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Take-A-Hike Guidelines

Guidelines for Hikers

  • Group size is limited to 10 people (from January 5 until at least January 27, 2022)

  • Vaccination is NOT a pre-condition of participating in the hiking program.


We continue to monitor the guidance provided by Canada's and Ontario's public health officers. Our hiking programs and our guidelines to hikers may need to change as this guidance changes.


Precautions Before, During and After your Hike

  1. Self-Screening: Each hiker joining a hike must perform a self-screening check before hiking. Vaccination is NOT a pre-condition of participating in the hiking program.

  2. Stay home if you have symptoms: If you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms, stay home. If you arrive at the hike showing any of the following signs, you will be asked not to participate in the hike.

  • new or worsening cough

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • temperature equal to or over 38°C

  • feeling feverish

  • chills

  • fatigue or weakness

  • muscle or body aches

  • new loss of smell or taste

  • headache

  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)

  • feeling very unwell


Follow the guidelines for safe & responsible hiking including:

  • Move aside to allow others to pass.

  • Pack out everything you bring on your hike. Garbage cans may not be available.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Hiking poles, waterproof footwear, sunglasses, appropriate clothing for the weather is recommended


After the hike:

  • Hydrate, enjoy a meal, put your feet up, relax, write a Take-A-Hike Trail Guide review on Google or Facebook, post pictures, sleep well and sweet dreams of your next hike!

Other Guidelines

  1. Arrive 15 minutes before the start of the hike.

  2. Wear sturdy footwear and appropriate attire for the weather and the terrain. Hiking poles are a good idea in any season, especially if the terrain is rocky or slippery. In winter, snowshoes or icers/crampons are needed when conditions dictate. Wearing appropriate clothing and footwear prevents injuries and shows consideration for a safe and positive group hiking experience.

  3. Bring I.D. and your health card.

  4. Bring sufficient water and snacks (or lunch if indicated). A minimum of 1L of water is recommended on all hikes, and 3L is recommended for long, challenging hikes in the heat of the summer.

  5. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent (for spring and summer hikes).

  6. Bring your own first aid kit Your first aid kit should include: bandaids, sterile gauze pads, tensor bandage, splint, steristrips for lacerations, antiseptic ointment, asprin, ibuprofen, benadryl, gravol, imodium and personal medications

  7. Please leave dogs at home if possible


Transportation

All hikers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the hike.


Hike Difficulty

Hikes vary in difficulty. In each hike description, you'll find important pieces of information - about distance, pace, and terrain - to help you determine if that particular hike is right for you. To participate in an organized hike, you need to be able to complete the specified length of the hike on your own or with your own support person within the time allowed.


Hike Difficulty Ratings:

Pace:

  • Leisurely – 3km/hr or less

  • Medium – 3 to 4 km/hr

  • Brisk – 4 to 5 km/hr

  • Fast – 5+ km/hr


Terrain:

  • Easy – Mostly flat and usually good footing.

  • Moderate – Some hills and/or some poor footing.

  • Strenuous – Hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing.


Level:

  • Beginner - These hikes are suitable for hikers with little experience who want to have a hiking experience. They are generally short, leisurely or moderate paced hikes over easy terrain.

  • Easy - These hikes are suitable for fit beginner hikers, or hikers who want an outing, not a workout.

  • Intermediate - Intermediate hikes are for experienced hikers, or very fit beginners.

  • Advanced - Only hikers who are very fit and experienced should select these hikes. If you are unsure of your ability, we encourage you to start with an Easy or Intermediate hike.


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