Current as of October 1, 2021
Current & upcoming closures for hunting:
- October 1 – Dec 31: Km 7.9 – km 10.5
(highlighted area on map to the right)
- November 1 – 7 : the entire Maitland Trail
- November 29 – December 5 : the entire Maitland Trail
- Ensure you are visible to possible hunters. Dress in conspicuous clothes preferably orange jacket and/or touque
- Do not hike where trails are closed, instead pick another trail
- Respect the landowners right to hunt on their property
- Dogs MUST be leashed (so they’re not mistaken for animals being hunted. Sadly, this has happened before)
- Be aware that hunting at other times in the fall is possible.
- Turkeys (bows): Oct 1 to 31
- Turkeys (guns & bows): Oct 12 to 24
- Coyotes: All year
- Ducks: Sep 25 to Jan 8
- Geese: Sep 25 to Dec 29
General Current Conditions:
- As of October 15, MTA members are permitted to park at the gate of Falls Reserve Conservation Area and access the Maitland Trail and 1 side trail from there (see map with #3 below)
- Please adhere to Trail Etiquette and Covid-19
- Here is information from the Provincial Government, current as of October 13, 2021.
- NCC requirements: physical distancing of 2m, hiking groups up to 4 only, and dogs must be leashed.
- Until restrictions are lifted, physical distancing will have some impact on the amount of trail work we can complete. Work will be prioritized based on safety for hikers and our Crew. As always, use the trails at your own risk.
- Hikers are asked to be responsible, respect land owners’ wishes, and stay up-to-date on these closures.
- GART & G2G: Please consider donating to the G2G Rail Trail to support their ongoing trail development. Bridges are expensive!!
MTA TRAILS OPEN:
- Most of our trails are open.
- Be sure to read #2 below and watch for the new signs and blazes
- Be sure to check out the Menesetung Trail, the lime kiln, and Colborne Riverside Park
- Falls Reserve Conservation Area – trails only (click to see map)
- Be sure to read #3 below. If you don’t have an MTA membership to use the MTA-permitted trails, you must purchase an FRCA permit.
- The Maitland Woods – 3.2km through our urban forest (trail guide map B)
- The Millennium Trail – accessible from the east end of Nelson St in Goderich (trail guide map C)
- The Sifto Loop – accessible from the north side of the Menesetung Bridge (trail guide map D)
- And if you haven’t cycled the G2G Rail Trail yet,
this would be a good weekend to check it out before it becomes all boring-smooth-spick-and-span with new stone dust and improved drainage….OK, too late, it’s mostly resurfaced and all beauty. Go see for yourself, it’s awesome.
If you’re not familiar with any of these trails by name, consider purchasing an MTA Trail Guide.
This section has been re-routed around the field, adding an additional 2km approximately to the total trail length.
Watch for the new signs and blazes.
Map 7 of the trail guide is updated. Click HERE to see the new route.
Year-round Trail Usage for MTA members:
- Includes only the MTA Trail Use Area shown on the map with the yellow highlight. Does not include other trails or other areas within FRCA.
- Includes the use of the washroom at the north west, also highlighted (opened seasonally from April to October). Currently closed due to health restrictions.
- Trail use is for foot traffic only (hiking, running, skiing, snowshoeing). No motorized vehicles. Cycling is permitted with an FRCA permit.
- Parking at the gate is not permitted from April 15-October 15.
- Follow the Trail Users Code, and the rules and regulations of the Conservation Area
Additional Winter Usage for MTA members for the period from Oct 15 – April 15:
- Allows parking at the gatehouse with MTA membership card on the dash of the vehicle
- Includes walk-in access from the gatehouse to the orange trail near the pond to access the Maitland Trail and Blue trail sections with yellow highlight.
- To have full access to the FRCA property (all trails, playground, parking, etc.), MTA members can purchase an FRCA Season Membership Pass and get $25 off, OR 25% off a Daily Pass. All overnight use is excluded from the discount. Click here to see the current FRCA Fees.
- Any users outside of the designated MTA Trail Use Area shown on this map with the yellow highlight must purchase an FRCA permit.
- Permits can be purchased at the park during open hours, or by an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, email your name and contact information to email@example.com indicating you made this purchase of a permit.
4. RE-ROUTE of the MENESETUNG TRAIL
WHEN: For the foreseeable future
WHERE: The west end of the Menesetung Trail
The trail will no longer be accessible from the Sifto Loop. The new western access point is on the GART (see map), and the rest of the trail eastward is unchanged. The reason for the closure is due to erosion along the river, and slumping of the slope. New signs have been posted and blazes have been updated.