Bond Lake Walk - Again!

Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather, sounds of nature and scenic fall displays that this very cool and largely unknown trail has to offer.

This will be a social walk of sorts through an established trail surrounding Bond Lake. Please wear proper footwear and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

So who is this Bond guy anyways? Well he’s not 007. His full name is Sir Francis Bond Head (1 January 1793 – 20 July 1875). For a couple of years he was Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada but apparently the British government wasn’t too happy with how he dealt with Mackenzie’ s brief rebellion (in Toronto) back in December of 1837. However, talking about Sir Francis Bond Head in this context would be like talking about Ted Rogers and his connection to Rogers Reservoir in 150 years. It was named after him – that’s it. Interesting, there use to be a hotel located right on Bond Lake??

"At Bond Lake, comfort of another sort awaited travellers at the well-known Bond Lake Hotel. Built in 1834, the hotel boasted twenty overnight rooms, plus a grand ballroom, and provided the setting for local dances and sleigh-ride parties."

Source: http://edrh.rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca/default.asp?ID=s7.7

Above is an actual photo of this hotel built right at the edge of Bond Lake. Amazing.

Following Daisy’s lead (assistant organizer) from a recent walk here in May:

We will start the walk from the trail access at the small parking lot east of William Bond Park, walk to Bond Lake, walk around the lake and then head back to the parking lot. The distance is about 6+ km and should be completed in about 1.5+ hours.

The trail surface is gravel up to Bond Lake, short sections of asphalt near Bond Lake and natural packed soil around the lake. The walk will be mainly in the open up to Bond Lake and in the wooded area around the lake.

We will meet at the parking lot on the south side of Old Colony Road, east of the William Bond Park and just west of the trail. Please see map for the locaton.

 

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  • Michelle

    Yes thank you. :)

    September 21, 2013

  • Pam

    Thank you Che. It was a good walk and loved the group we were with... Quite adventurous :-)

    September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a good hike but the weather could have been better.

    September 21, 2013

  • Che

    Thanks to everyone that braved the weather conditions for this hike. I had an excellent time seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new people...

    September 21, 2013

  • Adeline

    Hi Che, I am sorry that I will not be able to make the walk today. I was looking forward to checking out the area. See you next time.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Che

    They're calling for rain today, however this walk is still going to take place. This walk is NOT recommended for newcomers as the terrain may be slippery in the forest due to the rain. Please dress accordingly.

    1 · September 21, 2013

    • Pam

      No worries. See you there.

      September 21, 2013

  • Pam

    Hi Che. I will be attending with my daughter. See you there!

    1 · September 20, 2013

    • Pam

      Hi Che, can you please confirm whether the walk will continue?? There maybe a break in the weather later and we can still head out?? It's Toronto weather afterall.

      September 21, 2013

    • Che

      Walk is still a go - regardless of weather conditions....

      1 · September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the walk still on with this weather????

    September 21, 2013

    • Che

      Walk is still a go - regardless of weather conditions....

      1 · September 21, 2013

  • Michelle

    Rain or shine?????

    September 21, 2013

    • Che

      Walk is still a go - regardless of weather conditions....

      September 21, 2013

  • Anne

    Sorry,the weather is too unkind.Anne F.

    September 21, 2013

  • Glen

    According to my hourly weather forecast at 9:45am (if this is accurate..who knows):
    From 1-2pm we will have .11mm of rain, which is a heavy drizzle. Then it clears up until 6pm.
    Doesn't sound like enough reason to cancel to me.
    Expect a temperature of 17 degrees Celsius.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • irene

    Che, please advise what is your policy on dogs joining in on walks.
    In the event dogs are allowed, I will not be attending. Thanks.

    September 16, 2013

    • irene

      They sense my fear and always tend to gravitate towards me. BTW, what other animals (on leash) are you referencing to?

      September 17, 2013

    • Che

      I see. Perhaps this would be a great opportunity to challenge yourself. I can assure you that I'll stay close by to you while we walk and that all dogs (perhaps only one dog) will be leashed. As for the 'other' animals - that was my poor attempt at humor.\

      September 20, 2013

  • Kathryn

    will the walk go ahead rain or shine?

    September 20, 2013

    • Che

      Yes and yes.

      September 20, 2013

  • teekrispil

    Is there anyone driving from downtown? I would love to come but have no transportstion!

    September 19, 2013

  • Anne

    Can I come with my friendly on-leash dog? Anne.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interested in attending this event... looks aventures

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to it. Missed you and Daisy not doing any in August.

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • Daisy

      Bernadette: I've been leading hikes (& other events) all August. You will find more information on the Discussion Message Board.

      1 · September 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      OK I joined Tiles and Trails.

      September 4, 2013

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