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McCrae Lake, Carpool from Sheppard West Station (18km, 4-4.5 km/h) (4/21/2019)

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, Apr 21 2019  8:50 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 19 2019 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: 23 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The terrain is rocky, challenging but rewarding, a bit of climbing is involved at the McCrae Lake narrows. Length is approximately 18 km, pace is 4-4.5 km/h. The weather forecast for Sunday is a mix of sun and cloud, highs 13 °.

This hike is suitable for intermediate hikers. It is not suitable for beginners. I would prefer to take members with previous experience on TOC hikes at a similar level, but if you don't have that, feel free to email me with details about your previous hiking background.

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. We'll pass by spectacular views of the lake from atop granite cliffs, windswept white pines, bedrocks, beaver dams and wetlands. Lunch to the sound of rapids at the McCrae Lake narrows.

The event shows a max of 1, so everyone starts off on the wait list, passengers will be added as drivers become available. The number that we actually take is limited by the availability of drivers. Members willing to drive and members with favourable attendance records may get priority on the wait list. Please note that everyone must be willing to meet at the carpool location.

Spring Tick Warning

This year may see an increase in tick populations in Ontario so take precautions.
  • Wear long pants, light colour is better. Tuck your shirt into your pants, and pull your socks over your pant legs.
  • Use bug spray containing DEET or Icaridin to repel ticks.
  • Check yourself for ticks after the event. If you find an attached tick, remove it with tweezers.

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

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Once on Georgian Bay Road, take the first right onto the road with signs to Highway 400 South. Then, take the first road on your left to the McCrae Lake Parking, go to the bottom to park.

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 $70.72 (calculated at total Km * $0.221, effective Friday, April 26, 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!