Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Rainbow Trail, October 19th, 2017

commentary by Nickie, photos by Desiree
Fourteen energetic hikers headed out behind the golf course onto the Rainbow Trail this morning.
Led by Sirje, the group ascended the steep hill to the lookout that overlooks  two nameless ponds.. They then followed the Cross Canada Trail and reached a second ridge where they enjoyed a leisurely lunch admiring the view of the North Channel.  It was an amazing day for a great outing. Thanks Sirje! PHOTOS

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

***** Hike Leaders - Sign up sheets *****

Hike leaders, I need your completed hike sign up sheets. Please call or text me at 705-849-3879 to arrange for pickup or drop them off before 8:30 am Saturday morning at 37 Esten Dr. S.  

I’m attending the VTA General Meeting on Saturday and I’d like to hand them in at that time.  Thanks in advance.


***** Save the date*****

Just a reminder that our annual Christmas party is fast approaching so don't forget to mark the 7th of December on your calendar. Ticket sales will begin on November 1st. 

Fire Tower Lookout, October 17th, 2017

commentary by Nickie, photos by Astrid & Desire
Quite a few people showed up for Jackie's hike today.  Because the group was so large, Jean-Guy accepted to take one group along the base of the Fire Tower while Jackie led another group to the top of the hill by way of the Bruno trail.  Both groups met up after their respective hike and agreed it was a great day to be out enjoying the beautiful fall weather.  Thanks to Jackie and Jean-Guy. PHOTOS

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

***** Hiker Chicks Dinner *****

The Hiker Chicks dinner scheduled for this coming Friday, October 20th HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

***** Site Closures Nordic and Quirke *****

We received the following communication from Debbie Berthelot;

Dear Pedestrian Trail Users,

Rio Algom Limited is conducting geotechnical drilling in support of periodic dam safety assessments at our Quirke and Nordic sites from now until mid-November.  We ask your support and cooperation in sharing this information with your club members and respect our request to close the Quirke and Nordic sites to pedestrian traffic from 16 October to 15 November inclusive.  Signs are being printed and will be posted at the gates.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Canadian Site Manager

PO Box 38, Elliot Lake, ON, P5A 2J6
T: +1 705 848 0111   M: +1 705 261 2337  

Hike leaders, please DO NOT schedule hikes on either of these sites until after November 15th  

Crystal Lake, October 16th, 2017

commentary by Gayle, photos by Doug & Desiree
Even after the rain and wind the day before, the trail behind Frame Cr. remains beautiful. Lunch was enjoyed basking in the sun on a rock overlooking Crystal Lake. A big thank you to all those who came out on the hike to share this experience. PHOTOS

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cougar Mountain, Thursday, October 12th, 2017

commentary by Nickie, photos by Laura
Ten hikers joined Jean-Guy in a hike up to Cougar Mountain.  He had flagged the trail a few days before so we were able to comfortably follow the path to the scenic lookout.  The climb was a bit challenging but everyone enjoyed putting in the extra effort.  It was well worth it because, despite the lack of our usual bright fall colours, the view from the top was truly breathtaking. Thank you Jean-Guy for the time you put into preparing this outing. PHOTOS

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

*****Saturday October 21st hike*****

The hike planned for Saturday Oct 21 will be to Esten Beach, followed by chili and garlic bread at Judy and Aubrey’s, 100 Warsaw Place. Please let them know, by email to or by text to 437-344-2823 or 705-849-3836, so they can plan supplies.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

***** Hiker Chicks Dinner *****

This month’s hiker chicks dinner is at the Seventeen Restaurant in Blind River on Friday October 20th @ 5 pm. Please call or text Jackie to confirm. 416-560-7263