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McCrae Lake (18km, 4-4.5 km/h) (10/14/2018)

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.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: McCrae Lake
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 14 2018  8:50 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 12 2018 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:10 hours (including driving)
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Daniel Parker
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 9 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Expect a late return - forget about making evening plans. It's recommended to bring a whistle in case you get separated from the group - this is wilderness terrain. With shorter days, it's also recommended to bring a light - just in case.

Please make an effort to arrive early at the carpool, because of the shorter days and long drive, we need to leave on time.

The terrain is rocky and challenging, a bit of climbing is involved. Length is approximately 18 km, pace is 4-4.5 km/h when tenable, but will be slower on more challenging terrain.

This hike is suitable for experienced intermediate hikers. It is not suitable for beginners, or hikers who like to walk at a slow pace, or hikers who are averse to some off-trail bushwacking.

Situated between Parry Sound and Barrie on the east coast of Georgian Bay, the McCrae Lake Wilderness Area posses the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield. This is a challenging but rewarding hike. We'll pass by spectacular views of the lake from atop granite cliffs, windswept white pines, bedrocks, beaver dams and wetlands.

Everyone starts on the wait list, passengers will be added as drivers become available. Members willing to drive and members with favourable attendance records may get priority on the wait list.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Water-2 litre
  • Layered clothing
  • Suitable hiking footware
  • Change of footware for after the hike
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Sun hat and sun block
  • Whistle
  • GPS
  • Light, head lamp preferred

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take the first right once on Georgian Bay Road onto the entrance to Highway 400 South. Turn into the first road on your left and go to the bottom to park.
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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):320Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $70.40 (calculated at total Km * $0.220, effective Saturday, August 17, 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.

Photo credit: Daniel Parker
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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!