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Bond Lake + Swan Lake 18 km (2/10/2018)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Parking lot at 365 Old Colony Rd, Richmond Hill
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 10 2018  10:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:50 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 9 2018 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:about 4.5 hrs of hiking (includes lunch break)
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Arnie
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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:4
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 6 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


ICERS are mandatory for this hike. We may or may not need them,
but there are some steep hills and slopes beside the lake.
If the trails are icy, without ICERS you might slide into the lake!
see the notes at the bottom of this page for icer type information


PACE: 5+ km/h (pace will be a bit lively)


MAX hikers: about 15 (+ or -)

I set the Maximum Group Size to 4, because I can take 3 passengers, but this event can accommodate about 15 hikers if more drivers register or hikers meet at the event trail head.

This hike will be along the Oak Ridges Trail, a combo of "there and back" with a loop around Bond Lake and over to Swan Lake.
There will be a few good hills, and many flat sections

We'll stop for a lunch break on the trail by the lake


Members on the waiting list who are willing to drive may get first priority.
Passengers will be added as drivers become available.
Alternatively, you can meet us at the hike starting location, but parking is limited.

For an interactive Route Map CLICK HERE for route 547217

Required Items to Bring:
  • ICERS - keep icers in your pack during the winter months.
  • cell phone
  • whistle
  • water 2 or 3 L
  • weather appropriate clothing
  • suitable hiking footwear
  • change of footwear for after the hike, if carpooling
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • first aid kit
  • lunch, snacks

How to Get There:
Event Directions:



Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):52Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:50 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $11.96 (calculated at total Km * $0.230, effective Thursday, July 19, 2018). 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 forth snow, rain or shine

DON'T get left behind! Please arrive early, the carpool will depart promptly, and we will start hiking promptly.

If you are late, you will miss the carpool, and the hike.

If you choose to meet at the event, we will not wait for late comers.

  • Eagle Claw Ice Cleats - excellent grip on ice! like walking on dry pavement Steel-Chain-Ice-Cleats/product/2219985/
    I bought mine at Bass Pro Shops in Vaughan Mills
    similar design as Kahtoola, but about 1/3 the price.
  • Kahtoola MICROspikes - excellent grip on ice! like walking on dry pavement
  • Icetrekkers Diamond Grips - good grip, but may slide a bit on steep sheer ice.
    They rust very easily so must be dried thoroughly after use.
    more expensive than Eagle Claw Ice Cleats
  • STABILicers - good grip on level surface such as city sidewalks
    but tended to roll off my shoes on uneven terrain like forest trails
  • Yaktrax might be ok for flat, level city sidewalks,
    but are NO GOOD for forest trails with any slope
  • I suggest taking your hiking shoes with you when shopping for icers to ensure a good fit.

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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!