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53. GRAND VALLEY & ELORA GORGE (20 KM) (8/27/2022)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Wilson’s Flats #4 - 2 hours west of Toronto
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 27 2022  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 26 2022 6:25:00 AM
Event Duration:5-6 hours for the hike (2 hr carpool, each way)
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:1
Number Registered So Far: 20 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:

By signing up for this event, you agree to, and acknowledge, the following:

  1. If you are vaccinated and have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days, you have read and will follow the federal laws as per Government of Canada - Travel to Canada: Requirements for COVID- 19 vaccinated travellers Web site
  2. If you are unvaccinated and have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days, you are compelled by law to be in quarantine and cannot lawfully attend this event, as per the Federal Government’s website
  3. You will take and pass the Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment on-line questionnaire. within 48 hours of the start of the event.


EVENT DETAILS

THE CARPOOL LEAVES SHEPPARD WEST STATION AT 8 AM

This is my first time leading this in & out moderate to intermediate hike that involves some rolling hills, uneven terrain and probably some muddy/wet areas.

I'm rating this hike as an easier D4, more primarily due to the length we're walking in the middle of summer, instead of the terrain or hills.

    EVENT STATS
  • Distance: 20 KM
  • Terrain: Single track dirt trails, tall grass, gravel roads, a few sidewalk and a rocky gorge.
  • Trail vs Road: 15 KM vs 5 KM
  • Elevation Range: 40 Meters
  • Challenging Climbs of Note: 3 climbs of at least 25 meters.
  • Largest Climb: 30 meters, right after lunch.
  • Washrooms: Yes, there will be 3 options for washrooms at the 5 KM, 10.5 KM & 15 KM points on the hike.
  • Highlights: 'Elora Gorge Falls' and 'The Gorge '

Please bring a lunch and at least 1-2 Litres of water. We'll stop at a lunch spot, about 10 KM into the hike in the Elora Gorge.

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

DRIVERS, WHEN YOU SIGN UP, PLEASE ANSWER THE CARPOOL QUESTION REGARDING THE AMOUNT OF PASSENGERS YOU CAN TAKE IN YOUR CAR!!!

For those of you choosing to meet at the event location, instead of the carpool, please ensure that you come 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'll aim to take around 16-20 people.




CARPOOL PARTICIPATION QUESTION

As of July 1, 2022 the TOC has ended its mandatory mask mandate for carpooling
For your own protection, wearing a mask during the carpool is still highly recommended.

The event coordinator will do their best to match up drivers and passengers with a preference to wear masks, but the mix of who signs up is out of their control, so it may not always be possible to be in a car where everyone prefers to mask up.
Please, if you are participating in the carpool as a DRIVER or a PASSENGER, write in the NOTES SECTION when registering whether you prefer:

  • TO ONLY PARTICIPATE IF EVERYONE IN CAR WEARS A MASK
  • NO MASK PREFERENCE
WARNING: Should you ignore or forget to answer this question in the NOTES field, you might be skipped on the wait list.


PRECAUTIONS AGAINST TICKS

  • Wear long pants.
  • Tuck your shirt into your pants, and pull your socks over your pant legs. Wear light coloured clothing to spot ticks more easily.
  • Use bug spray containing DEET or Icaridin on your skin and clothing.
  • This are points with tall grass on this hike, so please be wary.

    Check yourself for ticks immediately after the event, you can ask me for help for removal.
    When you get home, shower and do a full body check, if you find a tick, remove it with tweezers.
    If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is negligible.

    For more information, see Ticks


  • Required Items to Bring:
    • Hiking boots
    • 1 to 2 liters of Water
    • Snacks and lunch
    • Weather appropriate clothing
    • $7.00 to $13.00 to cover the cost for the carpool
    Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Mask for the carpool
  • A smile
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle
  • Bug spray containing DEET or Icaridin to repel ticks
  • Change of footwear for after the hike

  • How to Get There:
    Event Directions:

    We'll meet at the parking lot for Wilson’s Flats #4.
    The closest Approximate Address is 6285 8 Line W, West Montrose - 43°37'30.3"N 80°26'48.2"W

    Please note that my event directions are from SHEPPARD WEST STATION
    To change the map to options that better suit you, please click "MORE OPTIONS" link the 'Driving Directions' map (below) and then you can add your own address into the search.

    • Leaving Sheppard West - take the Allen Road south to the 401.
    • Travel west along Highway 401 for 69 KM.
    • Exit at Highway 6 NORTH (Exit # 295) towards Guelph for 16 KM
    • At Woodlawn Road, turn left (WEST) for 2 KM
    • At the third traffic light, turn right (NORTH) onto Elmira Rd N for 7 KM
    • After passing the traffic light in the town of Ariss, take the first available right (NORTH-WEST) at 8 Line E for 8 KM
      This is an easy turn to miss as the signage is not great
    • The entrance to Wilson Flats #4 will be on your right side.

    POTENTIAL WASHROOM STOP
    There's a Tim Hortons on north side Woodlawn Road in the same plaza as the Petro Canada.

    INTERACTIVE DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS
    By clicking on the blue writing below that reads "MORE OPTIONS" , you can input your own location into google maps and then use the directions provided to get to the location in the easiest way possible.

    MAP OF PARKING AREA

    PICTURE OF MEETING LOCATION >

    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Km
    Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 AM
    Carpool Location:   Log in for location
    Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions

    Notes:

    Please ensure that you check the 'TTC service updates website' for any potential closures.

    Please arrive on time, I will turn off my cell phone once the hike begins.


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    - Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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    Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

    Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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