest and at the same time did some significant upgrades and repairs to the trail system. They have a UTV on tracks that they plan to use for occasional trail grooming for skiing and also have a side loop for snowshoeing.   Anne will be in contact with the Huron County office to arrange details closer to the date, so please make sure and call ahead of time to register.

Contact: Anne Storey (519) 529-3050 or


February Hikes

Ski Hullett Wildlife Area

Sunday February 2nd 1:30 p.m.                       

Level 2 Intermediate, Moderate pace, 1½ hours
Join us for an afternoon Nordic ski & Snowshoe outing at the Hullett Wildlife Area northeast of Clinton.  Hullett is a 5,400 acre wildlife management area, which plays host to a diversity of wildlife and waterfowl.  We will meet and embark from the (plowed) parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line, ski east on the Blue trail, north on the Green trail, south on the White trail and return to the parking lot again on the Blue.  Will stop for a drink and snack break mid way.  A trail will have been previously set, and washrooms are available at the parking lot.
DIRECTIONS: from Goderich take Hwy#8 past Clinton to first side road east of town, Wildlife Line.  Travel north, past Hydro Line Road and 80602 Wildlife parking lot is on the right.
PREPARATION: Please dress in layers so not to overheat, and bring a snack & drink.
ALT DATE: Sunday February 23rd 1:30 p.m. due to weather or snow conditions. 
Car pool at Goderich Harvey’s 12:45pm.
Contact: Doug Ellacott (519) 277-1768 (email to register & possible reschedule notification.

Winterfest Candlelit Winter Walk: Maitland Woods

Friday February 7th, 7:30-9 p.m.                                          

Level 1, leisurely pace, ¾-1 hour 

A one and one half kilometer 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 8:30 pm. Trail conditions are variable, depending on snow cover and ice conditions; a walking stick may be a good assist if needed. Everyone who has their own candle lanterns (home-made or bought) is encouraged to bring them and set them out somewhere along the trail, prior to 7:30, to add to the magic of the experience. Come and find out for yourself why people are eager to take part year after year after year! Volunteers are welcome. 

Call Con Melady at (519) 524-8730 if willing to help light the trail, or assist with serving refreshments.




Sunday February 9th 2-4 p.m.

Roger Goddard will talk about birds, feeding back yard birds, identification, migration, and any other information you would like to know. Goderich Library (indoors!) downstairs. All levels of interest are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Contact: Roger Goddard (519) 612-1236


John Goldie Reserve

Saturday February 15th 1:30 p.m.                                      

Level 2, moderate pace, 1½ hours

This area near Benmiller has lovely trails that wind through reforested areas, along a high bank with spectacular views over the Maitland River, and through open woods. Carpooling is suggested for this event. If the snow conditions are not good for skiing, we will hike.

Contact Con Melady (519) 524-8730 to pre-register and for details about location and carpooling.

Terrain Rating:

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

Level 2:  May be hilly, some rough spots or obstacles.  Boots recommended.

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


Leisurely:  2-3km/hr

Moderate:  3-4km/hr

Brisk:  +5km/hr

A reminder:

All participants of any MTA hike 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 how ever so 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.