Upcoming Events

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APRIL

Sunday 10th, 1:30pm – Hike: Morris Tract to Riverbend Loop

Hike Morris Tract to River Bend and hike the loop there. Expect to take about 2 1/2 hours. Meet at 36833 Londesboro Rd (junction of Morris Tract Line and Londesboro road). This hike includes going up and several large hills. For more details see the Maitland Trail guide book. Pre-register with Patrick Capper: 519-606-0016, pcapper99@gmail.com

Saturday 30th, 1:30pm – Wildflower Hike on the Lobb Trail

Level 2, leisurely pace, 1.5 hours. Come out to discover the early wildflowers that decorate the woods before the leafy canopy obscures the sunlight. This kind of walk tends to be slower than most hikes because of the frequent pauses to view and help each other identify the blossoms – but a photographer’s paradise. The variety and quantity of these gems may vary depending on what the weatherman has provided up to that date. Lots of scenery, forest and riverfront, a couple of inclines on this private property near Holmesville. Remember your water/juice, snack, hat and camera. Please preregister with Faye Ribey 519 524 2070 or email fribey@hurontel.on.ca.

MAY

Sunday 1st, 8:00 am – The birds and the trees with Erinn

Learn the basics of identifying trees and bird calls with Erinn Lawrie. Meet on North Harbour Road, at the Big Rock. We will take a nice slow hike around the Sifto Loop, pausing often to look at trees and listen for bird calls. Bring binoculars and a camera if you like. Pre-registration is necessary, and space is limited. This hike is 2km long, 45-60 mins. Pre-register with Cristen (226-234-6231 or cristenmwatt@gmail.com)

Saturday 7th – Plant and Compost Sale

This year, the annual (until Covid!) Plant and Compost Sale, sponsored by the John Hindmarsh Environmental Trust Fund and the Maitland Trail Association will be held from 10 a.m. till 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 7th at the Knights of Columbus Hall Parking Lot (390 Parsons Ct,. Goderich). Each year, MTA members are invited to volunteer to help run the plant sale and to donate plants thinned out from your garden (preferably each labelled with the plant’s name.) Plant donations may arrive between 9 and 10 am. This is a joint fundraiser by the JHETF and the MTA and a portion of the proceeds from this event are donated to the MTA for trail building, maintenance and / or needed signage. Free admission, donations gratefully accepted. Call Susan Chan (519) 524-2804 for information or to volunteer to help.

Saturday 14th: 10am – 12 – Community Tree Planting in the Hays Tract

Come on out to Green Goderich’s first ever community tree planting event! All skill levels and ages are welcome. We will be planting seedlings as well as some larger, mature native trees. The location is Hays Tract (a County of Huron forest on the west end of Union Road). Please bring work gloves, a shovel/spade/trowel (and any extras for sharing, if you are able), and hardy closed-toe shoes. Make sure to dress for the weather and bring water. We will be making sure to keep socially distanced. Masks are welcome, if you wish. Make sure to register so they can keep track of numbers and bring enough trees for everyone to be able to participate! Register online.

Sunday 15th, 1:00 pm – Salamanders and Frogs at the Bannockburn Tract

Spend the afternoon looking for salamanders and frogs. Meet at the Bannockburn Tract (County Forest not Conservation Area) – 1.2km south of Mill Rd on Bannockburn Line (parking is at the end of a long driveway). Very slow pace, 45 mins – 1 hour. We will walk a newly-constructed trail that weaves through mature deciduous forest and crosses a bridge and boardwalks before circling back to a large pond. The trail is relatively flat, but hiking or rubber boots are recommended. Families are encouraged and nature-lovers of all ages are welcome. Please avoid use of sunscreen and bug-spray, (especially on your hands) before this hike. Contact Cristen for more information or to register (cristenmwatt@gmail.com, 226-234-6231).

Saturday, 21st, 1:30 pm – Hike:  Maitland Trail and John and Marylo Graham Nature Trails

Hike the Maitland Trail and John and Marylo Graham Nature Conservancy trails . Meet at or near 80965 Sharpes Creek Line near the end of Bishop’s Road. Expect to take about 1 1/2 hours. No big hills involved but the first part of the trail may be wet. For more details see the Maitland Trail guide book. Pre-register with Patrick Capper: 519-606-0016, pcapper99@gmail.com

Thursday 26th, 6:30 pm – Birdwatching at the Menestung Bridge

Meet at the big rock on North Harbour Rd. It will be 1.5 to 2 hours long, very slow pace. Call Roger to pre-register (519-612-1236) or email rggsmg@hurontel.on.ca

JUNE

Sunday 19th, 1:00 pm – Hike: Maitland Trail and Robertson Tract

Hike the Maitland Trail and Robertson Tract trails. Meet at the bottom of Bridge road (near the Auburn end of the Maitland trail). Expect to take about 1.5 hours – these trails are relatively flat. For more details see the Maitland Trail guide book. Pre-register with Patrick Capper: 519-606-0016, pcapper99@gmail.com

JULY

Friday 1st, 6:00 am – Walk: Welcome to Canada Day Sunrise

Start the day by enjoying the beauty of the early dawn awakening the river valley and the cool, early morning air to remind us why we are so lucky to live here. We will start at the St. Christopher’s Beach pavilion across from Beach St. Station and walk over the Menesetung Bridge with its always interesting vista, to Tiger Dunlop’s Tomb, then return for breakfast (muffins, cheese, fruit, tea, coffee and juice). Level 1, leisurely pace, 2 + hours. Let us know if you are coming, so we can plan food quantities. Wear your raincoat if possible showers. Cancelled if pouring rain. Contact: Faye (519) 524-2070 or Wendy (519) 525-6976 to register.

Sunday 3rd, 1:00 pm – Hike: River Line to Sharpes Creek Line

Hike the Maitland Trail from River Line to Sharpes Creek Line. This hike requires car pooling (assuming no unexpected Covid restrictions). Meet at 80918 Sharpes Creek Line to carpool to River Line. The hike includes several big hills. Expect to take about 2 hours. For more details see the Maitland Trail guide book. Pre-register with Patrick Capper: 519-606-0016, pcapper99@gmail.com

Sunday 3rd, 1:30 – 4:30 pm – Cycle: Tour of Historic Ball’s Settlement Area

Dress for cycling with helmet ready for rain, shine, sun or snow. Maitland Trail waivers are required and should be filled out in advance of the ride, one for each participant.

For pre-registration contact Con Melady 519-524-8730

Ride Details: Historic Balls Family Settlement Area – G2G McGaw Siding Start/Finish- 20 km Out and Back. Follow this link for a map.

Difficulty – Moderate.

Average speed – 12 kph. Bring a gravel ready bicycle in good condition and water.

Optional early start 1230 at Menesetung Station to McGaw Sta. add 13 km Return. Optional historic extension Balls Bridge to Ball’s Cemetery and Church add 1.4 km Return.

Highlights Along the Way: Maitland River Bridge of a Promise – We will visit the westerly abutment of the Maitland River Bridge on the G2G trail on the former CPR rail bed. Gazing east, relive the feeling of longing for a complete connection to your community on “the other side”. A bridge in the truest definition of community building that we wish for to this day! Balls Bridge – built in 1885 to span the Maitland River during colonial settlement of the day and reconditioned in 2007 is a one of a kind working example of its design in North America.

 

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. I understand that this document must be properly completed before I will be allowed to participate in MTA activities.