Upcoming Events

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AUGUST

Saturday, August 6th, 2022 – 9:30 a.m.

Explore the Natural World
Level 1, leisurely pace, 1 1/2 hours.
Meet at 77759 London Rd (from Clinton on Hwy 4 this is the second driveway on the right after the yellow “Hidden” sign – before Huronview on the left). (Rain date Sunday Aug 7th).  We will look at the 40 tree species there that are commonly found in the wild, plus many shrubs, some of which are native.  We will also look at wild flowers, butterflies and other insects which we may be able to identify.  Then we will walk down to the Clinton Conservation area to see what we can find on the trail.
For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Patrick Capper at pcapper99@gmail.com

Monday, August 8th, 2022 – 09:00 a.m.

Get in shape for the Maitland Camino
Level 2/3, moderate pace, 4 1/2 hours.
Hike approximately 15.7 km from River Line to Auburn on the Maitland Trail.  Meet at the end of Bridge Road to car pool to River Line and bring a lunch to this hike.  This section includes quite a bit of road walking as well as hills.
For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Patrick Capper at pcapper99@gmail.com

 Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 – 09:00 a.m.

Hiking near Dublin and the Bayfield River
Level 1, easy pace, 1 ½ – 2 hours.
This is a private property near Dublin – 7277 Highway 8.  Walk through this delightful property of farm fields, across the railway tracks and back to the bush and a cabin.  The walk takes you along the Bayfield River and up through the bush of old growth and recently planted bush.
For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Anne Melady at jamelady@hotmail.com. 

 Friday, August 19th, 2022 – 6:30 p.m.

Sunset Shoreline and Beach-Dune Ecosystems
Level 1, leisurely pace.
Join the Lake Huron Coastal Centre’s restoration technician, Holly. for a sunset walk along the shoreline to learn about beach-dune ecosystem processes, native and invasive coastal plants, and how the LHCC restores degraded sand dune environments.
Contact Cristen for details and to register:  cristenmwatt@gmail.com    226-234-6231

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 10th, 2022 – 09:00 a.m.

Bird Watching at Hullett
Level 1, slow pace, 2 hours.
Bird Lovers mark your calendars for a slow bird watching walk.  Meet at the Hullett Marsh, 80591 Front Road – directions from Clinton go north on #4, turn right (east) on Hydro Line, turn left (north) on Front Road to end and park at #80591. Alternatively meet at Harvey’s in Goderich at 8:30 a.m. for carpooling to the Hullett.  Bring binoculars so you don’t miss out on spotting the birds.
For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Roger Goddard at 519 612-1236 or rggsmg@hurontel.on.ca. 

Welcome Hikes – 2 Hikes

These 2 hikes are designed for those new to Canada to get a taste of hiking in Huron County.  However, everyone is welcome on these hikes especially if you are new to trail walking.  Learn what trail walking has to offer for personal health and wellbeing.  Enrich your knowledge of the local flora and fauna and as an added bonus get to meet some like-minded hiking and outdoor enthusiasts. 

  1. Saturday, September 10, 2022 – 10:00 a.m. – Maitland Woods
    This is a Level 1 hike, leisurely pace, 2 hours.
    Hike at Maitland Woods, Goderich and get to know this beautiful and convenient location better by experiencing a walk along its trail with a knowledgeable guide. Meet in the southwest corner of the Knights of Columbus Hall parking lot.
    For more information and to confirm your attendance, please call or text Hugh McGregor at 519 955-6318.  
  2. Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. – Sifto Loop
    Level 1 hike, leisurely pace, 1 ½ – 2 hours.
    This is another gem of a hiking trail in your own neighbourhood. The hike will start by walking over the Menesetung Bridge with its interesting vista and around the Sifto Loop with its lake view at the west end and frequent outlook points over the Maitland River.  Meet at the large rock at the entrance to the Menesetung Bridge on the right-hand side of North Harbour Road.
    For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Roger Goddard at 519 612-1236 or rggsmg@hurontel.on.ca. 

Thursday, Sept 15th, 2022 – 9:30 a.m

Explore the Meandering Maitland River from NCC’s Riverbend Property.
Level 2 hike, moderate pace, approximately 2 hours.
Meet at the end of Blackhole Road in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh. We will hike the Riverbend loop, and discuss stewardship actions on NCC Lands, the importance of them and identify interesting flora and fauna species along the way.
For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Kandyce Affleck at kandyce.affleck@natureconservancy.ca. 

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 8th, 2022 – 1:30 p.m.

Hike the Lobb Trail
Level 2, moderate pace.
This is a beautiful private trail which includes a hill down to the side of the Maitland River.
Directions: go east out of Goderich on Highway #8 to Holmesville, turn left at Holmesville onto County Road 31 (Sharpe’s Creek Line), follow the road for approximately ½ km, veer right onto the Maitland Line (if you come to the Forester’s Bridge, you have gone too far).  Drive along the Maitland Line till you have reached School House Road – this is the access to the trails. There is a very broad shoulder created on the right-hand side of School House Road to allow for parking in this area.  There is also a small parking lot opposite School House Road.
For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Faye Ribey at 519 524-2070 or email fribey@hurontel.on.ca. 

 

A series of Meditative Walks – 3 Hikes

The secret to well-being? A meditative walk in the woods!

Participate in one or all three Mindfulness in Nature walks to pause and explore…Mindfulness Techniques, Walking Meditation and Forest Therapy. Designed for those who want the benefits of meditation but prefer to move! Dress warmer than usual as we will be moving slowly, please leave your pets at home (dogs are already very Zen!).  Our group number is limited to 10 to not block the trail.  These are all Level 1, easy pace, 1.5 hours.

  1. Saturday, October 15th, 2022 – 9:00 a.m.
    Maitland Woods, meet at Knights of Columbus Parking Lot, 390 Parson’s Court, Goderich
  2. Saturday, October 29th, 2022 – 9:00 a.m.
    Kilgour’s /John Goldie Reserve, 81199 Old Road Dr, near Benmiller, parking area on the right
  3. Saturday, November 5th, 2022 – 9:00 a.m.
    Naftel’s Creek, Hwy 21, Central Huron

For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Janie van Essen at 519 955-4402.

 

Maitland Trail: End to End – 5 hikes on Sundays

Are you interested in completing the Maitland Trail end to end in a leisurely fashion over time?  If so, the Maitland Trail Association is offering a series of guided hikes over the next few months to help you meet your goal and this worthwhile challenge.  Mark the dates on your calendar so you don’t miss out on participating in this hike and earning your end-to-end badge.
** For shuttle arrangements and to confirm your attendance, please contact the hike leader noted.

  1. CPR Station to Jenkins – August 21, 2022 – 9:00 a.m.
    This is a Level 2, moderate pace, 2 hours.
    This hike is a good one to gently limber up your walking muscles, and get to view a section that has really diverse areas – from the Tiger Dunlop Trail to a stroll through Saltford and Saltford Heights which includes road walking, and riverside park. We will end up at the corner of #31 and Black Hole Line. It will be approx. 8 km over easy terrain. Wear sturdy footwear, hat, sunscreen and water.
    For car shuttle arrangements and to confirm your attendance, please contact Patrick Capper at pcapper99@gmail.com 
  2. Jenkins to Benmiller – September 4th, 2022 – 09:00 a.m.
    This is a Level 2, moderate pace, 3 hours.

    Come out to stroll along this very pretty section of the Maitland Trail, passing through, among other scenic places, the mature forest of the Morris Tract and enjoying a view of the falls at the Falls Reserve Conservation Area. Wear sturdy footwear, hat, sun screen, insect repellent and lots of water.
    For car shuttle arrangements and to confirm your attendance, please contact Sally Brodie at sallyj.brodie@gmail.com or Patrick Capper at pcapper99@gmail.com.  
  3. Benmiller to Sharpes Creek Line – October 16, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.
    This is a Level 1-2, moderate pace, 2.5 hours.

    This segment sets out through the area upstream from the Benmiller Bridge. It is a lovely section, with many boardwalks and bridges that make the route pleasant to walk along. The whole segment is scenic and as well, it offers variety, because there are some hills as well as easy-going level sections. Wear sturdy footwear, insect repellent, sunscreen, hats, and lots of water.
    For car shuttle arrangements and to confirm your attendance, please contact Cindy Fisher at cfisher@cabletv.on.ca or Con Melady at conmelady@gmail.com.  
  4. Sharpes Creek Line to Boundary Bridge – Oct. 30, 2022 – 9:00 a.m.
    This is a Level 2-3, moderate pace, 4 + hours.
    There are some rugged sections, as well as a couple of areas that tend to be muddy.  Sturdy footwear is required as well as water, snack, insect repellent and sunscreen and hat.
    For car shuttle arrangements and to confirm your attendance, please contact George Cantin at streamsideinc@gmail.com or Patrick Capper at pcapper99@gmail.com.  
  5. Boundary Bridge to Auburn Bridge – November 20, 2022 – 09:00
    This is a Level 2, leisurely pace, 3.5 hours.

    Start at the Boundary Bridge, and end at the south-west end of the Auburn Bridge and end or the trail.  Easy terrain – dress for the weather wearing proper footwear.
    For car shuttle arrangements and to confirm your attendance, please contact Paula Deering at paula_deering@hotmail.com. 

 

 


Instructions for Joining MTA Events:

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.

Hike Speeds:

Leisurely:  2-3km/hr

Moderate:  3-4km/hr

Brisk:  +5km/hr

A Reminder:

Click here to sign our online waiver for 2022.

All participants of any MTA activity are required to sign a waiver which states:

I acknowledge that Maitland Trail Association activities, in which I am participating, and may include but are not limited to any or all of activities such as hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, cycling, trail work, and/or trail-related maintenance, involve risks that are beyond the control of the Association. Notwithstanding the acknowledgement of such risks, I hereby release the Maitland Trail Association, Hike Ontario, and their contractors, employees, volunteers, agents, assigns and executors from all claims for the damage howeverso arising as a result of my participation in any activity organized by the Association. 

I agree to pay the costs of any emergency evacuation of my person or belongings that may be necessary. 

While participating in MTA activities, I agree to follow the directions of the MTA organizer(s).

I affirm that prior to participation, I will be aware of the nature of each activity, its distance, duration and degree of difficulty, and that I will be properly equipped and physically able to participate. 

I have no medical or other conditions that might preclude my participation. I am not known to have or suspected of having COVID-19, nor am I in close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, prior to participating. If, at any time during the year for which this waiver applies, my condition changes or I am in close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, I will refrain from participating in any MTA activities until I am cleared to do so by the Provincial Public Health Unit.

By selecting ‘Yes’ below, I am confirming voluntarily that I have read this document, that I fully understand its effect, and that I am at least 18 years old. Each adult accepts full responsibility for all persons under 18 that may be in their care. I understand that this document must be properly completed before I will be allowed to participate in MTA activities.