Outdoor Club of East York

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Thurs. Mar. 20 – 2013 Spring/Summer/Fall Information Night

This event will launch our new calendar, April to November, listing the best selection of outdoor events in the city. Our hiking, cycling and paddling programs will be highlighted as well as many social outings. This is a great opportunity for members to meet up with each other and to get a head start on the upcoming activities. Bring your friends along. There is no better time to introduce them to the club and the tremendously varied program we offer. Refreshments will be provided. Door prizes.

Sat. Mar. 22 – Hike – Beltline Trail

Enjoy a relaxing hike along the old beltline interurban rail right of way, followed by coffee and a light lunch.

Sat. Mar. 22 – Ski – Awenda Provincial Park

Don’t put away those skis yet. The ski trails at Awenda still have some snow. The terrain is relatively flat and there are excellent views of Georgian Bay from the crest of the Nipissing Bluff. Along the shore, there may be the unusual remains of gigantic ice formations. If we must, then hike we will.

Thurs. Mar. 27 – Dinner and a Musical
Tarragon Theatre presents the off-Broadway hit revival, Marry Me a Little. Featuring music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, sung by two singles in neighbouring Brooklyn apartments, this small gem “takes audiences on a roller-coaster ride through love”. Romantic, skeptical, funny, angry and tender. http://tarragontheatre.com/season/1314/marry-me-a-little

Sat. Mar. 29 – Canoe/Kayak – Credit River Down River Race (whitewater)

Get tuned up in this annual opener to the spring paddling season, the longest continuously running canoe race in North America. If the weather is really bad, you pretty much only have to show up to win! Details and registration at Whitewater Ontario. Safety precautions will be in place.

Sun. Mar. 30 – Day Hike – Mono Cliffs – 12 km

Our trails today have us walking a glacial spillway, through hardwood forests perhaps still covered with the retreating snow. We walk along a cliff top and the perimeter of McCarston’s Lake in this natural environment park. Spectacular views are guaranteed.

Sat. Apr. 5 – Day Cycling – Grafton to Presquile – 80 km

We follow the Waterfront Trail to Presquile Provincial Park and have lunch there on one of the (probably empty) sandy beaches. There will be short sections on Highway 2 with moderate traffic. Return to Grafton is via a quiet hilly route using paved backroads between Highway 2 and the 401.

Sat. Apr. 5 – Canoe/Kayak – Humber River Down River Race (whitewater)

This one is a little easier than the Credit, but still has its pitfalls, depending on levels. Details and registration at Whitewater Ontario. Safety precautions will be in place.

Sat. Apr. 5 – Day Hike – Scotsdale Farm – 13 km

A really great section of the Bruce Trail, the Scotsdale Farm hike starts and ends amid a gathering of old farm buildings, fences, fields, bridges and streams. It offers a variety of trails, and every trip presents something new.

Fri. Apr. 11 to Sun. Apr. 13 – Algonquin Awakens

Come and join us in celebrating the awakening of nature. We will be staying at the rustic Wolf Den Bunkhouse for a fun-filled weekend. Relax in the log sauna or socialize at the cozy fireplace. The award winning pot luck dinner on Saturday night is always delicious. Be prepared for lingering snow and ice on the scenic park trails. Spots fill up fast so book early.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Sat. Apr. 12 – Morning Cycling – Leslieville

One of a series of easy morning spring warm up rides to get in shape. Starting from the EYCC, the route heads down to the lake and through Leslieville before hooping back.

Tues. Apr. 15 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Fri. Apr. 18 – Good Friday Day Hike – Forks of the Credit – 12 km

I love this trail because of the varied terrain, a mix of rolling hills surrounding kettle lakes and the Credit River along the Forks of the Credit along the way.

Fri. Apr. 18 – Day Cycling – Breakfast in Mount Albert – 80 km

We ride from Unionville to Mount Albert for breakfast? Don’t worry, you’ll burn those calories!

Sun. Apr. 20 – Come Celebrate Easter Sunday in the Rouge Park – Hike 20 or 10 km with option for Pub Stop after
We will be doing a six-hour 20 km. hilly loop hike with an option for a shorter 10 km loop hike. Option for pub stop after

Tues. Apr. 22 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. Apr. 22 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Wed. Apr. 23 – Evening Hike and Pub/Restaurant Stop

Hike will be from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. from different locations – Rouge, Leslie Spit or Scarborough Beach loop. Please call for hike details.

Sat. Apr. 26 – City Walk – Rosedale and the Brickworks

After a walk through the old upper class neighbourhood of Rosedale, where we will learn about the history of the neighbourhood and some of the rich and famous people who once resided there, we will descend into the Don Valley and make our way to the Evergreen Brickworks. Is anyone hungry? There are many food options at the Saturday Farmers’ Market.

Sat. Apr. 26 – Morning Cycling – Guild Inn

Morning departure from the EYCC and head over scenic quiet streets and bicycle paths to the Guild Inn and Highland Creek before returning.

Sat. Apr. 26 – Great Foods of the World® – Tehran

There’s a cozy new Iranian restaurant on Yonge, south of Bloor Street, that serves delicious fare and is easy on the pocket.

Tues. Apr. 29 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. Apr. 29 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Sat. May 3 – Nature Walk – Rouge Park

2-3 hour loop nature walk in the Rouge Park. This will be a slow walk, stopping frequently to look at birds, spring wildflowers and anything else we see interesting. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Sat. May 3 – Morning Cycling – Humber Valley

Our morning ride from the EYCC heading down the Don Valley and along Lake Ontario before heading up the Humber Valley bike route. We take the Belt Line trail to return.

Sat. May 3 – Canoe: Day Trip – Nonquon River – 15 km

The Nonquon River passes through a large marsh just a short distance from Port Perry. The water will be cold but the level will be good. In the past, beaver have created some lift-over opportunities. Expect to see nesting Canada geese.

Sun. May 4 – Canoe/Kayak – Paddle the Don

This is the 21st Anniversary of this popular event. The route starts north of Eglinton and finishes at the Gardiner Keating Channel. Shuttle available. For more information go to www.paddlethedon.ca

Sun. May 4 – Morning Cycle – Newmarket-Aurora area – 20 km

Easy bike ride on the Nokiidaa walking and bike trail in Newmarket and Aurora. The approximate distance is 20 km. or so. There will be an opportunity for a lunch or snack at a bakery in Aurora at the halfway mark. If it is raining, we could walk the trail.. Remember to bring bike helmet and water.

Tues. May 6 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. May 6 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Sat. May 10 – 2014 Ride for the Rouge – 25 km

This fundraising ride benefits the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre, and winds its way to Lake Ontario then back to the RVCC via residential streets, parkland and less travelled roads near the Toronto Zoo. Registration fee approx. $25 includes the bbq following the ride. Please note: Riders must provide their own transportation to the event.

Sat. May 10 – Day Hike – Glen Major Forest (Brock Track) – 12 km

We will be hiking the trail on the west side of Westney Road. This trail has moderate hills and traverses through beautiful forested areas. You can download a map of the area by going to www.trca.on.ca

Sat. May 10 – Canoe (whitewater) – Crowe River

Crowe River day paddle. Discover a beautiful river only 2 hours from Toronto, great scenery, swimming, and class 2-3 whitewater. Whitewater canoes/equipment and intermediate skills required.

Sun. May 11 – Canoe: Day Trip – Nonquon River – 15 km

The water will be cold but the level will be good for this quiet paddle through a marshy section, followed by an open area with cottages and homes along the shoreline. We will paddle to Lake Scugog, enjoy our lunch on the river and return to our cars.

Tues. May 13 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. May 13 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Wed. May 14 – Orienteering – Morningside Park

The Toronto Orienteering Club invites you to orienteer in Toronto city parks. These informal, recreational events are for everyone - there will be courses for both beginners and experienced orienteers. If you've never orienteered before, someone will be on-hand to show you the basics. Come and see how easy it is to start orienteering and enjoy the outdoors this summer. You'll discover how interesting our many beautiful city parks can be while getting some good exercise. For more information about this, the directions to the meeting spot, and other Wednesday evening events, you can visit: http://torontoorienteering.com/wp/?page_id=10

Fri. May 16 – City Birding – Location to be determined

After checking the birding reports, I will decide on a city park where there have been good sightings.

Sat. May 17 to Mon. May 19 – Long Weekend Hikes – Bruce Peninsula

Three days of hiking in the most scenic area of the Bruce Trail, where high cliffs meet the water’s edge, and breathtaking views are along the trail. Varied terrain with some rugged areas and uneven footing. Hiking boots are mandatory.

Tues. May 20 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. May 20 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Wed. May 21 – Evening Hike and Pub/Restaurant Stop

Hike will be from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. from different locations – Rouge, Leslie Spit or Scarborough Beach loop. Please call for hike details.

Sat. May 24 – Day Hike – Niagara Winery

Hike this new scenic trail through six different well-known vineyards. Taste some of the grapes and sample exquisite wines at the wineries. The trail was designed for beauty, stunning scenery with views of rolling vineyards, picturesque ponds and Lake Ontario. You will be walking through working vineyards and pathways where uneven terrain is common and farm equipment will be in operation. Book early. This hike will fill up fast and numbers are limited.

Sat. May 24 – Toronto City Walk – Doors Open

Explore Toronto’s most spectacular interiors as the city opens its doors to its public buildings. Locations and schedules TBA.

Sat. May 24 – Day Cycling – Doors Open

Doors Open is a Toronto event where buildings normally closed to the public are open for tours for free. We try to visit 4-5 well known and other little known venues. Bring your bike lock and lunch. Expect to finish in early afternoon.

Sun. May 25 – Day Hike – Onward up the Bruce!! Beaver Valley Lowlands and beyond – 15-20 km

Spend a spring day in the rolling woodlands of the Beaver Valley lowlands on the Bruce Trail admiring the blooming trilliums and wild onion. We are heading north out of the Beaver Valley in the direction of Owen Sound. Hike a leisurely pace for 5-6 hours. Practice your map and compass. Intro to using a GPS will also be available. Bring your guidebooks, topos, if you’ve got ’em!

Sun. May 25 – Canoe – Willow Creek (Minesing Wetlands)

Join us for a great day in this interesting paddle with lots of birds. We will put in at Willow Creek and paddle through the marsh joining the Nottawasaga River, taking out at Edenvale. About four hours.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Mon. May 26 – Bike Month – Special Event – City Ride

Free breakfast and t-shirt with the Toronto Group Commute.

Tues. May 27 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. May 27 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Fri. May 30 to Sat. May 31 – Algonquin Park – Clean Up and Pot Luck – Wolf Den

Join your friends at the Wolf Den for a clean up of park trails or canoe campsites in Algonquin Park. Accommodations at the Wolf Den are half price for this event. Free canoes from Algonquin Outfitters and a Park day pass on Saturday for the clean up. There will be a pot luck afterwards at the Wolf Den.

Fri. May 30 to Sun. June 1 – Hike/Canoe/Bike – Kimbercote Farm

Another lovely weekend at the farmhouse in the scenic Beaver Valley. Hike the Bruce Trail – from the farmhouse doorstep or a short drive to nearby sections of the trail. Paddle the Beaver River. Cycle on nearby county roads – suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes only. Canoes and kayaks are available for rental from a nearby outfitter if the club boats are booked up. Pot luck supper on Saturday. Note: Please bring your own bedding and sleeping bag and towel.

Sat.May31–DayHike–TerraCotta –13km

Located between Georgetown and Cheltenham, the Terra Cotta Conservation Area offers Bruce Trail rocky tracks, but not too strenuous, and some interesting twists and turns in the landscape.

Sat. May 31 – Day Cycling – Caledon Trailway – 60 km

From Terra Cotta, we will cycle leisurely along the Caledon Trailway to Tottenham and back, enjoying the views, smells and tranquility – stopping along the way for a refresher.

Sat. May 31 – Walk Across Toronto – Part 1 – Long Branch to Bathurst

This is the first in a series of cross-town walks along the Lakeshore hiking trail. Bring lunch, water and suntan oil.

Sat. June 1 – Day Hike – Seaton Trail – 15 km

We will hike from the south end of the trail to the village of Whitevale and return.

Sun. June 1 – Morning Cycle – Newmarket-Aurora area – 20 km

Easy bike ride on the Nokiidaa walking and bike trail in Newmarket and Aurora. The approximate distance is 20 km. or so. There will be an opportunity for a late lunch or snack at a Mexican Restaurant in Historic downtown Newmarket afterwards. If it is raining, we will walk the trail.. Remember to bring bike helmet and water.

Tues. June 3 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. June 3 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m. Optional stop at Whistler’s after ride.

Fri. June 6 – Mid-week Nature Hike – Rouge Park – 5-6 km

Join us to visit a new area of the park, Bob Hunter Memorial Park.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Fri. June 6 to Mon. June 9 – Day Hikes – Adirondack Mountains

With peaks rising to over 1,600 metres, the Adirondack Mountains are the tallest mountains that are within a reasonable day’s drive from Toronto. the day hikes will be challenging, but the rewarding spectacular panoramic views make the efforts well worthwhile. At night, we will be staying in dorm rooms with complete kitchen and shower facilities. Note: This is a non-insurable OCEY event.

Sat. June 7 – Day Cycling – The Northumberland Hills – 50-80 km

Welcome again to the varie landscape of Northumberland County, in and around Cobourg. Join us for a day’s cycling along pretty country roads, up, over around the moraine and along Canada’s south coast. A great cycling area, and the routes allow for shortening, lengthening or exploring individually. A BBQ of some sort at Lilianne & Barry’s afterwards.

Sat. June 7 – Canoe – Holland River

This is a flatwater paddle on the Holland River. Going north, it winds towards Lake Smcoe; going south, it enters the Holland canal.

Sat. June 7 – Day Cycling – Courtice – 35-50 km

Circular route down quiet country roads starting and ending in Courtice. Some hills expected as we touch the southern edge of the Oak Ridge Moraine. Distance/route is open to modification/shorten if needed.

Sat. June 7 and Sun. June 8 – Canoe/Kayak/Paddleboard –Paddlefest Toronto

Come over to Sunnyside Beach for a two-day festival of all things paddling. Instructional clinics (once again, I will be giving canoe instruction), new product and boat demos, help from Ontario Parks in planning your next trip, etc. For clinic details and registration, visit mec.ca/community events.

Tues. June 10 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. June 10 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Wed. June 11 – Evening Hike and Pub/Restaurant Stop

Hike will be from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. from different locations – Rouge, Leslie Spit or Scarborough Beach loop. Please call for hike details.

Thurs. June 12 – Birding – Carden Alvar

This is a joint trip with the Seniors for Nature Canoe Club. The Carden Plain or Alvar is designated as an Important Bird Area “IBA” by Birdlife International. We will walk the trails on the alvar and do our best to find nesting bluebirds and the elusive loggerhead shrike. Bring a lunch, water, a hat, sunscreen and bug repellant, and remember to bring your camera, binoculars and a scope if you have one! A carpool can be arranged for those who don’t drive.Note: This trip will be cancelled in the event of bad weather.

Thurs. June 12 – Walk Across Toronto – Part 2 – Bathurst to Cherry Beach

This is the second in a series of cross-town walks along the Lakeshore hiking trail. Bring lunch, water and suntan oil.

Sat. June 14 – Day Hike – Speyside – 12-14 km

The trail winds through a mixed forest and passes over rocky sections typical of the escarpment. We will hike parts of the main and side trails of the Bruce Trail.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Sat. June 14 – Day Cycling – Exploring Niagara – 80 km

Join us for this scenic 80 km tourist ride of the Niagara area, along quiet bicycle paths along both the Welland Canal and the Niagara River. We will take a ride on a bike ferry, visit the falls at Niagara, see the sights along the Niagara gorge, lunch at Queenston Heights and stop for ice cream in Niagara-on-the- Lake. Please join us for dinner after the ride in St. Catharines.

Sun. June 15 – Day Cycling – Keswick to Pefferlaw and return – 60 km

From Keswick, we will cycle leisurely along the Lake Simcoe waterfront to Pefferlaw and back via quiet country roads.

Sun. June 15 – Canoe – Intro to Whitewater

It’s National Paddling Week – let’s get out there and try something different!
If you’re curious about learning to paddle in whitewater but aren’t yet ready to commit to a full certification course, try this for a start. ORCA instructor XXXXX and I will demonstrate the basic moves on an uncomplicated section of the Credit River. No fear, just fun and learning. Helmets and water shoes mandatory. Whitewater boat recommended (the club now has one!) Limit 10 participants, tandem or solo.

Tues. June 17 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. June 17 – Evening East End Cycle

Join us for a cycle ride around East York and then pizza and refreshments at Chez XXXXX. There will be pizza for $2 and beer or wine for $2 each, but you are welcome to bring your own refreshments and snacks. I will try to get my local ice cream truck to come around 9 p.m.

Sat. June 21 – Special Event – Annual Club Picnic

All members are invited to attend the Annual Club Picnic – this is a great opportunity to socialize with your fellow club members. The location is Wilket Creek Park. It is TTC accessible.

Sat. June 21 – Summer Solstice Walk – OCEY Annual Picnic

A two-hour walk through the Don Valley parks to the club’s annual BBQ at Wilket Creek Park Park. If you are staying for the BBQ, you must advise XXXXX or XXXXX (as noted above). After the picnic, the TTC can be reached a short walk away at the corner of Leslie and Eglinton.

Sat. June 21 – Day Cycling and OCEY Club BBQ

Ride to the Annual OCEY BBQ. You must register for the BBQ (as noted above).

Sun. June 22 – Day Hike – Boyne River – 14 km

We will do a loop hike along the main trail and the many side trails through meadows and forests, alongside the Boyne River and atop the ridges.

Sun. June 22 – Day Cycling – Lake Simcoe – 48 or 61 km

Cycling from Keswick through cottage country along the shores of Lake Simcoe. the traditional route to Sibbald Point Provincial Park where we stop for our lunch is very scenic and fairly flat. Return via a flat route or a very hilly and longer inland route.

Sun. June 22 – Canoe – Credit River (whitewater)

Whitewater play and paddle on an easy section of the Credit River. Preference will be given to those who participated in last weekend’s instructional day.

Tues. June 24 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Tues. June 24 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Fri. June 27 to Tues. July 1 – Long Weekend Cycling in Montreal

You will love cycling in Montreal with its extensive network of bike paths. We will be cycling in this great city along some new and past favourite routes, departing from our accommodation at McGill University Residences. In the evening, enjoy the nearby Montreal Jazz Festival. Space is limited.

Sat. June 28 to Tues. July 1 – Long Weekend Cycling – Beaver Valley – 70 to 90 km

Four days of day rids on local roads in and around the Beaver Valley. Come and explore the scenic roads of the Beaver Valley around Lake Eugenia. Three nights of accommodations at a B&B in Kimberly and Rocklyn. We will have dinner at local eateries.

Sat. June 28 – Day Cycling – Inglewood Trail and Lunch at the Caledonia Golf Club – 35 km

We will cycle on the Inglewood Trail to Terra Cotta. On the return route we will lunch at the Caledonia Golf Club. The Club invites us to enjoy its beautiful ambiance while sampling items on its menu. The luncheon rates are very reasonable and the food choices varied. Cycling garb welcome by Golf Club. There is also the option, following lunch, to continue beyond Inglewood. Please confirm your attendance.

Sat. June 28 to Wed. July 2 – Canoe & Hike – Killarney Provincial Park

Killarney is described as “the jewel of Ontario Parks” with its pink granite rocks and quartzite ridges. We will set up camp on David Lake, about a 4 hour paddle from the Bell Lake access with a short lift-over and one 665 metre portage. From there, we can explore by canoe and access the hiking trails, including the hike to the top of Silver Peak.

Some tripping experience is required and your own equipment. Canoe rentals are available at the put-in and other equipment can be rented from stores such as MEC or Killarney Outfitters http://www.killarneyoutfitters.com/equipment-rental.php.
Food will be independent.

Tues. July 1 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. July 1 – Evening East End Cycle

No ride tonight.

Fri. July 4 to Sun. July 6 – 54th Mariposa Folk Festival – Orillia

In 2013, about 15 OCEYer’s attended this event for all or part of the festival. There were over 100 performances on nine stages over the three-day event, as well as workshops, an artisan village, lots of good food and, of course, a pub tent. The festival is held right on the shores of Lake Couchiching, so bring your bathing suit and/or bicycle as there are plenty of trails and quiet country roads nearby to walk or bike if you want to get in a little exercise between sets. For more information and up-to-date pricing, Mariposa’s website is: www.mariposafolk.com

Please note: Saturday and Sunday performances run continuously from 11:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Main Stage Performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Sat. July 5 – Theatre Outing and City Walk – Port Hope

Port Hope prides itself on having the best preserved 19th century downtown streetscape in Ontario – well worth seeing. In the afternoon, we will see “Broadway: Andrew Lloyd Webber – A Musical Tribute” at the Capitol Theatre, Canada’s only remaining atmospheric theatre. Afterwards, we will have dinner in Port Hope before driving home. See below for a description of the featured show as per the theatre’s website. A musical multimedia experience featuring live performances from hit musicals including “Phantom of the Operat; Jesus Christ, Superstar; Evita; Cats; Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; and more. Enjoy the newest edition of the critically acclaimed series by Antonio Sarmiento. See cutting edge technologies in digital projection, along with incredible live performances in a blending of both live and recorded orchestral music and visuals that will take audiences into the worlds of some of the finest musicals created by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Sat. July 5 – City Cycle – Highland Creek and Lake Ontario – 60 km

We will cycle from the GO station through the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, joining the lake at the creek’s mouth – then east as far as we like before returning back along the lake. Leisurely pace. Bring lunch and water.

Sat. July 5 – Day Cycling – St. Catharines to Niagara Falls – 80 km

Why not leave your car at the train station or at home, or go by the Niagara Excursion Express for our ride today. There is access from Oshawa to Burlington along the Lakeshore Line to St. Catharines VIA station. We will ride from St. Catharines VIA station along the paved roads to Port Dalhousie, and follow new bike lanes through St. Catharines to the Welland Canal trail. Using the bike ferry at Port Robinson to cross the canal and continue along the country roads to Niagrara Falls for dinner at Michaels Inn by the falls. Departure from Niagara after dinner.

Sun. July 6 – Canoe Rescue Practice – Cherry Beach

Heavy storms and water pollution forced cancellation of this event last year, so let’s try agian: Lakewater Rescue practice session at Cherry Beach. Brush up or learn for the first time. Hopefully the water will be warm but if you have a wetsuit or drysuit, do bring it, if only for demonstration. Bring your own boat or a club boat. Also bring ropes/painters/carabiners. We will try various rescue methods to suit different scenarios. There will be a first aid component, but this is by no means an in-depth clinic. Club members with rescue experience are encouraged to come and help out.

Sun. July 6 – Canoe/Kayak – Black Snake Creek to Sandy Lake

Sandy Lake is a marl lake whose waters are often a beautiful turquoise. We will put in (canoes and kayaks) at Peter’s cottage on Black Snake Creek and paddle to Sandy Lake, looking for the legendary heart on the way. Swimming at the fine beach and then return for lunch or potluck barbeque. Possibility to camp nearby. Please contact the organizer.

Sun. July 6 – Day Hike – Lake Ontario Shoreline and Scarborough Bluffs - Highland Creek – 8km

8 km loop including 4 km of sandy beach with jetsam.

Tues. July 8 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. July 8 – Evening East End Cycle – North Toronto

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Fri. July 11 to Sun. July 13 – Voyageur Canoe Trip – Algonquin Park

Join me on this unique paddling experience. We will rent a Voyageur Canoe which holds 8 paddlers plus equipment. We will camp (Pioneer Style) for the weekend on Opeongo Lake. Depending on response, we may rent 2 canoes so the limit will be 16 paddlers. Note: This includes the Friday as Opeongo is a large lake and we would need to be at the put in by noon.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Sat. July 12 – Day Cycling – Waterfront Trail East – 60 km

We will cycle from Guildwood to the Lynde Marsh in Whitby and return. This is varied terrain mostly on dedicated cycle or mixed-use paths. It follows a very scenic route along the top of the Scarborough Bluffs and the Lake Ontario shoreline with just a few road detours around Frenchman’s Bay and the Pickering Nuclear plant. Bring a lunch. Call or email for meeting place and time.

Tues. July 15 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. July 15 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Wed. July 16 – Evening Hike and Pub/Restaurant Stop

Hike will be from 6:30 to 8:00 from different locations – Rouge, Leslie Spit or Scarborough Beach loop. Please call for hike details.

Fri. July 18 to Sun. July 20 – Wilderness Canoe/Kayak Trip – Big East Lake (Hwy. 118, east of Bracebridge)
2 nights wilderness camping; canoe/kayak. I will reserve twwwooo sites, so maximum 4 tents, mine and three others.

Sat. July 19 – Canoe: Day Trip – North Muskoka River – 20 km

This trip will follow the North Muskoka River for 20 km from the village of Port Sydney to High Falls outside Bracebridge. There are two portages around falls and there may be some swifts. Last year there was plenty of swimming, so bring a swimsuit.

Sat. July 19 – Day Cycling – Mennonite Country – 79 or 89 km

Starting from Guelph, we ride north along scenic country roads to Fergus, Elora and continuing to the
only covered bridge in Ontario at West Montrose. Rudi, a club member living in Guelph will host a BBQ at his home for $10

Sun. July 20 – Day Cycling – Keswick to Sibbald Point P.P. – 45 km

This is a beautiful ride along Lake Simcoe with a view of the magnificent homes in that area. We will lunch at Sibbald Point Provincial Park. Bring a bathing suit and lunch. Please confirm your attendance.

Tues. July 22 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. July 22 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Thurs. July 24 to Sun. July 27 – Camping and Biking in Niagara – 60 km

Enjoy three days of camping and biking in the Niagara Peninsula. Our small, privately-owned campground on the Niagara River Parkway offers immediate access to a path along the river into Fort Eries and beyond. The short drive into Port Colborne puts the Welland Canal cycle path well within reach, while from Ridgeway we can cycle to the lighthouse beyond Crystal Beach. If there is time, we can visit some historic sites, such as Fort Erie and other locations along the border.
The campsite offers clean showers, flush toilets, and a swimming pool. Deadline for registration and payment: June 1. Maximum 12 participants. Participants must arrange their own transportation, camping gear and food. There is a small convenience store on site for ice and necessities but most grocery shopping would have to be done by car.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Sat. July 26 – Beaches Jazz Festival

There’s a whole lot of musicians playing a wide range of styles on Queen Street East. Come groove to the vibe.

Tues. July 29 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. July 29 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

August (dates to be TBA) – Canoe – Quetico

Probably, a 3 week trip including travel there and back. We will be screening for people we think have the necessary skills and can get along for that long together.

Fri. Aug. 1 to Mon. Aug. 4 – Long Weekend Cycling – Owen Sound – 60 to 90 km

Three days of day rides on local roads around the Owen Sound area. Come and explore the scenic roads predominately west of the town of Owen Sound and see the shores of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. Three nights of accommodations at a B&B in Tara which is just west of Owen Sound. We will have dinners at local eateries, maybe in Tara and/or Owen Sound.

Tues. Aug. 5 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. Aug. 5 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m. Stop for ice cream along the way.

Sat. Aug. 9 – Bond Head to Port Hope – 50 km.

This ride has not been done for awhile so come out and enjoy its picturesque area. There is a lovely park in Port Hope where we will lunch. For those who do not know the area, there is a steep hill coming out of Port Hope, but don’t be alarmed, as you can easily walk your bike up the hill. Please confirm your attendance.

Sat. Aug. 9 – Canoe: Day Trip – Go Home Lake to McCrae Lake – 22 km

This trip will follow the Musquash River out of Go Home Lake into Georgian Bay and end at McCrae Lake. There are five portages enroute. The water will be ideal for swimming, so bring a swimsuit. If the wind is up on Georgian Bay, a different route will be taken.

Sat. Aug. 9 to Sun. Aug. 10 – Canoe/Kayak Day Trip – Wolf and Crab Lake

Join us for a leisurely weekend camping, swimming, fishing, painting, or whatever pleases you on a picturesque lake without motor boats.

Sun. Aug. 10 – Day Cycling – Millgrove to St. George via Rockton/Sheffield – 65 or 75 km

A quiet country ride following the country roads of Flamborough to St. George. We will eat at a restaurant in St. George.

Tues. Aug. 12 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. Aug. 12 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Wed. Aug. 13 – Evening Hike and Pub/Restaurant Stop

Hike will be from 6:30-8:00 from different locations – Rouge, Leslie Spit or Scarborough Beach loop. Please call for hike details.

Sat. Aug. 16 – City Walk – University of Guelph Arboretum & Art Gallery

The University of Guelph Arboretum is not just a tree collection, within its 400 acre expanse are numerous beautifully landscaped formal gardens. On the other end of the campus, we will visit the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre which contains a sizeable outdoor sculpture park. A great day of Arts and Recreation!

Sun. Aug. 17 – Day Cycling – Palgrave – 40 km

This is a very easy ride through flat trails but must cross some county roads. We will cycle from Palgrave to Inglewood and return via the same route. On the return route, we will lunch in East Caledon at Trailside Restaurant. There are tables outside if you wish to bring your own lunch. Please confirm your attendance.

Sun. Aug. 17 – Day Hike – Highland Creek and Lake Ontario Shoreline – 16 km loop

Hike along Highland Creek and the Lake Ontario shoreline on mostly paved trails and 4 km along sandy beach with jetsam. Option for pub stop after.

Mon. Aug. 18 to Tues. Aug. 19 – Canoe: 2-day trip – Gibson River to Severn

This trip will start at Nine Mile Lake and will end at Morrison Landing on the Severn.

Tues. Aug. 19 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. Aug. 19 – Evening East End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m. Optional pub stop after the ride.

Sat. Aug. 23 – Day Cycling – Tottenham – 50 or 70 km

We meet in Tottenham and then cycle north through Beeton to Baxter along country roads, before heading southward through Alliston and back to Tottenham for ice cream at the Dairy Queen. A few hills for scenic views are thrown into the mix.

Sat. Aug. 23 – Canoe– Otonabee River – 22 km

This is an easy paddle but may be more difficult if windy. We will paddle down river and lunch at Squirrel Creek C.A. (washroom facilities). We will then continue to Campbelltown. For those interested, we will have dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Tues. Aug. 26 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Tues. Aug. 26 – Evening East End Cycle

Our last Tuesday night ride of the season. No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 5 p.m.

Sat. Aug. 30 to Sat. Sept. 6 – Week Long Cycling – Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (USA)
Enjoy extended Labour Day week-end in Pennsylvania. It will be group accommodation as usual, and we will spend our days cycling around quiet roads, exploring villages, covered bridges, and historic sites. Average daily rides will be in the range of 75 km and will commence on Sunday. There will be hills but it should all be paved roads with scenic views to make the labours worthwhile. Note: This is a non- insurable OCEY event.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Tues. Sept. 2 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Sat. Sept. 6 – Day Cycling – Humber Rail Trail to Port Credit – 50 km

We will cycle along the Humber River Rail Trail, Waterfront Trail and a few residential streets to Port Credit where we will lunch at the Yacht Club. Following lunch, we can enjoy one of our favourite drinks at Starbucks. Please confirm your attendance.

Tues. Sept. 9 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Sat. Sept. 13 – Day Hike – Hockley Valley – 13 km

We will be hiking from Hockley Valley Road to Dunby Road and return via the Snell, Glen Cross and Tom East side trails. Varied terrain, wooded with some open spots for viewing, perhaps, the last of the fall colours (Bruce Trail Guide Map 18)

Sat. Sept. 13 – Photo Hike– Rouge Valley

Oh, the weather is cooler, the colours are starting to show and the pace is no great rush, so bring your camera and lunch to Toronto’s easternmost park and wetland and enjoy the experience.

Sun. Sept. 14 – City Walk – Old Oakville – Coffee and Chocolate

Not all of Oakville looks like modern suburbia. With most of the original houses intact, treelined streets, and beautiful gardens, Old Oakville still has the appearance of a 19th century town. Enroute, we will have the opportunity to visit a coffee shop and a gourmet Chocolate and Ice Cream store.

Tues. Sept. 16– Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Wed. Sept. 17 – Evening Hike and Pub/Restaurant Stop

Hike will be from 6:30 to 8:00 from different locations – Rouge, Leslie Spit or Scarborough Beach loop. Please call for hike details.

Sat. Sept. 20 – Day Cycling – Oakville to Hamilton – 60 km

Ride through the picturesque Oakville and along the colourful Lake Ontario waterfront trail to the lakeside parks of Hamilton and back.

Sat. Sept. 20 – Canoe: Day Trip – Burnt River – 20 km

The Burnt River offers everything a daytripper could ask for – great Haliburton scenery, four portages and a picturesque waterfall! We will have lunch by a set of rapids. The trip will take 5 hours to complete.

Sat. Sept. 20 to Sun. Sept. 21 – Canoe – Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park is the largest park in Ontario, south of Algonquin, and offers a rugged rolling landscape of small lakes, wetlands, forests and rocky barrens. It is easily accessible off Highway 28, just 50 km. north of Peterborough.
We will access the park at Long Lake, carry over one short portage and camp on Buzzard Lake. This trip is suitable for beginning canoe trippers. Canoe rentals are available at Long Lake Lodge – http://www.longlakelodge.ca/canoes.htm

Food will be independent.

Sun. Sept. 21 – Canoe/Kayak – Spence Lake/Creek and South Muskoka River

We will enjoy the fall colours on this easy trip on the scenic Spence Lake into the creek at the east end, paddle back to the starting point at the confluence of river and lake, and then paddle up the river to the dam at Tretheway Falls and back again.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Sun. Sept. 21 – Day Hike – Guildwood – Doris McCarthy Trail – 8 km loop

Hike along the Lake Ontario shoreline to the Doris McCartny Trail and up the 1 km long hill and return through Sylvan Park and Guildwood Streets

Sun. Sept. 21 – Bike and Hike – Rouge Valley Conservation Centre

Bike approx. 15 km from designated meeting point and then hike to Hawk Hill (known as Vista Lookout), approx. 7 km.; return the same way. Bring lunch, water, snacks and a lock.

Sun. Sept. 21 – Day Cycling – Century Ride – 100 km

Calling all Centurions – past, present and future This is what you have been building for all season – the chance to cycle 100 km. “Flat-ish ́terrain through the colourful Halton Hills (OK, a few hills), enjoying the fall colours and quiet roads that pass through quaint villages such as Westover and Mountsberg.

Tues. Sept. 23 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Sat. Sept. 27 – Day Cycling – Humber River – 40-50 km

We meet at the Old Mill subway then cycle the Humber Trail ending at the Humber Arboretum and back. Please confirm your attendance.

Sat. Sept. 27 – Day Hike – Niagara Winery

Hike this new scenic trail through six different well-known vineyards. Taste some of the grapes and sample exquisite wines at the wineries. The trail was designed for beauty, stunning scenery with views of rolling vineyards, picturesque ponds and Lake Ontario. You will be walking through working vineyards and pathways where uneven terrain is common and farm equipment will be in operation. Book early. This hike will fill up fast and numbers are limited.

Sun. Sept. 28 – Day Cycling to Port Credit – 95 km

A scenic cycle as we head west across the GTA along quiet streets and bike paths to just past Port Credit. Return is along the Waterfront Trail with great views of Lake Ontario. Optional short cuts possible.

Sun. Sept. 28 – Day Hike – Dundas Valley – 16 km

We will hike Borer’s Falls to Webster’s Falls for lunch, and return to Borer’s Falls.

Tues. Sept. 30 – Day West End Cycle

No need to reserve, just show up. Ride will be cancelled if raining at 8 a.m.

Fri. Oct. 3 to Sun. Oct. 5 – Hiking/Canoeing/Kayaking – Killbear Provincial Park

The staff lodge at Killbear has become a favourite destination for OCEY members. The park is bounded by Georgian Bay and Parry Sound and has extensive shorelines and beaches. The accommodation is in rooms with two beds each. There is an enormous kitchen for preparing and cooking our own food and a comfortable lounge area. There are many hiking trails in the park including shoreline trails, as well as opportunities for cycling, canoeing and kayaking. Food will be independent with a potluck supper on Saturday.

Sat. Oct. 4 – Day Cycling – The Northumberland Hills – 50-70 km

This is the second excursion this year into the Northumberland Hills, north of Cobourg. Join XXXXX and XXXXX for a pleasant ride from Cobourg up into the hills of the moraine. Different roads from this past June ride. Pot luck dinner at XXXXX’s and XXXXX’s house. The hot tub will be available again as well.

Sun. Oct. 5 – Hike – Rouge – 12 km

A 12 km. hilly loop hike in the Rouge Park.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Thurs. Oct. 9 – Annual General Meeting

It is again time for the Club’s executive to report to the membership, for the club to elect the executive for the coming year. If you have any business items you would like to be included in the agenda, please send your submissions to president@ocey.org.

Wed. Oct. 15 – Evening Hike and Pub/Restaurant Stop

Hike will be from 6:30 to 8:00 from different locations – Rouge, Leslie Spit or Scarborough Beach loop. Please call for hike details.

Sat. Oct. 18 – Day Hike – Smokey Hollow – 15 km

This very scenic part of the Bruce Trail in the Burlington area features a walk along a cascading stream with spectacular waterfalls amidst a hardwood forest in full autumn colours.

Sat. Oct. 18 – Day Hike – Beaver Valley – 18-20 km Sun. Oct. 19 – Day Hike – Scotsdale Farm – 14 km

See the autumn leaves change their colours as we do a loop hike along the main and side trails.

Sat. Oct. 25 – Great Foods of the World® – Piraeus

Enjoy Greek food expertly cooked at a traditional family-owned restaurant on the Danforth.

Sat. Oct. 25 – Day Hike – Eugenia Falls/Hogg’s Falls – 18-20 km

Fri. Oct. 31 to Sun. Nov. 2 – Weekend at the Wolf Den – Algonquin Park

Join us for a fun-filled weekend at what has become one of the favourite destinations for our club. We will canoe, kayak, hike or just relax in the sauna or socialize around the fireplace. Always count on a delicious pot luck dinner on Saturday night. All previous trips to this location fill up fast so book early as numbers are limited.

Sat. Nov. 1 – Day Hike – Pretty River – 18-20 km

Sat. Nov. 8 – Day Hike – Mulmur Hills – 18-20 km

Wed. Nov. 12 – Winter Information Night

Join your fellow members and guests to learn more about the club’s winter activities. There will be a presentation on the latest equipment and clothing for X-C skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking. Feel free to invite anyone who may be interested in our club. Light refreshments will be served

Sat. Nov. 15 – Day Hike – York Regional Forest – 10-12 km

A short drive will take us to a diverse woodland ecosystem. Terrain varies from sandy dirt paths to woody debris-covered forest floor.

Sun. Nov. 16 – Day Hike – Mono Cliffs – 15 km

We will be hiking in the Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, varied terrain, wooded with some open spots. (Bruce Trail Guide Map 19).

Sat. Nov. 22 – Hike – Canadian Northern Rail Line in the Rouge Park – 8 km

Hike the old Canadian Northern rail line, west to the Finch Meander and return.

Sat. Nov. 23 – Day Hike – Hockley Valley – 18-20 km

Sun. Nov. 23 – Day Hike – Muskoka – 18 km

Hike on the Five Winds Trails in southwest Muskoka. This is shield country – an area of bare rock, small lakes, rivers and beaver ponds.

Date, Events and Description Summary March 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Thurs. Dec. 11 or Fri. Dec. 12 (Date approx.) – Christmas Concert – Etobicoke School of the Arts

This concert by the talented students of the School of the Arts has generated rave reviews from the many club members who have attended in past years. The finale is the stirring Hallelulah from Handel’s ‘Messiah’ performed by the school’s award-winning choir. Tickets for the show usually sell out quickly so be sure to call by the booking date. Note: Tickets are purchased online and once bought for those who have called, you will have to take your chances and book your own.

Thurs. Dec. 31 to Sun. Jan. 4 – Come Celebrate New Years Eve with Us in Algonquin Park

A few of us did this trip last year and had so much fun skiing, snowshoeing and of course the New Years Evening celebration, that we decided to book the entire Wolf Den Lodge for this year. We plan to put together a gourmet meal for New Years Eve. Here are details about the Wolf Den Lodge (www.wolfdenbunkhouse.com).

Thurs. Jan. 29 to Sun. Feb. 1 – Bus Trip No. 6 – Ski or Snowshoe – Ottawa

This is one of our best trips in terms of choices, entertainment, pricing and variety of skiing. Bring your blads and skate Ottawa’s famous Rideau Canal, and participate in their Winterlude, which has lots of outdoor entertainment (ice sculptures, outdoor concerts, etc.). For more information on Winterlude, please visit their website at http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/celebrate/winterlude

Dinners are not included but three breakfasts are part of the package. It will give us the opportunity to dine out and try some of Ottawa’s superb culinary offerings. If enough are interested, a dinner together may be organized at a restaurant of choice. For this year, we will be staying at Capital Hill Hotel on Albert Street which is in the heart of downtown Ottawa and next to Elgin Street. This refurbished hotel is so centrally located that it will take you only 5 minutes to walk to Parliament Hill, Confederation Park (home of the famous Winterlude ice sculptures) and the Rideau Canal, the world’s longest skating rink! It’s also very close to the Congress Centre, Rideau Centre and Byward Market. The hotel stands up to expectations as a “Four Star” hotel, features a dining room (Cafe Biblioteque) and the Livingstone’s Pub. As for skiing, it’ll be in the Gatineau Hills (Gatineau Park), on the Quebec side with its 40 groomed, track- set trails, and wilderness trails, amounting to an impressive 200 km. There is a very wide variety of trails, for novice to expert.
The package includes the following: return transportation by luxury coach, transportation to skiing areas, accommodations for 3 nights, 3 breakfasts, cross-country skiing for 3 days, and taxes and gratuities. We will buy group trail passes each day depending the number skiing that day. The cost is $15. 

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