New President – Midland Club

Marc Vallee

Midland Ganaraska Hiking Trail Club president, Marc Vallee has decided to step down as president of the Midland club, after having held this position for almost 30 years. The Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association (GHTA), as well as the Midland club, appreciate his dedicated leadership and enthusiasm for hiking over so many years, while growing the Midland club and maintaining the Midland and Tiny sections of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail in good shape. Marc also attended GHTA board meetings twice a year, and his attendance record and input at these meetings were impeccable. 

Larry Piitz

We are fortunate to advise that Marc will be succeeded by Larry Piitz, who some of you may know from the many hikes he has led. Larry is also the Midland club’s Trail Director for the last couple of years. Larry has leadership experience as he is currently also president of the North Simcoe Anglers and Hunters Conservation Club.

Let’s applaud Larry for stepping up to the plate, and provide him with the support he needs to continue in Marc’s footsteps, and lead a vibrant and growing Midland Ganaraska Hiking Trail club.

Frieda Baldwin, President,

Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association, Inc.

Tiny Section Side Trail Flooding

The Midland Ganaraska Hiking Club reports that unfortunately the western blue-blazed side trail loop of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail is currently under water. There is no access to the lookout tower or the boardwalk until the water recedes. As an alternate trail, go east of the Visitor Centre, and complete the 6 km loop along the Carolina and Trotter Dykes, and enjoy the beautiful view along the way.

Side Trail Under Water
View from the Dyke
View from the Dyke

2021.08.12 – Ganaraska Trail has expanded in the Tiny Marsh

The Midland club of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail is extremely excited to announce completion of an extension of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail on Tiny Marsh property. The new main trail route allows hikers to enjoy the beauty of the marsh from the Trotter and Carolina dykes, whereas previously the Ganaraska Hiking Trail skirted the marsh, and one would barely get a glimpse of it. In combination with the old route, which was blazed as a blue side trail, the new main trail route forms an approx. 6.1 km loop on the east side of the Visitor Centre, starting from the Trotter Dyke parking lot.

The Midland Ganaraska Hiking Trail club also blazed an 2.2 km blue side trail loop on the west side of the Visitor Centre which includes the look out tower over the marsh, the recently re-opened board walk and the Beaverland Trail to Mole Mountain.  

The dykes and boardwalks are excellent birding spots and make for great snowshoe destinations. Enjoy the gorgeous views of the marsh, in all seasons. 

Access to these trails is free, and we thank the MTM (Matchedash-Tiny-Marl) Conservation Association for their cooperation in making this expansion a reality. 

A map of the 2 loops is attached. 

2021.07.27 – Ganaraska Trail Expanding in Tiny Marsh

The Midland club of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail is extremely excited to announce an extension of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail on Tiny Marsh property. This new main trail route will allow hikers to enjoy the beauty the marsh from the Trotter and Carolina dykes. In combination with the old route, which will now be marked as a blue side trail, the new main trail route will form an 8-9 km loop on the east side of the Visitor Centre.

There will also be an additional blue side trail, forming a 2.4 km loop on the west side of the Visitor Centre which will include the look out tower over the marsh, the recently re-opened board walk and the Beaverland Trail to Mole Mountain. Volunteers from the local Midland Ganaraska Hiking Trail club will start the re-blazing of the main route and blue side trails this Friday July 30. Please follow the blazes. Mapping of this section will be updated shortly.

End to End – Blue Mountain Bruce Trail

The Midland Ganaraska Hiking Trail is hiking parts of the Blue Mountain Bruce Trail. They completed Lavender to Devil’s Glen previously, and are now hiking the remaining 3 sections of the Blue Mountain Bruce Trail, i.e. from Devil’s Glen to Swiss Meadows, for a total of 35 kms spread over 3 hikes.