Join us on a winter hike in lovely Nashville Conservation Reserve which surrounds the meandering Humber River between Kleinburg and Bolton. If seasonal conditions allow, we will go off-trail to explore an area of the Reserve that’s accessible only when the ground is frozen and snow-covered (when boots leave no imprint on the ground). There is a wonderful variety of landscapes and plant communities (pioneer and mature forests, meadows, savannas, wetlands, reforestation plantations) which are often best seen in wintertime. If the weather is mild, we will probably follow the signed loop trail instead.
The walking pace will be easy, the distance traversed about 3 or 4 kms, and the duration around 1.5 to 2 hrs. However, keep in mind that walking through snow is not as easy or as smooth as you may be more used to on maintained trails.
Dress in layers appropriate to weather conditions, and wear winter boots with good tread. If the conditions are icy, consider wearing “icer” strap-ons over boots. If the snow is deep, consider wearing snowshoes.
NOTE RE POSSIBLE INCLEMENT WEATHER OR UNSAFE WINTER CONDITIONS: in such a situation, an email notice cancelling the hike would be sent Friday night or early Saturday morning.
Mark van Stempvoort is Hike Coordinator for combined chapters of HVHTA, and board member for the Kleinburg Chapter.
Park near trailhead at junction of Huntingdon & Kirby Roads, a couple of kms north of Nashville Road (same distance east of Bolton).