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- Accident, incident, near-miss report.
- Attendance, waiver of liability and assumption of risk. (Members currently fill in this form upon membership renewal), but hike leaders still need to have non-members sign the waiver. This form is also helpful for tracking hike attendance.
- Intro-spiel for hike leaders.
- Winter parking restrictions.
- Trail Maintenance and Status report form.
Note: Documents for Hike Leaders can also be found in the Hike Leader Section.
Bed and Breakfast places and other accommodations can be found here. The Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association has not checked these establishments and does not take any responsibility for their adequacy.
Hiking Safety – Everything you need to know to stay safe on the trails
Hiking Safety Tips: How to Plan for Your Next Outing
Leave No Trace While Camping and Hiking
Tick and Mosquito Project provides information about mosquitoes and ticks, two creatures that are very real public safety issues. It cover everything from mosquito repellent to range maps of specific ticks and mosquitoes.
50 Ways Forest and Outdoor Learning Experiences Benefit Child Development – provides a wealth of information on the benefits of outdoor learning experiences for children and may be a valuable resource for your readers.
Canada Trails provides one of the largest directories of trail clubs on the web including information on the Trans-Canada Trail.
The Couchiching Conservancy is offering a number of self-guided events that can be downloaded at any time throughout the year – mostly related to hiking, birding, and nature. They are free to download, you just need to register at the links on the Conservancy website.
The Durham Outdoors Club provides hiking and cycling opportunities in and around the Oshawa area.
For those hikers who also enjoy birdwatching, eBird Canada is your gateway to the world’s largest birding community.
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority owns and operates some of the conservation areas that we visit during scheduled hikes.
The 11,000 acre Ganaraska Forest is one of the largest blocks of forested land in southern Ontario. Today the forest is a living example of how the principles of integrated resource management can be used to balance many different uses of forested lands on a sustainable and ecologically sound basis.
The Grand Valley Trail is a 250-kilometre footpath that stretches from Orangeville south to Kitchener/Waterloo and ending between Rock Point Provincial Park on Lake Erie. Their website provides excellent Hiking resources, including topics on safety, footwear, clothing, bugs, poison ivy, giant hogweed, medical emergencies, and GPS systems.
Stretching over 3,600 km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a signed route connecting 155 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes region.
Guelph Hiking Trail Club offers guided hikes in Guelph and the surrounding area with over 80km of trails, from Cambridge to Limehouse and from Guelph to West Montrose.
Several of our members are also members of Oak Ridges Trail Association. Their website has a good newsletter and a variety of hiking articles.
Hike Ontario has a mandate to encourage the development of hiking trails in Ontario. Its website provides a list of every hiking club in the province.
The Ontario Trails Council promotes the creation, development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails.
The Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park is part of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail and represents some of the best wilderness hiking in the province. Check out the Wilderness Club’s Trail Sections and Maps to see more details.
For comprehensive hiking in the USA, see American Trails
Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire