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Family Day: Short Hills Provincial Park (16.5 KM) (2/17/2020)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 1325 Pelham Road - Short Hills Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Feb 17 2020  11:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 15 2020 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:4-5 Hours (1.5 hr driving each direction)
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Fletcher
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:1
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 15 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



So this is my 2nd time leading this decently challenging hike. I'm rating this as an easier D4, because its decently long, it can be incredibly muddy and there's a couple challenging climbs, but not too crazy.

This is an intermediate hike that will pass three waterfalls; Swayze Falls, Terrence Creek Falls & DeCew Falls. Since it's winter, I strongly recommend bringing a pair of icers / traction devices to help walk across potentially icy sections.

In my past experience, this hike has been very muddy, so towards the end of the hike, it may feel like you're carrying a couple extra pounds on your feet. So I suggest that you bring a change of shoes for the car ride home or a bag to put your shoes in.

On the trail we'll be following part of the Bruce Trail, along with several other trails throughout the valley for an 16.5 KM loop.

I usually carry a pair of icers with me from the first snowfall of the year until the end of April, so I recommend having a pair in your pack to deal with any potential ice. You can find the pair I use, 'here from Amazon'.

Please bring a lunch and at least 1-2 Litres of water. We will find a place to stop for lunch, but there will not be any drop offs.

DRIVERS, WHEN YOU SIGN UP, PLEASE WRITE IN THE NOTES SECTION, THE AMOUNT OF PASSENGERS YOU CAN TAKE IN YOUR CAR!, or else you might be moved to the wait list until this is completed.

If you cannot walk the entire distance, please do not sign up for this hike.

Also, if you are choosing to meet at the event, please ensure that you are on time

I’ve set the maximum event count at 1 as I don’t want to add anyone to the event until I have enough carpool drivers to accommodate passengers. I will attempt to take 12-16 people.

Required Items to Bring:
  • water (1-2 L)
  • LUNCH/snacks
  • Good hiking shoes/boots
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Passenger Cost: Range of $9 - %15
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • A Smile
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle
  • Icers or Traction Device
  • Change of shoes
  • Gators
  • Bag to put your shoes in for post hike

  • How to Get There:
    Event Directions:
  • Approx. Address: 1325 Pelham Rd - 43°06'31.2"N 79°17'13.7"W
  • Event Directions: Leaving Kipling - Exit the TTC Parking Lot and turn turn onto Kipling Avenue for 2 KM.
  • Take the Gardner Expressway WEST and follow it WEST. Please note that you have to merge over 2 lanes very quickly to stay on the QEW to continue west.
  • Follow the QEW approximately 91 km and exit at Highway 406 (Exit 49).
  • Follow the 406 for 3 KM and exit at Fourth Avenue and go right (WEST).
  • At the second traffic light, turn left onto Louth Street (Regional Road #72)
  • Follow Louth Street for 11 KM. At one point, Louth Street turns into Pelham Road (Regional Road 69).
  • Continue along Pelham Road past the stop sign for 1.5 and then turn left into Short Hills Provincial Park and find parking.
  • There are three washrooms in the park, all within the first 9 KM of the route, including one right at the beginning.


    Picture Of Meeting Location

  • Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):210Km
    Carpool Departure Time: 9:30 AM
    Carpool Location:   Log in for location
    Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
    Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $42.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.200, effective Tuesday, September 29, 2020). This is based on $0.08/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Your event coordinator will confirm exactly how much money is required from each person.

    • I’ve set the maximum event count at 1 as I don’t want to add anyone to the event until I have enough carpool drivers to accommodate passengers.
    • If we are short of drivers, they will get priority on the waiting list.
    • This hike will go ahead rain or shine. If it's raining, please wear appropriate rain gear
    • If you choose to meet at the event, please arrive on time, I will not be waiting for late comers..

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    Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
    Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

    Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
    Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!