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Oak Ridges lakes loop: Wilcox, St. George, Swan, Bond (15 km @ 4 km/hr) (5/11/2019)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Don Mills TTC subway station
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 11 2019  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 9 2019 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:All day
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Utkarsh
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, All Ages Welcome
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:1
Number Registered So Far: 10 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Let's explore the Oak Ridges trail and see Lake Wilcox, Lake St. George, Swan Lake, and Bond Lake along the way. Doors Open is an annual series of events, when many sites in Ontario communities open their doors to the general public. We will visit two such sites in Richmond Hill as part of this hike. If time permits, after the hike, we can drive to a couple of other Doors Open sites located on the route to Toronto.

Note: Drivers will get preference on the waiting list. I'll increase the maximum number of participants as we get more drivers.

We'll meet outside the Don Mills TTC Station (Passenger Pick-up) at 9:30 am, and then drive to Lake Wilcox Park. You can also meet us directly at the Lake Wilcox Park (55 Olde Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3C8).

We'll start hiking around 10 am, and finish by around 4 pm. We expect to be back at Don Mills Station by 4:30 pm.

Hiking path
This may change depending on the weather conditions.

  1. Lake Wilcox Park
  2. Lake St. George Field Centre (a Doors Open site): they have a boat tour on the day - if there is not a long queue, we can go for it
  3. Swan Lake Centre for Conservation and Innovation (a Doors Open site)
  4. Jefferson Forest
  5. Bond Lake
  6. Moraine Park
  7. Lake Wilcox Park

Required Items to Bring:
  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Hiking-appropriate footwear

Carpool passengers

  • Cash for the carpool cost (around $8 per person; the exact amount will depend on the number of passengers per car)
  • Post-hike footwear (to help keep the cars clean)
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Camera
  • Lunch/Snacks

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

You can meet us at either of these places:

9:30 am (Meet at Carpool): Don Mills TTC subway station Passenger Pick-up and Drop-off (Ma p). Carpool departure at 9:32 am. TTC Line 1 will be closed between St Clair West to Union. You'll most probably not use this route to reach Don Mills, but if you do, please plan your journey accordingly.

10:00 am (Meet at Event): Lake Wilcox Park 55 Olde Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3C8.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):60Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:30 AM
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Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $12.66 (calculated at total Km * $0.211, effective Wednesday, December 11, 2019). 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.

  • This hike will go on in case of moderate rain. It'll be canceled only if a severe thunderstorm is forecast.
  • Dog owners bring their own cars (or find drivers who are willing to let dogs inside their vehicles). Dogs are required to be on leash on certain parts of the trail.

Photos by Utkarsh

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Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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