Tuesday, June 15, 2021


 The calendar is now up and running again.  Hike leaders are asked to check their dates as Billy the blogger is prone to mistakes.  All hikes meet behind the Scotia Bank at 10 am sharp. 

If there are any errors or omissions just call me at 613 391 7382.

The plan is to limit the numbers into groups of ten for the hikes.

Monday, June 14, 2021


 Now that the restrictions are lifting, we can set up a new schedule for hike leaders.   Therefore we have set up a meeting at the WESTVIEW park shelter on Tuesday June 15 at 2 pm.   If hike leaders cannot attend but want to sign up for a hike please pick your preferred dates and email them to elhiking@gmail.com. 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

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 Some restrictions have been lifted so a small group hiked to the Quirke Lake lookout.  A beautiful spot to overview the lake after a modest hill clime lead by Heber.   A great day and refreshing to finally socialize a bit .


Saturday, June 05, 2021


 Happy #NationalTrailsDay2021 from the Voyageur Trail Association!

#NationalTrailsDay is a day dedicated to celebrating #trails, their development, uses and the healthy lifestyles and contact with #nature they encourage.
For many years, North America has celebrated #TrailsDay on the first Saturday in June.
Millions of people have found physical, mental, and emotional restoration on trails during the pandemic. Let’s return the favour and care for Canada’s magnificent trail systems and ensure everyone in Canada can enjoy trails and natural areas.
We invite you to share in developing public awareness of #trails by getting outside today and sharing your experience by tagging the @VoyageurTrailAssociation or its member Clubs, and using the hashtags #NationalTrailsDay2021, #NationalTrailsDayCanada, #HiketheVTA, #HikeNWO, and #GetOutside.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021



Hey #VTAMembers and #TrailUsers, the Summer 2021 #VTANewsletter is here!

In this edition of the Newsletter, we're excited to bring you articles on paggaling – a way of paddling for the planet by helping to preserve our waterways through regional clean-up efforts, and one family’s self-guided Spring Break Hiking Challenge in which they hiked nine trails, spanning 50 kilometers, in nine days, as well as Tyler’s paddling adventures.

We’re also pleased to provide you with a number of updates from across the Voyageur Trail, including details of a section of the Group of Seven Lake Superior Trail which is being built just outside of Marathon this summer. Our Trails Master also provides important updates, including a list of trail advisories, including trail condition reports and several trail closures spanning the length of the Trail.

Lastly, we close off this edition of the VTA Newsletter by exploring trail use levels along the Robertson Cliffs and King Mountain Trail segments, and by looking at responsible trail use and the VTA Trail User Code.

Check it out at the Table of Contents. By using the LINK button at the top of this post 

Monday, May 31, 2021


Jim B and Chuck will be doing a canoe outing down the Little White river on Thursday this week ( June 3 ) .   If you would like to join them they will meet at the Arena at 10 am. 

Have fun 

Saturday, May 29, 2021


Ruth ventured  to the Cup and Saucer trail recently and sent this photo just to make the rest of us nervous.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021


 This #MayLongWeekend, the #VoyageurTrailAssociation reminds all #VTATraiUsers and #VTAMembers to #BeSafeBeSeen during the #SpringBearHunting Season which runs May 1st through June 15th 2021. 

1. Know when hunting season is taking place.

2. Know where hunting is taking place by checking with local authorities.

3. Avoid hiking during dawn and dusk and anytime visibility is limited.

4. Wear #BlazeOrange and avoid clothing that blends in like beige, brown, white and green.

5. Keep your pet on a leash and ensure they have a #HighVis jacket, bandanna or collar.

6. Stick to established trails.

7. Hike with a buddy, and always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Find out more at: https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-hunting-regulations-summary/black-bear#notes1

Sunday, May 23, 2021


 With some restrictions being lifted, we can now begin some trail clearing. As only small groups can be sent out at a time, we will create a list of volunteers and a rotating schedule to give everyone an opportunity to be included in trail clearing. If you are interested in helping, please call Jim/Sue 705 848-6035 or Gerry/Nickie 705 461-6304.

Friday, May 21, 2021


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