The following hikes are meant as an opportunity for the General Public to come out and learn about the work that the Conservancy is doing to ensure that the Niagara Escarpment is preserved in a natural state, and to experience a portion of our Hiking Program that brings the beauty of the escarpment up-close.


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Thursday January 18, 2018 Iroquoia Section
Cootes Paradise Hamilton, Map 8
This 8 km shuttle hike will take approximately 2.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain.
There is no dropout point.
No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 am. We will meet in the parking lot of the Hamilton Air Force Association located at 128 King Street EAST in
Directions: 128 King Street EAST in Dundas can be reached by several routes including off Cootes Drive/Hwy 8 by way of
East Street North, in the vicinity of the Canadian Tire Store on Cootes Drive.
Hike Description: We will carpool to Coronation Park/Coronation Arena (Hamilton) on Macklin Street just south of Princess
Point. We will hike along the south shore of Cootes Paradise, including Sassafras Point, to McMaster campus where we
will stop briefly at the students’ centre for a warm-up and refreshment break (there’s even a Timmies) before continuing
on to Dundas along Spencer Creek trail. Some hills at the beginning. Hiking boots, icers and water. Bring a snack or buy
one at McMaster students’ centre.
Hike Leader: Janina Vanderpost kayakhiker1@gmail.com

Icers or Yak Traks are recommended for winter hiking on snow and ice.

Following a few simple guidelines will help make your hiking more pleasurable:

  • Always bring ID and your Health Card in case of emergencies
  • Dress in layers suitable for the weather – hiking boots and raingear are essential
  • Stay with the group when hiking – don’t go ahead or fall behind
  • Please follow any instructions given by the leader
  • Bring food and water
  • Be honest with yourself when judging the length, speed and difficulty of the hike you wish to attend – if in doubt, call the leader

Please judge your abilities appropriately according to the hike ratings below:

  • Pace: refers to how fast we will be hiking
  • Leisurely – 3 km/hr. or less
  • Medium – 3 to 4 km/hr
  • Brisk – 4 to 5 km/hr
  • Fast – 5+ km/hr

Terrain: describes the ruggedness of the ground which the hike covers

  • Easy – Mostly flat and usually good footing.
  • Moderate – Some hills and/or some poor footing
  • Strenuous – Hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing

Remember, all of our leaders are unpaid volunteers. You are invited to attend, but do so at your own risk.

Please consider becoming a member. Without members and volunteers we may not have a trail.

All map and kilometre notations are from the 26th Edition of the Bruce Trail Reference Guide, unless otherwise stated.

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